Ever found yourself in a situation where you want to upgrade your old mobile phone to that new shiny and high-tech piece and you just can’t decide what to do with the old one? A survey was recently carried out by the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK found out that many houses hoarded millions of unused electrical devices with 23% of them being mobile phones. 18% of the households said that they intended to recycle these devices but their main holdback was that their personal information could fall into the wrong hands.
Your phone holds a lot of your sensitive and personal data. These include your passwords, account numbers, messages, photos, and even videos. With these data, identity theft is possible. We have compiled for you some of the top things you should do before selling my mobile .
1. Make sure you backup your phone
Before you erase your phone data, you must back it up. You can back it up on the hard drive of your computer or in the cloud. This ensures that your data is preserved and also helps in making a smooth transition to your new device.
2. Disconnect devices from your iPhone
Disconnecting all previously connected devices from your iPhone is essential. All smartwatches or smart speakers need to be disconnected for security purposes before you decide to recycle your Phone. Unpairing is just a few clicks anyway, so why not do it?
3. Sign out from all the services you had signed in
One way to protect your data is by signing out on all apps, apple play, and iCloud services logged in. People can access your financial data from such services hence it’s important to be sure. Before you decide to recycle your iPhone, you should also sign out of all social media accounts, your email accounts, your iMessage account, and any other accounts that you used. Also, don’t forget to log out of your iCloud accounts before recycling. This ensures the safety of your data.
4. Clear all your passwords and browsing history
Always ensure that before reprocessing any iPhone that all passwords have been erased. This ensures that nobody can access or log into any of your websites. It’s always good to be careful when it comes to the security of your passwords. Also, ensure that all your browsing history is cleared. You don’t want a stranger to keep track of what you browse, do you? Privacy is as important as anything else and your browsing history is also your data, keep it private.
5. Reset your phone to factory settings
The next step is to completely delete your iPhone data by resetting it to factory settings. This should only be done if all the other steps have been completed and you have removed your SIM card from the phone. This deletes completely your media and anything else that was stored on the phone including downloaded apps.
6. Remove the phone from your Apple ID
Lastly, make sure that you have logged into your Apple ID account and remove the iPhone you want to sell. This removes the phone’s serial number from your user account.
These steps will ensure that as you are selling your iPhone, all your data is secured and cannot be accessed by the person you are selling the phone to. If you want to access a quick market to sell your iPhone, contact us and be guaranteed a quick sale.
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