So it’s time for you to get a new phone, and to make an extra buck, you’re planning on selling your Android. Of course, you’re not going to sell your phone with all your photos, text messages, browsing history, and every other piece of private data intact. Even if you’re selling it to your best friend, there’s certain things that need to be kept private.
So how can you delete the entire contents of your Android with ease? In this article, we’ll provide you the easy way to do so, and make sure that no one sees your contents. It’s an easy process, and it will delete everything without them being able to bring it back.
Note that this guide uses Jelly Bean as reference. While other phones use the basic same methods, there may be minor differences in the process.
First, Back Everything Up
When you get a new phone, it’s a huge chore to re-add your contacts and tweak the settings to your liking. However, you don’t have to! All you need to do is backup your data and then put it on your new phone, and it’s like you never had a new phone. Used to, backing up would have been a chore, but now it’s incredibly easy. Here are a few programs that can do it for you.
Titanium Backup: This tool has been the subject of praise for being the best backup tool. It needs root access for you to back it up, but the program is free, with a pro upgrade for just seven bucks.
MyBackup: This one requires root access as well, but it has many features that make backing up easy to do. Like Titanium, you can upgrade it, but this one is just five dollars.
Second, Remove All SID and SIM Cards
You SIM card is the magic tool that holds are your subscription, carrier, and even your photos and contacts. Take it out and use it for your next phone. You don’t need someone to have your card when you give it to them.
Your external SD card, meanwhile, is the way that you can have extra storage. It’s optional, so it’s best that if you have one, you should remove it.
If you want to clear your SD card before you remove it, then you can do that through the Android settings. Navigating to Settings, then Storage, then Erase SD.
Now that those cards are gone, the only thing your phone should hold is the battery. Just erase the data inside it and restore it back to your settings, and you should be good to go!
Finally, Let’s Restore Back to Factory Settings
This is the most crucial step out of the three. Your internal data is where your browsing history, settings, app data, sensitive files, and more are held, and you definitely do not want to give the person that! Just imagine if you sold the phone and they logged into your bank account because your phone had the info.
So what you need to do is to restore your phone back to its default settings, making it fresh from the factory. The location is always different, but the setting will always be known as Factory Reset. This will cause your phone to reboot, and when it turns back on, it will look the way it did when you first turned it on.
By the way, if the ROM in your Android is customized, the reset will not revert it to the ROM it was in when it was shipped from the factory. With that said, you should ask the buyer if they want to have it as-is or restore it back to the original ROM.
That was easy, right? After you did all that, scan your phone again to make sure all your personal info is gone. If it is, and you’re sure that your phone is wiped entirely, now it’s time to give away your phone. Remember today more than ever your mobile device is under threat from any number of sources – be secure and safe!