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lancehunter01
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lancehunter01

This article reminded me of those “computer technicians” that I’ve consulted when I was still in highschool way back in 2004. All of them have the same solution in fixing a computer problem.

Reformat the PC.

sleepinlight
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sleepinlight

The most common reason I see it suggested for is solving phantom battery drain. Which is strange when people reinstall all the same apps and settings and report significantly improved battery life following the reset.

I’m a Front-End dev so this isn’t really my area of expertise, but is there any kind of explanation for this? Does app cache/storage somehow cause increased power usage over time?

drh713
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drh713

I’ve never actually run into any issues on android where I needed to reset the device. I have had several where I’ve had to reset some application.

> You should never have to take responsibility and fix for software issues on a $900 phone yourself. Ever.

If that’s the case, you shouldn’t have permission to install software or make changes. Do we want appliances or computers?

AssertiveInTraining
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AssertiveInTraining

What’s this supposed to mean exactly? Looks like the editor had some bad experience and decided to vent. My brother-in-law showed me the other day his Galaxy S3 with over 2 years of uptime. Dude is showing it to everyone with a smile in his face. I think I’ve never used an operating system you don’t have to re-install every now and then and you don’t have to reboot every couple of days (Well maybe the linux distros in the servers at work) UNTIL ANDROID. I never restart my phone. I never factory reset my phone. Though I admit I… Read more »

arnduros
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arnduros

I agree that you absolutely shouldn’t have to do it. And I can’t really remember the last time I *had* to do it because it was the OS’s fault. Back when I was messing with Android ROMs and things like kernels etc. I did some factory resets because I messed things up, and more or less directly after installing a new ROM a clean reinstall only takes a few minutes and it’s easier than trying to find the mistake you made in kernel settings, overclocking etc. But sometimes *I like* to do factory resets. Let’s take my current phone (HTC… Read more »

hyperjit
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hyperjit

I only reset my phone when I (or the ROM developer) can’t find the actual problem.

Jankku_
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Jankku_

I’m messing with ROMs on my other phone so i factory reset almost every week. But i know it’s frustrating if your main phone is crashing all the time etc.

I know that people doesn’t like to factory reset. Sometimes you just have to. It doesn’t make the phone or software bad. Errors happen and IMO it’s okay as long as it’s not constant. I usually factory reset my main phone atleast once a year.

najodleglejszy
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najodleglejszy

the last phone I would reset in order to fix battery life or whatever was from 2011.

dingo_bat
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dingo_bat

Don’t buy a shit phone, and you don’t need to reset at all.