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Samsung Galaxy S2 Tutorials, Tips, Tricks and How Tos

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This is the first part of our Samsung Galaxy S2 Tutorials series and we may be publishing more posts like this in the coming weeks as we continue to support the device. We seek to make things easier for our readers who want to troubleshoot problems with their phones. I’m sure you are already well-acquainted with your device but just browse through this post to see if there are procedures you don’t know yet.

For those who have issues with their Galaxy S2, we offer FREE online support–we will answer questions and offer solutions to problems you may have encountered. You can reach us at [email protected] but we urge you that when you contact us, provide as much details as possible so that we can accurately assess your problems. We also have our Facebook and Google+ pages that we use to help our readers. Lastly, I suggest you visit our Galaxy S2 Troubleshooting page as we listed more than 400 problems we already addressed before.

The following are tutorials you can find in this page. Click a link to jump to a tutorial:

How To Boot In Safe Mode

When in Safe Mode, all third-party apps and services are temporarily disabled. This makes the phone perform faster and any possible app-related problems will be gone. The following procedure will also help you determine if the problem is caused by a third-party or pre-installed app.

  1. Either the phone is on or off, remove its battery just to make sure it’s completely turned off.
  2. Re-insert the battery.
  3. Press and hold the Power button.
  4. When you see the first logo, release the Power key but immediately press and hold the Volume Down key.
  5. Continue holding the Vol Down key until the device has finished rebooting.
  6. When it reaches the Home or Lock screen, you will see “Safe mode” at the lower-left corner.

You can also make the phone boot in safe mode by following this simpler procedure:

  1. Remove the battery from the phone.
  2. Re-insert the battery.
  3. Press and hold the Menu key.
  4. While holding the Menu key, turn on the device.
  5. When you see the lock screen, you can release the Menu key.
  6. ‘Safe mode’ displays in the lower-left corner.

To exit safe mode, boot the phone normally.

Factory Reset Via Settings Menu

Factory Reset deletes all data saved in the phone’s internal storage as well as user settings and preferences. The procedure will bring the phone back to its default settings. Here’s how you do the factory reset via settings menu:

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Apps icon.
  2. Scroll to the right and touch Settings.
  3. Scroll down and tap Back up and reset.
  4. Select Factory data reset.
  5. Choose Reset device, and touch Delete all button.
  6. Once all data and settings have been deleted, the phone will automatically reboot.

Master Reset Via Recovery Mode

Another way to wipe all settings and data is via recovery mode using hardware keys. This also reformats the entire data partition thus deleting all possible files that may often cause problems.

  1. Turn your phone off.
  2. With the phone off, press and hold the Volume Up key and the Home key, then press and hold the Power key. You’ll see the Android recovery screen.
  3. Scroll to Wipe Data/Factory Reset using the Volume Up or Down keys. Select with the power key.
  4. Scroll down to Yes, Delete User Data and select it.
  5. Your master reset is now complete.
  6. Go to Reboot System Now to restart the phone.

Wipe Cache Partition

The cache partition is a directory where all app caches are saved and is not easily accessible to users. More often, corrupt caches will disrupt the normal operation of the phone that often result to boot loops or incomplete boot ups. Like master reset, you need to boot in recovery mode to access the command to wipe the cache partition:

  1. Turn off the device.
  2. Press and hold both Volume Up and Volume Down keys at the same time.
  3. Press the Power key only until the phone vibrates once, then release only the Power key.
  4. Continue to hold the Volume up and Volume Down keys until the Android System Recovery screen appears.
  5. Press the Volume Down key to highlight wipe cache partition.
  6. Press the Power button to select.
  7. Highlight reboot system now and press the power button again to reboot.

Soft Reset Procedure

For minor hardware and software glitches, soft reset is very effective that is why it is recommended you follow the procedure below if the phone cannot boot up properly.

  1. While the phone is on, remove the back cover and pull the battery out.
  2. Press and hold the Power key for a minute.
  3. Place the battery back in and the back cover.
  4. Turn the phone on.

Clear App Cache

When an app is run for the first time after installation, Android will store files in the cache partition. These files are used so that the next time the app is loaded, the process will become smoother and faster. More often, caches become corrupt. When it happens, app will fail to load so you need to clear the cache to fix the problem:

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Apps icon.
  2. Scroll to the right and touch Settings.
  3. Scroll down and tap Applications.
  4. Tap All tab.
  5. Now scroll to the app and tap on it.
  6. Tap the Clear Cache button.

Clear App Data

Aside from the cache, Android will also save files in the data partition. These files contains all settings and user preferences. When these files become corrupt, the app will also fail to load and may sometimes affect the phone’s normal operation. Clearing app’s data will fix the problem:

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Apps icon.
  2. Scroll to the right and touch Settings.
  3. Scroll down and tap Applications.
  4. Tap All tab.
  5. Now scroll to the app and tap on it.
  6. Tap the Clear Data button.

Turn Off Driving Mode

There are times when your phone just won’t quite speaking about things that’s happening in it. It’s because of the Driving Mode having been turned on. This feature is very helpful when both your hands are on the wheel driving, but if you’re not, then this feature will become very annoying. Here’s how to turn it off:

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Apps icon.
  2. Scroll to the right and touch Settings.
  3. Select Voice input and output.
  4. Choose Text-to-speech.
  5. Uncheck Driving mode.

Turn On Mobile Data

If you are outside your WiFi network range and you need to browse the web or send/receive emails, you need mobile data to connect to the internet. Mobile data is also needed to send / receive MMS or picture messages. So it pays to know how to turn it on:

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Apps icon.
  2. Scroll to the right and touch Settings.
  3. Tap Data usage.
  4. Tap the toggle switch next to Mobile data to turn it on.

Turn On Packet Data

Even if mobile data is already turned on and you still can’t receive picture messages or MMS, you need to enable use of packet data. Here’s how…

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Apps icon.
  2. Scroll to the right and touch Settings.
  3. Tap More…
  4. Scroll down and tap Mobile networks.
  5. Check Use packet data.

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