Restore Factory Settings: What it is and how it works

Do you remember the state of your smartphone when you removed it from the box, its contents and its performance as you stripped the gelatin over it? Perfect! This is the goal of resetting the factory settings (or factory reset, as you might know). Bring your device to this exact situation with regard to software.

This is a feature that scans the smartphone, removing everything the user has added files and apps to passwords, settings, messages - with two words everything! It is not reversible and, as you imagine, what has not been copied in time, will be lost once and for all.

And why should I do something so barbaric?

Over time, a smartphone's software is overwhelmed. Installing new apps, deleting others, background services, updates, temporary files, sync data ... All of these play their role in the device's status, as it somehow puts it in a hurry.

After months of uninterrupted and demanding day-to-day use, the phone will not be able to perform as it once did. Its response will have to be borne, the times it takes to open the applications will be increased, and all kinds of stuff and "frosts" of the screen will appear more and more often.

All of this is an indication that should put the user in mind about backing up and resetting the device's factory settings so that it cleans up everything to do to restore its level of performance to initial prices.

Another case where resuming the factory settings is a must, is selling a device - or changing its owner - on the one hand, to deliver it "clean" and on the other hand to ensure that " your successor "will not have access to your data.

And one that we said ...

We said that resetting the factory settings restores a device to its original state by deleting everything and leaving it with its operating system and pre-installed applications. As for any user data and information, they are deleted.

For this reason, you must be absolutely sure before you begin the restore process that you have backed up the data you need: messages, chat history, contacts, applications with their data, passwords, and files (music, photos, videos etc.). Use an SD card (on Android devices), your computer or a cloud service and get there everything you need.

Many manufacturers (Apple, Samsung, Huawei, etc.) even have their own applications to back up their device in order for the user to be able to restore it - or transfer its data to a new - easier, so look at this prospect.


How do you recover?

The process of resetting factory settings, as complicated as it may sound, is one of the easiest and requires a little touch of your smartphone screen. It is done through the Settings menu, although the exact route differs depending on the manufacturer and the model.

On Android devices, you'll need to go to System> Restore from the Settings (alternatively you can find it as Backup & Restore). From there, select Restore factory settings> Restore phone. You will most likely be prompted to enter your PIN/password to confirm your selection but as soon as you do it and give it OK, the minute process will start.

If you now have an iPhone, go to Settings> General> Reset. Then select Content and Settings (it's second on the list) and confirm that you really want to erase the content of the device by entering your Apple ID and password at the same time. The process will take a few minutes and once completed, your iPhone will be as new - and as fast as possible.

In any case, we reiterate that you must have ensured that you keep copies of all the information you will need after the reset. Use your device manufacturer's app (Apple iTunes, Samsung Account, Huawei HiSuite, LG Bridge etc.) because once you have consented to the process, there is no return.

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