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What To Do Before Selling or Giving Away Your Old Mobile

Is your mobile phone becoming obsolete? If so, you're probably looking to upgrade and are wondering what to do with your old device. Recycling is an option, but mobile devices must be disposed of in certified locations to avoid environmental damage. However, a better idea is to sell it for extra cash or give it to someone in need. Your phone can have a second life if you give them the right treatment. In this article, we'll explain what you should do before selling or giving away your old mobile phone.

Prepare Your Phone

If you're thinking of selling or giving away your phone, the first thing you'll have to do is delete all the content and reset the phone to factory settings. This includes removing not only the photos, videos, messages, and documents that you accumulated but also all the apps that you have downloaded.

Although in some cases it may seem that certain apps add value to the device (especially if they have been removed from the Google or Apple store), you should know that if you keep them on the device, you may be inadvertently granting hackers access to your mobile, since your account will remain linked to the application.

Ideally, complete a factory restore before saying goodbye to your old phone. In this FAQ, we explain to you how to do it step by step.

Prepare Your Phone's Exterior

To maximize your phone's sale value, there are a few considerations to keep in mind for the phone's exterior condition.

To get started, including an extra charger, cables, and accessories that you have bought over the years and don't need for your next device. If you have the original box, that's even better. Remember not to throw it away when you buy your new device - it all adds to your potential resale value.

Then, clean your device thoroughly, both the screen and the case. Run a brush through the grooves and folds to make sure to catch as much dirt as possible.

Lastly, if the screen is broken, consider buying a new one depending on the costs. This is one of the most important factors between selling it as-is, in junk condition, or as a second-hand phone in near perfect condition.

How To Sell Your Cell Phone

If you want to make a good profit from your phone, don't take it to local pawn shops. These stores run on a low margin, so the price they will offer you will be low compared to what you can get from an individual buyer. However, if speed is more important than the price, you could consider this option. The best way to increase your sale price is to use other online channels to find a buyer directly.

Things to Consider

Here are some additional factors to consider when selling your cell phone:

  • Price: We recommend that you check how much the device runs for in retail. Then also check how much your device costs at second-hand.
  • Image: Take some pictures with a good camera. Use enough light and take a few shots from various angles for the best presentation. Also include photos pf any included accessories.
  • Condition: As suggested, it's best to fix small flaws that could considerably reduce your sale price. Likewise, be honest with your potential buyers about any serious issues.

Where To Sell Your Mobile Device

Today there are a variety of apps that allow you to sell your phone at a fair price. Post your phone on several sites to sell it faster. Here are some of the most ones:

- Wallapop
- Facebook Market Place
- Ebay
- Amazon
- Decluttr
- Craigslist
- InstaCash
- Thousand Ads

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