With so many feature-rich mobile phones and electronic gadgets hitting the market in recent months, it’s only natural to want to sell on your older devices to make room for a new one. However, how you go about that process may make a world of difference to how much money you can get. Read on for some helpful tips on what to consider before you sell your mobile phone.
Back Up Your Data
Before you reset iPhone, Android, or other devices, make sure you back up your data. Save everything of importance, such as photos and videos, and even transfer contact information if you’re unsure if it’s all on your SIM card. Even though this process can be arduous, there are plenty of apps and platforms out there that can make it a smooth process. Alternatively, if you already have your new phone, you can transfer everything directly over to it – either on your own or with help from your carrier.
Unlock the Phone
While many more phones are hitting the market ‘unlocked,’ that doesn’t mean they all are. You may be able to sell your device for more money if it isn’t attached to any particular network operator. Fortunately, it’s not a complicated process to unlock your phone if you wish to do so. If your phone is paid off and has been on your account for several months, your carrier should have no qualms about unlocking it or providing a code for you to do so. Alternatively, you may be able to purchase an unlock code through a third-party, although there is no guarantee of its legitimacy or safety.
Factory Reset It
The last thing you possibly want is to have a stranger access your personal information stored on your mobile phone and connected accounts. That’s why a factory reset is one of the most important things to do before selling your device. Most devices come with a factory reset option in their settings. If it’s not clear where this is, refer to your user manual. It’s also worth noting that if you have a device operating on Android 2.3 to 4.3, some data may still be recoverable by anyone attempting to find it.
According to an article in the Seattle Times, the average phone has over 25,000 bacteria per square inch. Out of all things we touch in an average day, mobile phones are one of the dirtiest. With this in mind, consider cleaning your phone with a disinfectant wipe containing around 70% isopropyl alcohol.
With data backup, factory resetting, unlocking, and cleaning taken care of, you can now sell your phone and put the money towards a new model. There are many platforms to take advantage of, such as Facebook Marketplace, local notice boards, and eBay, just to name a few. Remember to take clear photos, list the phone’s features, and offer a competitive price after researching what others like yours are selling for.
The most exciting thing about selling your mobile phone is being able to use the money to buy something better. However, before you list it, don’t forget to follow these steps above to ensure you can achieve the best possible price.