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Erase Android Data Before Giving it Away


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Erase Android Data

Did you hear about the news story a couple of months back about Motorola accidentally shipping out 100 restored Xoom tablets without wiping previous owners’ info on them? If you are planning to sell your phone, you must erase Android data before you hand it over. It is very important to keep all your personal data safe and secure. So instead of just tossing the old phone in trash, go through it to make sure there is no confidential data in it.

Make sure you erase Android data. It is very easy to wipe data off your Android, but it differs from one device to another. The best thing that you can do is to check Settings and search for Reset option.

  • If you have Galaxy Nexus, you can find a Backup and Reset option in Settings. Select Factory Data Reset. It will reset all settings and wipe personal data.
  • For new Motorola phones (or LG Spectrum), go to Settings-> Storage. You’ll find the reset option here.
  • For other Samsung phones, go to Settings ->Privacy. Now select Factory reset.
  • On most Honeycomb tablets, you’ll find it under Settings -> Privacy.

Also, don’t forget to erase Android data on micro SD card. Your card might have videos and pictures in it (or maybe some application data). Most phones let you format the SD card, but if your phone doesn’t have that option, you can connect the card to the computer and format it.

It’s pretty simple to erase Android data. Make sure you remove all your personal details from it before you hand it over to a stranger.

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