How do I wipe a bricked smart phone?
September 10, 2012 5:16 PM Subscribe
How do I wipe the memory of a bricked Android phone before returning it to the manufacturer?
posted by LarryC to technology (3 answers total)
My Motorola Atrix stopped working about ten days ago. For a couple of days it would not always turn on and would sometimes turn itself off. Then one day it would not turn on at all. No light when I plug in the charger, no luck changing batteries, dead.
No problem, I bought insurance from Asurion
through my ATT store when I go the phone. I fill out the online form and they ship me an Atrix 2. But now I am supposed to return my old phone, "or a replacement charge will be made against your account."
I want to make absolutely sure that none of my personal data is recoverable from the phone, but how do I do that when it won't turn on? I could smash it with a rock but am afraid they might charge me if it is obviously broken on purpose. Do I put it in the microwave for a minute? Rub a magnet back and forth? Any ideas? Or am I worried about nothing, and should just send it back as is?