Supposing a new Android phone has caught your eye — maybe the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 — and you want to get on the boat as soon as possible.
You will need to sell your old phone in order to make up some of the money you’re spending on that new device, but luckily there are a number of options available.
We’re going to get you through some of the best practices out there for preparing your Android phone or tablet for sending off, and some places for sale that would best suit your needs, as highlighted by www.androidcentral.com.
Remove SIM and SD cards
First, you’ll want to take out the SIM card and SD memory card from your phone. These are important pieces of hardware that you don’t want to leave in your phone when you ship it off to the buyer. Your SIM card is what enables your phone to take calls and it is associated with your data plan. You’ll need it for your new phone, anyway. Often, you’ll need a paperclip or similarly slim poking implement to open a SIM card tray, but sometimes it will be behind the rear casing of your phone by the battery. The exact method will vary by device.
Not every phone or tablet will have an SD memory card slot, but you will often find them alongside your SIM card slot. Memory cards will often store your photos and music, though the device itself has its own storage too.
Use either your phone’s native file manager or a third party one to look into the folder where downloads, music, and photos may have been saved. From there, you should be able to copy them to your SD card before taking it out. You’ll want to check to make sure all of your important files are saved, so be sure to back up your data as well.
Back up data
Assuming your data is associated with your Google account, your contacts, calendar, and e-mail will already be fully backed up in the cloud. That means as soon as you fire up your new phone, that important information will be there as soon as you log into your Google account. Many manufacturers will offer their own similar cloud backup utility that encompasses contacts and calendars. More storage-intensive content such as music and photos can be backed up wirelessly with Google Drive, or third parties like Flickr and Dropbox.
If you would rather not go through the cloud, your device manufacturer should have desktop software that will allow you to back up your data with a USB cable. Again, that process will vary by who made your phone or tablet.
Unlock your phone
Strictly speaking, this part is optional though it certainly adds value. Unlocking your phone means SIM cards other than those of the original carrier can be used. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean the phone’s antenna will necessarily play nice with the new network, but unlocking at least gives it a chance to try. In the US, this is only really of interest to T-Mobile and AT&T customers but is quite important to international sellers and buyers.
So where do you go to unlock your phone? Your current service provider may be willing to do it after some wrangling. You can go with an online service too, like CellUnlocker.net. You can unlock your phone in several places in Nigeria especially at the Computer Village in Ikeja, Lagos. The unlocking is accomplished by generating a code based on your IMEI number. Your IMEI number can be found under Settings and About device, or by entering *#06# in the phone dialer.
Once you’ve received an unlock code from your service provider or third-party unlocker, put a different SIM card into your phone, and you’ll be prompted to put in that code. Be careful, you only get so many tries before you’re locked out entirely from your phone.
Once you’re sure your data is safe and secure, you’re ready to wipe it clean. The first thing you’ll want to do is turn off Factory Reset Protection, which is an extra security measure in case your phone or tablet gets stolen and the thief simply does a factory reset on it. FRP can be disabled by removing your Google accounts from the phone or tablet. Jump into Settings and find Accounts. You’ll see a list of various accounts you’ve set up on the device, but you want to tap on Google. Here, you’ll see your Google account where you can tap on them, and see more settings to remove them permanently.
In the Settings section for most phones, you’ll find under Settings an option for Backup and Reset. If it’s not immediately visible, the settings menu should have a search bar to help you. You will want to double and triple check to make sure all of your important information has been recovered from the phone, because after this there’s no going back.
With your phone wiped clean, you’ll want to get all of the miscellaneous odds and ends you have lying around. If you still have the original box, receipt, and warranty, those are all good to include. Original USB cable, wall charger, and headphones are nice bonuses. If you want to put the real icing on the cake and increase your chance of sales, include any relevant third-party accessories. The case, in particular, you won’t have much use for after this anyway.
Clean device and take pictures
Give your phone or tablet a good wipe down with a microfiber cloth, and get ready to take some pictures. Use a proper camera (i.e. not another phone) with a tripod, if you have one. Your top priority for taking pictures is good lighting. A lamp will cast a lot of shadows, but if you have a cool-toned halogen overhead light in the house somewhere, that should provide a nice even look.
Keep the background clean. Even if you’re just putting the phone on a white piece of paper, that’s fine. Get multiple angles, and if there are any particular scuffs or shows of wear, photograph them; being deceptive about the state of your phone will lead to poor feedback or outright refunds, depending on how you’re going about selling.
Sell your device
With your phone wiped, cleaned, and the accessories all boxed up, you’ve got to figure out where to sell. Your venue of choice will often decide how much of a return you’ll get.