How to prepare your used iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch for sale

Are you looking to sell your iPhone, iPad or iPod? Many people want to resell their devices for various reasons. For instance, now that the iPad 3 release date is nearing, many users may want to sell or give away their used iPads (1 or 2) to make room for the new iPad. However, you need to take appropriate precautions to make sure your personal and confidential data is safe. Further, you may want to preserve your important data and media files (i.e. apps etc). This article explains what to do before selling your device. If possible, please perform these steps:

1. Sync your device with iTunes

Make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes. You can either try USB (open iTunes, connect your iPad to you computer via USB cable, then select your device in iTunes under Devices; then click apply to sync) syncing OR Wi-Fi syncing (open iTunes connect your iPad to you computer via USB cable, then select your device in iTunes under Devices; then select “Sync with this [device] over Wi-Fi”. Whenever the computer and your device are on the same network, your iPad will appear in iTunes, and you can sync it.).

2. Back up your data

You’ll probably want to save your apps, settings and other data and media from your current device so that you can transfer them to your new device. This is very easy to do.

We recently published an article on how to back up your iOS device. To learn more about backing up, you may refer to this article: How to back up your iOS device

3. Disable iMessage

Make sure that iMessage is turned off: Settings > Messages > iMessage

4. Erase everything

After backing up, you may reset your iPad back to its factory settings. It is very easy to do this, but this may take some time (your device should have a full charge before beginning this process or keep your device connected to a power source). Simply tap General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. This will delete everything including songs, videos, contacts, photos, calendar information, and any other data.

General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings

5. Set up your device as new

After your device is erased, your screen will show three options:

“set up as new”

“set up from iCloud”

“set up from iTunes”

When prompted to set up your device, select “Set up as new”.

set up as new

6. Remove your SIM card

Erasing your content and setting it up as a new device will not disable your cellular account or data plan. Remove the SIM card if you have a Wi-Fi+3G model and if your carrier relies on SIM cards. To do that, turn off your device by holding the Sleep/Wake button until “slide to power off” appears, slide to turn off, then remove the SIM card.

If your carrier that does NOT use SIM cards (e.g. Verizon), then deactivate your device by  calling your carrier and requesting them to deactivate your device OR you you may want to transfer your your data plan to your new device.

7. Clean your iPad/iPhone/iPod

It’s a good idea to clean it up so that it looks more appealing to a buyer. Carefully remove any dirt, fingerprints etc. Please read this article about how to clean Apple products. Furthermore, you may want to remove any case or film, if you have any.

8. Where to sell

You may try ebay or craigslist. We recommend dealing locally to avoid scams. Overseas potential customers may be a higher risk of  fraud.

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