In 2014, according to Consumer Reports, 2.1 million cell phones were stolen. The good news is that this reflects a 33 percent reduction since 2014. Cell phone thefts are going down because of the kill switch, which allows customers to remotely disable a lost or stolen phone. Remember, everything on your phone will be deleted, so ensure you’ve backed up all of the files you need.
If you’re looking to sell or trade in your Android phone, Gazelle is the fastest and simplest way to get it done. But, before you turn in your phone, you must turn off the kill switch. For Android devices, the kill switch is called Factory Reset Protection. Follow these super simple steps to ensure it is deactivated:
A factory reset essentially gives your phone a clean slate by wiping it of all data and returning it to its condition when you first bought it.
For devices running Android 5.1 operating systems: Once you set a screen lock and link the phone to your Google account, Device Protection is automatically turned on. To turn off device protection, remove your Google account from your device. You can also go to Settings > Developer options and select OEM Unlocking.
Learning how to turn off the kill switch is incredibly easy, and a necessary step to know your phone and personal information are safely protected.