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If you’ve just got a new phone, you’re probably going to want to sell your old one. Before you sell your old phone off, be sure to reset it in order to erase your data!
You can also factory reset your phone to prolong its life, as the system takes up more space, the older it grows. Resetting our phone will bring it back to the same state as it was when you bought it – with no data or apps – hence improving its functionality. It gives you a clean slate to start on.
Why reset your phone?
If you’re going to sell your phone, do it for security. Giving your phone to someone else with your data will give them access to your personal contacts, pictures, and much more. Best case scenario, that can be embarrassing and inconvenient. Worst case scenario, it can be dangerous. Identity theft is a real problem, alongside other things. The new owner of your phone can even have access to your passwords and payment methods, and it’s no secret how this information can be misused.
What precautionary steps should I take before wiping out my data?
It’s important to back up all your data before you erase it from your old device, to ensure you don’t permanently delete data that’s valuable to you. Use a hard drive, or back it up to Cloud, and your photos, videos etc. will be safe even after they’re deleted from your device.
How do I erase my data after all this?
Once your data has been backed up, you’re ready to factory reset your phone.
- Disable factory reset protectionFactory Reset Protection is a feature on your phone that prevents anyone but the owner of the device from resetting it. Since this is determined by your Google account, it is important to log out of your Google account. If you don’t do this, the new owner will be unable to get past the initial process, and you might have to share your password with them. You can log out of your Google account and apps from your Settings – either Account or Google.
- Encrypt your dataFactory resets are supposed to erase everything that’s on your phone, but sometimes, that may not happen. There may be residual background data that remains hidden in your phone, that hackers might be able to access.To prevent this, you can encrypt your data. This used to be a manual process, but with newer models, data is automatically encrypted once you start your factory reset.However, you can check to see if you have the manual option, to be on the safe side. Go to Settings > Security > Encrypt phone.
- Actually reset your dataBefore you reset your phone, ensure you remove your SD card if you have expandable memory. You don’t want to erase that, as you can remove the card and keep it with you.
To reset your phone, follow the following steps.
- Go to Settings.
- Go to System > Advanced > Reset Options > Erase All Data (Factory Reset) > Reset Phone.
- Enter your password (if it asks for it).
- Select Erase Everything.
Most Android phones will have similar instructions, if not verbatim. If you’re having trouble with resetting your phone, or facing any other issues with it, contact us at Fixperts Shop. We offer all kinds of mobile repair in Dubai. This includes but is not limited to screen and battery replacement, LCD repair, mobile data transfer, and unlocking a permanently locked phone. Contact us on our Toll Free number today, at – 80081, or visit our office on Level 2, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai.