PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT - HTC Update and Factory Reset
I wanted to post this in its own thread so that it doesn't become buried in the official update thread. This is some advice for everyone who has already received the update or will be updating soon. I posted a similar thread a few months ago, but as I mentioned I wanted this in its own thread so that it doesn't get buried.
It has been my experience (and others') that doing a factory reset right after an update will greatly improve the performance of your device. I HIGHLY recommend it. It isn't a bad idea to do it every few months anyway, but after an update it seems to help get the phone working like new again.
Regarding the reset itself, there are other threads out there that explain how you should do it as well as what else you should do prior. Similar to reformatting a PC, you will want to save/backup everything that you want to keep. Note that only the phone's internal storage is wiped, not the SD card.
- 12-17-2010, 10:28 AM #2
Good idea, I do this to my girl's stock Evo after every OTA.
To Reset, you go to menu from the home screen and select privacy, I believe it's under there.
As well it should be noted that if you're not using Google to hold your contacts, you can export them to your SD card from the contacts app (when you import them back in you can actually choose to import them as google contacts if you want).
Also, there are a few apps that will backup your SMS messages to your Google account, I use Google voice and I'm not sure if Handcent or ChompSMS have backup functions built in or not.
As far as apps go, if you're no Froyo now (have received all the OTAs thus far) and let Google backup your data and select to automatically update apps, they should start re-installing on their own (with any app data, like bookmarks for dolphin HD, or levels on angry birds) when you sign back in after a factory reset. (should also be able to remember wifi networks, passwords, wallpapers, etc.)
Hope that helps.
- 12-17-2010, 12:29 PM #3
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Ironic as it may seem, this update (now that I have it) is kind of pushing me to root as I have zero need for the new apps that it brought and its borderline offensive to me that they can't be removed from the stock phone.
- 12-17-2010, 04:41 PM #10
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Any apps you bought will be under "downloads" (old market) or "my apps" (new market) as well.
- 12-17-2010, 08:15 PM #14Retired Moderator
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You realize that theres a new kernel in it along with other updates and upgrades.
Google z4 root, install it and gain temporary root access, then use root explorer from the market to remove the bloat.
- 12-17-2010, 08:28 PM #15
I have a stupid question.. I keep reading about if I am on Froyo I can let Google back up my apps and contacts, I got the contacts part no problem. BUT how do I let Google back up my apps? I have been using Appbrain to do that, if there is another way I would love to hear it..
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- 12-17-2010, 10:50 PM #22
Z4root (temp option) plus Titanium Backup worked perfectly! Thank you so much for the tip. Essentially I am still stock without the bloatware. I did my research to ensure the apps I was deleting were OK to get rid of, so please keep this in mind if you do the same.
I was able to delete Amazon mp3, Blockbuster, Nova, and Nascar. More to come perhaps....!
I do want to mention that it was a pain in the *** to use Root Explorer to delete the bloat apps, I followed a couple different sets of instructions I found and nothing seemed to work. Titanium did the job, though it was a little annoying having to reboot the phone for each uninstall. Since this got off topic from my original post, I'll put this information into a new thread in the Hacks section.
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