Performing a hard reset will remove ALL data including the Google account, system data, application data, application settings, and downloaded applications. After a hard reset has been performed, initial setup may need to be performed. If needed follow the steps below:
I just did a factory reset last week after an unstable app (seems to have) hosed my GPS functions.
Nothing to it. And yes you will have to reactivate it, after all you're restoring back to RIGHT OUT OF THE FACTORY conditions, not OUT OF THE STORE conditions. Just dial *228 (star-two-two-eight) and select Option #1. It must use your handset serial number or some other embedded info because all I had to do was select option #1 and it did everything else automatically. Phone was up and running in about 2 minutes. All I heard was a couple of beeps and a "Thank you. Your phone is now activated." I thought at least I'd have to supply a phone number, account number, last 4 digits of SS#, or some other info but not so. Options #1 and done.
You will have to go back into the Market though and reinstall your apps, but your original list should still be there.
Froyo (2.2) supposedly comes with an improved Market app that will allow you to reinstall ALL your apps in one shot, as opposed to 2.1's one-at-a-time method. Oh well... even with 75 apps, the whole restore took me maybe an hour.
You'll also have to set up your e-mail accounts as well. If you had Google Backup enabled, your Contacts and Calendar and whatever info you synced will be automatically restored for you.
If you want a printable list of your apps before you reset, look for and install "AppsList" from the market, or better still "AppBrain Market Sync". AppsList will print a complete .TXT list of installed apps onto your SD card, AppBrain will keep a record online and even automate re-installs.
john - sad you had to spend more than 10 minutes fixing verizons problems. even sadder your able to justify as only one hour.
What Verizon problems?
I already said it was the result of an unstable, poorly written app that caused my problems. Verizon has no control over lousy coders in the Market. I won't mention any names but their initials are B.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l.W.i.d.g.e.t.s.
And an hour to reinstall 75 or so apps, including configurating settings and setting up multiple e-mail accounts?
I don't see that as a hardship to restore a Droid from a factory reset back to where it was in one hour.
Try doing that with a comparable Micro$oft OS... good luck with that. We're talking days now, not an hour.
Not only was it not a hardship, I'd call that remarkable that I was able to do it so easily.
my point exactly - justification is a powerful tool john. guess compared to the old days your right and since you can justify the time spent, your ok with this considering your comparing a "smart" phone to a computer. So we should expect to have issues but just less than a comparable OS????? insanity
As bad as it may sound, phones just like computers (Laptops or desktops) will and do have occasional problems. It takes many hours to restore a laptop and or desktop even with back-ups.
A cell phone is primarily to make and receive calls, all else is fluff. It took me a few minutes to update my droid manually, and a few more minutes to insure it was all working correctly. I think this time span is the norm and not the exception.
Like many computer companies that have you do a "restore", or a "reformat" it will also happen to cell phones and the greater devices out there. That is just the way it is.
We as users and purchasers have to deal with that the best we can.