Don’t be one of those people who get a new phone and leave their new phone in a draw until eventually binning it. 

It’s terrible for the environment, but also every day it’s in the draw it’s depreciating and losing YOU money. We want to help you get the most for your old phone, and sell it quicker!

Just follow these steps…

Wipe the phone data and memory

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The most crucial thing you must do when you prepare your phone for sale is to wipe the data from your old phone. Protect your privacy by doing a full complete factory reset and data wipe. Backup your device and storage and then look at the lists below to see how to conduct a factory reset. Please note – On Android and Samsung Devices you will need to encrypt your data if it is before Android Marshmallow (6.0) To do this go to settings>security>encrypt phone>, and encrypt your phone with a password.

iPhone

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap General
  • Scroll to the bottom and tap Reset
  • Tap Erase All Content and Settings
  • Tap Erase iPhone
  • Tap it again to confirm
  • Enter your password/code
  • Enter your AppleID password

Android

You will need to remove your password/passcode/fingerprint first –

  • Go to Settings>Display>Lock Screen>Screen lock and change it to none

Next, you will need to remove your Google Account, to do this, you need to –

  • Go to Settings>Accounts&Sync>Google
  • Tap on the three vertical dots in the corner
  • Tap remove account

To do the factory reset you will need to do the following –

  • Go to Settings>Backup & Reset>Factory Data Reset>Reset Phone/Device.

Samsung

You will need to remove your password/passcode/fingerprint first –

  • Go to Settings>Lock Screen and Security>Screen lock type and change it to none

Next, you will need to remove your Google Account, to do this, you need to –

  • Go to Settings>Cloud & accounts>Accounts>Google
  • Tap on the three vertical dots or More in the corner
  • Tap remove account

You will need to remove your Samsung account as well. You need to –

  • Go to Settings>Lock screen and Security>Find My Mobile
  • Enter your password
  • Tap on your account at the top
  • Tap more
  • Tap remove account.

To do the factory reset you will need to do the following –

  • Go to Settings>General Management>Reset>Factory Data Reset>Reset Device

Once it is factory reset, it should be clear of any data you once had on the device and will be ready to sell.


Clean your phone prepare your phone for sale by cleaning your device thoroughly, this will help make the device look more appealing and show off any blemishes the device has.

Cleaning your phone is essential to selling it, as little blemishes and what you thought were scratches you could wipe away.

The easiest way is to get a soft, lint-free cloth or a microfibre cloth, dampen the edges and then wipe your phone from top to bottom. Use the dry bit of the fabric to dry your phone gently, so there are no watermarks. It is also advised to get something like a cotton square or cotton bud to reach into the areas that are hard to get to, make sure the cotton will not rub off though! You can also buy wipes to disinfect and clean your phone at an extra charge.


Take good photos (selling online)

If you’re selling on eBay or similar; excellent, crisp and clear photos are essential for a sale. Taking pictures of your phone should be done with a white background, the main image of the phone should be sharp, and take as many as you can (front, back, the screen on, screen off). Note the blemishes and scratches in the description, if there is a significant issue, then to avoid a return show it in a picture.

Be Honest

If you want the most money for your phone, then be honest, as there’s nothing worse than your expectations being higher than they actually should be. If your trading in your old phone for cash be upfront about its condition, companies will give you the correct trading price for a working, good condition phone, but if you send it with scratches and dents then be prepared to be knocked down on the original price.

Hope this helped you prepare your phone for sale!

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