How Jamaicans can erase and sell an Android smartphone

It’s time to sell your smartphone, which still has some personal pictures, video, sound recording and files. So how can you ensure that no-one, not even your girlfriend, can figure out what you’ve been up to on your smartphone?

Factory Reset Done Right – Removing Factory Reset Protection

You can Factory Reset the Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 smartphone as shown below.

But even these low-level Smartphone come with FRP (Factory Reset Protection). Google introduced FRP in Android 5.0 Lollipop to prevent thieves from Factory resetting stolen smartphones for easy resale.

FRP will prompt your buyer to enter the user name and password for the last Google account that was registered on the device. This makes it a hard phone to sell. So before you sell your Android 5.0 Lollipop smartphone, you have to disable FRP.

The procedure for Samsung and LG G5 smartphones is similar to almost every other smartphones:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Select Lock screen and Securityor just Security
  3. Select Screen lock type
  4. Choose None.

Then make sure to remove your Google account as follows:

Go to Settings

Select Accounts

Select on Google

Select Account Preferences

Select Delete your Google Account

If you have a Samsung Galaxy, then you should remove your Samsung account as follows:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Go to Lock screen and security
  3. Select Find My Mobile
  4. Enter your password
  5. Tap on your account at the top
  6. Select More
  7. Select Remove account

Once your Google and Samsung accounts have been removed, you can proceed with the factory reset.

Make sure your smartphone data cannot be recovered – Double Factory Reset

The data on the phone can STILL be recovered by using the appropriate Data Recovery software.

To make absolutely sure no one can get your data, you need to do the following procedure:

  1. Do the Factory reset first
  2. Load the empty phone with junk data e.g. some old movies and large files
  3. Do a second Factory reset

This guarantees that your personal pictures, video, sound recording and files cannot be recovered; anyone doing a recovery will only find the junk files!!! Sharing is caring so share this with as many of your fellow mates dodging their WAGS (Wives and Girlfriends) as you can!!!


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