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What does 'Factory Reset' mean?

by retiredusmc / February 12, 2013 11:03 PM PST

I rooted my T-Mobile Samsung SGH-T679 but some apps like Email and Google Play Store don't work anymore (Sorry! Force Close) but other apps do work. I am considering to Factory Reset the phone and start new but a Google search on this isn't really clear on this procedure. Since this is a programmed T-Mobile phone does the hard reset return to the T-Mobile settings/apps as purchased and I lose my rooted status? Or does it really mean that everything will be deleted and I can start anew and reload only the apps I want?

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Depends on the model.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 12, 2013 11:14 PM PST

Most of the time I see it remove all the installed apps, wipe the data and set the settings to defaults. Being rooted is not helping here as a rooted phone could have some other OS image installed and change what the reset does.

So until the folk that did the root job tell you what will happen, it's only a guess.

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PS. If you read around the web.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 12, 2013 11:21 PM PST
In reply to: Depends on the model.
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by retiredusmc / February 14, 2013 10:39 AM PST

Bob, thanks for your replies and your links. As phone and most apps work not sure if I will reset. But new apps can't be added nor old ones updated.

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There's a clue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 15, 2013 7:12 AM PST
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If you want to update an app, remove it and the app data. If you followed the discussions it looks like it's some old app+data that caused the app close failure. By manually cleaning out apps, you might clean out the one it carps out on.

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