As I mentioned in my last post, Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Impressions, my phone started to bog down quite a bit after I installed Android Lollipop. It eventually got to the point where the phone was virtually unusable. It would sometimes take upwards to 15 seconds to open an application or even to dial a number. It especially made it difficult to type, which if were being honest, is one of the most essential utilities on our phones. After exhausting numerous tips and tricks to try and speed the device up I decided that it was time for the ultimate smartphone purge, a factory data reset.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, a factory data reset is a feature used to restore a phone back to the way it was when you first got it. It wipes everything off the phone, contacts, texts, photos, applications… everything. So as you can imagine, performing one of these resets can be a bit daunting. But if you have a few hours to spare and the patience to properly back up everything on your phone to a computer, the process is actually fairly straight forward.
Of course, it isn’t until we are knee deep in the backup process that we realize just how much digital stuff we have! Luckily for us, most of our application data is now backed up in various different cloud servers, so really the only things we are responsible for backing up our things that are stored locally on the device. Items such as: music, audio files, photos, videos, texts ect. are all things you need to be aware of if you perform a factory data reset. I was pretty thorough and took a great deal of time when it came to backing up my phones contents, I wanted to make sure I lost as little as possible when I decided to wipe my phone. But alas, despite my best efforts I did end up losing some things. Nothing of tremendous importance, just some random files stored in inconspicuous applications. But nonetheless, that is the nature of a factory reset, despite your best efforts you will almost certainly lose something. But you know what? That’s okay, because it was the best decision I could of made.
It was as if I was holding a brand new phone, in fact I honestly believe my phone is faster now than it was when it was new! Whatever had been hampering my phones performance before was now gone, leaving my phone operating like the technological beast that it is. I no longer experience frame rate drops, animations are lusciously smooth and everything about the phone just feels so much more responsive and fluid. This new found quickness paired with the greatness that is Android Lollipop makes for a truly great mobile experience. Factory resetting my Galaxy Note 3 was without a doubt, a terrific idea.
If you are also experiencing massive performance drops after installing Android Lollipop and have tried everything you can think of perhaps a factory reset is in order. It’s the fastest way to clean out all the digital gunk your device has accumulated and a chance to start fresh with a clean slate. If you do decide to take this path however, please make sure you have everything that you hold dear backed up and saved to your computer. Once your phone is reset there is no going back. So take extra precautions and spend a little extra time and do it right. If you do, you will be glad you did!