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How to Factory Reset your Android Device to Before Sale

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How to Factory Reset your Android Device to Before Sale

Before you sell your Android device on eBay or any other reselling paltform, you’ll want to ensure you do a Factory Data Reset and remove Google’s Device Protections from the device.


A Factory Data Reset should be done on all Android devices before you ship. And if your device is running Lollipop (Android 5.1) or later you’ll also need to ensure you remove Google’s Device protections. Removing Google’s Device Protections adds a few quick steps to the reset process, however it MUST be done before you factory reset your device.


Removing Google’s Device Protections

  1. Turn off the Screen lock by navigating to Settings -> Security -> Screen lock -> None -> Yes, Remove
  2. Remove your Google account by navigating to Settings -> Accounts -> Google. From this point you’ll need to tap on your Google account(s), and then, tap the Menu icon and select the option to Remove account.



Perform the Android Factory Data Reset

The Android Factory Data Reset erases all system and app data and settings, downloaded apps, music, photos, and other user data from the internal storage. A regular factory reset using the following instructions will not reset any removable storage.

  1. Open the Settings app, and navigate to Backup & reset -> Factory data reset -> Reset phone

Once Google’s Device Protections have been removed, and the device has been Factory data reset, you should be clear and ready to ship to the new buyer.

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