Samsung Galaxy Prevail

In this tutorial we are going to reset android on a Samsung Galaxy Prevail device, using two different methods.

Samsung Galaxy PrevailWe will bring your Samsung Galaxy Prevail to it’s out of the box state.

If you can access the applications menu on your device, you can use any of the two methods to reset android that we will explain.

If the Android OS is failing, or you forgot the lock pattern and can therefore not access the Samsung Galaxy Prevail you will use the second method described, which uses a combination of hardware buttons to reset android on the mobile phone.

Before you start with any of the two methods, please make sure your battery is fully charged, to avoid any inconvenience in the middle of the process.

Soft reset android on Samsung Galaxy Prevail from the Applications Menu

For this way of doing a reset android on Samsung Galaxy Prevail, we will do it from the applications menu. Follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings and then select Privacy
  • Select Factory data Reset 
  • Select Reset Phone
  • Select Erase everything, and this will restore the phone to factory settings.

Reset Android on Samsung Galaxy Prevail using hardware buttons

  • Make sure your phone is turned off. One way of doing this is removing the battery for 5 seconds and then putting it back in place.
  • Press and hold at the same time the Volume Up Button and the Power button.
  • When you see the Samsung logo let go of the Power button while still pressing the Volume Up button.
  • Release the Volume Up button when you see the recovery menu on the screen.
  • Using the Volume up/down buttons and the camera button navigate to and select Factory Reset
  • Then select yes, and the reset of your Samsung Galaxy Prevail will begin.

At this point you should have succeeded to reset Android on your Samsung Galaxy Prevail, but if you had any issues please let us and others know through the comments, and maybe we can help.

LG Volt

If you need to Reset Android on your LG Volt device, in this tutorial we will explain how.

Reset Android on LG VoltMaybe you just forgot the lock pattern, or your LG Volt have started to present performance issues. Maybe you want to sell it or give it away, and therefor you need to have it wiped.

There are two very simple methods to achieve this. These methods will give you a clean Android operative system, and return the LG Volt to it’s out of the box condition.

To use the first method to reset android you will need to have access to the Applications menu of the LG Volt. If you don’t have access to your mobile, use the second method to reset android.

Before using any of the two methods that we will explain to reset android, please check that the battery of your LG Volt is at least 80% charged. It is also convenient to do a backup of your data, if possible.

Soft Reset Android on LG Volt using the Applications Menu

To reset Android on your LG Volt by software, go to the Applications Menu on your phone and follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Applications Menu -> System Settings -> Backup & reset
  2. Tap on Factory Data Reset
  3. Tap on Reset Phone -> Erase everything and OK to confirm.

Hard Reset Android on LG Volt using hardware buttons

  1. Make sure your phone is turned off
  2. Press the following buttons, holding them down at the same time: Volume Down button + Power button
  3. When the Factory reset processing screen is shown, let go of the buttons at the same time.
  4. With the volume buttons navigate to the Wipe data/Factory reset option. Select this option by pressing the Power button
  5. Navigate to Yes – delete all user data and press the Power button to accept.
  6. The phone will now start the Factory reset process.

By now you should have been able to reset android on your LG Volt, using either of the methods described.

Kyocera Brigadier APN unlock and phone disassembly

Today I will focus into Kyocera Brigadier phone. It happens that I own one, purchased from Amazon Store, but I am not a Verizon user (nor plan to be one). This is not your usual reset Android tutorial.

Kyocera Brigadier Verizon APN locked PhoneThe Kyocera Brigadier phone is a really nice macho Android device, rugged up to the point of including a synthetic mineral sapphire screen. Yep, the unbreakable screen technology that all iPhone users where expecting to get on their iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus but apparently Apple considered too expensive to add into their design.

Only drawback: Verizon has locked the APN options inside the Kyocera Brigadier, hence I was not able to add my own LTE provider’s APN… until now.

As it happens, today I had two news, a good one … and just to prove that ying yang concept, a bad one. The good one, which I will blatantly copy (citing the source, all in due time) will make the first part of this article, in the form of a tutorial that will -hopefully- allow you to edit APN configuration on your Kyocera Brigadier.

The bad news followed as a realization, when I inserted my nano Sim into the Kyocera Brigadier, that due to a probably forceful-ish insert, I had apparently damaged the Nano slot inside my “rugged” mobile phone.

I was shocked to say the least: My Kyocera Brigadier has been transformed into a (not so) rugged brick. It deserved a disassembly in order to reach the nano Sim slot pins and inspect the damage made.

This will be covered in the second part of this article, and it is not for the faint of heart.

Unlocking APN edit on your Kyocera Brigadier

The following tutorial was originally written by xda-developers forum user buchym and the reposted into this post.

It involves blocking the Android apps that are preventing you from editing your APN. Even if this “APN policing” code reactivate later, your already edited your APN and thus it will be kept in working condition.

So this may be the safest method of changing your Kyocera Brigadier default APN from Verizon into the one you need.

You will need a Windows PC because a windows-only tool, called “Debloater” is needed in order to stop the bloatware and policeware code inside your Kyocera Brigadier.

  1. You need to activate the Developer Options on your Kyocera Brigadier: Go to Settings then scroll down to “About phone” and then down to “Build number”. Click on the item 7 times in a row. This will give you the message “Now you are a Developer”.
  2. Open the “Developer Options” and activate “USB debugging” option.
  3. You need to have the official drivers for your Kyocera Brigadier. You can install drivers from here . Also please ensure your computer correctly detects your Kyocera Brigadier phone.
  4. Connect your Brigadier and select Media Sync Mode. IF Verizon software installation pop up appears, cancel it.
  5. Use this link  in order to download the Debloater software. Install it and skip any eventual warnings of your windows or antivirus.
  6. With your Kyocera Brigadier connected and recognized on your PC, Open Debloater software.
  7. In up left corner you have “Read Device Packages” – press it, (t will read the processes running inside your phone)
  8. Check the apps (first column) or processes (second column) that you don´t want to use.
    Search for qualcomm and check qcrilmsgtunnel.apk alias com.qualcomm.qcrilmsgtunnel (this is what block the editing of APN)  I checked all Amazon, Nhl, all Verizon except VZWService (it will mess the programmable button and every time you open the phone it will ask for program it)
  9. When you finish your selection, just click Apply and wait for Debloater to block all services.
  10. Disconnect your Kyocera Brigadier and go to Settings > More > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names and you will see in its right corner a plus sign. Tap it, introduce your APN settings and save them. When in doubt, you can check on provider’s website for manual settings.
  11. Check on mobile data: Close Wi-Fi and verify you have mobile internet.
  12. Restart your Kyocera Brigadier and verify if you can edit again APN. (if not, repeat steps 6-10)

Disassembling the Kyocera Brigadier Android Phone

First let me say that I could not find a single disassembly tutorial for my Kyocera Brigadier on the web. So, I had no idea on where to start. Upon first inspection, I was somewhat freaked out with those really weird industrial type screws on the back of the phone.

Kyocera Brigadier industrial screw

Now, the front of the Brigadier was another story: I took off the four philips screws from each corner of the screen, which in turn allowed me to take off, making a bit of pressure prying from the screen edge, up and outside; both the bottom tab holding the buttons and the slim top bar.

Kyocera Brigadier disassembly

Then I tried the weird screws at the bottom, only to find them being plastic dummy screws, which only served as “rugged” marketing. Below one of them, I could see, at the side, a rusted out philips screw. But since it was definitely NOT below the dummy screw, I started suspecting that there was more to it than keep unscrewing things.

Kyocera Brigadier Dummy screws

Hence I inserted a small screwdriver horizontally, into the hole that was left from the dummy weird screw, only to find that below the exterior back case of your Kyocera Brigadier, there is another case, being the external one glued into the one below.

Kyocera Brigadier cracking open

I applied some pressure and managed to peel out the back outer case, or “marketing shell” from my Kyocera Brigadier.

Kyocera Brigadier outer case

Kyocera Brigadier Inner CaseThe second shell had six philips style screws (two of them really big ones).

I proceeded to unscrew them, and then with a plastic case opener tool, I proceeded to open the inner casing, which was also glued (but included some snap-ons at different intervals).

This required some nerves, as I did not have the faintest clue about how much force needs to be applied.

Needless to say this whole opening task left some serious dents and scratches on my new -but useless- Kyocera Brigadier phone.

As I said at the beginning this whole Kyocera Brigadier disassembly process is not for the delicate or faint of Heart.

Finally, I was “inside” the phone. The battery is not wired into the phone’s motherboard, but it rather makes contact with pressure bronce style contacts, as if the Kyocera Brigadier carries a design from an earlier phone with a removable battery.

Kyocera Brigadier inside

The battery is Kyocera branded, “made in Japan”, model SCP-60LBPS and delivers 3100mah on 3.8Volts.

Kyocera Brigadier Battery

On the back of the inner case I found the NFC – QI wireless charger receptor, carrying the TDK brand, model 18F3-NF-K2. Again, no wire connecting the back case into the screen side (mainboard), only four pressure contacts.

Kyocera Brigadier NFC and Wireless charging

Finally I got to desolder the nano sim slot metal casing, in order to reach the bronze-like metal pins that I very much suspected I had broken when inserting my Nano sim.

Kyocera Brigadier Cheap Nano Sim Slot

Yep, two of the three outer contacts where damaged. Actually the one in the middle-front is completely destroyed.

Bottom line: So much for ruggedness, Kyocera. This Kyocera Phone has a nice “manly” outer shell, but water and sand actually gets inside the inner shell and starts rusting the screws in there.

Also, I need to point out that there is a lot of GLUE used to seal the whole design in our Kyocera Brigadier phones. It felt kind of cheap.

To add into the cheap side, that matte black finish your Kyocera Brigadier got, is just an easily scratchable elastic “paint”. The usual shiny black plastic will surface “in no time at all”.

Kyocera Brigadier cheap matte finish-paint

Before “upgrading” into the Brigadier, I did enjoy another water-proof phone, the Fujitsu F-01F (japan made, only for Japan Market, distributed by DOCOMO telco between 2012 and 2013).

I did open the Fujitsu F-01F too, only to find and admire a vastly better engineered water containment system and phone in general. That Fujitsu was a really cool phone. For instance, there was no need to cover the micro USB or headphone connectors.

I did have the misfortune to slip the Fujitsu phone into concrete floor, shattering the (Gorilla Glass 3) screen. This screen accident fueled my Kyocera Brigadier purchase. Now the screen is pure sapphire, but the Nano Sim Slot is pure crap and even the inner screws get rusted.

Kyocera Brigadier rusted screw

Hopefully this story and pictures may be of use for you, reader. Me, I got 100% frustrated, as I lost 400 USD on my Kyocera Brigadier and could never actually use it.

Google Nexus 7

There are two oficial ways to reset Android on Google Nexus 7, version 2013.

Google Nexus 7Any of those ways will ensure that your Android Tablet will go back to it’s factory settings. They only differentiate from each other in the steps you have to execute for each of them.

You will decide which one to use depending on the status of your Google Nexus 7.

If you have full access to it’s menues, you will use the method that uses software to reset Android on your tablet. If, on the other hand, you do not have access to your Google Nexus 7, for instance if you forgot your lock pattern, you will have to use the method that uses hardware to go through with the steps.

Independently of the method you will use, make sure the battery of your Google Nexus is charged at least at 70%, so that your device does not power off during the procedure.

Reset Android on Google Nexus 7 using software

To reset Android using this method you will ned to have access to the Settings menu of your Google Nexus 7. Follow these steps:

  • Go to “Settings
  • In personal, touch “Backup & Reset
  • In Personal data touch “Factory Data Reset
  • Touch “Reset Tablet
  • If your tablet is password or PIN protected, you will be asked to enter it at this point.
  • Touch “Erase Everything” to completely clean your Google Nexus 7 device.

Your device will reset itself and by the time it goes back on it will be as out of the box.

Reset Android on Google Nexus 7 using hardware

  • Turn off your tablet
  • Press and hold down the Volume Down and Power button at the same time until the word “Start” shows up on the screen
  • Use the Volumen Down button to move down through the menu until “Recovery mode
  • Press the Power button to select “Recovery mode“. At this point a red Android robot will show up on your screen.
  • Keep holding down the Power button and press the Volume Up button
  • Use the Volume Buttons to move up and down the menu to “Wipe data/Factory Reset” and use the Power button to select the option.
  • Use the Volume Buttons to scroll down to “Yes –  erase all user data” and select the option with the Power button.

If at any point your tablet becomes unresponsive, you can restart it by holding down the power button for a few seconds.

You’re done! You have now reset Android on your Google Nexus 7 tablet!

Samsung Galaxy Fresh

In this tutorial we will show you how to reset Android on the Samsung Galaxy Fresh, a device that runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Samsung Galaxy FreshThere are two ways to hard reset Android on a Samsung Galaxy Fresh device. Which ever you decide to use will leave your mobile in the same state as it was out of the box, giving it a fresh start.

The method you will use to reset Android will depend on if you have access to the applications Menu of the Samsung Galaxy Fresh or not.  To use the first set of instructions we’ll provide the hard reset will be applied using options available in the Applications Menu, you will therefor need access to your mobile. If you don’t have access to your mobile, maybe because you forgot the lock pattern, you will need to use the second set of instructions.

Before starting with any of the two methods be sure that your battery is charged at least in 80%, to avoid any sudden powering off. It is also recommended that you do a backup of your data, if you have access to your Samsung Galaxy Fresh OS.

Reset Android on Samsung Galaxy Fresh, using software

To reset Android using software is really simple. You just have to access the following menu optons on your Samsung Galaxy Fresh:

  • Menu -> Settings -> User and Backup -> Factory Data Reset
  • Click on Reset Phone and then Erase everything

 Reset Android on Samsung Galaxy Fresh, using hardware buttons

  • Turn off your device
  • With the Samsung Galaxy Fresh being turned off, press the Volume Up , Home and Power button at the same time.
  • When a menu appears on the screeen, choose the option Wipe data / factory reset by moving up and down with the Volume buttons, and selecting with the Power button.
  • Confirm the operation by pressing the Power button.
  • Select Reboot

You have now reset Android on your Samsung Galaxy Fresh, and will have a phone in the same state as if out of the box.