How do you wipe data off of old used cell phones? Go into settings and restore it to “factory settings”. If you aren’t going to keep your simcard, destroy it.
Used cell phones of a newer model have more ways they store your data, so be extra sure if your are reselling, donating, or recycling old used cell phones.
Recycling is a great option, since most used cell phones get “refurbished” before being resold, so that even if you aren’t sure how to wipe the data, your used cell phones won’t reveal any personal information (or pictures!). Plus, you’ll be sure you’ve kept your used cell phones out of landfills.
If you want to save data on your used cell phones before recycling them, email the pictures to yourself, make a list of apps, sites, and their passwords, or link the phone to your computer so that all the used cell phone’s data can be copied.