ExpressBasics: How to backup, reset an Android phone before you sell it

Whether or not you’re giving your outdated Android smartphone to a buddy, promoting it to somebody from OLX or exchanging it for a more moderen telephone, there are just a few steps concerned. That is so as to take a backup of all of your information on the telephone, erase it utterly after which give it away.

In right this moment’s version of ExpressBasics, we’ll undergo how you are able to do every of this stuff, beginning with backing up your information.

Taking a backup of apps

There are numerous methods to backup your information, and even instruments that automate a big a part of the method for you. Nevertheless, we’ll present you the simplest approach you are able to do this between any two Android telephones, regardless of the manufacturers.

Begin by syncing every little thing in your Google account. To do that, navigate to Settings/ Accounts/ your Gmail e-mail ID/ Account Sync. Right here click on on the three-dot menu on prime and click on on ‘sync now’. This can guarantee your information from Google apps like Preserve, Calendar, Contacts and others synced.

Subsequent, you wish to backup information for particular person apps that assist it. For apps like Fb and Instagram, all of your chats and different information is saved on the cloud so that you’re good. Nevertheless for end-to-end encrypted platforms like WhatsApp, you’ll have to take guide backups which shall be saved on the cloud.

In WhatsApp, as an illustration, you are able to do this by navigating to Settings/ Chats/ Chat Backup. Right here, be sure the ‘Backup to Google Drive’ dropdown is ready to something besides ‘By no means’. You too can simply select the second possibility ‘Solely after I faucet Again Up’ and hit the principle Backup button. This can begin backing up all of your WhatsApp footage, chats and teams and retailer it on Gdrive, which you’ll be able to then import into your subsequent telephone whereas setting it up there.

For video games and different apps, see if there’s a setting that permits you to backup information offline or on-line. If not, these apps will merely must be put in recent in your subsequent telephone.

As soon as all that is completed, it’s time to backup your information.

Taking a backup of information

The simplest approach to do that is solely join your Android telephone to a PC, select the File Switch USB mode and duplicate all contents within the Inside Storage folder to a brand new folder in your PC. These will embody Folders like DCIM, Paperwork, Downloads, Films, Music, Photos, and many others.

These can then be moved again to your new telephone whenever you set it up, and merged with already current folders within the new telephone.

Now that you’ve got backed up every little thing, it’s time to reset every little thing and take away your SIM card(s) and MicroSD card, if relevant.

Resetting the telephone

To reset your telephone, merely go to Settings and within the search bar on the highest, seek for ‘reset’. Click on on the consequence that claims one thing like reset or manufacturing unit reset. This could take you straight to the web page that lets you reset your telephone.

Observe the on-screen directions and in the event you see choices or a dropdown that asks if you wish to maintain information or reset every little thing, select to reset/ delete every little thing. Do not forget that your telephone goes to another person after this step and any leftover information might be misused within the flawed palms. So be sure you select the delete every little thing possibility.

As soon as the reset is full, your telephone will restart and land on the setup display screen the place you’ll doubtless be requested to decide on a language. As a substitute of going forward with the setup, simply energy off the telephone, and take away your SIM card(s) and MicroSD card (if relevant). Your outdated Android telephone is now good to go.

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