How often do you factory reset your phone?

Let's face it, phones gum up, just as computers do. Rogue apps linger in the background, sucking up resources, flash memory gets bogged down, botched software updates leave that unpleasant feeling that something isn't working right, and this is valid for even the top-shelf handsets you can spend near a grand to buy. So, how often do you do a factory reset of your phone?

No, we aren't talking restarts here, which big software version updates do for you anyway, but actually resetting your device, and starting with it as a newborn child, curiously looking around and exploring the world. 

Granted, it does warrant some total backup before you do it, but it can potentially get rid of the lot of problems plaguing your handset, and is sometimes even the only option when things go terribly wrong, so do you do it?

How often do you factory reset your phone?

Never
22.46%
When I feel it's getting sluggish
44.67%
Only before I sell it
32.87%

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77 Comments

1. Sakeem

Posts: 863; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

I've had my OG Pixel XL for over a year now and I haven't factory reset it once. Cant say that for other phones I've owned though.

6. libra89

Posts: 2300; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Wow, even after Oreo dropped? I had one but the battery life tanked after being updated to Oreo. Resetting it improved that a little bit.

14. Sakeem

Posts: 863; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Yeah, even after Oreo. I didn't have any issues that required me to factory reset my phone. I've been fortunate I guess.

23. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

That sucks. Google counts every factory reset as a new android activation. Their activations must’ve been lower this year.

37. sgodsell

Posts: 7467; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

That is such a lie. Especially when Google counts an activation with a users Gmail account, and if things are different to the other devices that were associated with that Gmail account. Including the devices system information. Like things like WiFi Mac address, Bluetooth Mac address, and/or IMEI.

63. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Why would google use your wifi and blutooth mac addresses for activations? IMEI, maybe, but there are devices that are activated without IMEIs. Do you even know what a mac address is?

2. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I only factory reset it when I switch custom ROM

4. Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

custom rom just sucks. My Galaxy S8 with pure authentic Samsung''s skin is perfectly stable, smooth, fluid and feature-rich. No rom knows its device better than the original one.

25. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

It’s perfectly fine to have a shady developer create a custm rom for you to use without even a thought of what the developer might have done to it to spy on you.

27. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

That's why I only install ROMs from well-known developers that have some kind of support page. Besides I am 100% sure if a group of developers decide to put spy s**t in it, you would know via XDA.

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Oneplus 3...never have I ever

52. ah_sukk_it

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 18, 2018

oneplus all of them. they all suck ass. problems galore with software. camera sucked on every single model.

65. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I bet you relate to every article with that name on.

5. libra89

Posts: 2300; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Hard poll to choose from here. I can relate to resetting because the phone feels sluggish AND only before I sell it.. I voted for only before I sell it, because that is more likely to happen. On iOS, I update to the next version (I'm rarely ever on the current version) and then reset the phone when apps start to act buggy. Otherwise, nah, I'll rather clear the cache partition.

7. tokuzumi

Posts: 1936; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I only do this if it's absolutely necessary. Which is rarely never. Usually I find I'm only having problems in one app, and I'll clear data/cache and start over with that app.

8. miketer

Posts: 532; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Google pixel since last December. Never had to factory reset. An awesome phone.

9. tallmatt81

Posts: 71; Member since: Dec 22, 2016

Sakeem, just say Pixel XL. I don't know why some people add the word OG (which is stupid, just say original)

15. Sakeem

Posts: 863; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Apologies. Sorry for offending you sir.

11. TheOneSilveriusXZP

Posts: 64; Member since: Jul 01, 2017

When i still used Xperia C4 as my daily driver before i switched to Z5 recently due it finally suffered ghost-touching problem , i only factory reset it once-in-a-lifetime when my C4 face a problem that make my phone unusable , which black-screen-only .

12. Shubham412302

Posts: 582; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

After major software update or never

13. sansan

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 04, 2015

Iphone 5s. Never in the last 4 1/2 years

16. midan

Posts: 3045; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

I think this poll is perfect example showing why people love iPhones so much. It just works and you don't need to think things like this. Looks like half of the voters are Android users

17. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1442; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I think Apple users do factory resets more often, even Apple suggests doing it when yet another bug cripples iOS.

20. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Such bullcrap... At work, I support 120 iPhones and believe me when we have to do factory resets on a regular basis. Besides half of the voters are Android users... the other half .... iPhone users? ;)

29. midan

Posts: 3045; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Yes iPhone users voting never or when they sell the phone. IPhone isn't like Android which is more like computer, which means more crap you install the slower the device gets. IPhone apps live in their own spaces so no matter how many apps or games you install it always works fast and smooth. Only thing what can make iPhone slower is new OS upgrade for old phones or you jailbreaking the device when it works more like Android.

26. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Midan at it again with the excessive Apple propaganda. It's just something you can count on being present in whatever article he can get it into. Android "just works" as well. There isn't something inherently wrong with Android, just like there isn't anything inherently wrong with IOS, they're just different, but none of them "work" better than the other. Get that into your biased head. I think your comment is the perfect example of how baised you are, which shouldn't be a surprise to anyone anymore. I haven't ever reset my S6 edge, as i've never had any issues with it. It still works great. The battery life isn't amazing, but that is expected with an old battery. There is Android users that reset their phones, and some do it because they're switching ROMs, while others do it because they feel that the phone is becoming sluggish. iPhone users reset their phones just as much as a result of the phone feeling sluggish. If it wasn't necessary, then Apple themselves wouldn't officially suggest it to their users. The fact that you think reseting a phone is only something that ever happens on the Android side of things just show you're so completely disconnected from reality, because of your bias.

31. midan

Posts: 3045; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Clearly you haven't owned Apple device, those don't get sluggish if the device isn't very old. Check the comment above, i explained it. You can't make your IOS device sluggish, no matter how much stuff you install because the OS is designed that way, all the apps works in their own sandboxes. Android is like pc, the more stuff you install more slower your device gets.

33. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Which is total nonsense. iOS apps can make the device sluggish, just like Android (which uses sandboxed apps as well btw).

44. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

You didn't explain anything. You're just firing off the most ridiculous propaganda i've ever heard from you so far. "Apple apps live in their own spaces, while Android apps doesn't". Jesus christ dude, are you even hearing yourself? Firstly, it's simply not true. Secondly, it's the most vague explaining anyone could ever think of. Calling that an explanation is just an insult to the concept of explanations. Lastly, iPhones get slower just like Android's do, as they're both computers. You're acting as if iPhones are immune to the kind of issues that plague every single computer in existence. It's laughable how delusional you are. Please open your eyes and start to see things clearly, because this is just sad. Your bias is stopping you from enjoying so many devices and brands out there. You're restricting yourself from 95% of the market.

49. midan

Posts: 3045; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"You're acting as if iPhones are immune to the kind of issues that plague every single computer in existence." But it's a fact because like i said iOS is designed different way. You would be very surprised how much crap your computer runs all the time which slows down your computer, apps run there all the time and using lot of resources. 3rd apps doesn't run with iOS only when they have to. Just like computers with Android you are running all kind of crap all the time. I remember Reading lot of comments and saw video how galaxy S8 for people became sluggish after three months etc. It just won't happen with iPhone, not even after a year even If you install 500 apps and remove all of them and install 1000 more. Those apps doesn't run in core OS those apps run in their own sandboxes. Read this and it might open your eyeshttps://developer.apple.com/library/content/documentation/Security/Conceptual/AppSandboxDesignGuide/AboutAppSandbox/AboutAppSandbox.html

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