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 therefore difficult to recover it. I have written this post in order to give you a reminder before you hard reset. Because there are certain things, you must do to keep your phone and data safe.
1. Make Backup
Everyone definitely have some important data saved on the device like Photos, Contacts and other. It is, therefore, important to make a complete backup of your device or at least contacts and photos. If you have a custom ROM, you can perform 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 (FRP). Whenever your device is hard reset, you’ll be asked to enter the Google account that was last synced with the device. Most of 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 rest of the issues are equally important. People used to bypass frp using different methods including frp bypass apk, but those methods have now been patched in the latest version of Android Marshmallow.
So when next time you try too hard reset your phone, make sure that you know your Google account id and pass.
3. Is Your Phone SIM locked?
The least important on my list because of the Android phones comes unlocked but still you need to make sure that phone is sim unlocked. I have experienced it already with a Motorola. After a hard reset, it was asking for 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 in used then you need to confirm it from the owner.
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