Soft & hard reset

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    Soft & hard reset

    Can anyone tell me how to do a "Soft" & "Hard" reset on the N1 if & when the phone freezes, hangs or whatever you wish to call it?

    Secondly, just like the iphone must you import all your contacts to the phone memory before you can use it?

    Cheers mate!!!

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    to reset your phone (reboot) when it freezes is a soft reset, you press the power button + volume down + track ball at the same time. a hard reset is when you reset everything to factory settings and everything gets wiped (do this in settings). You do not need to import anything for the phone to work, BUT you do need to sign into a google account before you can do anything. Once you're signed in, it will ask if u want to import your gmail contacts.

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    a hard reset could also be considered pulling the battery.
    Bought the AT&T N1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaeisber View Post
    a hard reset could also be considered pulling the battery.
    Looks like someone's been doing their homework. Remember the test is on Monday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iPhoneSlayer View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jaeisber View Post
    a hard reset could also be considered pulling the battery.
    Looks like someone's been doing their homework. Remember the test is on Monday.
    Oh dont worry...Im all over this like white on rice
    Bought the AT&T N1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaeisber View Post
    a hard reset could also be considered pulling the battery.

    wouldnt this be a soft reset since a battery pull saves all your settings and apps and etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deel View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jaeisber View Post
    a hard reset could also be considered pulling the battery.

    wouldnt this be a soft reset since a battery pull saves all your settings and apps and etc.
    Honestly, it seems like lingo changes between carriers, manufacturers and people.

    This would be how I understand it, coming from the Sprint-Nextel side of things....

    Soft reset= power cycling the phone.
    Hard reset= on many phones a battery pull, on some phones you press one or two buttons while powering the phoen down. Hard reset DOES NOT wipe a phones settings. On ALL Nextel phones for example, a hard reset is just pulling the battery.
    Master reset=this is where it gets strange. According to Google support, a master reset on this device is done by going to Settings>Privacy>Factory Data Reset. But on many phones, a master reset would not erase all the data. This varies, it seems, by device.

    Bottom line, the definitions, especially for a master and hard reset, vary quite a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deel View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jaeisber View Post
    a hard reset could also be considered pulling the battery.

    wouldnt this be a soft reset since a battery pull saves all your settings and apps and etc.
    I guess it depends on the context that you are referring to. If you are talking about resetting the phone back to defaults, then yes a battery pull does not do that.

    But the other way of thinking about it is resetting/restarting the phone. If a computer freezes or becomes unresponsive, a soft reset would be to reboot the computer through the Start...Shutdown...etc.. and a hard reset would be considered pressing and holding the power and/or pulling the power cable.

    Different schools of thought.
    Bought the AT&T N1.

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