There are many times when people factory reset their Android smartphone. Most of the time they do this when their memory becomes full, the device performance slows down due to many apps, there is some malware related issue on the phone, or when people sell it or give it away to someone.
The factory reset process is designed so that every time the user performs a reset, all data and settings are removed from one’s phone, returning the phone to the same condition it was in when it left the factory, thus giving existence to the term ‘factory reset’.
How to do a factory reset?
To do a reset, all you have to do is go to the Settings section of your Android smartphone. From there, go to System Settings, where you will find the Advanced option. In the section, there is an option called reset, which you must choose to perform a factory reset. Remember, always make a backup of your important data like contacts, music and other important things before doing a factory reset.
Can data be recovered after a factory reset?
Yes, it should be known that Android data is recoverable even after one does a reset. This is very important, because it could be helpful for people who lost something important, and it could be harmful for those who did a factory reset to protect their data.
There are various tools and softwares available with which you can extract the deleted data from your mobile phone. All you have to do is search for them on the Internet, download them and use them to extract deleted data from a mobile phone. It is a very simple process indeed.
Now the question is, can we protect our data? The answer to that is also yes. You can still protect your data.
Let’s see how that can be done.
Built-in encryption of Android devices
Before Android released its Marshmallow 6.0 operating system, Android phones did not come with default encryption. One had to put it on before doing a factory reset so that its recovered data cannot be directly.
But since the Marshmallow 6.0 update, the phone comes with encryption that has already been enabled, which means that even if you recover the data from your phone, you won’t be able to access it directly without going through the encryption.
Backup in the cloud-
Cloud backup is another thing to consider. Currently, most phones sync some important data to Google Drive from where you can get it back to new or even old device even after factory reset by simply accessing your Google account.
However, there is no guarantee that cloud backups, such as Google Drive, are completely secure. In fact, it is the exact opposite of insurance. There have been many cases of cloud storage of people being hacked and their data stolen, so always remember to keep only unimportant data in your Google cloud storage.
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