How do you erase everything on your phone?

Answered by Edward Huber

To erase everything on your phone, you can follow these steps:

1. Backup your data: Before performing a factory reset, it is important to back up any important data on your phone. This includes photos, videos, contacts, messages, and any other data that you want to keep. You can use cloud storage services, such as Google Drive or iCloud, or connect your phone to a computer and transfer the files.

2. Remove external storage and SIM card: If your phone has a MicroSD card, make sure to remove it before performing a factory reset. This will prevent any data on the card from being erased. Additionally, if your phone has a SIM card, remove it as well.

3. Disable Factory Reset Protection (FRP): On Android devices, FRP is a security measure designed to protect your data in case your phone gets lost or stolen. Before performing a factory reset, you need to disable FRP. This can usually be done by going to the Settings app, selecting “Accounts,” and removing any Google accounts associated with your phone.

4. Factory reset your phone: Now you can proceed with the factory reset. The exact steps may vary depending on your phone model and operating system version, but generally, you can find the option in the Settings app, under the “General” or “System” section. Look for the “Reset” or “Backup & Reset” option and select “Erase All Content and Settings.” You may be asked to enter your phone’s passcode or pattern lock, and then confirm your decision to erase everything. The process might take a few minutes to complete.

5. Set up your phone again: After the factory reset is complete, your phone will be restored to its original settings. You will need to go through the initial setup process, including connecting to a Wi-Fi network, signing in with your Google account, and restoring any backed-up data.

It’s worth mentioning that performing a factory reset will erase all data on your phone, including apps, settings, and personal files. Make sure to double-check that you have backed up everything important before proceeding.