What to do when you see the “Refresh Icon” on the N9
This is what the “Refresh Icon” means, and what you need to do when you see it after a “Hard Reset” of the N9 handset.
For all the strength of the N9, sometimes, a hard reset is the only forward to set things straight again. The “hard reset” is actually done via “software”, an oxymoron.
Go into the “Settings” menu and then choose “Reset”.
Tap on that and you will have 2 further options:
Tapping on “Clear Device” will clear most things on the N9, including the default wallpapers. However, the bundled Apps like the Webkit2 Browser, Angry Birds, Face Book, etc will remain. The microSIM card contents does not appear to be affected either but I would do a back-up first if I were you. Only takes literally 2-minutes! 😉
The N9 handset will then reboot itself and you will get a blank black screen with the following icon:
Don’t “Press and Hold” the Power Button to Reset the Handset, because this same icon will keep reappearing again until you let the whole “refresh/reset” process complete by itself!!!
The “Refresh Icon” means that the N9 handset is “refreshing” itself (hence the “refresh” icon!). Just let it be for about 10-15 minutes and have a cup of coffee while the N9 clears/resets the files. It will then turn-off by itself when it’s ready. Then all you have to do is to press the power on button to turn it back on again in the “virgin” state.
You will be prompted to sign-in the Nokia Account again before you can access the Nokia Maps and Drive apps. You can still use your N9, make calls and surf the net if you decide not to sign-in/log-on. However, that also means you cannot access the apps that need you to.
For most, this is the best way to solve the “Unable to Sign-in to Nokia Account Error” on first start-up of the Nokia Maps which stops you from using the Nokia Maps and Drive, and any other apps that needs a sign-in first to Nokia Account like Ovi Store, etc!!!
Hope that helps some of you out there!!!
You can find the original wallpapers that came with the N9 below if you have accidentally deleted them while “hard resetting” 😉