DRM reset: What it is and how to use it on Android

Not long ago we talked to you about DRM licenses on Android and the importance they have. Another concept related to this that we find in the operating system is the DRM reset, which some of you may have seen on occasion. Although for most it is something unknown or they do not know what it is for.

Next we are going to tell more about DRM reset on Android. In this way you will be able to know what it is, as well as what it is for or how it is used on our Android phone or tablet. It is a term that can be very helpful at certain times, so it is good to know it. We are also going to indicate the steps that must be followed to be able to use this function on phones in the operating system.

DRM licenses

DRM license on Android

DRM licenses are something that have been on Android for a few years now, after being introduced by Google in 2018. The acronym DRM refers to (Digital Right Management), which we can translate into Spanish as the administration of digital rights. It is a technology that has been on the market for years, first in content such as music, series, movies or books that are distributed on the Internet. It is a way in which the creators are going to obtain the money that corresponds to them, that is, fighting against the piracy of said content.

In the case of Android, DRM licenses are something that are introduced in paid applications and games available in the Google Play Store. These licenses are used as a way to authenticate or verify that purchase, in addition, they also seek to prevent changes or modifications to these contents, without the permission of the users. It is also a way to protect these contents and that no one will be able to exploit them without the permission of their creators and thus earn money in this way. It also seeks to ensure a safe, virus-free download of these apps and games on Android.

Despite the fact that there was a lot of criticism about their introduction on Android, they are something that has been used to try to give more security to both app developers and users who download them. It allows apps to be downloaded in a more secure environment, as well as allowing developers to reach a larger audience at the same time. Since the downloads are somewhat verified thanks to them. When we download apps and games with DRM, these licenses are stored on the phone. It is the way to verify that we have downloaded the content in question, in addition to determining that they are real and verified content, that we are not downloading something false or modified. So they are something of importance in the operating system.

Android phones and tablets are known for the ease with which we can restore or reset. That is, in the event of any failure or problem that we have had, it is allowed to restore it to the factory in a simple way, making the mobile return to its original state and thus eliminate that problem in question. In addition, various ways of restoring these devices have been introduced, among them it is even possible to restore without losing data or restore only certain files on that device, without the rest being affected by this action.

These format or restore options are something of interest to users in the operating system. Since it is possible that there is an occasion in which we have to make use of any of them. Among these options that we have available on Android find the so-called DRM Reset. It is an option that you may have seen on occasion, but you do not know exactly what it is or what it works for. While it is important to know more about this option on Android.

When we have downloaded applications or games that have DRM licenses to the phone, these licenses are stored on the device, as we mentioned in the first section, in addition to having talked about these licenses in another article. The DRM Reset feature available on Android It is used to eliminate all those licenses that have been stored on the phone in question. Therefore, if we use this option, all those DRM licenses that are stored on the device will be eliminated.

Because it is used

Android DRM licenses

The DRM reset removes those DRM licenses that have been stored, from the games and paid applications downloaded in your day on the phone. Using this function makes it possible prevent the content in question from connecting to the network in order to be verified, thus preventing its authenticity from being verified. Therefore, it is impossible in this way to connect to the Internet to determine its authorship or ownership.

Therefore, all content that has a DRM license on Android is prevented from connecting to the network.. One of the reasons this feature is used in the operating system is if modifications have been made to this content. Changes or modifications that are not allowed by the content creators (the developers of these applications). Using the feature prevents these creators from being able to see changes that have been made without their permission. These changes are thus hidden.

Although the reality is that one of the main reasons why DRM reset is used on Android it is because the phone is going to be sold, given away or donated. When you have made the decision to sell your old Android mobile, you must delete all the data that is on the mobile. This also includes the DRM licenses of apps and games that you have downloaded in the time you used it. Thus, the person who is going to buy or receive this device will receive it in its original or initial state, without any content in it. So it is another method with which to delete information from the phone that we do not want the person who is going to buy it to see or access. In addition, you are going to make sure that the person who buys the phone does not make improper or unauthorized use of these contents or even make modifications to them.

DRM reset will prevent such illegal or inappropriate use of contentno matter who does it. Not only if you are going to sell the mobile is this function used on Android devices. The download of content supposes the introduction of that DRM license in the device. So if you want to lend, sell or donate your mobile and you want to be protected in this regard, then it is time to make use of this function on it.

How to do DRM reset on Android

Reset DRM on Android

All phones and tablets on Android have the DRM reset option. So it is something that we are going to be able to use at all times on the device, for whatever reason. That is, either because you are going to sell your phone or if you simply want to remove all the DRM licenses that are stored on it up to that moment. The steps that we have to follow will be the same no matter why we are doing this on the phone.

Of course, these steps may be slightly different depending on the make and model of your phone, as each manufacturer places the device reset or restore options in a different location. So it may be necessary to check on your phone where this option is located, which you will normally see along with the rest of the restoration options on it. It is not something that should be a problem, so you can do it without too many complications. These are the steps you will have to follow to do it:

  1. Open your phone settings.
  2. Go to the Backup and reset section (the name may vary between phone brands).
  3. Look for the DRM Reset option within this section of the mobile.
  4. Click on it.
  5. Confirm that you want to do this.
  6. Confirm again (in some cases you are asked to use the PIN or fingerprint to confirm what action is going to be performed on the phone).
  7. Wait for this process to complete on your phone.

With these steps you have completed the DRM reset on Android. Therefore, all the DRM licenses that were stored on your phone will be permanently removed. It is a good function to use if you are going to sell or give this phone to someone and you want to avoid having data in it, it is another way to help this phone return to its original state. In addition, it is something that you are going to be able to do quickly, since it is not a process that takes too long.