Tips on selling your iPhone 7 safely
Whether you are planning on doing on upgrade to a new model or just trying to sell off a surplus unit, you should be aware that there is more to selling an iPhone 7 than just simply handing them over to a buyer. However, instead of spending hours online searching the term “sell my iPhone 7” on search engines, we’ve compiled some useful tips to keep on the righteous path - because we’re helpful like that.
• Backup Everything
Smartphones have become an essential part of our daily lives. It has long left its role as simply a communication device. Instead, these devices now contain a huge amount of information about us, ranging from photos and videos to notes and emails. Many phone owners have also come to rely on sometimes dozens of apps to make our lives just that little bit easier. By backing up all these data, we can retain all of the data, apps and settings from our phone which can be seamlessly restored into a new device, and thus, ensuring a minimal disruption to our schedule.
It goes without saying that if you using iCloud to store your phone’s data, please be careful about your login details. Remember all the leaks involving Hollywood celebrities from a few years back?
• Sign out
Once the backup is complete, your next move is to sign out of all accounts. Start with iCloud, iMessage, any email accounts, and all social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok, etc.). Be sure to also log out of frequently visited online message boards (Reddit, football forums, etc.).
• Un-pair Your Devices
The next step is to un-pair your phone with all external devices such as AirPods, Apple Watch, Bluetooth speakers, printers, etc. This will prevent any pairing issues with your new device.
• Factory Reset
The penultimate step involves resetting your iPhone back into its original factory setting. This goes beyond mere housekeeping. A factory reset will wipe out any lingering data from your phone, and thus, prevent any data or personal information from being harvested for nefarious purposes. Yes, this is a thing. While we’re on the subject, treat companies who offer to dispose of your broken phone, tablets or computers with caution. A few of them do spend time illegally harvesting data from these discarded devices which are then sold to syndicates.
• Take your SIM card out
This may seem obvious, but there are a number of sellers who actually forgot to take out their SIM card. Usually they can recover the SIM back without much difficulty, but stop for a second and think about the potential damage they could have faced had the card fallen into malicious hands?
Once you’ve taken your SIM card out, you’re finally ready to sell your phone. Good luck!