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  • disposing of a dead smartphone
  • ayjaydoubleyou
    Full Member

    I discovered my old iphone while tidying up. It is as far as I can find out, totally dead, plugging it in does nothing. I guess 2.5 years empty has fully buggered the battery.

    But… It isn’t wiped*. If someone were to figure out how to turn it on, they would potentially be able to access my google account, email, social media etc. Banking app and so on has 2FA but probably not insurmountable.

    But now I have visions of morally bereft but technically adept people taking in dead phones under the guise of charity or recycling in an attempt to phish people.

    Am I being stupid, or, short of physically destroying it, what can I do.

    *I intended t keep it as a bar mounted, no sim/airplane mode satnav, but never got around to it.

    Drac
    Full Member

    Lock it through Find My Phone they’ll not be able to do anything with it.

    Cougar
    Full Member

    It’s hypothetically possible but the likelihood of anyone going to all that trouble in the vague hope that they might be able to access your Facebook account is vanishingly low.

    Take it to the tip, get on with your life.

    johnnystorm
    Full Member

    Leave it plugged in for a good while and see if it wakes up.

    Almost every iPhone has some worth and you might get something using it as a trade in. Or you can factory wipe it and ebay it for charity.

    masterdabber
    Free Member

    Try heating it up with a hairdryer whilst on the charger.Be a bit careful but it worked for me with an old iphone SE that had been left uncharged for ages.

    P-Jay
    Free Member

    If you’re really worried, you can take it to your local Apple Shop (if you have one) they’ll recycle it.

    cheese@4p
    Full Member

    Burial at sea?

    mikeyp
    Full Member

    Took 2 phones to my local Apple store that were in the same state. Apple won’t be liable for the data on it. The shop assistant said they’d recycle your microwave FOC if you bring it in. Not sure how this solves your data concerns

    sirromj
    Free Member

    Mix 500ml of household bleach, teaspoon of salt, and a lump of coal with the phone in a blender, job done.

    Cougar
    Full Member

    In unrelated news: Never go to sirromj’s house on cocktail night.

    reeksy
    Full Member

    Pretty sure i’d just put it back in the cupboard for another 2.5 years.

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