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How to completely wipe phone?

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#1 stebbinsd


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 03:52 PM

I've got an LG phone, but I don't know the model number. I want to completely erase all data and start over from scratch. How do I do that?

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#2 britechguy


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 04:06 PM

There's no way to answer that question specifically without a model number.   I would suggest you determine what it is and do a web search, simply because this is pretty well documented for every common model I've ever encountered.


That being said, generically it's:


1. Do a factory reset.


2. On the reset device, if your data was not encrypted to begin with (and some do it even if it was) encrypt the device.


3. Do another factory reset.

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 04:36 PM

Also, just in case you want to reset a second hand phone that you've either bought or been given by somebody and it is in another language, so you can't find the options needed for a reset:

1.Turn off your smartphone
2.Press all the buttons at the same time for 10 seconds
3.Select Clear eMMC
4.Turn on your smartphone
5.Do the steps that Brian told you.:)

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Posted 24 May 2017 - 08:53 AM

I had an android and it was easy to do.  I just fumbled through the settings and found "reset phone"

I don't think you can clear it completely.  The SIM card needs to be removed.

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Posted 25 May 2017 - 12:40 AM

I had an android and it was easy to do.  I just fumbled through the settings and found "reset phone"

I don't think you can clear it completely.  The SIM card needs to be removed.


Nope factory reset does not actually wipe all the data. Its better to wipe it from the recovery.

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