The process to erase your Android device’s internal storage is pretty simple, and should look similar across most devices (via Google). It should be noted that the options may have different names, depending on the device manufacturer and operating system skin. Before you start, though, you’re going to want to make sure you back up any important information, because if you accidentally erase that in the factory reset, you’ll likely need some help to get it back. After you’ve run your backup, open the Settings app and follow these steps:
- Open “System” or search for “Reset,” and open “Reset options.”
- In “Reset options,” tap on “Erase all data,” which may also be called “Factory reset.”
- Next, your phone will tell you what it plans to delete and will ask for confirmation. To continue, tap “Erase all data.”
- To proceed, you need to authenticate using your default unlock method, then confirm once more by tapping “Erase all data,” when your device prompts you.
Now, all you need to do is sit back and relax while your phone clears all the information off its internal storage and restores the factory settings. Fortunately, all Android phones running Android 10 or above are encrypted, so a factory reset is a fairly secure way of clearing out sensitive information completely. But if you’re genuinely concerned about meticulous recovery attempts unearthing sensitive information, keep the device, give it to someone you trust, or destroy it.