Destroy data before trashing phone

#1

New phone arrived. For fun, I tried to replace battery in old Moto X1. I think I stripped the T3 Torx screws. And the lower tab on the “X8 Mobile Computing system” (Is that the motherboard?) came out from under the lower antenna assembly. So assume I can’t power this thing up at this point. Anyway, old Moto X1 is going bye-bye. Where is my data (contacts, emails, etc) stored physically, how do I find that and destroy it, before I toss this thing in the trash?

Thank you!

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#2

Oooh fun. A hammer and a half hour should take care of it!

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#3

could try

https://androidforums.com/threads/how-to-destroy-onboard-flash-memory.417013/#post-3231494

#4

Any glass of water should ruin the phone If you haven’t already. Don’t forget to power it on after the soaking!

#5

wear insulated gloves just in case!!!

#6

Thanks everyone! I guess a good soaking and a beating should take care of it. I was wondering more technically speaking where the “internal memory” is located and whether I can find and destroy that piece specifically. I just don’t know what I’m looking for. Moto X 1. Anyone know? I didn’t have a separate SD card.

#7

The memory is in the red square. (For the color blind, it’s almost dead center on the image).

From: https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Motorola+Moto+X+Teardown/16867

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#8

maybe a little more fun… safety first!!!

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#9

Thank you, louisdi! Very interesting! Exactly what I wanted to know!

#10

Nice choice!

#11

Be sure to not puncture the battery, and if willing dispose of it properly.

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