How to erase data on Android phone

How to erase data on Android phone

September 29, 2017 By Xtremerain Editorial Team

    Wiping out your Android smartphones once in a while is a wise decision so that your phone can perform better than ever. The best way to make your phone faster and smoother is to clean the private and junk files securely and make some extra room on your smartphone. On the other hand, you may want to clear your cell phone if you are selling or donating it to an unknown person that could turn out to be a hacker.

    More than millions of people have fallen identity theft victims and most of their private information was stolen from second hand sold smartphones. So, unless you want to join those statistics, you must absolutely take proper precautions before handing your old phone to anyone else. In this guide, we will show two innovative ways to wipe Android phone data clean and make it good as new.

    Method #1: Soft Reset Android Smartphone

    Soft Reset simply refers to put your phone back to the factory state. In short, it will clear your entire smartphone and erase every single data from your phone. It is a great way to wipe out your phone but should be used only for personal purpose because the deleted data from factory reset can be effortlessly recovered. So, let’s see how to perform a soft reset on Android smartphones.

    Step 1. Unlock your Android phone, open menu and tap on Settings.

    Step 2. Scroll down to the bottom and click on “Backup & Reset”.

    Step 3. Check the last option that says “Factory data reset” and tap on it once.

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    Step 4. Wait for few minutes while the phone finishes the factory reset progress.

    Once it is done, your phone will be restarted and it will welcome you with the slide to unlock screen.

    Cons –

    • Factory reset is not safe if you are selling your smartphone.
    • Deleted data can be recovered with any free data recovery tool.

    Method #2: Erase all data on Android phone with Safewiper for Android

    Certainly, the above method is not meant for those who are selling their phones to strangers because the deletion technique discussed above should be only used for personal purpose. However, if you are getting rid of your device then obviously, you should find a way to permanently delete them from your device so that they can never be recovered again.

    SafeWiper for Android is the most tremendous and effective data erasing desktop tool that can permanently erase all data from android phone without leaving any trace behind. It uses very strong and powerful algorithms that will permanently destroy everything from your phone just like when you shred papers with a paper shredder. Not even paid and professional data recovery tools can restore these erased files at any cost. So, first, you must create a full backup of your Android phone before even using this tool at all. In addition, it is supported in over 5000+ Android smartphones including the big brands such as Samsung, Sony, Asus, Motorola, and Google Nexus and so on.

    Let us demonstrate how this program works and how to wipe out your Android phone completely.

    Step 1. Download and install the recent version of SafeWiper for Android on your computer. For your own benefits, it can be downloaded in both Mac and Windows computers.

    safewiper interface

    Step 2. Connect your phone to PC and enable USB debugging mode on your Android phone by going to Settings > Developer Options > Toggle on USB Debugging mode.

    developer option usb debbugging android

    Step 3. SafeWiper for Android provides 3 amazing ways to erase data from your phone but if you are completely wiping out your device then you should choose “Erase All Data” and let the program scan your entire device.

    safewiper erasing photos

    Step 4. Once the analyzing progress is finished, the software will let you preview each and every data on their respective data type folders. You can hover through each section and preview all data before deleting. Finally, select all the items that you wish to permanently delete and click on “Erase Now”.

    safewiper erase contacts

    Now, you can sit back and enjoy while the software destroys all files from your Android phone.


    Certainly, you can perform a soft reset if you are clearing your Android phone for personal goods but if you are selling or giving away your phone to someone you don’t know then you must take proper precautions. Deleting every data from your phone must be your #1 priority unless you want some hackers to steal your information and put it on the internet to destroy your credibility. Hopefully, you guys enjoyed and found this article valuable. Stay tuned for more!