If you are going to give away or sell your Android phone, you might want to learn how you can wipe your Android clean before selling it. This is a comprehensive guide on how to fully and permanently clean your phone before selling it.
If you want to change Android to a new Android or switch Android to iPhone, you may want to sell your old Android phone. Then, how to wipe an Android phone before selling it? There are a few things you need to do before the phone leaves your hands. One of these things is to wipe off all of the personal data saved on the phone. A popular way is resetting the phone.
However, how to securely and completely wipe an Android phone before selling? First, you need to make all your data on the old phone is secure, then you can delete all personal data. But that is not all. Here in this post, we will introduce how to prepare your Android phone before trade-in, i.e. what to do before selling an Android phone.
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Before you go ahead and begin to erase your data, you might prepare to back up some of your important files. You can choose to transfer Android data to your computer, back up with cloud services like Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc., or directly move data to your new Android phone or iPhone. So, you can restore the data backup whenever you need it. Here are some of the quick ways to transfer data to a safe place before a factory reset.
One of the easiest ways to back up some of your Android files is to use a cloud backup. And for Android users, Google offers a free phone backup solution and you can use it to backup & restore Android phones.
What will be backed up to Google account:
If you want to back up other file types, use Google Photos or Google Drive. Using this method does not require an app since the backup option is built right into your phone. To back up with Google:
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If you do not have a fast and stable Internet connection, or you do not want to use online backups for some reason, you can back up your phone locally to your computer as well. This basically includes plugging your phone into your computer and copying the files that you wish to preserve.
Keep in mind that you cannot back up your settings and other items while using this method. To transfer files from Android to the computer with Android File Transfer:
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Before you can reset your phone, you need to remove the Factory Reset Protection from your device. Factory Reset Protection is a lock that can protect your phone from being lost or stolen, which is introduced from Android 5.0 Lollipop. The FRP is enabled automatically when you registered a Google account on your phone. And the FRP lock will be activated after your phone was factory reset in an untrusted environment. At the time, the one needs to enter your Google account to verify.
To disable factory reset protection, you need to remove your Google account from your phone:
And, if you forgot to turn off FRP, here is the guide to bypass Google account verification after reset.
You can apply encryption to your device data, and this way even if someone manages to access your data, all they will see is some gibberish text and not your actual data.
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When your phone has encrypted your data, you can begin to factory reset your device. Keep in mind you will not be able to recover your data once you do this.
Open the Settings app, scroll down, and tap System > Select Reset options on the resulting screen > Tap Erase all data (factory reset) to start resetting your device.
If you already sold out your phone but forgot to wipe data, you can perform a factory reset remotely. Both Google Find My Device and Samsung Find My Mobile can help you to erase your phone remotely.
To erase all data on Android remotely with Google Find My Device:
You probably have a few questions about erasing data from your phone, especially if you are doing this for the first time. The following answers to your questions.
Factory reset removes all your data from your phone. This data, in most cases, is permanently deleted. However, some recovery tools might be able to find and restore this data. You need to shred your files for good to ensure they can never be recovered.
No, if you erase your old phone, that will not affect your new phone. However, if you do not back up your old phone, you will not be able to restore your data on the new phone. This is because the new phone checks your Google account for any backups, and if it does not find any, it will not prompt you to restore your data.
If your phone or tablet is Samsung, you can wipe a Samsung with some extra tips as below:
That is how you wipe your Android phone completely before selling it. The steps above will ensure your data does not go into others’ hands when the phone goes away. Feel free to share your tips with us and leave your comments below.
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