5 Important Things To Do Before Selling An Android Device

As it were now, so many people are planning to sell their phone or tablet, not because they have problem with it, the intend selling it because they’d wish to get a new one perhaps change the brand of their mobile phones or tablet. If you are lucky to be one of them then you should remember these 5 things to do before selling a smartphone. Before I proceed on this post, always have it in mind to backup the important files on your device and remove them after backup to avoid third-party users. After all these, it make things easier for the new user who wouldn’t have to go through the hassle of deleting data he/she might not need on the phone. Below are 5 important things you should take note of before selling an Android device. 

Backup Your Media Files, Data, And Settings

Are you the type that like to have all your old and recent pictures on your new mobile phone? If yes and you do not intend to lose any of your media like; photos, videos or songs then the best way for you is to remember the word “backup”. There are so many ways you can backup your files, you can either save them using cloud storage perhaps on your computer. If you wish to backup your files using cloud storage, there are so many cloud storage services you can use, some of the most popular cloud storage services are DropBoxMicrosoft OneDriveFlickr and Google Photos. Once you install any of these cloud services to your phone, the app will automatically backup all the media files instantly or when your device is connected to a wireless connection.
Alternatively, if you want to back up your data to your computer, most important thing is to get a data cable, then connect your device to the computer and transfer all the data you want. If you haven’t install any software or drivers to your computer then you may be prompted to do so. As for your app data, contacts, documents, and web browser bookmarks, your Google Account is there for you, Google will back up all of this data.
  • Go to the Settings menu of your device.
  • Look for Accounts and tap on it.
  • Pick Google account from the list of accounts
  • Check the box next to the items that you want to back up.
There are apps available on Google Play Store that can help you ensure that all your files and important data are backed up as well. Use this link to check apps that suits you. 

Backup All Texts And Call Log

Texts and call logs may not be important for all, but if you have important messages that you wouldn’t want to lose and if you want your call log to be available as well then back them up separately by using an app. A popular app for this is SMS Backup and Restore. It is a free app available for its users on Google Play Store. You will have the option to save the texts and call logs in a file which can later be emailed or you can save them directly to Google Drive or a DropBox account. If you already have a new phone to which you would like to transfer the data then you can use Transfer applications and send all the data to your new phone. It is the easiest and quickest way of ensuring that all your texts and call logs are backed up before selling an Android phone. 

Encrypt Your Phone And Disable Factory Reset Protection

After successful backup of your data, the next thing is to encrypt your device before selling it, this is to help you make sure that your device is save and if at all there’s any data on you’re device, it cannot be misused. Anyone trying to access your device after selling it will require a password to decrypt it. However, if you dare plan to sell your phone with the SD card in it, you’ll also encrypt the files on the SD card.

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  • Go to the Settings menu of your device
  • Tap on Security
  • Tap on Encrypt Phone
Once you’re done with these steps, you can safely give it away without having to worry about any files or data that may be left on the phone.
Once the device is encrypted, you must disable the Factory Reset Protection by removing your Google account. Now that everything is backed up, your Google account can be removed so that Factory Reset Protection is disabled.
  • Access the Settings menu of your device
  • Go to Accounts and Sync
  • Look for Google and Tap on it
  • Tap on Remove to remove your Google Account from your Android device.

Wipe All Data

Performing a factory reset will remove all files from your device and it will bring your device back to its initial state when you bought it new (with paali). After a successful backup of your data, it is important you wipe it off your device so as to make sure that the data is not misused or the new owner does not end up spending too much time trying to remove your files. This is one of the most important things to do before selling an Android phone.

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  • Go to the Settings menu of your device
  • Tap on Backup and Reset
  • Tap on Factory Data Reset
  • A warning will show up on your screen telling you that all data from the phone is going to be wiped off. Click on OK to proceed.
As it were, a lot of devices may not remove data from your SD card. If you plan on giving it away, then check if there is an option to click on internal and external storage. If your phone gives you the option to wipe the SD card then remember to check this option. Once the factory reset is complete, go through your device to make sure that all data has been removed. 

Remove All Accessories

By removing the accessories on your device, first of all, remove your SIM card then remove the SD card if you are not selling it with the device. Other accessories like the case. The headphones additional phone covers must also be checked. Remove all additional accessories before giving away your phone so that you do not have to worry about losing any of them.
I hope this tips will help improve you knowledge before selling your device. If there’s anything missing in this post, kindly share with us in the comment box. Cheers(c) 


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