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6 Things to Do Before Selling Your Android Smartphone

Steps to Do Before Selling Your Android Smartphone

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Whether it’s for sporting a brand new device or utilizing all the new features that come with a new device, buying a new smartphone is common. So common that statistics say that buyers opt for buying new smartphones for them every year. So, it’s a good idea to sell your old device to help you with your finances.

But before selling your old Android phone, there are certain steps that you must follow to make sure you are not leaving any personal data behind for the new user. If you are looking for a place to sell your smartphone then you can connect with us, we buy used phones at good prices.

So, let’s get onto the necessary steps that you should take before handing down your old device.

Back up Data and Settings to Your Google Account

The first step would be to save backups of your app data, Gmail, calendar entries, contacts, web browser bookmarks, Google Drive documents, and everything else to your Google account. Make sure that all your data has been backed up recently. For that, go to Settings > Accounts > select your Google account, and then put a check on everything you want to sync.

You can also back up your device settings including your Wi-Fi password. For that, head over to Settings > Backup & Reset > Device backup. Then put a check on Backup to Google drive.

Back up Photos and Videos

Next, you need to back up all your photos and videos to the cloud or your computer, manually. There are several cloud storage options available, but we recommend Google Photos which provides free storage for all your photos and videos with up to 20MP resolution. You can easily set your device to automatically back up your photos using Google Photos.

If you are planning to back up your photos to your computer, you need to do that manually. The process is rather straightforward. But if you have never done it before, just connect your smartphone to your PC with a data cable. You may need to install some software and will be guided through prompts.

Your photos and videos will be stored in the phone’s memory and also in the SD card if it has one. Open both locations and look for a folder named DCIM. Inside it, would be all your photos. If you have stored them someplace else, you’ll need to open that folder and copy them to your PC.

Encrypt Your Data

After backing up all your data, next comes wiping it out from your phone. But for that, you’ll need to do more than a factory reset. You need to encrypt your data so that if somehow a new user gets hold of your personal data, they would need a password to view it.

If you are using Android 6.0 Marshmallow or above, it should already have data encryption running. But to manually do it, head over to Settings > Security > Encrypt Phone. You can also encrypt the SD card which you’ll need to do if you’re handing over the SD card as well.

Disable Factory Reset Protection

For disabling Factory Reset Protection, you’ll have to remove all your Google accounts from your device. For that, go to Settings > Accounts & Sync > Google, and then you’ll have to select your account. Next, tap on the three-dot symbol to open the menu and select Remove account.

Perform a Factory Reset

Now comes the final step where you need to Factory Reset your phone. For that, go to Settings > Backup & Reset > Factory data reset, and then tap on Reset phone.

That’s it! You are now all ready to hand over your old smartphone to your buyer. If you are looking for a place to sell your old phone, you can contact us. We buy used phones at competitive prices and you can get the best deal with us.

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