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How To Factory Reset Windows Phone 8X By HTC

No fluff today folks…just a cut and dry “factory reset” post for all of those Windows phone people out there.  This may be a snoozer.  My apologies, but it’s been a rather long and arduous day.

PREFERRED METHOD

  1. From the START screen, swipe left to display the APPLICATIONS list OR from the start screen, you can also select the RIGHT ARROW (located in the lower right hand corner).
  2. Choose SETTINGS.
  3. Choose ABOUT.
  4. Select RESET YOUR PHONE.
  5. Select YES and allow about 1 minute for the phone to finish erasing itself.
  6. Go through with the initial activation and setup once completed.

If you are unable to get to the above settings on the phone then continue reading.

ALTERNATE METHOD

Factory Reset Windows Phone 8X by HTC

photo from GSMarena.com

  1. Make sure that the device is POWERED OFF.  If need be, press and hold the power button, and then drag the window to the bottom of the display to power off. Once the “goodbye” message appears, allow up to 15 seconds for the device to completely power off.
  2. Press the POWER button to turn the device back on.
  3. Press and hold the VOLUME DOWN key.
  4. When an EXCLAMATION MARK (!) appears on the display, press the following keys in the following order:
  • (1) VOLUME UP
  • (2) VOLUME DOWN
  • (3) POWER
  • (4) VOLUME DOWN

The device will now start the reset process.  Please allow a couple of minutes for it to complete.

 

 

How to Factory Reset Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2

I’m plan on keeping this precise and to the point without all the fluff…only some visuals to help you along the way…

PREFERRED METHOD

1.  From the home screen, select the Menu soft key (lower left).

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2.  Select Settings.

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3.  Select Backup and Reset.

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4.  Select Factory Data Reset.  You have the option to choose to put a check mark next to the boxes titled Backup My Data and Automatic Restore.  If I were in your shoes, I would for the sake of restoring your phone and making it just a tad easier, but that’s just me.  You also should already have an account listed under Backup Account (Also known as your Google Account.

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5.  Select Reset Device.

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6.  Select Delete All.

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At this point, your device will shut down, and the Android Recovery screen will be displayed for several seconds.  It looks like this:

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Please allow several minutes for the device to reset itself  Once it is finished, it will restart and direct you through the setup and restore process.

ALTERNATE METHOD (When you are unable to get to factory reset screen)

1.  Ensure that the device is powered off.  To power off, press ad hold the power button and then select power off and then OK.

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2.  After the device is off, Simultaneously press and hold the Power button+Volume up key+Home key until the Samsung logo appears then release.

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3.  From the Android system recovery screen, select Wipe Data/Factory Reset. Use the Volume Up/Down keys to highlight and the Power button to select.

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4.  Choose Yes — delete all user data. The factory reset may take  minute or so to complete.

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5.  Select Reboot System Now.  Allow several minutes for the reboot process to complete.

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ALL DONE!!  Give yourself a High Five!  Now just go through with the setup process.

How To Backup and Restore Text Messages

SMSBackup1Unlike your contacts and photos, which are more commonly  automatically backed up via micro SD cards and online servers, your SMS Text messages don’t exactly follow in their footsteps.  So, in the event that you are trying to A. Transfer them to your *shiny* new phone because you just upgraded that bad boy or B. Trying to back them up before performing a factory data reset…this app will come in handy.  It is available free for Android devices from the Google Play Store.

1.  After installing and then opening the app, choose the option to Backup you messages.

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2.  Select where you would like your backup to be stored.  I prefer the external Micro SD card.

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3.   Enter a name for the file, or just leave what is already there and press OK .

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4.  Your phone will proceed with the backup.

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5.   Once finished, your phone will tell you that the “Backup is Completed.”  If any messages fail to backup, it is most likely because they are picture/media messages.  This app will not backup these types of messages, so in order to do so you will have to actually go into the message, long press on it, and if given the option to save the attachment, do so.  This will save it to your SD card or phone memory.

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6.  You will then see a message that says this:

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**Please be aware that for some reason, regardless of what option you choose, CERTAIN model phones automatically create the backup on your phone’s memory.  This is especially important if you are performing a factory reset, because after you create the backup you will need to transfer it to either your computer or a micro SD card BEFORE performing the factory reset, reason being once you reset your phone the backup you just created will be erased.  Your device may or may not fall into this category.  The easiest way to check and see where this backup is stored is by taking out your SD card, using a micro SD card reader and opening the folder on your computer.  If you can locate a folder titled “SMSBackupandRestore,” and there is an .XML file in that folder, the file is backed up on the sd card.  If it is not there, you will have to plug your PHONE into your computer, locate that folder and drag & drop it onto your desktop to get it off of the phone’s memory before you reset your device**

8.  You are now ready to A. Factory reset/restore or B. Transfer texts to the new device.  Proceed.  After booting up the new device, or after the device restarts following the factory wipe, download the same application and launch it.  This time instead of choosing Backup, choose Restore.

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9.  Choose the name of the file you just created and then click OK. (If it says that there are no backups, but you know from the above step that the backup is in fact on your SD card, the app is trying to read the phone’s memory for that backup.  Simply move the backup from your SD card to your phone.  Again, certain model phones require this extra step.  The process for this involves plugging your SD card and your phone into your computer via USB and dragging the file from your SD card onto your device memory.  Once you do this, it will show up in the app when searching for a backup to restore from).

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10.  Now choose whether or not you want to Restore All Messages  or Restore from a certain date and click OK.

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11.  If you want your phone to check for duplicates, it can take a lot longer if you have thousands of texts and tons of threads.  On this screen selecting NO will help make the restore significantly faster.

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You will now see a progress bar as the restore is occurring.  It is not necessary to remain on this screen.  If you press the home button and go into your text messaging app, you will see the threads moving.  This restore process will continue going on in the background until it is complete.  Wait to actually use the text messaging app until it is completed though.

Motorola DROID RAZR Factory Reset

Photo Borrowed from http://computimesinc.com

Photo Borrowed from http://computimesinc.com

So it has come to this.  You have exhausted all other options and have ultimately decided the only way to fix what has gone catastrophically wrong with your Droid is the dreaded Factory Reset, also known as cell phone “spring cleaning.”  Without further ado, this is the mapping of where to go in your device’s menu options to get the job done right.

Preferred Method (Able to access hard reset menu on device)

  1. From a Home screen, select Apps (located in the lower center).
  2. Select Settings.
    Note If the application icon is missing, select App menu filter (located at the top) then select All apps.
  3. Select Privacy.
  4. Select Factory Data Reset.
  5. Select Reset phone.
    Note If presented, enter the current lock code or draw the unlock pattern.
  6. Select Erase Everything.
    Note Allow up to 10 minutes for the Factory Data Reset and reboot processes to complete.

Alternate Method

  1. Power the device off.
    Note Press the Power button then select Power off.
    Note If the device doesn’t respond, press and hold the Volume Up/Down then press and hold Power button. When the device screen goes blank release the Power button while continuing to hold Volume Up/Down, proceed with step 3.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Up/Down then press the Power button.
  3. When presented with the Boot Mode Selection Menu release all buttons.
  4. Press Volume Down to select Recovery then press Volume Up.
  5. From the Droid triage screen, simultaneously press Volume Up/Down.
  6. Select wipe data /Factory Reset then press the Power button.
    Note Use Volume keys to navigate options.
  7. Select Yes — delete all user data then press the Power button.
    Note Use Volume keys to navigate options.
    Note Data wipe may take several moments.
  8. Select reboot system now then press the Power button.
    Note Use Volume keys to navigate options.

*This will also work for the Razr Maxx and all other versions of the device.

* Backup your text messages, contacts, and apps (coming soon).