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Selling Android: How to remove all Data on the Device

Many people use and after it the sell their used smartphones but fail to ensure their personal data is wiped away. How to make sure that you don’t sell your identity along with your old phone.

If you are selling a phone with an older version of Android (version 4.3 is the last one where factory reset did not work properly for some devices), then you cannot depend on the factory reset to ensure your personal data is wiped clean.

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Deleting files from your Android phone before selling it or giving it away is also not enough. You need to overwrite your files, making them irretrievable. To do so, install Avast Anti-Theft from the Google Play Store for free.

You may also like: Best of Google Play Store 2015

Your mobile device must be connected to your Avast account at https://my.avast.com. Linking your device to your Avast account also allows you to remotely wipe your phone in case it’s stolen or lost.


The final step is to wipe the phone clean, which will delete and overwrite all of your personal data.

Once the app is installed, turn on the WIPE command within the app.

  • Choose WIPE in the Send command column and click Send.
  • Confirm if you really want to delete all your data from the mobile phone.
  • To delete click Send, otherwise click Cancel. Your mobile will be rebooted.
  • The WIPE command will erase all data on your mobile and initiate a factory reset.

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