Promoting or buying and selling a used Android telephone is a great option to safely get rid of your outdated units, and hopefully earn some additional money you possibly can put in the direction of your subsequent improve. However there are some things to deal with earlier than offloading your outdated telephone—together with backing up and deleting your knowledge, cleansing it, and discovering the best vendor or trade-in supply.
Sounds easy sufficient, however the number of Android “flavors” on the market makes this course of messier than it’s for iPhone customers. As such, the names and areas of the settings we cowl on this information could differ in your telephone or model of Android, however the common tips are the identical. For those who can’t discover one thing, use your telephone’s search bar to search for the best settings, and if that doesn’t work, verify for guides on-line particular to your gadget.
1. Again up your Android’s knowledge
Step one is to again up your knowledge—together with your contacts, texts, app knowledge, photographs, and different information saved in your telephone. The method has just about the identical steps as in our video information on backing up private knowledge on Android (and iOS), so be happy to verify that out, as properly.
There are a number of methods to backup an Android telephone, however Android’s built-in backup instrument is the best; it uploads your knowledge to your Google Drive (or different apps) so you possibly can import it to your new telephone later.
Many customers may have automated backups turned on, however you possibly can manually create a backup beneath Settings > System > Backup. This menu additionally exhibits the latest backup made, and which sorts of knowledge are included. Be sure to toggle each possibility beneath “Backup particulars” to make sure nothing will get left behind, then choose “Again up now” to avoid wasting your knowledge.
Do word that you could be not have sufficient house to again up every little thing in your telephone without cost, no less than for those who’re utilizing Google Drive or Google One Drive. Every part you again up counts in opposition to the free 15 GBs allotted to each Google account, however shopping for extra house is cheap.
That stated, if you wish to preserve issues free however you’re scuffling with the 15 GB restrict, the best choice is to again up your telephone’s photographs and movies elsewhere. Google Images will robotically again your telephone’s photos, however the app now counts extra cloud uploads in opposition to your Google Account’s storage restrict, and photographs and movies are possible the most important chunk of information in your telephone. As an alternative, discover an different cloud service or manually transfer your photographs to your PC through USB.
2. Take away your Google Account (and different accounts)
The subsequent step is to take away your Google Account from the telephone. Be sure to carry out this step after backing up your knowledge, because you gained’t be capable of sync your information to the cloud after eradicating an account. Fortunately, the removing course of is fairly straightforward:
- Go to Settings > Accounts.
- Choose your Google Account from the checklist.
- Faucet “Take away account.”
- Repeat for any extra accounts synced to the telephone.
3. Carry out a manufacturing unit reset of your Android
Along with your knowledge backed up and your Google Account unlinked out of your telephone, now you can carry out a manufacturing unit reset. This wipes your knowledge, information, and put in apps from the telephone’s inside storage, and reverts all settings again to their off-the-shelf defaults. You possibly can carry out a manufacturing unit reset even when your telephone’s display is completely trashed, however we’ll present you the best way to do it assuming the gadget continues to be in full working situation.
- Go to Settings > Superior > Reset Choices
- Choose “Erase all knowledge (manufacturing unit reset).”
- The subsequent display will present you every little thing that might be deleted. That is your final likelihood to again any lingering knowledge.
- Faucet “Erase all knowledge” to start the method.
4. Clear it
Along with your telephone’s insides cleared out, now it’s time to take care of its exterior elements.
That is fairly simple. Start with eradicating any circumstances, display covers, and different equipment connected to your telephone, then take away the SIM card. Steps for it will differ between units, however most require a tiny pin key to open the SIM card slot. These tiny instruments normally ship within the unique field, however you may also purchase them on-line; or go to an authorized restore location, tech help desks at shops like Greatest Purchase, or your telephone service’s nearest retailer. Oh, and don’t neglect to take out any micro SD growth playing cards for those who occur to have a telephone that helps expanded storage choices.
Now it’s time to wash the telephone. Our information on safely sanitizing electronics may help for those who’re unsure what to do, however the common rule is to keep away from liquid cleaners, since moisture damages electronics, and chemical substances like alcohol, bleach, and ammonia can have an effect on plastic and glass. A easy microfiber fabric wipe-down will take away thumbprints and smudges, and a dry q-tip may help take away mud or grime.
That is additionally a very good alternative to evaluate the gadget’s high quality. Make word of any dents, cracks, or scratches forward of time so you may get an correct appraisal within the subsequent step. You must also verify you continue to have the telephone’s unique packaging and any equipment that it shipped with, resembling chargers or headphones. These aren’t required to promote the telephone, however together with them can improve the ultimate trade-in worth.
5. Discover a trade-in deal or reseller
Your telephone is now able to trade-in, however the query is: to the place? There are a number of completely different choices, and a few could fetch a greater supply than others, but it surely in the end depends upon what you intend to do with the trade-in worth.
For those who plan to make use of the outdated telephone’s worth as credit score in the direction of a brand new telephone, take a look at your service service supplier’s trade-in packages. T-Cell/Dash, AT&T, Verizon, Google Fi, US Mobile, and others allow you to commerce in outdated telephones and use the worth on your subsequent buy—solely sure fashions could also be eligible, nonetheless, and provided that they’re in good situation.
For these shopping for immediately from a producer, you possibly can promote again outdated variations of the corporate’s telephone for credit score. For instance, Samsung enables you to commerce in your Galaxy telephones, and Google accepts Pixel trade-ins. Although, once more, there could also be restrictions.
Equally, retailers like Amazon, Greatest Purchase, GameStop, and Walmart have trade-in packages, as properly, and you should use your reward card credit score to purchase something on their web sites.
If need to promote for money fairly than retailer credit score, there are many third-party resellers you should use as properly, together with:
These corporations will purchase your outdated telephones for money. Payout is predicated in your telephone’s situation and present market worth.
The final possibility is to promote the telephone on to another person your self. A direct sale can generally be a greater deal, as you get to set the worth your self, however there’s no assure you’ll make a sale.
There are many web sites that facilitate on-line gross sales safely, resembling Swappa, eBay, Fb Market, and even Amazon and Again Market for those who’re an expert refurbisher. These web sites usually supply some type of fraud safety and transaction ensures.
You can even go the riskier route and put up to Craigslist, or on-line boards, subreddits, Telegram channels, and Discord servers devoted to after-market resales. And if all else fails, put up it on social media and see in case your followers have an interest. Nonetheless, there’s all the time a chance for scams, fraud, and different abuse when utilizing web sites and providers like these, so watch out for those who go this route.
6. Ship it off
Whoever you promote or commerce your telephone to, the final step is to get the telephone prepared and ship it—until you’re buying and selling the telephone in in-person, by which case you possibly can simply stroll into the shop.
Producers, service carriers, and third-party resellers will offer you transport directions, and sometimes free labels you possibly can print at house. As for promoting it to somebody on Craigslist or eBay, you’ll must deal with the transport by yourself. Your native put up workplace, or corporations like UPS and FedEx, may help you bundle every little thing up and ship it—simply know you’ll be paying for the transport your self.
As soon as the bundle is within the mail, all that’s left to do is watch for whoever you despatched it to to obtain it.