I've just started with Android (just bought my first smartphone) and I would like to know answers to the questions that I'm sure should me already answered on any Android resource:

  1. How do I revert the system back to original state? (asked specific version for my HTC One mini, but didn't receive a full answer) Maybe I'd better ask how to backup and restore the system?
  2. How do I root the phone? (and revert the changes back, for completeness' sake)
  3. How do I flash a custom ROM?

I am surprised that I cannot see these generic questions on Android StackExchange. Should I ask them, or is there anything wrong with these questions?

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    Hi Nickolei. Welcome to the site. Canonical questions for 2 and 3 exist on the site. Factory reset is usually an option in the settings menu – Flow Apr 12 '14 at 13:23
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    @Flow Please provide links to canonical questions 2 and 3, as I can't find them. By 1 I mean revert the phone's software to the state that it came from the factory with; as far as I know, Hard Reset doesn't do this, it resets to the default state of the latest version of Android, instead. – Nickolai Leschov Apr 12 '14 at 18:07
  • @eldarerathis Great resource, thanks! – Nickolai Leschov Apr 12 '14 at 18:56
  • The answers can vary wildly per device, so these are not necessarily good canonical questions. – Matthew Read Apr 17 '14 at 20:39

We have a canonical question for 2.: How do I root my Android device

But since more and more Android devices appear, we decided to allow one canonical question per device, as the process of rooting/flashing/restoring stack ROM varies at least between vendors, but sometimes also between devices.

See for example this query which is about "restoring the stock ROM" which you asked for in 1.

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