If you own an android device it does not means that you are only privy to an absolute world of third party development. Several mods can be done fresh out of the box with xposed and root; the list even goes longer. But to get benefited with all that you need to have the custom recovery in place. One such thing that Android massive development community offer is cleaning and wiping of data using TWRP recovery on your Android device.
Well, there is lot many situations when you actually need to wipe the data just because you want to get your phone reset on the factory settings. If you wish to get a custom ROM installed on your device, then you have to wipe data partitions. Android has a system of partition layout which comprises of the system partition, boot partition, cache partition and other.
Steps to wipe data/partitions using a TWRP recovery
- Make sure to take the backup of your data.
- Install a TWRP recovery on your device
- Your device should have atleast 60% of battery
Step 1: First Reboot your device to recovery mode. Access the TWRP home screen, from there tap on the Wipe option
Step 2: From the wipe window if you only want to do a factory reset then at the bottom of the screen swipe the button to do a factory reset. As, a factory reset will clean the cache partition, data partition and the Dalvik partition only.
Note: As it is indicative that TWRP does not wipe the internal phone storage, the factory reset will wipe the internal phone storage like the internal partition and data partition forms one storage area. So, must take a backup before.
Step3: If you think that factory reset will not be of any help to clean everything then go to the Advanced wipe and from there select the partitions you want to clean.
Here, select the data, Dalvik, cache partitions to clean. After selecting swipe the touch button from left to right to clean the selected partitions. (Don't Select Internal Storage unless you want to wipe it out)
Note: Several mobiles need to be converted the file system before you clean them. So you can execute them with the change filesystem button in blue colour. It is not required always but in some devices.
That’s all for cleaning the data with TWRP on your Android device. Using this step by step guide you can clean the unnecessary data on your device. I am sure with this cleanup guide you probably don’t end up with a buggy custom ROM or bricked device.
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