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How to recover photos after Nokia Lumia 1020 hard reset

Steps to hard reset and recover photos after Nokia Lumia 1020 reset

November 3, 2015

Nokia Lumia phones when launched brought a wave of freshness in the smartphone circles. The colorful and eye-catching design of Windows 8 soon made these phones hot properties and status symbols with the Lumia 1020 being one of the best buys. However, no matter how sleek and shiny a new phone is, data loss is something that can strike it anytime. And one of the reasons for data loss on a Nokia Lumia 1020 is performing a hard reset on the phone. That is, restoring it to its factory settings.

There could be several reasons prompting a user to perform a hard reset on his phone – a mess-up with settings, an app installation going haywire, or maybe an account getting locked. Though performing a hard reset seems to be the ultimate solution to these problems, it is in fact, only a start to them. The most common problem users face after a phone reset is loss of photos on their phone. So if you have a Lumia 1020 and are planning to reset it to factory settings, read on to discover some helpful pointers first.

Things to do before factory reset

Before you take the plunge, you must keep the following in mind. In case you missed out any of these steps, you may have to turn your hopes to a good and reliable Photo Recovery Software.

1. Backup your phone

This is undoubtedly the most important step. To backup your Lumia 1020 phone you’ll need a Microsoft account. Here are the steps:

Helpful Tips:

2. Backup all photos to OneDrive

  Here are the steps:

3. Remove the SIM Card and SD card from the phone

This is also important to ensure the data on them doesn’t get corrupted.

Steps to hard reset Nokia Lumia 1020

Now that you’ve taken care of the preliminaries, let’s get straight to business.

Warning – All downloaded apps, text messages and all data will be deleted so make sure you have a solid backup.

There are a couple of ways to do it:

1. Force Reboot and Factory Reset

All data will be erased and all settings reverted to default state.

2. Soft Reset to Factory State

3. Hard reset Windows 8 Lumia 1020 using keys

This will reboot and reset your phone. It might take a little time to complete the process so be patient.

4. Hard reset Windows 7 Lumia 1020 using keys

5. Hard reset from the menu

Recover photos after Hard Reset

To recover photos after restore to factory settings, you can use any of the following techniques:

1. Backup Restore

To do this sign into your Microsoft account and follow the instructions your phone displays to restore your backed up data.

2. In-case you haven’t setup up Wi-Fi

After a factory reset when you are given the option to set up your phone through your Microsoft account, your phone would have lost its Wi-Fi connection settings. So you will be able to sign-into your Microsoft account only over cellular data. However, if the speed is slow on that, restore might fail.

The second option you are given is to Skip restoring so that whenever you log in to your Microsoft account, you won’t be offered a backup restore. That would surely be a no-no.

The third, good option is, along with the above two options (to Login or Skip), take care to notice a third smaller option underneath that says ‘do this later’ or something similar. Select this option makes sure you aren’t Skipping it and you’re not doing it until you have a good Wi-Fi connection too. So you should be set when you log into your Microsoft account over a good Wi-Fi.

3. Third-party Photo recovery software

If none of these techniques work, your best option would be to use a reliable third-party application to recover deleted Lumia 1020 photos.

Concluding Lines

Hope our helpful tips assist you in performing a successful factory reset on your Lumia 1020 without losing any of your data. Even if you do lose something, take care to pick the right software to recover it accurately and risk-freely.

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