Are you planning on Selling your Android Phone? If yes then you need to read and Follow this step-by-step guide to the things you need to do to sell your phone safely. The reason for selling your phone can be anything but making sure that all your data is safe and backed up is very important.
Your current phone holds a lot of things in sync across devices and backups. So it is essential that you take the appropriate backups and then remove the data across the board to plug any gaps.
Things to do before Selling your Android Phone?
Back-Up All Your Data
It’s important to take your time with this process; we’ve heard many painful stories of people losing their personal data when switching to a new phone, especially their WhatsApp chats. Fortunately, there are ways you can recover deleted or missing WhatsApp messages if you find yourself facing the same problem.
If you haven’t already bought a new phone, we strongly recommend not to sell the old one just yet. Instead, get your new phone first, import all your data to it, check if all files were moved properly, and then prepare the old one for sale.
Remove All Accounts
After backing up and transferring all your data, remove all the linked accounts from your old phone. This includes your Google account, Microsoft account, WhatsApp account, social media profiles, and other miscellaneous accounts on third-party apps.
- Open your device settings.
- Find and tap Accounts and backup.
- Tap Manage accounts.
- Select your Google account and tap Remove account.
- Tap Remove account again to confirm.
In the same way that you removed your Google account, remove all other accounts as well. Also, be sure to unpair all devices paired to your phones such as your smartwatch, wireless speakers, and earbuds. Lastly, remove all lock screen protection such as your password, PIN code, pattern, or registered fingerprints.
Perform a Factory Reset
Performing a factory reset is a critical step before selling your phone. By doing so, you’re essentially wiping off all your traces from the phone’s memory so that the next owner cannot access any of your personal info.
It also makes the device run smoother since all the files and apps you downloaded will be erased, cleaning up the RAM and internal storage.
A factory reset only erases the data stored natively on your device; it won’t erase the data you have in your cloud apps such as Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive. If you use Gmail, for example, all your emails will simply show up like normal when you sign in to your Google account on your new phone.