Got a new Android phone? Here’s how to properly get rid of your old one

’Tis the season for giving, right? Sure, but it’s awfully nice to be on the receiving end of a new Android phone. And if you weren’t lucky enough to snag one recently, maybe you went ahead and gifted yourself a new phone. That way you give and receive.

If you’re the proud owner of a new Android smartphone, chances are you have an old one that suddenly needs another home. Maybe it’s still fully functional and worth passing on to another happy user, or perhaps it’s seen better days and simply needs a proper resting place. And no, we’re not talking about the corner of your closet, or in a dusty desk drawer (see above), unless you’re saving it as a backup. 

Don’t have a plan for that old device? We can help with that. Whether it makes sense to sell the phone, donate it to charity, or find somewhere that can dispose of its toxic battery and parts, we’ll help you guide your once-loved phone to its next—or final—phase in life. But first, you need to make sure all your personal data is eradicated.

Wipe it clean

Encrypt your data on the off-chance that someone tries to mine your data after the factory reset.

If you used that old phone for the last couple years, then it’s surely loaded with all sorts of personal information: accounts, contacts, photos, passwords, and other little bits of data you may not even realize. Unless you’re passing your phone off to a friend or family member, you probably won’t know who’s going to have his or her hands on it next. Either way, you don’t risk them having that data.

1 Comment
  1. Reply Mel K. 09.09.2016 at 17:13

    I never get rid of my old phones as they are very good for storing my files on them. In any case they`ve become too dear to me so that i simply cannot imagine someone else touching and using them…

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