Do you feel you need to switch to a brand new Android phone and want to sell the current (also Android) one but are dreading how to proceed with saving all the data on the current phone? We have got you covered with this guide that details 10 important things to do before selling your Android smartphone. Get both–the new and the old phones–with you and go through our step-by-step guide.
Backup your contacts
If you are an Android user and use Google apps a lot, make sure you backup your contacts. If your contacts are not already synced to the Gmail account, you can do so manually by going to https://contacts.google.com/.
Backup your messages and call records
Just like your contacts, you can backup your messages and call records too. Your messages can be backed up by using third-party software like SMS Backup and Restore. You can create a backup for your messages by saving them on Google Drive and can restore them from there in your new phone. The same app can be used to backup your call records too.
Backup your photos, videos, and other media over the Cloud or to an external storage device
You can either go for a Cloud backup by using Google Photos, Google Drive, Microsoft’s OneDrive, DropBox or any reliable Cloud service or you can physically transfer the media files to an external hard drive or SSD.
Log out from and remove all accounts before factory reset
A factory reset will erase everything on a smartphone but it doesn’t log you out of the Google account(s). So, ensure that you log out of all the Google accounts and other online accounts before going for a factory reset. You can check for logged-in accounts by searching for “accounts” in 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 the data it stores is safe within.
Don’t forget to remove the SIM card from Android Phone
This is something you need not be told, but still, do not forget to take out your SIM card.
Create a WhatsApp backup
To save your WhatsApp chats before shifting to a new phone, create a chat backup from WhatsApp settings on Google. 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 Android phone is encrypted
Before proceeding with a factory reset, check if your Android phone is encrypted. If not, you can do so manually through phone settings. Encryption makes it very hard for someone else to access data on your phone after a factory reset. Most new Android phones come already encrypted but the old ones aren’t.
Factory reset is a must for Android Phone
Now, when you are sure that you have made a backup of all the important files in your phone and it is encrypted also, you can proceed to do a factory reset. Search for “reset” in phone settings and select “Erase all data (factory reset)”. Doing this will erase everything on your smartphone.
Clean your old phone and put it with all accessories back in the box; will help get a better price
You should first wipe your old phone with a clean cloth, preferably one moist with a disinfectant solution. Not a must but just a tip to get rid of the traces of the dust and all that bacteria lodged on the device surface. We are assuming you have kept the phone box and the accessories that came when you purchased it. Put your phone and accessories inside the box. Now, you are ready to sell it.