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Here are 4 Best Ways to Wipe Android Phone Data to Secure Your Privacy

The gadgets like mobile phones and the tablets update themselves at an unimaginably high speed. People keep switching from one to another so that they can catch up to the currency. And by the way, I am one of them. A new gadget often offers functions and features more advanced. So what do you do with your old Android phone, when you switch to a new phone? I guess there are three choices: to put it into the drawer and never shoot a glance at it, to donate it to someone who may need it, or to sell it to a person or an organization. Anyway above, you need to pay serious attention to the personal data on the Android phone. It is better to wipe all of the personal data from your Android phone before you switch to another phone.

Thus, in this article, I am going to tell you some good methods to deal with the personal data on your old Android phone, in the hope that you will find one helpful for you.

Method 1. Wipe the files and apps by manual

There are many kinds of data on your Android phone, and you may also have an external flash card on it. You can go to the documents app on your Android phone, and check them one by one to find the files that you want. You can delete the contacts, messages, photos, audios, videos and so on. Of course, you can go to the relevant apps to delete the data respectively. And then, open the app which manages all the apps on your Android phone, and then choose the apps that you want to delete with the help of it.

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Pros:

  • 1. It is easy to see which files you are going to delete.

Cons:

  • 1. It is a time-consuming process.
  • 2. The files deleted with this method can be easily recovered with some third party applications like the Dr.Fone – Android Data Recovery. By the way, this means that you can recover the files when you want with the help of the Android Data Recovery.

Method 2. Reset the Android phone with the factory function

Every Android phone offers a function call the “Factory reset”, with which you can remove all the files and apps from your Android phone with a few simple operations. The files you can remove include the contacts, messages, call logs, photos, audios, videos, texts, and other documents. Now you may think it is more convenient to use this method than Method 1. Well, it is not the case. Just like Method 1, the files removed with this method are still recoverable. And there are also some data that can not be removed.

But for those who want to give their Android phone a spring cleanup, this is a nice choice. And the recoverable data will gradually become unrecoverable during the time you use the phone. If you want to affect the factory function, you can go to the “Settings” > “Reset” > “Factory data reset” to start the process.

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Pros:

  • 1. It is easy and simple.

Cons:

  • 1. Some data cannot be deleted by doing this.
  • 2. The removed files are still recoverable.

Method 3. Wipe Android phone with the dr.fone

dr.fone – Android Erase is an application specializing in deleting the files from the gadgets including the Android devices and the iOS devices. It is compatible with many brands of Android phones and tablets. And the main function, as you can see, is to delete the files. Well, you can choose to delete the junk files or some other data unwanted only or to wipe all the files from your Android phone. The different thing is that all the deleted files can never be retrieved again. So some people also advise the users to create a backup file before the Android phone data wiping.

To give a deeper knowledge of the dr.fone – Erase (Android), a step-by-step tutorial will be followed here to show you how to wipe Android phone data:

Step 1. Download and install the dr.fone

There are two different versions of the dr.fone, both for the Windows computer and the Mac computer. Just look carefully before you download it. And then install it on your computer according to the installation. Now on the primary window, you can see an option named “Erase“.

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Step 2. Connect your Android phone to your computer

Launch the dr.fone after the installation. And then with a USB cable, connect your Android phone to your computer, so that the dr.fone can detect your Android phone.

Step 3. Click the “Erase All Data” button

Now you can see a button named “Erase All Data“. Simply click on it if you want to wipe your Android phone. And then, you may need to confirm the information on the Window and click on the “Erase Now” button to start the deleting process.


Step 4. Wait for the deletion

After that, you need to wait for a while until the deletion finishes. And then, you will find that all the files disappeared from your Android phone including the photos, audios, videos, contacts, messages, call logs, apps and so on.

Pros:

  • 1. It is simple to use with many instructions on the interface.
  • 2. You can easily delete all the files that you don’t want permanently.

Cons:

  • 1. It is not free.

Method 4. Wipe data from your Android phone by remote operation

This is often used when your phone is stolen by someone others, and you find it hard to get it back. There are many tools online that can help you in this way. Among the applications, the Android Device Manager is the most widely welcomed. The Android Device Manager is a nice tool created by the Google so that it is a reliable one. Besides the function of deleting the files by the remote operation, the Android Device Manager can also help its users to locate the lost phone, call it and even lock it with ease.

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Pros:

  • 1. It is a versatile tool.

Cons:

  • 1. The data wiped can be easily recovered by the recovery tools.
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