How to Format a Cell Phone

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How to Format a Cell Phone. In today's technologically advanced society high-tech gadgets like cell phones are common. Some cell phones come with expansion slots for memory cards while others have PDA functions. Due to large data storage options, the performance of a cell phone sometimes decreases due to cookies and other temporary files that occupy the memory. In such a case, the best solution is to format your cell phone to keep it in order.

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Step 1

Backup all the data and files of your cell phone. Attach a connector cable to one end of the cell phone and plug the other end into a computer. If your phone has a memory card slot, backup the data on the memory card.

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Step 2

Download back-up software online for a small fee if your cell phone did not come with the software. Some Pocket PC phones have a backup/restore utility built in to the phone and do not need any additional software.

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Step 3

Format your phone by holding down the power button and using a pin or a stylus to press the restore button. This step will erase all data on your phone and will take approximately five to seven minutes. Once the phone has been formatted it will shut down and restart.

Step 4

Turn on the cell phone and follow the on-screen prompts to install the factory settings on the phone. This will free up storage and ensure optimal performance. Install new programs on your formatted cell phone or restore your original data.

Things You'll Need

  • Connector cable

  • Memory card

  • Stylus or pin


Format your cell phone once every 3 to 4 months to make space for more data.