Reset means reset all settings of your smartphone, tablet, computer and other devices. Everyone knows that personal computer has a reset button, if you click on that, computer will restart and will run like new. I think everyone of us use it when the game freezes or in other situation.
However, reset may be different. Today we look at two definitions and compare the pros and cons of each: hard reset vs soft reset.
What is Hard Reset?
Hard Reset is reset your device to factory settings, return to the factory condition. What is meant by the word “hard”? This means that this kind of “reset” will restore your device (phone, tablet, smartphone and so on.) to factory settings and parameters. Also it means that all your personal data will be removed and cleaned. Your device will be as if you just bought it at the store.
Moreover, Hard Reset can be of two types: hardware and software.
Hardware Hard Reset is performed by pressing a combination of hardware buttons. Combination of buttons depends on the smartphone or tablet model. It can be both “physical” buttons (volume, power, camera …), and sensor buttons. Since Hardware Hard Reset is done via Recovery system menu, this method is very useful, if your smartphone does not turn on at all.
Software Hard Reset is performed via the menu of your device (phone, smartphone, tablet, and so on.). In this case it is necessary that the mobile device is turned on and booted correctly, then you go into the settings and to hard reset your device. It often happens that device does not turn on, or the user has forgotten the password from device, so in this case, this method does not help.
When you need to Hard Reset?
- Restore factory settings, clear all messages, notes, phone calls;
- you have forgotten your unlock pattern (pattern or password);
- After installing applications and software updates your smartphone began to slow down, fail or does not turn on.
What is Soft Reset?
Soft Reset is reboot your device. Under the Soft Reset understand emergency reboot the device. This type of reset does not bear any consequences. Soft reset does not delete the data from the device. Soft reset can be compared with the reset button on desktop computer.
You can soft reset your device by a long press on Power button. Some smartphones have a special little hole that you need to press to soft reset.
When you need to Soft Reset?
- If your device is buggy and freezes.
Thus, we compared hard reset vs soft reset methods and now you know what is better to use in your situation.
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