How-to: Restore a Windows Mobile Device to Factory Settings

ClearstorageWhen a Windows Mobile device starts playing up, there is only a small amount of fault finding that we can do before we need to take drastic measures. One way to make the device run like new is to set it back to factory settings.

There are a couple of ways to restore factory settings. The most popular method requires you to hold down various buttons for set durations, resulting in a frustrating finger tangle. You will need to look up your manual for the specific combination your device uses.

Luckily, there is an easier way that should work for everyone!

Windows Mobile devices normally come with a program called Clear Storage. This program is used to restore your factory settings without the need to use complex button combinations. It is found in the Settings > System tab.

All you need to do is enter 1234 and press YES. This is a very easy way to restore factory settings.

The drawback with restoring factory settings is that all the data and programs on the device will be wiped, including ringtones and software you may have purchased. ActiveSync or WMDC will normally contain the installers for any 3rd party programs that are installed on the device, and data such as mail, contacts and calendar can be synced up to Outlook. This makes restoration a quick process. It’s hardly worth fault finding when it is this simple.


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4 Comments so far »
 

  1. Nadia said, on September 1, 2009 @ 11:28 pm

    In Windows Mobile Version 6.1, this feature is in Settings -> System -> Memory. Select the 3rd tab called “Clear Storage”.

  2. jatinc said, on January 2, 2010 @ 4:25 am

    Hi. Everyone explains how to hard reset and that Hard Resest sets the winmob to factory settings. But what no one explains is what happens to the factory installed softwares like Opera Browser, Google Maps, Youtube viewer etc. Such softwares thought don’t form part of main winmo software (win 6.1 in my case) but are installed by Mobile Manufacturer (in my case Samsung for Omnia i900).

    These factory installed softwares are installed on main memory (not on My storage or storage card). Will I lose them also when I hard reset my Omnia?

  3. efmuldeao said, on December 15, 2010 @ 9:08 am

    “Everyone explains how to hard reset and that Hard Resest sets the winmob to factory settings. But what no one explains is what happens to the factory installed softwares like Opera Browser, Google Maps, Youtube viewer etc. Such softwares thought don’t form part of main winmo software (win 6.1 in my case) but are installed by Mobile Manufacturer (in my case Samsung for Omnia i900).”
    You can more about this?

  4. Chris Duckworth said, on December 15, 2010 @ 9:15 am

    Hi Efmuldeao, a hard reset will return the system back what it was when you bought it. If Samsung installed google maps/opera etc into the firmware, it will remain after a factory reset. If you needed to install the software yourself, then you will need to reinstall it. So in short, a factory reset makes the device good as new.





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