How can I remove all personal data and accounts from my Android device before selling it?

Osama J July 26, 2013

If I want to sell my Android device to someone, what steps should I take to wipe off all my personal data from it? Including passwords, accounts and all other stuff.

  1. Susendeep D
    July 29, 2013 at 7:09 am

    By performing a hard reset,it brings a device to a factory state.All accounts,data and apps would get removed in this process(only if you didn't ticked on backup data to phone).

  2. Dalsan M
    July 29, 2013 at 2:27 am

    Normally, what others have said would suffice. If you are that hard pressed to ensure security, then take a look here: Mostly overkill, and lessens the life span of the internal storage of the phone, but should work.

  3. Oron J
    July 26, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Factory reset should do it.

  4. Erwin S
    July 26, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    A hard reset will wipe everything. Don't forget to delete everything from the external SD card (if present), or just take it out completely.

  5. Alan W
    July 26, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Perform a hard reset from with your settings. That will wipe everything.

    • dragonmouth
      July 26, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      Are there no tools, like those for HDs, that can recover erased data?

    • Justin Pot
      July 26, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      It's a lot harder for flash memory, isn't it? I might be wrong...

  6. Drac
    July 26, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Go to Settings, Privacy, Factory data reset, and confirm everything

  7. Hovsep A
    July 26, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    hard reset?

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