Steps to do before you sell or exchange Android phone/iPhone. How to backup, encrypt & wipe data?

Steps to do before you sell or exchange Android phone/iPhone. How to backup, encrypt & wipe data?


Hey there folks, Param here from Android
Pitstop. With a lot of exciting offers from different e-commerce websites and the growing network that people have, It is becoming more and more feasible for you to trade in your smartphone or to sell it to somebody putting it to more
use. This makes a lot of sense, because not only are you getting some money out of it doing yourself a favor, But you are also helping out the environment in a big way. But there is a catch and that is the fact that your phone probably knows more about you than yourself. So while trading in your smartphone you need to be absolutely sure that the data is completely white and you also should make sure that you get back your data in your new phone. Let’s explore a foolproof method in this video. First things first, you need to backup your data. Now this is where things get a lot easier if you have an iPhone. For backing up your data contacts calendar events app data and even photos and videos from your iPad or iPhones, Go to the settings and then tap your name. On the right side you can see an option ‘iCloud’ and tapping that will take you to a page from there you can backup all your apps. In Android, you have to deal with three separate steps take a complete backup. To backup calendar, contacts and so on you can go into the settings and then go into accounts and then tap google. Turn off and turn on the options that you want to backup here and that will really initiate the process. To take a backup of the app and game data, you can download titanium backup if you have root or else you can install helium backup app. You can follow along the video that I have made specifically for this purpose clicking right over here. To take the backup of photos and videos you can use any cloud storage like Google Photos which gives support for photos up to 20 megapixels. Now, cloud is cloud and it is someone else’s computer. So if you don’t want your photos on the cloud you can connect your Android device to your computer and change the connection mode to file transfer. In your computer, you can go into the phone’s main folder and then into the DCIM folder and then the camera folder. There you’ll find all your photos and media. Remember that in instant messaging apps like Whatsapp, you have the option to back up the complete chat and even the media files within the app itself. You can go into the settings and then go into chats and then to chat back up to backup your chats including or not including videos. Once you add your Google Account to your new phone the restoration of your data will automatically start. The same goes with Whatsapp also. Now that we have sorted out the backup let’s encrypt our data and factory reset the phone. Once again iOS devices have much easier ways of doing this. Encryption scrambles data stored in your phone making it unreadable without the unique encryption key. The data in iPhones and iPads are encrypted by default. For factory resetting your phone go into the settings and then general. From there you can select reset and in that reset all content and settings and then you are good to go. For encrypting data in Android devices, open the settings menu and then tap more. Select security followed by encrypt device option This process may take some time. You can perform the factory reset by going into the settings and then selecting privacy and then factory reset. Finally, press the reset phone to complete the process and remove all data from your phone. Now this is where a lot of people make a mistake thinking that they have encrypted their phone and then factory reset it and they will be safe from recovery, but that’s not true at all. In fact, when you factory reset your phone it’s just the pointers that gets deleted and the data is still there in the storage. So if somebody wants to recover it they can still go ahead and do that. So for being foolproof you need to repeat this process again but this time with jungle data. So, fill in your smartphone storage completely with junk videos and stuff like that and repeat the process of encryption and then factory reset, So that you can be sure that even if somebody tries to recover your data it’s just the junk videos that they get. As finishing touches, remove any inserted SIM cards and memory card from your device. If you have e-Sim facility, contact your carrier and deactivate the network from your device. Include any accessories that came along with your device and you can remove cases and screen protectors if you want. Clean the device with a dry cloth and if available, package everything in the box and you’re good to go. Alright I hope you found this video useful and if you did do give it a thumbs up and share this with your friends. Let me know in the comments about your experience for you trade in your smartphone and as always, This is Param signing off, wishing you absolutely nothing with the best of success!

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