Buying a new smartphone every year (or even more often) has become the norm. At the same time the old device, as a rule, goes to other family members or on sale. In this article you will learn how to prepare your Android for transfer to the new owner. It’s hardly possible to return your smartphone the primeval appearance without replacement of parts, but it’s not difficult to restore the program stuffing to its original form.
Step 1. Make backup copies of important data
Active users of mobile gadgets can quickly accumulate their personal photographs, documents, records, books and other important data on them. And of course, they don’t want to lose it. So the first thing you need is to take care of their transport to a safe place. This can be done in different ways, to each of which you can provide a separate article. But one of the options is the following sequence of actions:
- Sync your address book, calendar and e-mail with the relevant services of Google. This is the easiest way to transfer them to a new device running Android.
- Make backup copies of installed programs and data. You can use as a popular Titanium Backup, and a free program Easy Backup & Restore, which further helps to backup your sms-messages, call log, bookmarks and vocabulary. As a storage archive, you can select an external SD-card or a cloud service.
- Connect your phone to your computer and copy with internal and external storage of the device all music files, videos, pictures and other user data that you want to save.
Step 2: Clean the memory card
If you decide to leave the memory card in your smartphone, that there is any data on it. We hope that you have completed the necessary data backup to full cleaning SD-memory, as it described in the first step of this instruction.
- Open the device settings.
- Go to the “Memory”.
- Click on the item “Clean SD».
However, a simple erasing of the staff means may not be enough, because files which you have deleted can be recovered with the help of special programs. Therefore, it is desirable to use the services of one of the utilities that are able to repeatedly overwrite free space, leaving no chance to recover your information.
Step 3. Reset to factory settings or reinsertion
This is a very important step, so you should do it only if you really make sure you have backup copies of your applications, documents, passwords, messages, settings, and other necessary things. After this operation, your phone will return to the same state, which was released by the manufacturer.
- Open the settings of your smartphone.
- Go to “Backup & reset.”
- Make a tap on the item “Reset”.
- You will see a warning about removing all the existing data, which you need to accept by clicking “Reset phone”.
Separately, we should stop at the point when you install on your smartphone any third-party firmware. The best thing you must do is to inform the potential buyer and find out his opinion about this.