Testing new applications on your Android is great fun. Eventually you might come across one that crashes your phone badly and you need to factory reset. This is when you will be happy that you put all your contacts and appointments and everything else into the google cloud because it will just re-sync that data and be happy.

Resetting an android phone may be a hassle, especially if you do not remember all the names of the apps and widgets you are using. If you are having any data on your SD-card and you want to make 100% sure it is saved, remove the card when you reset the phone. So far it has never touched the data for me on the SD card but then again I might be lucky.

The reset is performed by:

  1. Remove the battery from phone
  2. Install battery again
  3. Press and hold ”home” key and power on key at the same time.
  4. Phone starts and when the logo or boot symbol is displayed, press both buttons again.
  5. You will get into a menu where you can wipe your phone.

If you have your contatcs, appointments etc in the cloud, i.e. synced with Google then it is not such a problem but you will loose all your nice downloaded applications.

However, the first time you log back into the Market app to download new apps it will still have your old apps in the ”My Downloads” list. However, if you download new apps and then leave the market app and come back they are lost. But the first time you can quickly get your apps back!