- Remove the memory and SIM cards. Both store personal data and are best kept safe in your possession or destroyed.
- Use a data removal application to ensure data really is deleted. Android users can use AVG AntiVirus Free™, for example. For other platforms there is a list of apps available on the CTIA web site.
- Once the data is deleted, then run a factory reset. Instructions can be found on manufacturers’ or carriers’ websites.
- If you are going to simply throw away your mobile phone, older handsets can contain toxic materials. Consult your local authority or drop it off at a mobile phone retailer, where they will be able to dispose of it correctly. Additionally, there are specialist companies that will take it apart and recycle each component.
- Of course, recycling or handing it on for use is a good option; there are many charities and organizations that redistribute old phones and will even send you a pre-paid postage box to send it in. Just search on the Internet for the many options!
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