How to Reset Android without Losing Data

Nothing good lasts forever, not even your all singing, all dancing new Android smart phone. The warning signs are obvious, apps taking forever to load, constant force close notifications and a battery life shorter than an episode of Westworld. If you recognise these symptoms then listen up, because your phone maybe headed for a meltdown and there's only one thing left to do. It's time to reset your Android phone.

Some users will ask if we reset my phone what will we lose or how to reset samsung galaxy s without losing data? Don't worry. Here we will recommend some solutions to reste Android phone without lossing everything.

Before taking the plunge, there are a number of factors to consider. We've put together a quick guide to let you know what you need to know and what you need to do. Before we start deleting stuff however, it's important to understand what a Factory reset is. What's more, we are going to share about how to reset Android without losing data and users will never worry about their data any more when reset.

Part 1: What is Factory Reset?

There are two types of reset for every Android device, soft and hard resets. A soft reset is just a way to force the Android operating system to shut down in the event of a freeze and you only risk losing any data which wasn't saved prior to the reset.

A hard reset, also known as a factory reset and a master reset, returns the device to the condition it was in when it left the factory. Performing a factory reset will permanently delete any and all personal data you have on your device. This includes any personal settings, apps, pictures, documents and music stored on your device. A factory reset is irreversible, which means before considering taking this step, it is a good idea to back your data and settings up. A factory reset is a great way to purge buggy updates and other malfunctioning software and can give your phone a new lease of life.

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Signs You Need to Reset Your Smart Phone.

You'll probably already know if your phone needs a reset,but if you're unsure, look for some of the following signs. If you recognise any of the following symptoms then a factory reset is probably a good idea.

  1. If your phone is running slowly and you've already tried deleting Apps and data, but it hasn't resolved anything.
  2. If your Apps are crashing or you keep getting 'force close' notifications from your operating system.
  3. If your Apps are taking longer to load than usual, or your browser is running slow.
  4. If you find your battery life is worse than usual and you need to charge your phone more often.
  5. If you are selling, exchanging or just giving your phone away. If you don’t reset it, the new user can gain access to cached passwords, personal details and even your pictures and videos.

Remember factory resetting will erase everything on your device, so it's essential that you back up anything you can't afford to lose.

Part 2: Back Up Your Data Before Factory Reset

There are a number of ways to back up your data. Having a Google account will help you save your contacts and settings, but it won't save your pictures, documents or music. There are numerous cloud based systems available like Drop box and Onedrive where your data is saved onto a cloud based server, but you'll need a data connection or wi-fi to restore to your device and of course you are trusting a third party with your data. We recommend MobileTrans – Phone Transfer. It's easy to use and will save everything and best of all you know exactly where it is.

MobileTrans Phone Transfer enables you to backup all your data and it works with iOS, Android, Windows phones and Symbian. You can choose to back up selective data or everything directly to your computer and then restore it whenever you like.

With one click, you can move data between devices, even those with different operating systems, iOS to Android or vice versa.

Back up and restore data from your device to a computer with a single click. It's a tried and tested program and compatible with over 8000+ devices. To use it, click the link, download it and follow these instructions.

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How to backup Android phone with MobileTrans

Step 1. Connect your Android Phone to your PC with a USB cable. Run the program and choose 'Back Up Your Phone' . This will allow you to back up whatever you want from your device to your computer.

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Step 2. Select the file type for backup.

Choose a file type to backup your device. There are a number of options, check your preferred file type and you're ready to go.

reset android without losing data-Select the file type

Step 3. Back Up your Device.

When you're ready, just click 'Start Transfer' to backup your device. Make sure your phone is powered up and remains connected for the duration of the transfer.

reset android without losing data-Start Transfer

Part 3: How to Factory Reset Android Phone.

After your data is safely tucked away, it's time to tackle the reset itself. There are a few different ways to reset your device and we'll look at them all in turn.

Method 1. Using the Settings Menu To Factory Reset Your Device.

You can factory data reset your Android device via the settings menu by following these steps.

Step 1. Open your phone, drag down the 'Options' menu and select 'Settings' menu. Look for the little cog in the top right of your screen.

Step 2. Find the option for 'Back up and Restore' (please note - using Google to back up your account is a good idea, but it won't save your music, documents or pictures.)

Step 3. Press the button for 'Factory Data Reset' (please note - this is irreversible)

factory reset android from settings menu

Step 4. If you have done this correctly a little Android robot will appear on your screen as the device resets itself.

Method 2. Resetting Your Phone in Recovery Mode.

If your phone is misbehaving it might be easier to reset it via Recovery Mode. To do this you must turn your device off first.

Step 1. Press and hold the Volume up button and the Power button at the same time. The phone will now boot in Recovery Mode.

factory reset from recovery mode

Step 2. Use the Volume down button to choose Recovery Mode. To navigate use the Volume up button to move the arrow and the Volume down button to select.

factory reset from recovery mode

Step 3. If done correctly. You'll find an image of an Android robot alongside a red exclamation mark and the words 'No command'.

Step 4. Hold down the Power button and press the Volume up button then release it.

Step 5. Using the volume buttons scroll to 'wipe data/factory reset' then press the Power button.

Step 6. Scroll to 'Yes - erase all user data' and to complete the process press the Power button.

Please note : Devices running Android 5.1 or above, will still require you to enter your Google Password to complete this reset.

Method 3. Resetting Your Phone Remotely With Android Device Manager

You can also perform a factory reset by using the Android Device manager App. Obviously you'll need to have Android Device Manager installed on your phone for which you'll need a Google Account.

Step 1. Sign in to the App and locate your device on what ever medium you are currently using. With Android Device Manager it is possible to Factory Reset a device remotely by using a PC or other device, but your phone must be logged into your Google account and have an active internet connection.

Step 2. Select erase all data. This is particularly effective if you have lost or had your phone stolen and your device is running Android 5.1 or higher as whoever has your phone will still need your Google Password to be able to reset the Phone.

factory reset from recovery mode

Please note: this reset will also delete Android Device Manager and you will therefore be unable to locate or track your device.

Once you have successfully reset your Android device to its factory settings, all you need to do is restore your original data. After you've completed this step your device should be just like new.

Part 4: Restoring Your Phone After a Reset.

It can be quick scary seeing your phone returned to it;s orginal state, but don't panic, your data is still safely tucked away in Mobile-trans. To restore your contacts and Apps just connect your device to the internet and login in to your Google account when prompted.

Once you have restarted your mobile, connect it to your PC and open MobileTrans Phone Transfer on your computer. When prompted select the 'Restore from Backups' option in the primary window. To retrieve your data simply click 'start transfer' and remember to ensure your device remains connected until the transfer is complete.

restore from backups

Once you've successfully complete your first reset, you'll realise how simple the whole process is and the next time you need to perform one, you'll be able to do it with your eyes closed.

We hope our tutorial helps. We've all lost data at some point and there is nothing worse than losing treasured memories like family pictures, your favourite albums and other important documents and we hope it will never happen to you again. Thank you for reading and if we've been of some help please take the time to bookmark our page.

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