Feel that you need to switch to a brand new Android phone and want to sell the phone, but you are afraid how to proceed with saving all the data on the current phone? We have you covered with this guide detailing 10 important things to do before selling your Android smartphone. Get both phones – new and old – with you and check out our step-by-step guide.
Back up your contacts
If you are an Android user and use Google apps a lot, make sure to backup your contacts. If your contacts weren’t already syncing to your Gmail account.
Backup your messages and call logs
Just like your contacts, you can backup your messages and call logs as well. Your messages can be backed up using a third-party program like SMS Backup and Restore. You can create a backup of your messages by saving them to Google Drive and you can restore from there to your new phone. The same app can be used to back up your call logs as well.
Back up your photos, videos, and other media via the cloud or to an external storage device
You can either go for a cloud backup with Google Photos, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, DropBox, or any other reliable cloud service, or you can physically transfer the media files to an external hard drive or SSD.
Log out of and remove all accounts before factory reset
Factory reset will erase everything on the smartphone but it will not log you out of your Google account (s). So, make sure to log out of all Google and other online accounts before moving on to factory reset. You can check which accounts are signed in by searching for “Accounts” in the phone settings or going to “Accounts” via Gmail settings.
Check for and remove microSD cards
Remove the microSD cards, if you are using any, from your phone. But first check that the data it stores is safe inside.
Don’t forget to remove the SIM card
This is something you don’t need to tell you, but don’t forget to take out your SIM card.
Create a backup for WhatsApp
To save your WhatsApp conversations before moving to a new phone, create a chat backup from WhatsApp Google settings. You can choose to include or not include some files in your chat. Then when you do a fresh install of WhatsApp on your new device, you can restore the chat backup.
Check if your phone is encrypted
Before proceeding with the factory reset, check if your Android phone is encrypted. If not, you can do it manually through the phone settings. The encryption makes it very difficult for someone else to access the data on your phone after a factory reset. Most of the new Android phones are already encrypted, but the old phones are not encrypted.
Factory reset is a must
Now, when you are sure that you have backed up all the important files in your phone and they are also encrypted, you can proceed to do a factory reset. Look for “reset” in the phone settings and select “erase all data (factory reset)”. Doing so will erase everything on your smartphone.
Clean your old phone and put it together with all accessories back in the box; It will help get a better price
You must first wipe your old phone with a clean cloth, preferably dampened with a disinfectant solution. Not necessary, just advice to get rid of dust and all bacteria on the surface of the device. We assume you kept the phone box and accessories that came when you bought it. Put your phone and accessories in the box. Now, you are ready to sell it.