A lay man can format Android phone without expert guardians. Combining few keys together on your Android phone will get you Android device formatted. Okay, let me assumed you don’t know how to format Android phone using combinations of keys that takes you directly to the device command prompt, but you can still find your way to restoring your device to default settings. Formatting and restoring an Android phone is more or less the same.
So, either way that suits you, you still need to identify some do and perhaps, don’ts before you finally decided to format your Android phone.
So many things could lead to formatting your Android gadget with some many apps you can’t afford to miss. Few of what could bring about that includes the following.
- Virus Attack: At the moment your smartphone starts misbehaving, the first thing that will likely strike your mind will be virus attack. Yes, it could be virus but formatting it is not the first thing.
- Slow performance: With what the recent technological advancement is saying, an Android device with 1GB RAM could spoil a whole day for you. As a geek, a gadget lover and analyzer, a smartphone of 1GB RAM doesn’t do make sense at time as it will definitely starting performing slowly when you have too many apps running at the same time on it. For instance, running Facebook messenger with some other apps at the same time on 1GB RAM Android phone gives a lot of headache, in fact its slow down most Android phones in that category.
- Hanging Vs Not Responding: This is very common in smart-world with a device with low memory capacity, and virus infected device. Aside that, Blackberry users can easily testifies to this occurrence. But nevertheless, formatting is not the lasting solution to think about first.
Even after all these, is formatting your Android phone the best option? If yes, what are you supposed to do before formatting it? Below are what you need to do before formatting your Android phone of any kind.
What To Do Before You Format An Android Phone
The purpose of formatting a device is to make it looks like new but what about the headache associated with wiping off your data, favorite app, your to do list, your various email account, stored password and many more. However, below points will put you through on the first aid action that you must take before deciding on what next to do.
Install An Anti-Virus And Do A Through Scanning
The word virus is very scary, and everybody tends to run from it. It could devour your gadget, in fact; it could stock your device bootloader. And your device will fail to load even to the startup menu that is virus for you. There are different types of virus though, but most common ones in the list include “Trojan, malware, etc. Installing good and up-to-date anti-virus will help protect your device against any form of viruses. If you haven’t installed an anti-virus on your device, do install one and update the device, then do a thorough scanning of your device before you decide whether to format it or not.
Backup Your Android Phone on External Drive
Backing up your phone should be done monthly if not weekly. Gadgets are machine and they can start malfunctioning at any time. But, to avoid stories that touch, it is advisable to have a copy of your device backup elsewhere. Now, down the memory lane of formatting your Android phone, the first thing to do is backup your device on external drive like memory card or on your PC. If you don’t have PC, you can get a friend’ own and then send it to your email address for security reason, and then you can proceed to format your device. Note that, after formatting your Android device, your entire file will still be intact and all you need to do is restore the backup back to your phone and you are good to go.
Uninstall Recent Apps
At times, you only need to do little to solve bigger problems. Taking into account of everything that happens on day-to-day activities means a lot. Some apps will make your gadget misbehave once installed, most especially most apk files do affect Android phones.
Install Only Authorized Apps For Your Device
With millions of Android apps, installing several of them won’t be a problem or a headache. But the question is; are they compatible? If yes, are they authorized ones? Some apk files are always compatible but not authorized by Android OS manufacturer. Installing such apps might give you so many problems and will makes your Android phone behaves irrationally. If you have apk files installed on your device, try uninstalling them before formatting the device as to whether the device will start performing better.
Delete Unused Apps And Free More Spaces
At times, when your device ran out of storage memory, it will start misbehaving. Only internal memory can’t do the work of an Android. Free more space on your device by deleting unused apps, old films, move photos to online storage, and restart your device to remove the caches of the removed apps.
If you have done all these, you are free to format your Android phone, most importantly, don’t forget to always keep to the second rule, it’s the most important of them all. If you enjoy this post, please share it with your friends on Facebook, Google Plus, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Whatsapp, and on Forums.