How often do you factory reset your phone? (results)

How often do you factory reset your phone?

When I feel it's getting sluggish
Only before I sell it
We asked you yesterday whether you hard reset your phones at all, given that some deep issues with them, as well as the inevitable slowdown over time, can only be solved this way, yet it requires some backup kung-fu on your part to save all the info and app settings you currently have. It turns out that, despite all these differences, factory resetting is still a popular way to solve performance problems for nearly 45% out of our 2381 respondents. A third only do a factory reset before they sell their phones, as the surefire way to clean it from all personal info, while 22% never bother, as their oldies are probably sitting in a drawer at home somewhere.

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.



1. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

When ever it starts to lag, jut hit that reset option. That simple!!!

2. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Every 3-4 months, but typically no more than every 6 months depending on how buggy & laggy my phone becomes. However, with my Note 8, I haven't had any issues that required me to reset, and I got it on launch day. Even after installing the Android 8.0 Oreo update.

3. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Where's the option for every time there's a major firmware update? (7 - 8)

4. midan

Posts: 3008; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Owned 5 iOS devices and never had to do that with any of them, those devices just doesn't slow or get laggy, that's what i like a lot about how iOS is designed. I can test every app (and i really test them when i got my first iPhone :D ) or game and they don't leave any crap to my device which could slow down the device. Unlike when you uninstall software on pc it still leaves all kind of crap in reg files etc. And you never know what the software installed your PC. I hate that my Windows PC is again in situation where it's so slow, but i stopped using computer long time ago, i only use it when i have to. I wonder does Mac slow down like Windows PC or is it designed smarter like iOS.

5. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

and.... what do you do on your mac or iphone?

6. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Comments on internet forums. That's about it...

12. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

exactly... i want to know who actually does CAD or drafting or some serious work on their phone? these are entertainment devices with the ability to do basic work functions, cmon people.

13. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3151; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

CAD on a mobile phone or tablet is reserved for viewing or VERY light editing. Pulling measurements over a long span requires 10 fingers to pull it off and you can forget about turning layers on or off - mobile products just don't have the horsepower (GPU) for it. With the industry moving to Revit, you can forget about it. Even desktop workstations have trouble rendering complex .RVT files.

18. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

exactly ... there is no way i'm walking into a meeting with my design team (construction) and try to attempt to use my phone to build a model.

7. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1438; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

We already know you're full of sh*t, you don't have to remind us every time.

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Yup Macs slow down too and leave unwanted files after uninstalling the application. There are tools for that like OSX uninstaller to fix most of these bad programs. Btw applications installed from the Microsoft store don't leave stuff behind when uninstalling, only manually installed programs sometimes do this.

15. ssallen

Posts: 202; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

The hell they don't, Apple was just all over the media because people found out they were intentionally slowing down iOS. Where the hell have you been? I have owned 8 Android devices and had to factory reset exactly once. So there is your matching testimonial. They both mean approximately zilch.

22. Dadler22

Posts: 241; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Mac OS X is slow garbage once it updates unless you have the latest MacBook. Regardless of the amount of software installed or not installed. Our work computers are Dell all in ones, run 8 hours a day forty hours a week and are still just as zippy. I would say your computer slowing down significantly is user error by installing high risk applications

9. japkoslav

Posts: 1517; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

No need to factory reset for my Android devices, Windows PCs and laptops. I did only reset my iPad Pro in recent years (iOS11 issues), but that's about it.

10. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Use to switch every 3 months, and yearly switch last two years, so never reset or if interpreting other way yearly.

11. mrochester

Posts: 1021; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Wow, is Android really that bad? So glad I own an iPhone.

14. midan

Posts: 3008; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Shocked by the results, glad i own iPhone too and iPad

16. ssallen

Posts: 202; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

Don't be a f**king idiot. I have had to factory reset several of my family members iPhones. Go play with your dancing poop emoji.

17. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

No, it call option YouLiveUderRockSheeple. You cant do that with IOS twice a year even in your wildest dream, leave it alone 10years same stuff.

23. Dadler22

Posts: 241; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

You've never reset your iPhone? You must have never updated to the latest version of iOS when Apple releases it. Half of the time it requires a fresh install.

19. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

It's only needed to reset if you think there are too many left over from previous installations. Many of the folders will stay even if you uninstall the app. Yes that does it on IOS too but user can't see it like Android unless you jailbreak it.

20. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

When mine lags, about 1-2 times a year, I just delete the dalvik cache. I've never hard reset one.

21. HumbleJ06

Posts: 98; Member since: Aug 10, 2015

I do a hard reset on my devices every 6 to 9 months. No reason, I've just gotten into the habit of doing this for my personal laptops, tablets, phones and work devices. Never done it because of lag. Just like a fresh install and to clean up my stuff regularly.

25. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

iPhone and all iOS devices catch clean automatically unlike android. The good thing about galaxy phone you can clean catch partition even it’s manually, but still no other android phone has this feature yet.

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