Is there anything you need to do if you decide to sell your Google Chromecast device due to a lack of use or for some other reason? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has some helpful security advice for a reader who is ready to sell and move on.
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SuperUser reader Phil_oneil wants to know if it is safe to sell a Google Chromecast device:
I have a Google Chromecast device that I am going to sell because I do not use it very much. My question is, do I need to do anything to it before selling it? Is there any personal data stored on it? Do I need to reset it so that the other person will not know my Wi-Fi or Netflix passwords?
Is it safe to sell a Google Chromecast device, and what should you do to protect your accounts’ security?
SuperUser contributors Sack Johnson and Shane Di Dona have the answer for us. First up, Sack Johnson:
I believe Google Chromecast stores information from your router in order to connect. Either way, it is never a bad idea to reset electronics before selling them.
There are two ways to reset it:
- Hold the button next to the micro USB port for 25 seconds (until the light starts flashing), then unplug the USB.
- Go into the Google Chromecast app’s menu and look for the Factory Reset Chromecast option.
Followed by the answer from Shane Di Dona:
After you do a factory reset, a Google Chromecast device is safe to sell. There is a factory reset option in the Google Chromecast app’s Settings Menu that you can use. Alternatively, there is a black button on Google Chromecast devices. Press it for 25 seconds while connected to your TV to do a factory reset.
Source: How to Factory Reset Google Chromecast
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