Recycling IT equipment and smart devices

The smart thing to do with your old laptop, phone or other devices is fix them, pass them on or recycle them.

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Recycling IT equipment and smart devices

Recycling or passing on phones and laptops doesn’t have to be a data nightmare – and it’s now easier than ever to reuse and recycle old phones, laptops, tablets, cables, mobiles, wearable tech devices, smart watches and more.

How to delete your data

Old laptops, mobile phones and other smart devices contain mountains of valuable data. Before recycling or passing them on, make them safe. The details vary for different devices – but the basic steps are simple.

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Step 1

Start by backing up the data from your device and any memory cards. Usually this means saving your photos, contacts and so on to the cloud or to a personal computer.

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Step 2

Next, wipe all personal data from your device, and reset to original settings. This is called a factory reset. The manufacturer’s website will tell you how to do this.

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Step 3

Finally, remove any SIM and memory cards from the device. Now use our locator to find your nearest repair, reuse and recycling point. Check now.

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Need more help on deleting data from smart devices?

Remember, it’s your responsibility to wipe data from your smart devices before passing them on or recycling them. Check out our FAQ on how to delete your data or hit the button below to download our handy guide.

Download our handy guide
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Did you know?

Waterproof phones

An astonishing 100,000 phones are dropped down the toilet every year in Britain. Lucky then that we’re following Japan’s model, where 90% of phones are waterproof because people like to take them everywhere – including the shower! If your phone gets a dunking it can’t recover from, remember: anything with a plug, battery or cable can be recycled.

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