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How To: Back Up and Clear Data before Selling Cell Phones and Tablets

Here at GadgetRx, we are in the business of recycling old phone, laptops, tablets, iPads, and game systems. When we buy our customers old phones, we get a lot of questions about about privacy and security concerns. Because we use technology for just about everything, most of us have quite a bit of personal information on our phones – address, credit card information, passwords, dirty pictures…the list goes on.

Though we always respect the privacy of all our customers, we understand why people are concerned. So before you come sell your old gadget to us, here are a few tips

Back up and Clear Your Data

If your gadget works, it’s very easy to erase all your history and personal information before you sell/trade/recycle. But before you go erasing everything, you want to make sure you data is backed up. While we are happy to help you with this, below are two links that will walk you through it:

iPhone and iPad Back Up

Android Back Up

Now that everything is backed up (we can double check this if you’d like) you want to start getting rid of your personal history.

iPhone Users

For you Iphone users, clearing your data is pretty simple. Once you have backed up your phone, follow these simple steps to erase everything on your phone:

> Click Settings on your home screen 
> General
> Scroll down and click Reset
> Click Erase All Content and Settings and enter password

Once you confirm, your iPhone will show the Apple logo and a progress bar. It can take a few minutes to several hours based on the version of your iPhone and the amount of data you have on it. Make sure you phone is fully charged before you begin this process 


Unlink/Unregister your iPhone:

To be on the safe side, you should unlink and unregister your phone. Programs like Pandora and dropbox are notorious for staying linked even after a users erase all contents and settings.

>Go to: https://supportprofile.apple.com/MySupportProfile.do and log in

>Click Edit Products

>Click on the “X” to the right of any products

>Click Unregister

Android Users

For android users, there is an extra step in the erasing process that many don’t due. Sure, maybe it’s a little overcautious, but the two extra minuets is worth the extra peace of mind. To make sure EVERYTHING is safe, we suggest customers encrypt all of their data. That means that if someone wants to see something that was left on your phone, they will  need your password to access it (iPhones do this automatically)

To encrypt your data, go to:

>Click Settings on your home screen

> Click Security

 >Click Encrypt Device 

 > You also have the option to encrypt your the SD card. Only do this if you plan on selling your sim card along with your phone

android encrypt

*Note* some androids might be a little different. If so, go to youtube and enter: “[phone type] Encrypt data”

Once you have successfully encrypted your phone, perform a factory data reset. This will erase all the data in your phone.

>Click Settings

>Click Back up and Reset

 > Click Factory Data Reset

 >Click Reset Phone

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E-Waste: When Technology Ends Up in Landfills

E-Waste: Facts and Stats

Old and broken electronics ewaste(i.e phones, computers, laptops ect.) are now the fastest growing municipal waste stream in America.  While most other forms of waste are decreasing, e-waste (as it is commonly called) is increasing by about 5% each year.  While most of us don’t think twice about throwing our old gadgets in the trash, environmentalists, local governments, and even the United Nations have identified e-waste as a global problem with dangerous consequences.

The average person keeps a laptop computer for about 3 years, a cell phone for about 18-22 months. Anywhere from 80-85% of these and other electronic devices end up in curbside waste bins at the end of their gadget life span. This creates between 20 and 50 million metric tons of e-waste every year. And while this number itself is alarming, the repercussions are even more so.

E-Waste: The 3 Main Problems

1) Materials such as  lead, mercury, zinc, cadmium, and flame retardants, and more, are common in many of today’s electronic devices. Once broken down, these materials leak dangerous toxic substances that our landfills are not equip to handle. As a result, they end up in our air and water supply. If left in a landfill, just one cell phone has the potential to pollute up to 40,000 gallons of water. These pollutants have been linked to health problems including: birth defects, brain, liver, heart, kidney and nervous system disorders. In the United States, electronic devices make up 2% of landfill trash, but 70% of overall toxic waste found within these landfills

2) Electronic devices are made by a host of different materials including heavy metalsEvery cell phone, for example, contains trace amounts of copper, silver, gold, and palladium. These metals are minded from land all over the world – which is often a source of both social and environmental problems.  Throwing out your old phone means these precious metals are lost forever. For every 1 million cell phones that are recycled, 35,274 lbs of copper, 772 lbs of silver, 75 lbs of gold, and 33 lbs of palladium can be saved. The more we recycle our old electronic devices, the less we need to mine and manufacture virgin material.

3) By recycling old gadgets, you significantly reduce your carbon fChartootprint. Because the manufacturing of a gadget requires the bulk of it’s energy needs (yes, even more so than using it), recycling old devices significantly reduces green house gas emissions. For example,  It takes 539 lbs of fossil fuel, 48 lbs of chemicals, and 1.5 tons of water to manufacture one computer and monitor.  The EPA estimates that recycling one million computers prevents the release of greenhouse gases equivalent to the annual emissions of over 17,000 cars.


E-Waste: Recycling and Disposal in NY

With technology changing at such a rapid pace, what you bought today will probably become e-waste in the next 1-5 years. And while New York City just passed legislation which makes it illegal to put e-waste in the garbage, Long Island does not have laws that regulate the disposal of old electronics. But just because you can, doesn’t mean  you should . There are many ways to get rid of your old gadgets in Long Island. And here at GadgetRx, we will even buy them from you so we can refurbish and/or recycle the parts – and save the earth.  

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