HTC Desire hard/factory reset

Restart iconI’ve decided to hard reset my HTC Desire tonight in hope of clearing up a few niggling bugs.

Namely: The news feed widget not updating itself automatically.

I know it’s quite a drastic thing to do just to try and fix something like this but it’s also nice to have a “clean” phone without things loading up and running in the background from the various apps I had installed.

I’m also going to take the leap and try to switch from Yahoo to Gmail so I can use the built-in GMail app. This’ll allow me to utilise the GMail app’s HTML support which although people seem to hate, I quite like. Previously I was using the excellent K-9 Mail app which has full HTML support.

Will the bugs “fix themselves” or will I be spending a long time setting my phone up again for no particular game. Only time will tell but I am giving myself to the world of Google now.

This is how I hard/factory reset my HTC Desire:

  1. Turn off the phone
  2. Hold the Volume Down button
  3. Press and release the Power button
  4. You are now presented with a menu that allows for Fastbook, Recovery, Clear Storage, and Simlock
  5. Select Clear Storage by pressing the Volume Down button
  6. Press and release the Power button
  7. Now simply confirm your decision: Volume Up for YES and Volume Downfor NO

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13 Responses to “HTC Desire hard/factory reset”

  1. Barwin Says:

    Don’t mind me waiting for your results. How about all the (paid) apps? They’re deleted I suppose… Curious wheter or not this hard reset has solved your problems. Let us know, please.

    • Jon Says:

      Hmm sadly the reset didn’t solve my problems but I have noticed the phone responding a lot quicker than it was previously – likely because I haven’t installed half the crap I had on before.

      Paid apps are fine. Signing back into the Market brings back all my recent downloads (inc paid apps) in the “Downloads” section so got them re-installed without a problem.

  2. Gabriel Says:

    Interested by your switch to GMail Jon. I’m on Yahoo and would like to keep it, but can’t set it up via IMAP on the Desire (something I could do on Windows Mobile!). Did you succeed doing this at any point?

    Closest I’ve come to is MailDroid, but currently that doesn’t allow offline access to emails.

    • Jon Says:

      I don’t have IMAP access to Yahoo sadly – that’s a paid option isn’t it?

      The best e-mail client I found was K-9 Mail. It supports IMAP very well (my work account uses IMAP) but not 100% sure whether it allowed for offline browsing although I’m 70% sure it did…

      • Gabriel Says:

        Interesting – I tried K-9 and still couldn’t get Yahoo to work on IMAP there. Currently using POP using default client which is fine, but eagerly looking out for anything new. An official app from Yahoo would be good – perplexed why they haven’t made one (or is google blocking it?)

  3. Dan Says:

    How about the updates? I want to reset my phone also because of the latest update to android (update 2.29.405.5) which brought more bugs then the original android 2.1 had.
    So my plan would be to reset and apply only the updates that worked.

    So I am curious if the reset takes my phone back to android 2.1 or it will keep all the updates ?

    • Jon Says:

      Hi, I’m afraid when you update the firmware, resetting your phone to defaults won’t help as the new firmware is stored permanently. It might be possible to downgrade somehow but I don’t know how. Check out the XDA Developers forum for help!

  4. Karly Says:

    Thanks for this Jon. I have been locked out of my phone for 3 days & my phone company was unable to help me. I now have my phone back 🙂 Much appreciated 🙂

  5. Ryan Says:

    My power button has been push in permanently. I have been getting into te phone previously by using an app that requires hand movement across the screen to unlock it.
    When I get the screen up with :
    FASTBOOT
    RECOVERY
    FACTORY RESET
    SIMLOCK
    IMAGE CRC

    I press the volume down button to select factory reset, but it automatically selects recovery.
    Is there anyway to overcome this??

  6. nicole Says:

    hI I JUST TRIED THIS BUT DIDNT WORK MY ISSUE ISNT REST REALLY MY LETTERS S AND W NOT WORKING IN TEXT OR FACEBOOK AND WAS ADVISE TO RESET HAVE ANYONE COME ACROSS THIS BEFORE WHAT CAN I DO TO GET THEM WORKING THANKS!

  7. jahed Says:

    but i cant format my htc desire hd using phone buttons or this above trick what should i do now is their any alternative option to hard reset HTC

  8. Eun Song Says:

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  9. Dk Says:

    hey guys need help my htc bravo got stuck on the starting logo after I hard reseted it please any one need some urgent help

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