This is a sponsored post on behalf of U.S. Cellular. All opinions, as always are my own!
What do you do with your old cell phone once you upgrade? I think that is a question a lot of us face, especially after the holiday season where so many people did get an upgrade to their phone!
I am considering an upgrade to an iPhone 7 myself. But, if I get that iPhone 7 I will then have several old iPhones. I think it is about time I start selling some of them so that I can get a little extra money, and not worry about having a bunch of unused devices in my house.
If you need more help after reading my tips, make sure to visit your local U.S. Cellular store – they have an amazing customer service department that will help you with any and all questions (I utilize them frequently!).
The most important thing to consider when selling an old phone is to remove all personal information from the phone.
Many of us keep personal information on our phones, from saved passwords and financial information, to pictures and videos. What do you do with all that information before you sell your device?
First – back up to your cloud account. This is really the first step. You want to make sure that all of your information is saved in your cloud account. It allows for easy transfer to your new device, and you are able to have confidence that you will not lose anything.
Remove your SIM card. The SIM card is the external storage device for your phone. You definitely want to remove this before selling your phone. It is the small, rectangular shaped card that is usually located near your phone battery.
Log out of services such as e-mail and social media. You want to make sure that you have logged out and clear all your data from these apps.
Disconnect from your cloud account. Make sure that you disconnect your device from your cloud account. You obviously do not want people having access to your cloud information after you have sold your phone.
Remove mobile payment options. These days many people are using mobile banking for bill payment and other financial needs, make sure that you remove these options from your phone.
Restore the phone to factory settings. This should remove all personal information, but I would definitely follow the above steps first, just to make sure everything is really gone from the phone.
Disconnect service. Chances are, if you upgraded, you have already disconnected service from your phone. However, if you haven’t, make sure that you do!
Unregister device. If the phone is registered with Apple by its serial number, remove it by logging into supportprofile.apple.com with the Apple ID information.
Similarly, Androids will need to be unregistered. First, go to the Google Play store from a computer's Web browser. Then, go to the gear icon at the top-right-hand corner of the screen, and select the Settings option. Deselect the device from the Google account under the Visibility option. This will hide select devices from appearing in the Play store when attempting to download a new app.
And finally, if you are looking into purchasing a used device, it is recommended that you wipe your new phone clean before personalizing it with your own information. That will ensure that the device settings, data, and apps are yours only. You will start with a clean slate!
Did you upgrade your phone over the holidays? What do you do with your old phone when you do upgrade?