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    Default How to do a factory reset thread.

    I'm just going to bite the bullet (as one other poster said) and do a factory reset. I mean I had Gingerbread from the factory and it's updates on Maxx, then stuck this MAJOR update on him, so really, he'll do better to get a fresh start.
    My programs are running fine I think, maybe a little slow.
    I'm more concerned about reception and battery life seem deficient and not what Motorola was saying should happen. BAAAD reception in fringe areas where GB picked up great. Battery...with GB I'd go to bed with 50% left.
    Now, I'm lucky to make it all day and have 15%, same useage.
    Other than those two things, I really like the new dairy product.
    This time instead of writing down how things/apps are arranged...all I have to do is Screenshot! muy bien.

    It'll also be nice to clean it up and get rid of some old apps anyways.
    I'll let you all know if it's better, or....
    gulp..
    worse (I sure hope not)
    Mark
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    Default Re: Gonna do a factory reset.

    I think you'll find a nice improvement in performance after the reset. Remember that you can access a list of all of the apps you've ever downloaded from Google Play under the My Apps section, then swipe to the right.
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    I was going to do one last night but couldn't figure the security code. I don't remember setting one and tried 6 0's. Nodda.

    Edit: Performed a factory reset. Was thankful to have had most of my apps backed up so that was good. But many things must be set back up now. the good news is it does feel lighter and faster. It for sure is now using way less ram. Ill be curious to see if any of this will help the battery but you know ill let you all know Oh and the security code was a requirement of my companies email policies. Also, you know your addicted to a site when its the first app you download back. That would be Android Central.

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    Default Re: Gonna do a factory reset.

    Quote Originally Posted by rbess1965 View Post
    I was going to do one last night but couldn't figure the security code. I don't remember setting one and tried 6 0's. Nodda.

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    Security code? When did it ask you for that? Did you try the factory data reset option in Settings->Privacy?
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    Default Re: Gonna do a factory reset.

    It's DONE! Wow....very quick. LOL.
    I think that post about the security code was for Contact imports. I forgot mine too. lol.
    Now...first thing of business is to get rid of these apps I don't want. Used to in GB, you just long pressed em and select hide.
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    I didn't remember mine either (code for contacts) and just tried four 0's and it worked. Not sure if that was the default or just got lucky but I would maybe give that a try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JRR527 View Post
    I didn't remember mine either (code for contacts) and just tried four 0's and it worked. Not sure if that was the default or just got lucky but I would maybe give that a try.
    Are you backing up contacts from Backup Assistant? Maybe that's why I'm not familiar with a security code for contacts. All of my contacts are in my Google account.
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    Because I was seeing more battery drain than I had prior to the ICS upgrade, I decided to do a factory data reset tonight. I did not check off erase internal storage and let the phone do its thing. When it came back up it reached out to Google Play and restored all of my previous downloaded apps. One thing that is puzzling though. When ICS first installed there was a Manage Applications shortcut on on the screens with an icon that pictured a blue panel with slider switches. Now that is nowhere to be seen and the Apps shortcut is the usual funky looking Android gray box with the gear wheel in it. I can't figure out what happened to the original icon. Anyone have any ideas?
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    Default Re: Gonna do a factory reset.

    Quote Originally Posted by lewie61 View Post
    Because I was seeing more battery drain than I had prior to the ICS upgrade, I decided to do a factory data reset tonight. I did not check off erase internal storage and let the phone do its thing. When it came back up it reached out to Google Play and restored all of my previous downloaded apps. One thing that is puzzling though. When ICS first installed there was a Manage Applications shortcut on on the screens with an icon that pictured a blue panel with slider switches. Now that is nowhere to be seen and the Apps shortcut is the usual funky looking Android gray box with the gear wheel in it. I can't figure out what happened to the original icon. Anyone have any ideas?
    Go to Widgets, and drag Settings shortcut to the homescreen. It will then ask you to select which of the settings you would like to make into a shortcut. Not sure why the icon is no longer the blue panel with slider switches, because it's the gear box now, but it should still serve the same function.

    How's the battery life now?
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    Default Re: Gonna do a factory reset.

    Quote Originally Posted by B. Diddy View Post
    Go to Widgets, and drag Settings shortcut to the homescreen. It will then ask you to select which of the settings you would like to make into a shortcut. Not sure why the icon is no longer the blue panel with slider switches, because it's the gear box now, but it should still serve the same function.

    How's the battery life now?
    That's what I did but that generic icon is so **** ugly in comparison to the original sliders icon. I'd like to get it back somehow. I won't know about the battery drain until tomorrow.
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    Default Re: Gonna do a factory reset.

    I have had a good time rebuilding it. lol.
    Been kinda cool going thru all the apps and pix and contacts and cleaning up a bit, rearranging.


    It's really not that big a deal:
    -Make a pot of coffee.
    -back up SD stuff on your pc or Google drive
    -restore to factory : Settings, Privacy, Factor data reset...heed the warnings and follow the screens, it's very simple. Have a good charge, 40-50% and some time on your hand.
    -Drink coffee.
    -login into Gmail and it does the rest!
    loaded all my apps back up from Play.
    Updated everything for me.
    Then, just login back into apps as needed, Redbox/Pandora and whatever.
    Drag em into folders
    VOILA your done!
    Drink more coffee.


    Still have to see if it helps with battery and reception.
    I can DEFINATLY see it runs smoother though.
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    Do the SD and SIM cards need to be removed prior to the factory reset?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Venez68 View Post
    Do the SD and SIM cards need to be removed prior to the factory reset?
    I didn't.
    but it's my first time to reset a 4G.
    It was odd it doesn't have to be reactivated. Once it booted back up, it said 'your phone is now activated and displayed the phone#'
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    With the SIM card, it stays activated. All your info is stored in the SIM card.
    You should take your memory card out just in case your going though the reset process too fast and accidentally erase everything.
    I never do but I take my time and not rush it and read the screens before hitting next.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RHChan84 View Post
    With the SIM card, it stays activated. All your info is stored in the SIM card.
    You should take your memory card out just in case your going though the reset process too fast and accidentally erase everything.
    I never do but I take my time and not rush it and read the screens before hitting next.
    So if i do a factory reset are my contacts stored on the SIM card then automatically loaded after the reset? Or do i have to export them to the SIM card prior to reset then import them back after the reset?
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    I just did a factory reset and everything went smooth with the exception of two things. 1). When I try to add gmail into my email app along with my primary email it tells me my password is wrong, when I know it isn't. 2). I lost all my app data, I thought it would be recovered but I was wrong. Did I do anything wrong?

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    Default Re: How to do a factory reset thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by RushNFour View Post
    I just did a factory reset and everything went smooth with the exception of two things. 1). When I try to add gmail into my email app along with my primary email it tells me my password is wrong, when I know it isn't. 2). I lost all my app data, I thought it would be recovered but I was wrong. Did I do anything wrong?

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    I believe your app data should be accessible in the Google Play Store.
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    Default Re: How to do a factory reset thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by Venez68 View Post
    I believe your app data should be accessible in the Google Play Store.
    He might actually be referring to the data specific to each app, not the list of apps. According to the Google Support page, some apps will save settings and data to your Google account, but others won't, and there isn't a clear way to tell. Please refer to this:

    Change backup & reset options - Android OS Help
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    How do you backup photos? Want to back them up before I do a reset.


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    SIM just has your activation info. Your contacts are synced with google and stored on the phone. This is what I was told by VZW rep.
    VZW LG G3/Motorola Xoom
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    Default Re: How to do a factory reset thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by hazelgreen View Post
    How do you backup photos? Want to back them up before I do a reset.


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    Good your are thinking of this ahead of time.
    I plugged mine into my pc and copied the two MOT folders to the local hard drive. They contain the photos. You could also email them or send them to Google Drive/Picasa.
    All sorts of ways now to back em up.
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    Default Re: How to do a factory reset thread.

    Did my reset last night and everything went without a hitch.
    Pics, apps, contacts were all restored automatically as soon as i signed into my Google account, didn't have to do anything really.
    I did export my contacts to the SIM card and copied my pics to Picasa as backup just in case something went wrong. All my music is on Google Play so no problem there.
    The only PIA is that you have to redo your settings for any utility apps you may have, re-arrange the apps on your home screen, go back and disable any junk apps you did before the reset and sign back in to any music, social media, etc.. apps. Other than that smooth sailing..so far!
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    I reset but my battery life isn't much better.

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    Maunder I'm expecting too much. Is this normal post reset?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SickSadRebel View Post
    Maunder I'm expecting too much. Is this normal post reset?

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