The first question most of us ask when we are considering a new smartphone: What should I do with my old smartphone?
Of course you have a lot of options. One of them is trade in your phone.
One of the main reasons many of us trade on our phones is to save money on a new device. That’s how I got my iPhone 12 mini after getting a great deal on my iPhone 7 trade-in.
But you don’t want to hand over this old phone without taking several steps to protect your privacy and security. Make sure you follow these steps before trading on an old smartphone.
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Steps to trade on your iPhone
Your first step is to back up your iPhone. You can use iCloud Backup on your PC, Mac or directly on your phone. Also, Apple says that if you have an Apple Watch, make sure to connect it to your phone.
If you’re upgrading to another iPhone, the process is straightforward. Go to Settings, and find your name at the top. Click on it then scroll down to sign out from iCloud and App Store. You must enter your password to complete this process.
From there, go to Settings, then General, then Transfer or Reset iPhone. Then you choose to delete all content and settings. This will restore the phone to its original state when you first purchased it. On your new phone, you’ll go to the Find My app and remove your old phone as a trusted device.
If you’re moving from iPhone to Android, before deleting your device, you’ll need to de-register iMessage to avoid interruptions in text messaging.
Before you trade on your Android phone.
The process is the same but will vary depending on the type of your own Android phone.
On Samsung Galaxy devices, the first step is to back up your phone, either through Samsung’s cloud services, via Google, or with a microSD card.
When it’s done, go to Settings, then Reset Factory Data. You may need to enter credentials for your security lock before proceeding. After tapping Delete All, your phone will return to the initial startup screen.
The steps are the same for Google Pixel smartphones. Back up your phone, log out of your Google Accounts, then go to Settings. From there go to System, Advanced, Reset Options, then Delete All Data.
If you’re moving from Android to iPhone, Apple has a Move to iOS app available to transfer your data before resetting your phone.
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