The HTC Wildfire is a smartphone released by HTC Mobile in May 2010. Running on an Android OS, the phone is powered by a 528 MHz processor and includes and LCD capacitive touchscreen. Its 5MP camera includes geo-tagging feature and allows both taking photos and making videos. If you own an HTC Wildfire and have experienced an increased number of errors and other unpleasant software issues, it might be time to perform a hard reset. There are two options: you can do a soft reset or, in case the problem is more complex, a factory reset.
Given the data loss that’s produced, you will have to make sure you’re making a backup of all important contacts and data on the phone. Before moving to how you can do that, it is important to know that performing a hard or factory restore is very useful, as it is one sure way to fix all software-related problems in a limited amount of time.
Equipped with Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities, the phone with a 512 MB memory allows access to important applications, such as Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, Flick, Gmail, Youtube and so on. The HTC Wildfire also has a Li-Ion 1300 mAh battery that allows up to 7h and 20min conversations.
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In the first case, a soft reset can be done by simply shutting your phone off and removing the battery from your phone. After a few minutes, you can place the battery back and restart the phone.
The second option is a hard reset – this one requires a backup, since your data will be erased once performed. In order to backup all contacts and data you can use the phone’s Micro SD card, store it on Android Cloud or use the Astro File Manager application. Saving your contacts and calendar can be done following these steps:
Making a back-up
- Go to the People application on your phone.
- Go to the Menu.
- Choose the Export/Import option.
- Scroll down to Export to SD card.
- The files can be then transferred to your PC.
Alternatively, you can use the easiest application to back up all your apps – this one guides you through all the required steps. The Astro File Manager can be downloaded here.
In order revert to factory settings, you can use the phone’s Volume Down and Power keys. This solution is also illustrated on Youtube and involves the following steps
- Turn off the phone.
- Tap on the Volume Down and Power button and hold.
- Scroll down on the reset menu using the Volume Down key and choose Factory Reset.
- Once your option was chosen press the Power button again to confirm.
- The phone will reboot in a couple of minutes.
The same procedure can be done by using the standard Android reset procedure. This one requires following the steps below:
- Go to the Settings Menu.
- Scroll down to Privacy.
- Select Factory Data Reset from the options.
At this point, your phone has been refreshed with an empty hard drive, which allows you to use the backup you made in order to restore all data and contacts.