How to Wipe Android Phone or Tablet?

When a Smartphone company launches its new shiny Android phone, it becomes difficult to stick to the same old device. Once a new phone arrives in the market you feel the itch to sell your old Smartphone. In the scenario, if you are planning to sell your phone and thinking to buy a new one, it is important to erase all your personal data and information from your old phone. It is necessary because you would not like anyone to misuse your personal information. You might be thinking that erasing data by “factory data reset” will work, but it doesn’t erase data from the device properly. Anyone with bad intentions can fetch your un-wiped data from your device and misuse it. Wondering how you can wipe your data completely? Don’t worry here are some steps to wipe your data.

Before get started you need to backup all of your data and contacts. Remove your Sim card and microSD card. Don’t forget to Log out of your emails and social media. Keep the serial number of your device and wipe your data on the microSD card.

Steps To Remove Data From Android

If you have any latest Android supported device, it comes with the feature of Android device protection or Factory reset Protection. The feature makes the device unusable for the new owner only if it is reset. If the owner desires to activate it, the previously used Google account and password will be needed. Hence, all you need to deactivate Factory reset Protection.

Steps to Remove accounts and wipe your data:

  1.    Turn off any screen locks, if the device has any. In settings, tap security or Lock Screen Setting. Go to screen lock and change to ‘None.’
  2.    You need to remove your Google account from the device. Go to “Settings” and tap on “Users and Accounts.” Tap your account and then remove.
  3.    For Samsung users, remove Samsung account from the device.
  4.    Now you can wipe your data through the factory reset. But remember, it clears data at the application level. It also clears SMS and other information, but it can be restored by using recovery tools.
  5.    To do a powerful reset in your device, you need to encrypt your device before wiping it. To encrypt your Android device, go into setting and select Encrypt phone.
  6.    Now perform a factory reset by following the fourth step.

By applying the steps mentioned above, you will protect your information from being misused. As your device is completely wiped, it is safe to sell or transfer to anyone you wish to.


Marshall Lyne is a self-professed security expert; he has been making the people aware of the security threats. His passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. He writes for Norton security products at


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