3 Things To Keep In Mind Before You Hard Reset Android

It is normal to hard reset your Android device after some time or when you’re selling your smartphone. Factory resetting your Android erases everything stored on the internal storage and it is therefore difficult to recover. I have written this post in order to give you a reminder before you hard reset. Because there are steps you must take to protect your phone and data.

Android hard reset tips

1. Create a backup

Everyone definitely has some important data saved on their device, like photos, contacts, and others. It is, therefore, important to make a complete backup of your device or at least your contacts and photos. If you have a custom ROM, you can perform a Nandroid backup using TWRP. I have written a detailed post on Android backup, explaining different methods and apps to keep your data safe from getting lost.

2. Android Activation Lock (Factory Reset Protection)

Since the release of Android Lollipop and Marshmallow, a new security feature has been added: Factory Reset Protection lock (FRP). Whenever your device is hard reset, you’ll be asked to enter the Google account that was last synced with the device. Most do forget the account credentials, and therefore it becomes difficult to get access back to the device.

I have written this post because of the FRP issue many people are experiencing, and the rest of the issues are equally important. People used to bypass FRP using different methods, including Google bypass apk download, but those methods have now been patched in the latest version of Android Marshmallow.

So the next time you try to hard reset your phone, make sure that you know your Google account id and pass. If for some reason you’re stuck on the Google lock screen where it asks for Google account credentials, then try our online Samsung FRP Unlock Service or free bypass guide.

3. Is your phone’s SIM locked?

The least important thing on my list is that the Android phones come unlocked, but still, you need to make sure that the phone is sim unlocked. I have already experienced it with a Motorola. After a hard reset, it was asking for a sim network unlock pin. I was surprised to see it, but later I found it was sim locked and was temporarily unlocked using root.

Most of us do have smartphones that are bought through contracts, and one should not be worried about the issue. But if you’ve got it used, then you need to confirm it from the owner.

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Imran Aftab

Hello, I'm Imran Aftab, a tech enthusiast using Android, iOS, and Windows. Hardware expert for Gaming & Crypto mining rigs. I have been writing on tech since 2013, starting with ohguideme, then Androidcentral. I have written and published several guides and tutorials on how to root Android, flash custom ROM, recovery, and jailbreak iPhone, and have written several guides on how to bypass FRP. I also worked in a phone repair shop, so I have pretty good experience with mobile software and troubleshooting. So, all the guides you see here have been tested and confirmed to work.

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