How to Destroy an RFID Chip

by Robert Ceville

RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chips have become used more broadly because you can track items containing them from anywhere in the world. Many people feel they are an invasion of privacy, and want to know how to destroy their ability to transmit. RFID chips consist of an antennae and a microchip. You must disconnect the two from each other to stop the signal. You can also destroy any information contained on the chips as well.

1

Cut the small, black microchip from the connected antennas. This will end the chip's transmission to the tracker, but will not destroy the chip itself.

2

Take the hammer and smash the small, black chip. This will destroy the information that has been saved to the RFID chip. Repeat until the chip is completely pulverized.

3

Discard the broken pieces and the antennas. Dispose of them carefully to ensure that the sharp metallic pieces don't pose a danger to anyone.

Tip

  • Running magnets over RFID chips will not erase them. Submerging them in water also does not affect them.

Warning

  • Although you can destroy RFID chips in the microwave by overloading the microchip through its antennas, it is not advised. RFID chips may burst into flames under the extreme heat.

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Based in Florida, Robert Ceville has been writing electronics-based articles since 2009. He has experience as a professional electronic instrument technician and writes primarily online, focusing on topics in electronics, sound design and herbal alternatives to modern medicine. He is pursuing an Associate of Science in information technology from Florida State College of Jacksonville.

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