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How To Erase Data From Your Android Smartphone Permanently

How to Erase data from android smartphone permanently

Best Way to Erase Data from Android Smartphone Before Selling It

Android Smartphone is all fun due to the vast freedom we enjoy in it, It is easy to use and having a wide range of features.But the most important thing is that our smartphones have become the secret keepers of our personal and professional life. Whether it be personal photos, videos, contacts, financial information or business emails and files, you cannot risk losing any information to an outsider at any cost. So if you want to sell your old device as you are interested in buying a new one, or probably exchanging a better one. Then before giving away your phone, it is a must that you remove all the accounts, passwords, and all the user data. Performing only a factory reset on the phone might be a good idea to solving some of the problems but not a foolproof one as information saved in your phone can still be traced and sometimes recovered if the other person is having some technical knowledge.

So today in this post, I am sharing the best way to Erase all the data from your Android Smartphone that can't be recovered.

  • How to Permanently Erase All the data from your Android Smartphone:-

  1. Make a Backup first
    1. Open Settings and tap on Backup & reset.If you didn't see the option you have to backup all the data manually to the Computer with the help of data cable.If you found, then move to the next step.
    2. You should see an option called Backup my data. Make sure that it's ticked.
    3. Now go Back, and then find Accounts. Tap on Google.
    4. You'll see your Google account which was used to set up the phone with a green sync symbol next to it. Tap the account.
    5. Make sure that all the options are ticked, All of the data from the smartphone will be backed up automatically to the Google+ account.
  2. Encrypt ( Optional)
    1.  This takes a long time, So First you need to connect your phone to the charger to proceed.
    2. Go to Settings > Security and tap Encrypt phone.
    3. Tap Encrypt phone again to proceed (You might need to try it a few times.).The process can take an hour, and so you'll have to wait.
    4. Once this is done, just reset the phone.
  3. Format

    1. With Setting app
      1. Open your device's Settings app.
      2. Under "Personal," tap Backup & reset. You may need to enter your pattern, PIN, or password.
      3. Under "Personal data," tap Factory data reset.
      4. Read the information and then tap Reset phone.
      5. If you have a screen lock, you'll need to enter your pattern, PIN, or password.
      6. When prompted, tap Erase everything to erase all data from your device's internal storage.
      7. When your device finishes erasing, select the option to restart your device.
      8. You'll see the "Welcome" screen as you did when you turned on your device for the first time.

    2. With Recovery Mode
      1. "Go to" or "Boot in" Recovery mode.
      2. Press the Power Button to start recovery mode.
      3. When your phone reloads, you should see a screen that says "No command" with an android robot in distress. Press and hold the power button, then press the volume up button once to load up the reboot menu.
      4. Using the Volume buttons to scroll through the menu, highlight Wipe data/factory reset.
      5. Press the Power button to select.
      6. Highlight and select Yes to confirm the reset.
      7. Once the reset is complete, you will be bounced back to the same recovery mode menu. Press the Power button to select Reboot system now.
  4. Applying a simple trick
Encrypting the device and then performing a factory reset is generally enough to erase all the data securely, but doing a bit extra doesn't hurt. To do this,

  1. Set up the smartphone after factory resetting it. 
  2. This time, make sure no email details or personal details are added.
  3. Once the setup is complete, Just fill the whole memory with junk files and media.
  4. And then Format Again.
We are suggesting you because this will overwrite the free space with junk data. so if someone tries to recover data he will only get these junk files and media.

See Also: - How To Unbrick Any Android Smartphone
                 How To Solve Invalid IMEI and Serial Number Problems of Any Android Smartphone

If you feel uncomfortable with these steps then a software also can do this for you but it is not free, here it is.

  • MobiKin Eraser for Android

MobiKin Eraser for Android allows users to erase data like contacts, call history, text messages, notes, safari history, etc. from all kinds of Android phones or tablets permanently and completely. MobiKin has tested for a lot of Android devices and be sure the released version can help you erase data on your Android devices permanently, completely, and no opportunity to restore.


  • Auto scan & detection.
  • Support wide range of smartphone.
  • Erased data can't be recovered.
  • Support most of the file types.
  • Available on Windows and Mac.

Visit Here to use the trial version or buy Mobikin Eraser for Android.

Sometimes something bad happens, without any knowledge like your phone is lost and you don't have any chances to get it back so in this worst case you can also erase all the data on your smartphone. Here is very well known steps: -If you lost your Smartphone you can follow these steps to format your smartphone:-
  1. Visit Android Device Manager and log in with your Same Google account
  2. Once the page is loaded, it will automatically try to connect with and locate your phone. Even if it fails to connect, you can still send the “Erase” request. As soon as your phone is back online, Android Device Manager will do all of the remaining tasks. 
  • **Be aware that after this process is done, you won’t be able to locate it anymore, data can be traced and recovered of your phone, Data of memory card can't be deleted by using this step.**

See Also: - How to Surf Anonymously on Android Smartphone
                 How To Recover Data From Android Device

So all above steps are enough to permanently delete All of the data from your smartphone and now you can sell or exchange your smartphone and you don't have to worry about your privacy or data of old smartphone.

This post first appeared on Andro Root, please read the originial post: here

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