Wipe your android device before selling or donating it

Wipe out data from your android device before donating it to someone or selling it over an exchange offer to make sure that your information cannot be recreated by the new user.

Personal information such as photos, e-mails etc. stored on your phone can be used to steal your identity

1

Backup information on your phone

Make sure your data is backed up before wiping out your device. You may backup data to a personal computer using a data cable or  backup data to google cloud services

How to backup to google services?

Go to : Settings > Accounts and Backup> Backup and Restore

You may use the options to backup information to google services or services provided by your manufacturer

2

Encrypt Device

Applicable only for phones with Android 6 or earlier. After the backups are complete, it is not enough to wipe out data by resetting factory settings. Some of the data might still be recovered from your phone by an unauthorized user. By encrypting your phone, you will be making data recovery difficult without a password.

How?

Go to: Settings > Security > Encrypt phone

For better insight and a detailed guide, follow the steps in article: Encrypt your Mobile phone

3

Remove Accounts from the phone

Remove google accounts from your phone as these can be used to identify you or your gmail address

How? Go to: Settings > Accounts and Sync > Google > Select Account > Remove account

Also make sure you logout from your Facebook, WhatsApp or your banking accounts and delete data from the app.

4

Factory reset

This will wipe out all personal and setup data from your phone and reinstate the device to the initial version.

How?

Go to: Settings > Backup & reset > Factory Data Reset > Reset phone

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