Some issues and wondering about doing a factory reset??

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  1. Goddesslisa

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    There are some issues that I have run across that are really starting to tick me off.
    I had downloaded handcent (which I love) however it was sending double and sometimes triple texts. After a week of doing this, I deleted the program, however The issue still remains, its not all the time, but to have people ask me why they are getting messages from me 3 times is not good.

    When the update to 5.5.893 came out I was of course happy to jump on it. I never really had that many issues with this bionic, had issues with a couple of others, first one way to many issues, next one.. blonde moment set it on top of a coffee cup and it fell in it got soaked. Thankful for insurance on that one.
    Back to the issues that I am now facing, I was having a little bit of an issue with losing internet connection, would have to reboot it now and then. Other than that it was fairly good. Since I have done the update, I noticed that quit a bit of time, I have issues with the internet, but more importantly I lose phone connection in areas that I never have had connection issues with before the 5.5 update.
    I also am having problems with the battery draining a lot faster than it use to since the update.

    I know that i have a lot of apps on my phone, about 250 apps. More than likely I do not use about 75 of them. I am not rooted.
    I just wonder would it be best to start over and do a factory reset, if so... is there anyway to save how far I have gotten on some games. LOL Silly I know just on Burn the City after having to start from scratch for the 3rd time I finally have gotten to finish all of Chapter 1 (45 levels with gold on each level) LOL

    If I do a factory reset, should I take a chance on Handcent again, or is there another really nice SMS program that is close to handcent.
     
  2. Goddesslisa

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    Anyone have any ideas, on either dealing with these issues on their own. Or me just being crazy LOL. Or do you think a factory reset would help?? Should I root?? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
     
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    A factory reset will help in a lot of areas and perhaps your phone/data connection issues will be included. These have gotten pretty painless lately by following these simple steps: 1. Make sure Backup and Restore are checked in the Privacy setting. 2. When going through the setup after the reset, turn on wifi as soon as you can (assuming it is available). 3. After you have entered your Gmail account info, you will be presented with a screen that has two check boxes. Basically they are "Do you want Google to backup and restore this phone”. Make sure you check both of those. 4. Open the Market app and accept the market terms. 5. Your apps will then automatically reinstall (paid and free). Set the phone aside for a minute or two and let the apps download and install.

    There are apps that will backup your games, check the market and find the ones that are for non-rooted phones.

    I've been flashing new roms/updates about once per day lately and I can be up and running with all my apps and settings back in place in less than 20 minutes. It's pretty painless now.


    As to battery life, here's a writeup that goes into it in some detail:

    If you are having short battery life here’s a list of things that can help. Just read through the list and select the items that fit with the way you want to use your phone. Not all items will work for everyone and this list was written for the Droid Bionic but should work for your phone too:


    - Don't use an automatic task killer--not even the one that comes with the phone. Reboot your phone and look at what's running. If anything that you've installed is running and there's no reason for it, then uninstall it and find an alternative that behaves. Ignore any stock apps that run on boot as I've found them to be more or less benign.

    - Weather widgets, live wallpapers, news/social feeds, any app or service that you use that runs--do without it if you can. If you can’t do without it, lengthen it’s refresh time.

    - Don't use antivirus

    - Set your WIFI sleep policy to never. The default is "turn off when screen turns off". This will cause the wifi to reconnect every time you open the phone. From any Home Screen select Menu/Settings/Wireless & Networks/ and then use the Menu button to see some new options - select Advanced. Then select Wifi Sleep Policy and set it to Never. Home key to return to Home Screen.

    - If you have access to wifi, leave it toggled on as it is more efficient than 3G. Wifi consumes less battery power than 3G.

    - I leave GPS toggled on too by the way. Apps use it as needed. When I'm done with Maps or an app that uses it, I'm sure to return to the home screen so GPS can stop. Under wireless settings turn on "Google location services" so that an app is able to use network resources to get your location instead of GPS. I have "VZW location services" turned off--don't know why that option is even there. By the way, I increase the speed of voice output > text to speech > speech rate because I like the directions to get spit out faster. That saves a bit of battery. Turning off the display and just listening for directions help. Also, often I just get the directions and then exit back to the home screen: GPS uses so much battery I try to get it over with ASAP.

    - When you get a 1) new battery, 2) do a factory reset, or 3) an OS upgrade - run your battery all the way down until the phone shuts off and then charge the battery all the way up. This will calibrate the phone's understanding of the battery's capacity. Do this once every month or two also, but don't do it too often if you can help it.

    - I have my battery set to "Performance Mode" and data is on all the time because I am on call 24x7. If you don't mind, try out a more conservative battery profile to save more gobs of energy.

    - Set screen brightness to "Automatic"

    - Under Accounts, click on any account listed and turn off sync for any items that you're not interested in syncing. For example, Google Books if you don't use it. Don't use Backup Assistant--I prefer syncing my contacts with Google. You don't need both. Also go into your contacts > menu > display options > backup assistant > UNCHECK. Also do contacts > menu > more > settings > contact storage > and select your Google account and "remember this choice"

    - Turn on Bluetooth only when you are going to use it.

    - Consider turning off voice privacy. This may not be a big deal but it will save some processing (and therefore battery). It may also improve call quality.

    -Turn off haptic feedback, animations, and any un-needed sounds in Android settings and in your apps

    - Set your screen timeout to as low a time as you can stand (I use 1 minute) and manually turn the screen off when you’ve finished using the phone.

    - Turn off in-pocket detection. In-Pocket Detection has been the source of many issues already.

    - Keyboard: turn off vibrate on key press and sounds for any keyboards you use

    - Use a red or black screen background. On the original Droid screen--not sure about this Bionic screen--red was the most efficient color that could be displayed.

    - Camera app: I like keeping location on and flash on auto. Consider turning location off or at least returning to the home screen ASAP when using camera if location for camera is on.

    - In stock browser the default home page is Google and it uses your location. This is a bad idea as it can waste your battery for no reason. Make something else your home page and make sure to close any web page that uses your location when you're done viewing it.

    - Charge your phone via the wall charger instead of computer USB as it is faster. Also, don't use long USB cords--use regular power extension cords instead. I stick with the charger that came with the phone. Put the phone on charger when you go to bed every night.

    - Consider install the Home Replacement app Zeam. It is basic app that uses very few resources and will help with battery power.

    - Emails: I don't know what email app you use, but try this. It saves battery power and in some cases emails arrive quicker. This scheme will have you using only the Gmail app on the phone for all email accounts whether they are pop3 accounts or Gmail.

    - If you are using Live Wall Papers, stop!
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    This is a link to some very good videos about saving battery power on the Bionic (there are 4 parts and the other parts will show up as available videos when part 1 finishes):

    Battery Saving Video

    Part 1:
     
  4. Goddesslisa

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    Thank you so very much for the response.. and the detail on it!!!
    Do you think it would help if I root??
     
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    Perhaps. But only because you could load the newest radio/baseband. But I'm hearing that 4.03 will be pushed in weeks. And I perhaps that will help your phone without the risk of rooting. Another option would be to contact your carriers about the dropped calls/data issues and see if they will replace your phone.

    Good luck.
     
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    If you decide to root I would strongly suggest that you read everything you can find on the subject and keep reading until you thoroughly understand how to do it and what each step means. The manual method is easy to follow and is absolutely proven to work. There is a "One Click" method that works too, but please, please do not try to do it until you understand what is going on. Often the problem with One Click methods is that users don't end up with enough knowledge to get themselves out of trouble if things go badly. Here's a One Click for the Gnex: [GNex TOOLKIT V3.0] Unlock, Root, CWM, Flash and MUCH MORE For Newbs [LTE] - xda-developers

    Here's the manual method: How to: Unlock the Galaxy Nexus Bootloader – Droid Life and How to: Root the Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE, Flash a Custom Recovery and Make a Backup [Verizon] – Droid Life

    One other issue, if you decide to unlock the bootloader and root the phone, the absolute first thing you need to do is, after installing Clockworkmod Recovery, is to boot into recovery and make a Backup. This is a file that you can restore and be able to return to a rooted stock phone system.

    Good luck and once again, do not rush into the process of rooting - learn exactly what it means, how to do it and how to recovery from trouble.
     
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    Bayou,
    Thank you again, I know either way this will be a timely process, I haven't decided yet to root or not. Its something that if i decide to do it, I really have to make sure know what I'm doing, its not something to go blindly into. Oh my no that would not be good...
    Thank you for the advice, I will make sure to post what happens when I am done.
     
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    Good luck. :D
     
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    Ok I decided not to root, I just dont have the time or the patients for it at this point. However I did backup everything, put it on my SD then pulled out the SD. I have not put the SD back in yet. Did the factory reset. But here is the question, when that happens doesnt everything get wiped off?? I mean I know that google holds info in it. But it held the upgrade to 5.5.893 so that was on it right away, and it also held my wi-fi connection with the password on it?? Is this all held on google when you do a backup.. or did I or the phone do something wrong??
     
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    Does any of this sound right? Last night when I had done it I did it twice, once as a hard reset, then went in and did a factory reset with the wipe on internal storage, like I said I do not have the SD card in. But when its back up and running my Wi-fi router password was saved, bookmarks were saved, the upgrade to 5.5 was saved. Am I nuts? Right now the phone is sitting with the back off, and the sd card out of it, because I hate to get it all up and running if something is wrong.
     
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    Well I've commented in several threads recently that Google was getting more and more settings backup. I haven't done a reset in a few weeks now, well on the Bionic, and my wallpaper was saved and a few other minor settings, but my wifi router password was not saved. But the truth is I don't think you can do a reset incorrectly. Did your apps reinstall automatically?
     
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    No they didnt, and i just let the wipe take them off, I do have them backed up on my sd card.. really at a stand still with this.. LOL Yeah more than anything it was the router password that concerns me.
     
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