When And How To Give Your Android A Clean Wipe

There are lots of ways to fix a wayward, crash-prone Android, whether you're watching your processes or very carefully managing tasks. But sometimes things just seem generally, generically busted. That's when it's time to give your phone the factory reset.

Tech site Tested writes an informative piece on all the things you can do to avoid running your phone through a factory reset, but eventually comes around to noting that, through dumb luck, it's occasionally unavoidable. That's when it's time to make sure your backup and app data settings are in order and run through the re-install process. It's explained in some detail at the post, and is worth a good read-through if you're wondering if your Android phone really used to be much faster and responsive.

When You Should Give Your Android Phone a Factory Reset [Tested]


    thanks! been needing to do this for a while. nexus one is being sooo unpredictable.

    As a long-time Windows Mobile user, I can recall having to do this way too many times. It's what drove me to the 'dark side' - my iPhone is loaded with apps, yet no slowdowns, crashes or strange behaviour. Nor do i have to micro-manage my open tasks. I'm a fan of Android, but hearing this stuff makes me glad I didn't go with it this time.

    I've used 2 Androids, one for over a year and this one for 6 months and haven't had any problems of this sort. Depends a little on your luck, Jimbo. I only had to do it three times on my 3 Windows Mobile phones over the course of 5 years too.

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