acr456 asks in the Android Central forums

Hello, I am going to factory reset my phone. However, my question is, since this is a complete reset will it also rollback to the version of Android that the EVO was launched with? For example, I know have version 2.3.5. Will it roll it all the way back to 2.1? I just want my data erased, I want to keep all my system updates including whatever updates Sprint sent. Do I have anything to worry about?


Also, the EVO I'm resetting is deactivated. Once the reset is complete will I be able to fully use my phone without the need of a Sprint connection? I have Wifi so that will do.

We're glad you asked! We get this one a lot, and we can see why the term factory data reset would make one think it was being returned to the factory, out-of-box condition. Thankfully, it's not. A factory reset will erase all user settings (things like home screen customizations, Wifi networks, sound settings and the like) and delete all apps downloaded from the Google Play store. It won't touch anything that's part of the system files, so your worse case scenario (and actually the likely scenario) is that system apps that have been updated from the Google Play store (things like the Gmail app or Maps) will just need updated from the Play store again. You'll still be on the latest 2.3.5 version, but the rest will be clean like a new device.

As for it working without Sprint service, everything but calls and SMS/MMS will work just fine. I've had my EVO 4G unactivated for over a year now and use it to keep little ones occupied when they come for a visit. Using Wifi, all your Google services, including the important one -- the Google Play store -- will still work just fine. Good luck, and have fun with your new EVO PDA!

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There are 20 comments

mr.wizard says:

Well done Jerry. A good answer to a good question

Kudos! Good to see that you don't mind helping us little guys out. This is why AC is my favorite site for all things Android!

Drootz says:

Never had to factory reset but, curious to know that If you're rooted would a factory reset cause you to lose root access?

jb calhoun says:

no it dont i do it all the time but its always good to have a nandroid backup u have to do a factory reset anytime u change roms...if ur rooted and only rooted thats a waste...go to xda a get a killer rom u think ur phones good now just wait!!

crazace says:

no it does not

Marbash says:

I've actually been wondering about this myself. So thank for a good answer to a good question. The few times I've reseted my phone has been without an upgrade from the "out-of-the-box" edition. :)

I have accuzly have been wodring about themself.thznk for good .
I have reset my phone grade from the out of the box .
Please suport and help me

Kaptain75329 says:

Quick question on this topic - if you do the following:

- a factory reset
- install a blank SD card that's never been used

Would those actions then be sufficient to clear off sensitive data? I want to make the phone suitable to sell or give to someone else, but not if there's still private data on the device.

El Jefe says:

A factory reset WILL clear all the private data off the device. If you are selling a SD card with the phone you could swap it out with a blank one or just format the one already in there (after pulling off the files you want to keep, of course.)

jb calhoun says:

pull ur sd card and factory reset and its all clear..

Kaptain75329 says:

Awesome. Thank you both for the help.

_I want to factory reset but no loss present data.
_sdcard dounwlozding perfacet data no lose
Unefected work delete atomaticaly.someone system requrement

crxssi says:

Too bad he didn't post the next step- what if you had rooted the phone and it stopped getting OTA updates and really DO want to wipe it all the way back to factory fresh, including the system partitions...

kra2y says:

There is not one way for all phones, it all depends on what phone you have.

jb calhoun says:

yes there is only one way in order to get ota updates u have to flash a stock recovery ...the only other way like for the samsung infuse and such samsung kies does it for u

jb calhoun says:

then u have to flash the stock recovery...but there is really no sense in getting ota updates from ur company cusom roms are way ahead of there updates

sankysanket says:

After rooting Does a factory reset restore the system file too??
I accidentally deleted some fonts, so will a factort reset restore it??

ToddLaPhonso says:

after rooting your phone, which apps did you delete from it? if you delete some system apps, don't factory reset your phone. just install a fonts app to your phone.

ToddLaPhonso says:

Great for this. However, it is incredibly easy to get personal information from an android phone even you had a factory reset.

So if you want to sell your android phone, you must erase everything on it permanently to keep your personal data safety.


Aquil Apayor says:

then u have to flash the stock recovery...but there is really no sense in getting ota updates from ur company cusom roms are way ahead of there updates http://www.techirs.com/2014/03/20/download-candy-crush-saga-for-pc/