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How to Recycle Cell Phones and Mobile Devices

University IT mobile device recycling program

University IT and Property Management Office want to make sure that all unwanted cell phones, tablets, and data cards are securely wiped and recycled properly.  All personal and corporate information will be removed, even if the mobile device is broken or the screen is cracked.

*Note: Once a phone is dropped off or mailed in for recycling, it cannot be returned.

Recycling/re-purposing devices

Whether you are recycling an old device or keeping it to re-purpose, please make sure that the end user that it belonged to removes their Apple ID.  If the Apple ID is not removed, the device will be locked, and a remote wipe will not fix the problem.  If this is not done, it requires Apple, Stanford, and the carriers to get involved which can take up to 21 business days to resolve.

Note: For added security and privacy, you should erase your device yourself before it's recycled.

Please have the user follow the below steps to remove their Apple ID.


  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Scroll down to iCloud.
  3. Tap the Apple ID and tap Sign Out.
  4. Screen will prompt you for your email once more (Apple ID).
  5. Device unlocked and can be activated by a new user or recycled.


Contact your Department Property Administrator and they will take the device(s) to the Property Management Office to have it securely wiped and recycled.

If you have questions, contact Stan Dunn at

Last modified June 25, 2021