HTC Wildfire is an android 2.3.3 phone. There are many instances where you may want to reset your device. Perhaps you set a password and forgot it. Normally after too many attempts, you are required to enter your Google Account information that the phone was first registered under.
This works only if you have access to the Gmail account and if the device data access is turned on or has access to Wi-Fi. Otherwise the device will not connect to the account, making it impossible to retrieve the password.
If the Gmail account fails to reset the phone, you may opt for a hard reset of the device; this is the only viable alternative if you want to continue using his device.
The procedures to this reset should be followed with a lot of care as you risk breaking your phone if you do it the wrong way. Breaking a phone results in loss of warranty. In this article, I will take you step-by-step through removing the locked state of the phone. The reset generally makes the phone forget the unlock pattern prompt that you no longer remember.
A hard reset will erase all data. Before performing a reset, it is important that you make a backup of device as data and custom settings as well as downloaded applications. Download HTC sync applications to your computer and use it to make a backup for the phone. Remember, you are the only one responsible for the data lost in a hard reset.
How to Hard Reset HTC Wildfire
- Make sure you have enough battery life for about 30 minutes, or approximately 75% battery life.
- Turn off the device and remove the battery.
- Replace the battery but do not turn on the phone as normal. Instead do the following: you need to:
- Press and hold down the VOLUME DOWN and POWER buttons simultaneously.
- This brings you into Android Recover Mode. Wait for the screen to show the Android Image at the bottom and then release the buttons.
- Using the VOLUME DOWN button, select Clear Storage and then press the POWER button.
- Using the VOLUME UP button, start the factory reset.
- After the process is complete, reboot the device and it will be good to go.
You can also use a hard reset to resolve persistent problems that require you to return the device to its original factory settings, or if you want to sell your device. A factory reset does not does not erase data or files stored on the SD card, however it does delete custom settings and downloaded applications. To perform this type of factory reset, to go the menu, tap Settings, and then scroll to Privacy and select Factory Data Reset. Tap Rest Phone and then Erase Everything.
Remember all procedures are undertaken under at your own risk.