Why you should factory reset your device.
Why you should factory reset. Android doesn’t get as many updates as IOS and for that reason, sometimes upgrading from an older software to the newest software can cause issues with battery life, hardware glitches and software glitches. Keep in mind that there are more Android devices out there so every software update will have some kind of bug depending on your device, especially if you have one that’s not as popular as a Samsung, LG, or HTC. With any major update, you should always factory reset your device. Fresh installs will always run faster than an update with your old system files still on it. It rewrites everything but it doesn’t necessarily delete old system files, it simply places them to a new folder. Battery life will be better if you factory reset before or after a major update. With that being said, if you do want to update your software, there are things you should do before hand.
1. Back up your data
Back up, back up, back up. The more backups the merrier, the more often the better, the more locations the safer. Get yourself a cloud backup service, use a free app such as Google Drive to copy files to your computer with a USB cable, email yourself stuff, make a Nandroid (if Rooted only) – just do whatever it takes. The point is that you do it. And then you do it again, just to be sure.
2. Charge your battery
It’s important that your Android doesn’t run out of power during the update. So ensure it has adequate charge before you start.
We recommend making sure your battery is at around 70 to 80 percent as a minimum, before you start to install any update.
3. Take some last minute screenshots
It’s also a good idea to snap a couple of screenshots of your home screens and email them to yourself before you start. If you’re on an unlocked device, make sure to screenshot your APN Mobile Network settings or else you won’t have access to your Mobile Data Network once the update/factory reset takes place.
If you use an alternative Android launcher you can save your home screen preferences, but not if you use a stock launcher, so take a quick few screenshots of your home screens. These will serve as handy reminders that you can use to set up your phone back how you like it. The update itself won’t reset your phone, but you’ll see why we recommend taknig screenshots in the next step.
4. Wipe cache and factory reset
Some of you may claim there’s no need to factory reset after an Android update and that may be true for you. But at the very least you should clear the system cache for your Android after installing the firmware. This is the quickest and easiest way to clear up any early battery drain bugs and performance issues.
A factory reset and ‘start from scratch’ approach with new firmware gives you the best opportunity of avoiding the problems that seem to plague users following an update.