Factory reset vs. recovery mode (hard reset)

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Jul 19, 2020, 5:46:53 PM via Website

My Google Nexus 7 tablet is running Android version 5.1.1 - the latest the hardware will accept. At times, the device is sluggish and Chrome, Firefox, and the Settings panel occasionally crash, even after a full charge. I have removed every app not in use and driven down the cache. Currently, the internal storage is showing 16.40 GB free out of a total of 27.56 GB. The tablet otherwise functions well.

I have seen advice on various sites (including androidpit) about resetting by performing a factory reset or using the recovery mode. Everything of importance is stored elsewhere, so a complete erasure is of no concern. What is unclear is whether I would see a performance from either of these procedures.

Any advice, including potential downsides, would be appreciated.

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Jul 19, 2020, 7:27:47 PM via Website

Definitely, Hard reset will fix some bugs(after an update) and improve the overall performance.
Backup the data and Hard reset.

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Jul 19, 2020, 7:33:41 PM via Website

Thank you. Do recommend the hard reset (recovery mode) over the factory reset?

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Jul 19, 2020, 7:47:26 PM via Website

Yes, the one from recovery mode.
Please Note: All your data will be erased, so Keep a backup.

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Jul 19, 2020, 7:53:14 PM via Website

Thank you. As I mentioned in my initial post, everything of importance is stored elsewhere.

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Jul 19, 2020, 8:35:09 PM via Website

I have a follow-up question. You advised a hard reset (recovery mode) over the factory reset. In addition to the repair of "bugs (after an update) and improve[d] ... overall performance" you mentioned, what is the difference between the two procedures? Why is the hard reset preferable?

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Jul 19, 2020, 10:40:35 PM via Website

It is recommended to give a factory Reset once an Os update is installed. This will fix some bugs and glitches. For eg; If your phone upgraded to Android 10 from Android 9. Then you must give a factory reset to fix the glitches and clear old cache.

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Jul 19, 2020, 10:49:59 PM via Website

Thank you.

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Jul 22, 2020, 2:05:49 PM via Website

this is very useful, thank you!

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