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4 Things You Must Do Before Selling Your Old Android Device

Posted by on April 25, 2016

Are you about to sell your old Android device so you can get a new high-end smartphone? If the answer is Yes, then it’s important to take certain precautions before you hand over your old phone to its new owner. You need to ensure that you have no important data left on the device so that the buyer could not misuse it and you have a copy of all your important data that is on that device.

So if you’re about to pull the trigger on selling your Android phone or tablet, here are few simple steps you should take before selling your Android device to make sure that none of that bad thing happens to you.

Backup All Your Phone Data

The first thing you should do before selling your smartphone is to back it up. Sure, you don’t want to lose some important data that you had on your old handset. You may copy all your data to your PC by connecting it through a USB cable or you may upload all the files to a cloud service like Dropbox, Google+, and OneDrive.

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The easiest way to back up your Android phone data is to use your Google Drive account. You can back up everything like photos, app data, bookmarks, calendar, contacts, and even your Wi-Fi network settings. To do it, head to Settings > Accounts > Google account and select all the data you want to sync for backup.

Factory Reset

After backing up all the important data, you need to wipe them off. This to prevent its new owner from getting your important data. Factory resetting your device will erase all data on your phone, including photos, music, documents, installed apps, contacts, calendar, and messages. To do this, go to Settings > Backup & reset > Factory data reset.

Remove Memory Card

Don’t forget to remove your memory card. You’re probably going to want to continue using it on your new device. If you do plan to give away your microSD card, be sure to back up the contents and thoroughly wipe the card. You can erase your SD card by navigating to Settings > Storage, then tap ‘Format SD card’.

Clean It

This is a small thing, but it’s quite important. Cleaning your device can help you sell your device at a better price. Wiping of the screen, removing any dust, and cleaning inside the ports are great ways to keep your device clean and looking brand new.