Performing a factory reset on a  device is often considered a measure of last resort, however it is sometimes  the most effective option to get your phone back in shape. So if you have finally decided to take this big step, make sure you are well prepared before you proceed. These are some things you should do before a factory reset.

1. Determine if you really need a factory reset

Don’t be too quick to opt for a factory reset, first try other troubleshooting options to eliminate other possible reasons for  the problem. If all your efforts proves abortive, then prepare for execution.

2. Backup your personal Data

You can backup any data you don’t want to lose after the reset such as your contacts, call log, messages, music, documents e.t.c. You can backup up your data manually on a computer or  an SD card or you can opt for cloud backup.

Syncing your phone to your Gmail account will prevent your contact from being lost. Another alternative is to use apps such as My Backup Pro, that lets you save your contacts on a secure server or an an SD card.

3. Reconsider backup for  your Apps

Some applications are often implicated in slow phone performance and may be the reason why you got here in the first place. Backing up and reinstalling a faulty app may bring you back to the crux of the problem.

You can make a list of all the apps you would like to reinstall after your backup, and install them one after the other, studying the reaction of your phone to each new app. This way you can easily spot out a mischievous app. Also you can manually backup apps you are sure about.

4. Remove your SD card

Once you are done saving all your useful data to your SD card, remove it from your phone before you proceed with the reset to prevent accidental formatting.