If you have already installed the Flipboard app on the Micromax A116 then you already know why. But in case you have not, do not try it. Installing Flipboard app on the Micromax A116 will cause a hell lot of issues and will make the OS unstable with launcher service stopped error popping up all the time.

The only way to recover is to hard reset the Micromax A116. The process is simple and a little different as the enter button is bit tricky. Check the procedure listed below. You will need to shut off the phone it again will be tricky as the error will keep popping the best way would be to remove the battery and insert it again.

How to hard reset Micromax A116 (canvas HD).

  • Shut the phone off.
  • Press Power button hold and then immediately press volume + and volume – simultaneously (all 3 buttons) until you get two options.
  • Press the volume up button to enter into the recovery mode.
  • You will see the android icon, and it will be the same for as long as you do not press the power button once. So press the power button once.
  • Then you will find the menu options. Use the volume up and down button to choose the option. And press the enter button to confirm it.
  • Now the enter button is a bit tricky and in fact a combination of two buttons. On other phones we have seen there is only one button but here it’s two. The power button on some handsets work as the enter button but not on A116. If you press the power button you will get the android image again press the power button again to come back to the menu. For enter button you need to press the left (context menu) and the right (back) touch sensitive buttons simultaneously and hold for a sec.
  • Choose the wipe data / factory reset then press the enter button as mentioned above you will then see some more options use the volume button to navigate to the yes option and press the enter button again. This will do the factory reset and then use volume button to select the reboot now option and press the enter button again. All done, back as it was when you opened the box pack.

How to factory reset Micromax A116 canvas HD

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  1. This works,you will just have to be patient. I dont know the specific seconds, but you need to keep pressing and holding the enter (left most) and back (right most) keys together for a LONG TIME and you will be able to select the options hopefully!

  2. Its not working. I followed the instruction to reset/wipe/ reboot now. The Android icon appears on screen “in circling” motion. Left it like that for 24hrs -leaving it on charged for another 24hrs. The Android icon continue cicling. Tired…stopped it as no “factory icons” appeared. What will I do with this Micromax A116 now?

  3. Mr Gogi thanks for this article. I will also stuck in the recovery mode option. Tried your method of pressing both soft button at the same time, but it did not worked. So in frustration tried all type of key combination. But there was no progress. So finally started pressing many times left and right soft key. Finally it worked. Thanks for your idea.

  4. hello sir, my canvas hd a116 touch sensitive buttons are not working…what to do..i have formatted from backup & restore options as recovery node was not possible as touch buttons are not working……can u please help and suggest what to do…:(

  5. From yesterday night My Canvas HD rebooting several times strangely. I don’t know how to solve. Plz help me out Gogi sir.

  6. Hi Gopi,

    The way you have explained the issue is interesting. And each steps are very clear. But I just want to tell you that, it is specifically designed for Micromax Canvas 116 HD, that you need to press Menu button + Home button simultaneously, to enter a option. Actually I tried it and it works for me.

    Anyway thanks for a good article.

    With regards,

  7. Mr. Gogi,
    Enter button is not working in micromax A116. I tried Left context menu and right back button simultaneously but its not working and my pattern couldn’t be unlocked .
    help me…

  8. Hi i am facing problem with Micromax A 116 HD , till day before yesterday it was working fine and suddenly the touch screen was not working, hence i removed the battery and again installed it, but now when i reboot it just shows me Canvas HD and does not move any further, also i tried doing reset, on pressing volume buttons and power buttons i do see 2 option the options stay but doesnt get selected on holding the up or down key and once i press power it just rest at Canvas HD…… can you please help me

  9. Hey Dear.
    I have canvas HD and i flash rom of canvas 2.
    and it fails before completing.
    now i have installed original rom. but i am facing the problem of No sim card detected and also Invalid IMei… i tried engineering mode to write the imei but it also fails to write since it is saying radio is off…
    can u help me before i reach service center

  10. touch-sensitive buttons on my canvas HD are not working.. πŸ™ so i cannot do hardreset. How to fix it. Is that a hardware issue?

  11. Hello sir I am aashish here after getting all of d review about Micromax a116 canvas HD I bought this phone. It was working gud up to yet but sir now it giving some problem like my WiFi just showing WiFi turning on but it doesn’t. I am getting the same problem when I am. Try to make its Bluetooth and WiFi hotspot.
    Plz help me sir what to do m really got frustrated.

  12. Hi Gogi, does flashing A116 with CWM recovery void its warranty? Please inform, my stock recovery mode is not working. I was thinking to falsh CWM recovery, but needed your advice before doing it. Thanks.

  13. hey Gogi!
    first of all great work, you have been helping us a lot.
    there is one issue with my micromax a116, i bought it last week and since then every day there is a problem with the phone. whenever i open any app like messaging,team bhp etc my phone hangs and the “launcher doesnt respond ” issue appears on my phone. Any way to fix this? micromax service is not trustworthy so dont want to waste time on it

    1. Hi its a software issue. Do a factory reset and it should solve it, if not you might want to take it to the service center, they will re-install the OS.

  14. Replaced my phone 2 times but after few days days of use there is noise in loudspeaker in music as well as call?
    Annoyed with this..

  15. Thanks A lot sir ji for this solution actually i bought this phone day before yesterday and set a new lock pattern and forgot it in some time and your solution resolved my problem.

  16. hey gogi

    Prob on my Canvas HD

    My auto rotation feature or g sensor stops working after some time…
    And starts working on reboot again for some time…

    Already done G- Sensor calibration many a times as said by micromax..but this prob continues. please give a solution. thank you gogi..

    1. Hi Sandeep,

      Please do not flash a116 ROM in a110, you will brick your phone as chip sets are different.

  17. thanks gogi… its wonderful contribution from you. I was stuck in recovery mode to select any choice but your resolution made it perfect. Thanks

  18. Hi Gogi! Micromax has released a new firmware for A116 to fix the issue with Flipboard app and also has some enhancements. You may check it out at their FTP site!

  19. I was facing a peculiar issue with my Canvas HD, the settings screen was not opening, it used to flash and disappear so had to do a hard reset to my device. the touch sensitive buttons as indicated above did not work for me I used the left context menu button and the home button. Problem is solved now.

  20. Hi Gogi Sir,

    Is the Flipboard app is quiet heavy, as Canvas A116 HD is not able to handle that….. as u said that “Installing Flipboard app on the Micromax A116 will cause a hell lot of issues and will make the OS unstable with launcher service stopped error popping up all the time.” ….

    So is there anyway to install that app without facing any trouble…..?

    1. Hi no the app is light weight but some conflicting issues with the OS. For now you cannot install wait for solution.

    1. Neel yes there was issue with the launcher app when installing flipboard, but I think it can be fixed seems like OS issue. As for other points for the price we are already getting too much. Actually if you read the article the A116 is compared with big brands that’s itself is a complement in itself. Also with low price the demand increased and users want to have all that the big brands are offering.

      1. It is definitely a paid review by Samsung. I Read it today, felt like go and bang his head. Comparing Canvas Hd with S3 ..

  21. A lot of times I am unable to ‘wake’ up the phone from sleep mode by pressing the power button. Nothing less than taking out the battery starts the phones.

    Any thoughts ?

    Thanks for your help.

  22. Gogi ji,

    can you please answer my query regardng moving apps to sd ? Mean while i posted same question in 1116 review thread. It got deleted πŸ™

    1. You cannot use the Apps to SD cause by default the system does not allow to do so. Rooting can help but will void the warranty.

  23. Hi Gogi
    Is it possible to take a complete backup along with the OS to PC for A110 or A116. Kindly reply & if possible with a screen cast or article.

  24. Gogi, Micromax hsa stopped taking even Booking orders.

    I had read somewhere booked around 2 lacs mobiles were booked & thus they had to stop Booking.

    Do you have any news ?

    1. No nothing yet, but you see it will be only after 15th March that the stocks will be in India, so I guess they are already overbooked.

      1. Stopping the booking online? is it a sign that from now on the phone will be available in other stores in few weeks?

  25. hi gogi sir
    is there hdmi support in micromax mobiles? and can we connect kbd and mouse through otg?

  26. gogi bro power btn does not work in stock recovery mode it wonrks in cwm mode nd u cn gt cwm mode only aftr rooting πŸ™‚ so in stock recovery u nid menu btn to select or as u said enter

  27. hello… Can i remove preinstalled app frm my canvas 110..there is preinstalled cricket fever trail pack game.. I want to uninstall it

      1. yes i tried but there is no uninstall option.. There is disable option..when i click diable it shows that “if u disable a build in app, other apps may misbehave.”

  28. Dear Gogi,

    can you please quickly help on this query. Actually on my A110 when ever i am installing a app, it is installing it in external card, if i go to storage setting then selecting external sd, i am seeing all apps there. In settings, it shows 3 options are there let mobile choose best place to instal or internal or external.. Does this mean my a110 is Vrom 2 based. I am just about to order a116, do we have this kind of option to install apps..I mean system itself will detect best place to install. All my fear is if i get 116 now, that i doubt that it will allow me to install apps on sd card. Micromax should be enabled this feature by default in this, because they already know that a110 was initially not allowing moving to external card. can you please mail micromax people and update us. ( because they will surely send reply mail to you )

  29. Thnx gogi,
    U r doing a wonderful job by helping us.. Though im nt one of d luckier owners Of both Canvas & HD(Luckily:D) bt i’ll keep in mind 2 avoid dis app…

  30. You can even do factory data reset by just going to settings and selecting the option of factory data reset.

    1. True but the OS does not load you keep getting the error message all the time, you cannot access the menu.

  31. Sir !
    I want to buy canvas hd,
    but im scared from the phones life.
    What is ur opinion,
    is this phone long last for 2-3 years.
    With average daily usage ??

  32. Hi there GoGi,

    I think that the app should work, and btw it works on all the other jelly bean phones. I have tested it.

    Have you tried wiping its data from settings>apps ?


  33. Dear Gogi

    I am asking a very silly question. I have one Huawei C8511 android 2.2. to put it off i have to take out the battery. On replacing it, it automatically starts. I cannot use it for putting off or to swich on. Is it the hardware proble or anyother? Please.

    1. Could be the hardware button, you can get it checked at local mobile service shop if warranty is already expired.

          1. I have Micromax A110 with Jelly Beans 4.1.2 and flipboard app is installed on it and I am not facing any kind of issue..I am regular user of Flipboard app. (This must be problem only with Micromax A116)

          2. This may not be problem with all the phones running 4.1.2. I have read articles about Samsung Galaxy S3 with 4.1.2 using the flipboard with out issues. It may be issue with few devices…hopefully either flipboard or micromax addresses this issues soon. I have placed order for this phone and the current wait time is for a month.