Are you looking to sell your smartphone to someone and are wondering how to do it safely? Here's a video on how to safely backup, encrypt & wipe data before handing it over to someone else.
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0:53 - Backing up data from iPhones or iPads (iOS devices)
1:16 - Backing up data from Android phones
1:23 - Backing up contacts, calendar events, etc.
1:34 - Backing up app data and game data
1:48 - Backing up media files
2:19 - Backing up instant messaging apps (Whatsapp, Hike, etc.)
2:34 - Removing all accounts
2:44 - Encryption and factory resetting of iOS devices
3:12 - Encryption and factory resetting of android devices
4:13 - Finishing touches
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With a lot of exciting offers from different e-commerce websites & the recent advancement in the network that people have, it's becoming more and more feasible to exchange or sell-off your old phone putting it to more use. Well, this makes a lot of sense, because, not only you are getting some money out of it and doing yourself a favor, you're also having a big impact on the environment. While handing it over to another person, you need to make sure that your data is wiped and also that you need to get all your data in your new phone.
1. Backing up your data:
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 iPhone or iPad, go to the settings and tap your name. On the right side, you can see the option 'iCloud' and tapping that can take up to the page from where you can back up all your apps.
In Android, you've to deal with 3 separate steps:
1.a To backup contacts, calendar, and so on, you can go into the settings, then into accounts and then tap Google. Turn off & turn on the options that you want to back-up here that'll re-initiate the process.
1.b. To take the back up of app & game data, You can download Titanium back up or Helium back up app. You can follow along with the video that I've made specifically for this purpose clicking right here
1.c. To take the back up of photos and videos, you can use any cloud storage like Google Photos, which gives support for up to 20-MP pictures. If you don't want your photos on the cloud, you can connect your android device to the computer and change the mode of connection to file transfer. In your computer, you can go to the phone main folder, then into the 'Camera' folder and then into the 'DCIM' folder.
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.
Once you add your new Google account in your new phone, the restoration your data will automatically start. Same is the case with Whatsapp.
2. Now that we sorted out the back-up, let's encrypt our data and factory reset the phone. Once again iOS devices have much smoother ways of doing this. Encryption scrambles the data stored on your phone, making it unreadable without your individual device’s unique encryption key.
For encrypting data in Android devices, open the Settings menu and tap More, followed by Security, then tap Encrypt Device. The process may take some time. You can perform a factory reset by pressing the Menu button and then going to Settings, selecting Privacy, and then Factory Data Reset. Finally, press Reset Phone to complete the process and remove all of your data from the phone.
Now a lot of people might think that they have encrypted their data and wiped it by a factory reset and hence they are good to go. Repeat this process again, but this time, with your storage full of junk data like generic videos and other stuff. Copy them into your phone, encrypt it and then factory reset your phone again.
3. As for finishing touches, remove any inserted SIM cards and memory cards from the device. If you have e-SIM facility, contact your carrier to deactivate from the device. Include any accessories that came along with the device and you can remove cases and screen protectors if you want.
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