When so many different Android phones to choose from, picking one can be quite tricky. You need to compare features, prices, and of course, practical usage with each model you consider.
While buying a new phone is a challenging process, selling one is fairly simple. Here’s what you need to do before you sell your device.
Back-Up Your Data to Your Google Account
Trust us; you don’t want to be that guy who has to make a Facebook announcement saying you’ve lost all your contacts and spend days—even weeks—recovering them. Not only is losing your contact details frustrating, but it also may result in irrecoverable damage.
And it isn’t just your contact details that you can end up losing if you fail to back-up your data. You should also make backups of web browser bookmarks, calendar entries, Google Drive documents, and any other important data that you have on your device.
While you’re at it, don’t forget about the collection of videos and pictures in your gallery! Either back up all your audiovisuals to Google+ Photos, Cloud, or an SD card, or manually transfer them to your computer. This way, you won’t lose all those pictures from your summer vacation or the videos your sister sent you of your young niece playing in the snow. Keep your data protected by backing everything up through your Google account.
Encrypt Your Data
Having created a backup of all your important data on your phone, you then need to wipe it off from your device. You don’t want your buyer to have access to any of your personal information now, do you? This is where data encryption comes in handy.
Data encryption ensures that your confidential data won’t get stolen from your device. If someone else wishes to view the data on your phone, they’ll need to decrypt it after typing in your password. This maximizes the security and prevents data theft.
Simply to the Settings menu, select Security, and then select Encrypt Phone.
Perform a Full Factory Reset
Having assured that your device is free of data that has already been backed up, it’s time to perform a factory reset. This will erase everything on your Android phone, restoring it back to the condition it was in when you first got it.
Remember, when you perform a full factory reset, there’s no turning back. If you had any important information on your phone that you hadn’t backed up, it’s now beyond recovery. Therefore, make sure to double-check your Google back-ups before you select this option.
You can reset your phone by going to the Settings menu, tapping on Backup & Reset, selecting Factory Data Reset, and then hitting Reset.
Sell your Android phone now!