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Smartphones are more than just a phone these days. We store a lot of personal information, data and galleries in our phones that we cannot risk losing. In case you want to sell your old Android smartphone, you need to ensure that important information is removed from it to prevent unauthorized access. Don’t know how to do it? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Follow these steps before selling your old Android phone
Backup your data
This is the first and most important step you need to take when preparing to sell your smartphone. Note the important documents, photos, contacts and even WhatsApp chats that you would like to backup. Google can be very helpful in this process. Sync your Gmail account and save your contacts at https://contacts.google.com/. You can back up photos using Google Photo.
Delete all accounts linked to the device
Make sure you remove all linked accounts from the smartphone you are selling. This will include Google account, Microsoft account, WhatsApp account and social media profiles.
Remove the microSD card and SIM card
When you’re in a hurry to sell your smartphone, don’t forget to remove the SIM card and microSD card from the device, whatever they are. If you leave it installed and perform a factory reset on your phone, you will also erase all data from the card.
Perform a factory data reset
After backup and safe data transfer, perform a factory data reset on your smartphone. This will essentially wipe your phone’s RAM and storage and make it ready for use by the next owner.
Collect all the accessories and put them in the smartphone box
Wipe your phone with a clean cloth and collect all its accessories like charging cable, adapter and more. Put them in the original box. Now you are ready to sell your old smartphone.