What to Know Before Selling your Phone

You’re ready to sell your phone, huh? With the new year here so aren’t some great new phones to get your hands on. I’m currently considering updating my iPhone 6 plus to the iPhone 7, but we shall see. If you’re thinking about upgrading, and then looking to grab some extra cash after the holidays, here’s what to know before selling your phone, but first the most important thing to consider when selling or trading in your old devices is to remove all personal information from the phone.

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What to Know Before Selling your Phone
  1. Back up to your cloud account. There are several steps to take when wiping your phone of personal information. A good first step is to save all contacts, photos, notes, files, and other information to a Cloud account, computer or external hard drive. After the information is backed up, delete them from your phone and empty the deleted items folder.
  2. Remove the SIM card. Next remove your SIM card. The SIM card is the external storage for your device housed on a microSD card. It is the small, rectangular shaped card usually located near your phone battery.
  3. Log out of services like email and social media. You want to clear out of all email and social media accounts accessed from that devices. This should clear all data, including passwords, from these apps.
  4. Disconnect the phone from the Cloud account. Now that you have backed up your data in step one you want to disconnect from your cloud account. Otherwise, the phoneโ€™s new owner could easily access information thatโ€™s stored there.
  5. Remove mobile payment options. These days, many people do their banking, pay their bills and take care of other financial obligations from their mobile devices. Disconnect all links, apps, and accounts that are associated with banking institutions and credit cards.
  6. Restore the phone to factory settings and turn off all services. Whether you decide to upgrade or sell, restoring the device to its original factory settings will remove personal information. You can do this by going to the settings feature on most smartphones.
  7. Disconnect service. Call the service provider and remove the device from your account. If you’re a U.S. Cellular customer you can call one of their associates, available at 1-888- 944-9400.
  8. Unregister the device. If the phone is registered with Apple by its serial number, remove it by logging into supportprofile.apple.com with the Apple ID information. Similarly, Androids will need to be unregistered. First, go to the Google Play store from a computer web browser. Then, go to the gear icon at the top-right- hand corner of the screen, and select the Settings option. Deselect the device from the Google account under the Visibility option. This will hide select devices from appearing in the Play store when attempting to download a new app.

What would you add to this list of what to know before selling your phone? My husband has always been so good about making sure our phones are completely wiped clean, I on the other hand would probably just hand it over full of stuff (not good.)

So, I’m wondering are you planning to purchase a new or used phone this year? If so, what are you looking to purchase? U.S. Cellular also recommends wiping your new used phone clean before personalizing it with your information. This will ensure the device settings, data, and apps are only yours and you start with a clean slate.

Thanks for checking out these tips on what to do before selling your phone, I hope you found them helpful.

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