Spring Cleaning – 1

You may feel that your tablet is slowing down, or is just downright messy having been experimented with for a number of years.  You can of course simply delete apps from your device.  However, you could quite simply go for a fresh factory install.  Doing this takes you back to the very begining and so you will need to make sure that anything you have on your device is backed up or not important.

However, not a lot is actually stored on your device exclusively.  Much of the information simply comes from the cloud or has been backed up to the cloud.  This may well include your photos.  How can you tell?  Simply the majority of information, your photos and your installed apps are linked to your gmail account which you will have set up when you got your tablet (this applies specifically to android devices but your icould account is the equivalent on an iPad).

Remember that a gmail account is a lot more than and email account, can have multiple devices linked to it and includes location services, spreadsheets, word processing, cloud storage, photo storage and YouTube to name but a few.  It also has a copy of your apps.  You can find out about everything on your account by opening a browser (preferably Chrome) and typing in the following:


Now you will need to enter the user account details xxx77.boot@gmail.com and the password.

  • How many photos are there on the account?
  • How many apps are installed?
  • How many videoa have been uploaded?
  • How many books have you got?


You cannot remove the apps from the website account, you need to do it from play store on the tablet or phone device.

However, this does mean that if you do a factory reset, everything that is on your dashboard can be restored.


Should you be unable to use optins to do a factory reset, you can do a “hard” reset which means that you can wipe all the data and “reset to factory” by pressing a sequence of physical buttons on the tablet.  for our Samsung Galaxy 3 tab 10″, the instructions are below:

  1. Ensure that the Samsung tablet is powered off.
  2. Press the Power and the Volume Up button together till the device displays the start-up logo.
  3. Once the logo is displayed, release the buttons and wait till the device enters theAndroid system recovery mode.
  4. On the displayed screen, use Volume Down button to go to the wipe data/factory reset option (Volume Up and Volume Down buttons are used to highlight the displayed options on the Android system recovery screen).
  5. Once the option is highlighted, press the Power button to select the option. (Pressing the Power button in Android system recovery mode selects the highlighted option.)
  6. On the next screen, press the Volume Down button multiple times till the Yes — delete all user data option is highlighted.
  7. Press the Power button to hard reset the Samsung tablet device while clearing the dalvik cache along with the process.
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