How to Permanently Erase All Personal Data from A Cell Phone?
Your long-anticipated shiny new cell phone is just released and you can't wait to give away your old mobile and upgrade to the new one. But wait a moment! Have you ever thought about the data, especially your private information you saved in your old phone? Before you recycle your old cell phone,no matter you want to give it to other people, or donate it to charity, or trade in on eBay, you must make sure that you wipe it clean of data. That is an essential action to protect yourself from identity theft.
You should consider data saved in 3 different places!
Remove the SIM card from your cell phone. And if your phone has an external memory card, you can remove the card from the phone as well. That is the direct way to remove the personal data you saved on the SIM card and the external memory card. But you should be aware that some other files are still in the phone, such as contacts and text messages, account info, passwords, etc., staying in the internal memory of the phone. To delete the data saved there, you need to ask help from third-party data erasing software.
iPubsoft Android Data Eraser (for Windows 8/7/XP) or iPubsoft Android Data Eraser for Mac (for Mac OS X 10.9 or later) is what we need to erase all private and important data from any Android devices like Samsung, LG, Motorola, HTC, Google, ZTE, etc. Differ from the erasing job performed by pressing "Delete" key or restoring the device to factory settings, which can be recovered back with some tricks, the erasing done by this software is permanent and no any recovery program can detect and recover the wiped data.
Let's start with the permanent data erasing on your old cell phone. Choose the right version of the software for your computer and free download it. Then, follow the steps as below:
Workaround on Wipe All Data from Your Old Mobile Phone in 3 Steps
Step 1. Connect your phone to your computer
After getting the program downloaded and installed on your computer, connect your old phone to the same computer with USB cord. Once the connection is successful, the program will detect your mobile phone automatically and show all the contained data on the main interface in categories.
Step 2: Choose Your Wanted Data Erasing Level
The program provides you with three levels of data erasing. The first level will erase your phone data quickly to save your time. The second level will leave no traceability of data erasure and use random data to overwrite all existing and deleted data on your phone. The third level is the most secure option which will write over the data 3 times. You can directly use the default second level.
Step 3: Start to erase everything from your phone
Browse the scanned out files, choose those you want to delete and give a click on the option of "erase all data and settings" to delete them all from your Android cell phone immediately. The process of data erasing will take you a little while. Keep your phone connected during the whole course.
Tips: Backup the important data you don't want to lose beforehand, or you will lose them forever after you erase them from your cell phone by using this "heartless" data erasing software.