Buying a smartphone always represents an important investment where the consumer is inevitably faced at some point with the fear of finding a malfunction that forces us to consider whether or not it is necessary to format or restore the phone to its factory state.
This action is recommended under some very specific scenarios, however, there are consumers who tend to apply this process periodically throughout the life cycle of the device.
Formatting or restoring to the original factory state is actually a deep cleaning measure, so it has some important implications to address.
The most natural thing is to ask yourself if carrying out this act implies some risk for the useful life of the smartphone and here we will try to answer this question, making clear the scenarios in which it is advisable to do so.
Is it good or bad to format my phone every so often?
First of all, it is necessary to establish some prudent background and explanations for approaching this topic.
Formatting or restoring our smartphone to the factory state is a measure that helps to completely clean our device to start using it practically as if it were new, at least in terms of the mobile operating system.
From this perspective, the most common scenario where this measure is applied is when we decide to give our smartphone to another user so that he can start using it as his own.
But there is a second circumstance where this formatting is usually applied: when there is a software problem or hardware integration with the software.
Whether it’s some configuration decision that can’t be easily undone, some conflicting Android layer update, or some planned obsolescence move (if you have an iPhone) where the cache is so saturated that it no longer allows the phone to operate agile way as before.
Formatting allows us to start from scratch and if we have the backup of a backup in the cloud, it is not a major problem to do it intermittently.
But this deep cleaning periodically is not even remotely recommended, since in reality this measure always puts the integrity of our information at risk and the accumulated formatting can impact the useful life of some components such as the battery or the SoC.
So the most advisable thing is to maintain good practices and customs regarding our usage habits in other aspects. As always, download reliable apps from official repositories and install updates only when they are proven to be stable.