Tag Archive: Factory


What you need to know about Factory Reset Protction

Factory Reset Protection helps keep your data safe if your phone is lost or stolen, so you need to wipe your phone before you sell it.

Factory Reset Protection (FRP) is a security method that was designed to make sure someone can’t just wipe and factory reset your phone if you’ve lost it or it was stolen. Starting with Android Lollipop, FRP is “standard” in vanilla Android, and most of the companies making our phones have implemented  [Read More…]

Samsung temporarily closes Galaxy Z Flip factory over Coronavirus case

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Fold are manufactured at the affected Gumi plant.

What you need to know Samsung has confirmed a Coronavirus case at its phone factory complex in Gumi, South Korea. The company has decided to shut down the entire facility until Monday morning. Samsung’s foldable Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Fold smartphones are manufactured at the Gumi plant.

Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone vendor, has confirmed a coronavirus case at its phone factory  [Read More…]

One-minute power outage to shut down Samsung’s memory chip factory for days

No equipment was damaged, but the production line must be inspected before operations resume.

What you need to know Samsung experienced a one-minute power outage at its Hwaseong factory in South Korea that will shut down operations for two to three days. The factory is responsible for producing NAND and DRAM memory chips, which are used in products like phones and computers. A similar incident occurred in 2018 at a different Samsung factory and cost the company  [Read More…]

How to factory reset your Chromebook and when you should do it

Whether you’re giving your old Chromebook to your kids, selling it to a stranger, or just giving it a deep cleaning to clear out the cobwebs and slowdowns, factory resetting a Chromebook is drop-dead simple and quick enough to do in your average TV commercial break. Here’s how to get your Chromebook cleaned out and ready for a new user.

Products used in this guide Long-lasting laptop: Lenovo Chromebook C340-11 ($ 250 at Best Buy) Back it up:  [Read More…]

Bundle a factory reconditioned Roku Ultra and Streaming Stick+ and save $50

Let it stream!

Today only, Woot is bundling a reconditioned Roku Ultra with a Roku Streaming Stick+ for just $ 99.99, which is about $ 50 less than if you were to buy them on their own. As factory reconditioned units, these will look and perform like new, and Roku still backs them with a 90-day warranty. Woot does charge a flat $ 5 shipping fee, but you can use your Amazon Prime membership to avoid having  [Read More…]

How to factory reset your Lenovo Mirage Solo

Playing around in VR is fun, but sometimes you need to give your headset to someone else.

Let’s say you bought someone a slick VR headset for their birthday. Let’s also say you decided to try the headset for yourself because why not? Now you’re faced with a conundrum: you can’t just leave your account signed into the headset, or that’d be a dead giveaway. Fortunately, it’s not hard to perform a factory reset, and they’ll be  [Read More…]

It’s time to factory reset your phone

Is your phone acting up? A factory reset may help it!

Despite what the Indiana weather likes to believe, we’re officially entering spring. With that comes pretty flowers, awful allergies, and the fun that is spring cleaning. And what better way to start than by cleaning off your phone?

Well, not physically cleaning your phone — although that isn’t a bad idea — but giving your phone’s software a good scrubbing. If you’ve had your phone for  [Read More…]

How to factory reset an Android phone

How do I factory reset my Android phone?

There are a number of reasons why you might need to factory reset your Android phone. Maybe your phone is overloaded with apps and running slow, or you’ve downloaded a recent update and it’s causing problems with your phone’s functionality. Or maybe you want to reset to the factory settings because you’re selling your phone (you should always do this when selling an old device, by the way).

Here’s  [Read More…]

How to reset the Galaxy S8 to factory settings

How do I reset the Galaxy S8 to its factory settings?

The Galaxy S8 is a great phone, but sometimes you’re put in a position where you need to bring it back to the state you found it, be it for performance reasons, bugs, or to sell.

Whatever the cause of the reset, it’s fairly easy to do it. Here’s how:

How to factory reset the Galaxy S8 from inside Android

The easiest way to factory reset  [Read More…]

Pixel and Nexus factory images with July security patches now available, OTAs arriving soon

Another month, another set of security fixes for Android.

Right on schedule, Google has released the latest factory images and OTA files for recent Pixels and Nexuses, including the July 5 security patches. This update will hit the Pixel XL, Pixel, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Pixel C, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player. The new software is still based on Android 7.1.2 for the modern devices, but of course 7.1.1 for the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, which  [Read More…]