If your present cellphone is on its manner out, or you might have a cellphone sitting in a drawer someplace amassing mud, assume twice about tossing it away blindly. In addition to all the valuable digital content material and media your cellphone gathered, it holds a wealth of delicate private information that you don’t need disappearing or falling into the incorrect arms.From significant photographs to very important emails and textual content messages, failing to prep your cast-off gadget correctly earlier than donating or promoting it may well imply dropping treasured reminiscences or exposing your self to critical safety and privateness dangers. To keep away from potential points, comply with these steps so you’ll be able to say good riddance to your seasoned cellphone whereas sustaining some peace of thoughts.Editors’ be aware: This piece was initially printed on Dec. 18, 2013, and has been up to date.  

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Grab your contacts and goThanks to Apple iOS and Google Android’s use of on-line servers and clouds, storing and backing up primary private info (like contacts and calendar occasions) is a snap. And transferring between like units (iPhone ($930 at Amazon) to iPhone, for instance) is particularly simple. Just make sure that your newest info has been synced just lately along with your Apple ID on iCloud or Google account. After that, migrating information is so simple as punching in your specific account particulars into your new cellphone.Back dat (information) up on iOS and Android.
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Transitioning between handsets of differing platforms is a bit more sophisticated, however not terribly so. Moving to an Android cellphone is straightforward when you use a Gmail account as your main repository for contacts and calendar particulars. If Apple’s iCloud is the place your data lives, you may need to port your contacts and calendar both manually or by using apps like SmoothSync for Cloud Calendar and SmoothSync for Cloud Contacts, respectively. Some newer Android telephones, like the newest Samsung Galaxy telephones and the Pixel 3, help you switch data immediately from cellphone to cellphone utilizing a USB cable.

Pivoting from an Android gadget to an iPhone and porting over your contacts and calendar is much less difficult. Just signal into your Google account in your gadget and your cellphone will do the work. In addition, when you’re switching to Apple iOS 9 or later, the corporate created the Move to iOS Android app to assist switch photographs, messages, browser bookmarks and extra to Android 4.0 or later.

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Back up your apps and dataPorting over all of your beloved apps and their linked info used to require a number of steps. These days, nonetheless, Apple and Google are making it simpler. If you are utilizing Android 6.0 Marshmallow or later, you’ll be able to again up particular person app info, and never simply the apps themselves, onto your Google Drive account. You can entry this selection in the identical menu as your contacts and calendar backup.Backing up iPhones is simple in iTunes.
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Older variations of Android could require stronger medication, sadly. That’s as a result of these programs’ built-in backup function solely saves the apps you have put in, not the total snapshot of all the knowledge they’ve gathered. There are some software program options that may sort out this job, nonetheless, like Helium for Google Android.On the iOS facet of the home, creating a whole picture of your iPhone’s software program is a chunk of cake. Just use iTunes’ inherent talents, plus your pc and iTunes, to carry out the duty. Here’s every little thing you have to know to get it performed.Transfer your media (music, photographs and video)Apple ID and Google Photos and Music providers supply choices to push the photographs, movies and music that reside in your cellphone onto on-line servers. That stated, generally the old-school guide method is finest. If you are unsure if all of your multimedia recordsdata made the flight as much as the Web, simply drag and drop them your self.

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On an Android cellphone, do that by connecting to a USB port in your PC. Once the cellphone seems as a drive within the file explorer, drill right down to the digicam (seemingly known as DCIM for Android units) and music folders to seize what you want and place them the place you want in your pc. If you might have a Mac and an Android cellphone, obtain Android File Transfer to maneuver content material. All iPhones use an analogous methodology, however by the iTunes desktop software program as an alternative.Snip snap: If your SIM card needs to be a distinct dimension, a fast trim can do the trick.
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Know your SIM cardAll GSM telephones require SIM playing cards to perform, and when you’re sticking with the identical GSM provider (AT&T, T-Mobile within the US) then swapping telephones is just a matter of switching SIMs. One key bit of information steadily missed is what kind of SIM playing cards you are working with. Specifically, what dimension your present SIM card is and what dimension your new cellphone accepts. For instance, older telephones use micro-SIM playing cards, however most present telephones now use smaller nano-SIM playing cards.If you are migrating from a micro-SIM to nano-SIM, you’ll be able to minimize the cardboard down — that’s, when you personal the appropriate instruments and are very, very cautious. Of course, the simplest manner is to get a brand new SIM out of your provider, which are sometimes offered without spending a dime, however can price about $10.

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Wipe it wellEvery cellphone, whether or not it’s an iPhone or Android gadget, helps you to carry out a manufacturing unit reset. It’s a approach to wipe the gadget’s reminiscence clear of put in apps, photographs, movies, e mail accounts, private accounts — every little thing. You even have the choice to scour any information dwelling on an put in microSD card, although I recommend you bodily take away it and take it with you.For those that need to be additional cautious, you’ll be able to take the extra step of linking the wiped cellphone to a dummy account, then conduct one other manufacturing unit reset. This will increase the probability that would-be miscreants would possibly solely have entry to the newest software program and your decoy picture, not your actual information.Want to do away with final yr’s telephones? Be positive to erase your information first.
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