If you are an Android user who is in a thought to exchange your Android phone for a new smartphone or selling it to some one else or giving it away to you friends or relatives, you might first want to be sure that you have completely and properly deleted every personal and private data from your Android device.
What we usually do is perform a hard reset on our Android device. As we all know that a hard reset erases all of the data from the device like photos, videos, contact details, mails, messages,apps, files and whatnot. By performing a hard reset, you basically are acknowledging the fact that you wouldn’t be able to get all that deleted data back.
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For most purposes, doing a hard reset will be sufficient. But we never know whether this is for 100% or not. So, before handing our Android device to someone else permanently, we must make sure that the other person will have no chance of retrieving our personal data back. In case you were thinking about how to do that, then continue reading.
Before we actually follow methods that help us make sure we erased all of the data completely, it is justified that we first know how a person has a chance to get access to our already deleted data. This can be done through data recovery programs.
So, what are data recovery programs and how do these work?
Data recovery programs are the kind of software/applications that can help people recover erased or deleted data from their smartphones. You might be knowing this fact that, when some data (a picture or a song or a message) is deleted from our smartphone, the file in itself is not completely erased, but the path that allows the user to access the file is erased. So it means that our original data might still be hanging around in the memory of our device even after we perform a hard reset. What usually happens after this is, since the path to access the previous files is erased, those memory locations will be happily overwritten with new data and that is how the old data is actually lost.
Do these data recovery programs actually work and recover deleted data?
We cannot be 100% sure about their output, but technically speaking, yes, they can actually come up with the erased data and this might not be what you wanted. But this is possible if and only if those memory locations were not overwritten with new data.
That being said, we can now come to a conclusion that when we hand over our Android smartphone to someone else permanently, there is a chance that they may retrieve out personal data BUT, this can happen only if they have not loaded any data into the phone.
Now, let us look at some possible ways to ensure that the personal or sensitive information in your Android phone could not be recovered by any means. The best possible solution to this is ‘Encrypting’ your Android phone. By encrypting your Android phone, you will make it impossible for any person to retrieve any erased/deleted information. However, when an Android phone is encrypted, it is necessary that the user has to enter a PIN or a password to be able to use it. The only way to remove encryption is to reset the device and his will make sure that your data is 100% erased.
How to encrypt an Android device:
The exact path to finding this ‘encrypt’ option depends on the make and model of the Android phone. But the basic rule is that you would find this option under the Security Settings in the Settings menu of the Android device.
– Make sure your phone’s battery is fully charged.
– Go to Settings in your Android device and open Security settings.
– There should be a “Encrypt Device” option visible. Tap on it to select.
– The device would ask you to set a password/PIN. Enter the password of your choice but make sure you remember it. Note it down somewhere if you have the habit of forgetting. Because, you will need this PIN/password to be able to use the Android phone in future.
Once your Android device is done encrypting, perform a hard reset on it. Once the hard reset is completed, you are good to give away/exchange/sell your Android phone to whomsoever you want without having the fear that someday somebody might recover your data.
Over-write and reset the Android device:
The other technique to make sure that your personal/sensitive data is not outsourced is to overwrite it. That is, perform a hard reset first and then load the phone with some general data like usual music files or other data which are of no importance to you. This will overwrite the memory space where your original data was stored. Then perform a hard reset. If any person tries to recover data from your hard-reset phone, all they obtain is the unimportant general data which you least bother about.
Try these tips for yourself when in need and do comment about how well they have worked for you!
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