1. gillbie943's Avatar
    i dropped my galaxy s4 down the toilet a month or two back and have had it in for repairs and they didn't know how to fix it.. the phone is not responding in any way or form. no vibration. no screen. no lights. no charge.- i intend to sell it on ebay for spare parts but worried that there may be personal data and sensitive info on the devices internal data - my question is how do you wipe an android phone where you cant access the operating system at all??? i've heard microwaving is a possibility
    09-23-2014 08:44 AM
  2. Shadow Assassin's Avatar
    Take a screw driver and destroy the memory chip.
    10-13-2014 05:28 PM
  3. Rukbat's Avatar
    If the phone doesn't respond, you can't access the operating system - since there's no operating system to access. To make sure, as Shadow said, put a screwdriver through the memory chip, then work it around, so all that's left gf the chip is a space on the motherboard where the chip used to be. Or, if you've opened the phone enough to do that, just remove the motherboard, put it on an anvil and use a hammer to turn it into little pieces. (If you're really paranoid, use a propane torch to turn those little pieces red hot. Not even the NSA could read anything from the pieces after that.)

    Don't microwave your phone unless you want an excuse to buy a new microwave. The frame of most phones is enough of an inductor to burn the magnetron in the microwave out before the phone even gets warm. You won't harm the phone at all, but buying a magnetron retail is almost as expensive as a whole microwave - assuming you know how to replace the old one without getting fried (or broiled from the inside, more likely). Even after the microwave is dead, there's still a large capacitor inside it that's charged with quite a few hundred volts, and it can supply a decent amount of current long enough to turn you into a memory.
    10-13-2014 06:04 PM
  4. Ayya Muzaffer's Avatar
    I seem to have the exact problem like yours. Could you please explain in detail how did you wipe your memory?
    01-31-2017 02:24 PM
  5. Stalonage's Avatar
    I seem to have the exact problem like yours. Could you please explain in detail how did you wipe your memory?
    If it's completely bricked then use a screwdriver and smash the memory chip
    01-31-2017 02:35 PM

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