[How to Guide] Hard Reset and Soft Reset Motorola Droid and Milestone – Owned a Motorola Droid but still don’t know exactly how to reset your handset? Basically you can do either hard or soft reset your Motorola Droid & Milestone phones. But what’s the difference? Soft Resetting is actually rebooting or restarting the mobile smartphone device so that it starts again after cleaning the memory state with no data lost. Soft reset or restarting is useful when the phone is not responding to screen touch or tap and key press, or to recover from crash. While Hard Resetting is (aka Factory Reset) restoring the mobile device to original factory default settings, removing and deleting everything that was imported, added or installed on the device. Hard reset will erase everything on the phone. But data on MicroSD card is not affected though. And here it is the method how to do the reset.
Soft Resetting Motorola Droid (also Milestone)
Remove the back cover of the device, and then remove the battery. Re-insert the battery and then power on the phone.
Slide open the QWERTY keyboard, and press and hold the [Left Shift] + [Right Alt] + [Delete] keys to restart Motorola Milestone or Motorola Droid.
Hard Resetting Motorola Droid (also Milestone)
When touch screen is responding
1- Press on Menu button, then go to Settings.
2- Tap and navigate to Privacy -> Factory data reset.
3- Touch on the Reset phone button.
4- Tap the Erase Everything.
When the smartphone is not responding to input or has crashed
1- Turn off phone by pressing and holding the Power button until the “Photo options” menu shows up. Tap on Power off and touch OK to shutdown the phone.
Tip: If the phone is not responding, remove the back cover and battery, and then re-insert the battery.
2- For Motorola Milestone, press and hold Power key + Camera key simultaneously to power on the phone and bring up the recovery screen with image showing phone beside a yellow exclamation point in a white triangle.
3- Press both Volume Up + Camera keys to show the Android system recovery menu.
4- Use the D-pad (or Volume Down key) to select Wipe data/factory reset, and then press center button on D-pad (or Power key) to enter.
5- Select the Yes, delete all user data and enter again.
6- Finally select Reboot Phone.