Your old iPhone is still worth some money. Let’s find out how.
The iPhone which you bought with so many dreams and hopes is now 2 years old and after using it like a ‘Pro’ this ‘beloved’ iPhone is resting somewhere in a drawer. But did you know that this iPhone is still worth money? Well, yes, it is. Somewhere, someone is willing to buy this old, classy phone. The phone might be old to you, but for someone, it is the key to an entire new world. And that person or company can pay you enough money that you can buy an accessory for your new smartphone. Or you can use that money to get a brand new iPhone XS Max which Apple released this September.
But before putting your phone up on the auction block, there are a few things that you should do. These are the ‘basics’ before you are going to sell your iPhone. In fact, you can apply most of these steps for every smartphone. If you want to sell your Android phone too, you can follow a few steps from this guideline.
Let’s dig in.
Back up to iTunes
The first step is to back up your data from your old iPhone. And to back up the data, you have iTunes. It is experienced by many iPhone users that iTunes keep your data longer than cloud services. Because iTunes stores your data on your personal system rather than on some cloud-based system.
Here’s how you can back up the data through iTunes:
• Connect your iPhone
• Open iTunes on your PC or laptop. If there is no iTunes installed, then do it from Apple’s official website
• In iTunes click on your iPhone’s name. A summary tab will appear.
• Under the Summary tab, and under Backups, click on Back up Now.
• Before clicking on Back up, make sure “Encrypt iPhone backup” option is disabled.
When you disable ‘Encrypt iPhone backup’, it erases saved passcodes from the backup. This is helpful even when you forget these passcodes in future. And when you try to restore the back up to a new iPhone, you won’t have to enter the passcode. So, take it as a precautionary step.
Backup to iCloud
Though iTunes is safe enough for backups, you can use Apple iCloud service as well. iCloud backups are helpful especially when you are going to set up a new iPhone. Because for restoring data from iTunes, you need to be connected to a PC or laptop. But with iCloud, you can restore the backups from any place where a Wi-Fi connection is available.
For iCloud Backup, do these steps:
• Go to settings app on your iPhone
• Tap on iCloud
• Scroll down and tap on Storage & Backup
• Make sure the option for iCloud Backup is enabled
• Tap on Back up Now option
To select particular apps for backup, follow these steps:
• Go to Settings on your iPhone
• Tap iCloud
• Tap Storage & Backup
• Tap Manage Storage
• Under Backups, tap on the name of your iPhone
• Turn the toggle on/off for the apps you want to back up to iCloud
Export Contacts to iCloud
Yes, you can back up your contacts to iCloud as well. The process is very simple. Follow these steps.
• Go to Settings
• Tap iCloud option
• Enable the Contacts switch to green
Export contacts from iCloud
And for your convenience, here is the process to export contacts from iCloud.
• Open the internet browser on your PC
• Open the site iCloud.com
• Sign in with your Apple ID
• In your account, click on Contacts
• Below you should see settings option in a wheel frame. Click on it
• From the options, click on Export vCard
Delete your Personal Data
If you reset your iPhone, it will clear all your photos and videos. But to be on the safe side, delete each photo individually. Also, delete photo albums and videos. Just visit the photos option and delete your photos and videos.
After deleting your personal stuff, you can start deleting your apps from your iPhone. Remember, your data is important to you. So, don’t let it go into the wrong hands. Though a complete reset of the phone also deletes the apps, for an extra precaution, delete the apps yourself.
Delete iCloud Accounts, Sign Out of iMessage and FaceTime
After deleting your personal stuff from your iPhone, the next step is to sign out from your Apple ID account. This will also disable all iCloud features on your iPhone. Also, sign out from FaceTime feature.
Turn Passcode Off
When you do a general reset, it will also erase all the contents and settings from your iPhone. These settings may include passcodes as well. But just to be sure, you have to check if the Passcode feature is turned off or not.
• Go to settings
• Tap Touch ID & Passcode
• The phone will ask your current passcode, enter that
• Tap Turn Passcode Off
Sign out from iTunes/App Store
You should also sign out from your iTunes/App Store
• Go to Settings
• Scroll down and tap on iTunes & App Store
• Tap on your Apple ID
• A pop-up window will appear with different options. Tap on Sign out
Safari, Mail, Calendars, Reminders
When you delete your iCloud account, it will also delete most of the items in Calendars, Reminders, and Safari browser. But the history and caches remain at the same place. So, before selling your old iPhone, you should also clear all history and caches from the phone.
General Reset (Erase All Content/Settings)
After doing all of these steps, your old iPhone is almost ready to sell. But remember some personal information such as your Wi-Fi password, iPhone’s name, etc., is still stored on the phone. So, you must take one last step to clear out all of your iPhone. Here is what you need to do:
• Go to Settings
• Tap on General
• Scroll to the bottom and tap on Reset
• Tap on Erase All Content and Settings
• Confirm your action.
You are done!
These are the 10 things that you should follow before selling your old iPhone. If you have the buyer on the list, then you can sell your iPhone to him but if you are going to start searching for any potential buyer then we suggest to try online option.
There are hundreds of online mobile phone recycling companies available that buy your old phone for cash. Sellthemobile.com is one of these companies. With over 10 years of experience in the mobile phone selling business, the company offers some of the best deals for smartphones.