Vodafone Smart Mini Hard Reset to Factory Software

The Vodafone Smart Mini is a budget touchscreen mobile phone released in June 2013. It has all the features of a modern smart phone delivered at a fraction of the competition’s cost. A low-cost smart phone through and through, it nevertheless delivers modestly on a number of key factors for the modern user.

If you own this phone and begin to notice a steadily increasing number of hangs, unresponsive applications, and other problems, it could mean that a hard reset is in order. There are two methods available to hard reset the Vodafone Smart Mini, and this article will outline the details of each one.

The Vodafone Smart Mini is not designed to impress the discriminating customer, but it does deliver on most of the modern necessaries without too much discomfort. The 1 GHz CPU is sufficient for most applications and uses, and while the 2 MP camera leaves a bit to be desired, it is nonetheless functional in most conditions. The addition of a MicroSD card slot allows for the optional increase of on-board storage by 32 GB. This can be very useful when resetting the phone, as information on the MicroSD card is not affected.

How to hard reset the Vodafone Smart Mini

It is absolutely necessary to have a recent backup made of your user data and information before beginning the soft reset procedure. If you do not have a MicroSD card slot, you can backup your photos, contacts, third-party applications and other information to Google’s servers wireless, or onto your computer through USB. Once you have this data backed up, you’re ready to begin one of two methods to reset your Vodafone Smart Mini to factory settings.

The first method discussed in this article uses the phone’s home screen menu options to re-install the operating system and remove the accumulated software errors in the phone’s hard drive. If the home screen menu functions without too many problems, it is largely preferable to use this method:

  1. From the home screen menu, enter the System Settings folder.
  2. Enter Backup & Reset, then tap on Factory Data Reset.
  3. Leave the MicroSD card option unchecked, confirm your choice and hit Erase Everything.
  4. The phone will reset with all your user data wiped.

If you’re unable to access the home screen menu without problems, or any of the steps above result in a consistent error message, this means that your phone’s internal file system or registry has been corrupted. This usually causes lots of problems but can be easily fixed by using the phone’s built-in firmware-based reset method, outlined below:

  1. Start with the phone off and hold the Volume Up and Power keys at the same time.
  2. The phone will boot into Recovery Mode, enter the Factory Reset menu and choose Erase Everything.
  3. There will be no confirmation as the phone goes directly into reset, turns off, and then back on again.

Once the phone restarts, you’re ready to restore all of your user data, contacts and applications from that backup you made earlier and then continue using your phone like normal from here on out.