Thinking of selling or upgrading your company’s Android phones or tablets this year? Although it seems like these devices may be at the end of their lifespan or usefulness to the business, remember that data lives on, and your old devices can still have value.
For your own security, it is important to ensure that all data, photos and documents are completely removed from your old devices before disposal. If you’re unsure of how to wipe your devices properly, follow our steps on how to remove all data from your Android phone or tablet.
Backing Up Your Android Phone
Before you begin wiping the data and documents off of an Android phone or tablet, you need to make sure you have an up-to-date backup of your device and that you are connected to WiFi. Typically, this step should be included in your end-of-use policy so that staff know what to do before the device is turned in to the IT department.
When you back up your device through Google, it is automatically encrypted and accessible through the cloud. Some versions of Android also allow you to encrypt your backups with a password, pin or pattern.
To be extra careful before resetting, encrypt your device by going to Settings > Security/Location> Advanced> Encryption. Be aware that if you are encrypting your backup because of sensitive company information on your phone, you need the password to access it again.
Erasing All Data from Your Android Device
Note: The resetting process all Android devices follow are quite similar.
- Go to Settings.
- Tap System/ Advanced/Reset Options.
- Tap Erase All Data (Factory Reset) and enter your pin, password or pattern if needed.
- Select Erase All Data again.
It should only take a few minutes for your Android phone or device to wipe all of your personal data. You’ll know your device has been wiped after it reboots and displays the usual opening screen questions like language, account and network. If not, you’ll need to repeat the steps again to make sure your device is completely wiped before selling or disposing.
Erasure needs to occur with each device being disposed of, so if you are wiping phones and tablets in bulk, the time adds up. Work with Greentec to wipe all your devices at once with extra security measures to make your data not only inaccessible but completely destroyed. We use certified methods to go one step further in wiping devices — ensuring that they end up as fresh as a brand new device. For businesses, this can be a crucial consideration for end-of-life disposal.
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