5 Steps Before Selling Your iPhone
[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen you're thinking about selling your iPhone, it's imperative that you make sure your data is safe before you send it off. With new Apple devices being released every year or so, it's very likely that your old smartphone will carry great value. As is such, that doesn't mean you want to sell your personal information along with it as well. Luckily, if you follow the information below, you'll be able to relax your mind during the process.
5 Steps To Do Before Selling Your iPhone
1. Back up your device
You and your phone have been on plenty of adventures together, and along the way you've built up a ton of pictures, videos, text messages, and your all important contact list. There's no reason to lose all that data and start over from scratch; that's where backing up your device comes into play. For Apple products, there are two simple processes that let you back up your iPhone. The first of which is iTunes. Simply open iTunes on your computer, head to preferences, and click on the "Devices" tab.
Under "Devices" you should see your iPhone as well as the date of the last back up. If not, you'll want to connect your iPhone to the computer and sync under iTunes. You can also go to the File drop-down menu and click "Devices" followed by "Backup."
The second option is to back up your device on Apple's iCloud software. Turn on the software by going into "Settings" >"iCloud" and you can specify which programs and data you'd like to have backed up. Or simply scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap "Storage & Backup."
2. Factory reset
Now that your data is safely secured, you'll want to erase all the data so that nothing can trace back to you (this should be an obvious step). This is an extremely important step when you're planning on selling your iPhone. Our inspection team will automatically wipe the data from any phone that we receive but we always recommend doing this to give you peace of mind. Head over to "Settings" > "General" and scroll to the bottom and touch "Reset." Hit "Erase All Content and Settings," and poof, your phone is now naked. Free and clear of those photos, videos, and text messages that are for your eyes only.
3. Remove SIM Card
The next user of your phone doesn't need to have access to your SIM card, so you're better off keeping this for yourself. SIM cards hold your phone number and give you an identity on your carriers network. These cards can also keep track of your contact list and your call history.
4. Clean it
This may seem like an unnecessary step, but you wouldn't want to sell your car without giving it a wash, would you? The same idea applies here. Having a nice clean phone before send off makes for a higher chance of it being offered more.
5. Kiss it goodbye and thank it for it's service.
If you treated it well, there is no reason it can't be used by someone else in the future. You've just helped eliminate e-waste and gave your old buddy a new chance of life. Now you can feel good about yourself, so go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it!