It is that time of the year with the Holidays around the corner. Many of us will be in the market to buy new or used iPhones. If you are planning to buy/sell used iphones this article is for you. We have seen in the forums a few questions around this, so I will address this issue both from a seller and a buyer’s perspective.
If you are selling your old iphone, please follow the following steps before selling the device. This will help you protect your personal information and will make sure that the seller is able to use the device.
Important from Apple: Before you sell or give away your device, you should remove your personal information. Please do not shouldn’t manually delete your contacts, calendars, reminders, documents, photo streams, or any other iCloud data while you’re signed in to iCloud with your Apple ID. This would delete your content from the iCloud servers and any of your devices signed in to iCloud.
Step-> 1. Back-up your phone using itunes and confirm that the backup has all your recent updates. Remove all pictures from your phone
Step-> 2. Switch off your iMessage and Facetime
Step-> 3. Disable Find My iPhone by going into the Settings app’s iCloud menu, pressing the Find My iPhone “On” button and switch to off . Log out off you apple id
Step-> 4. Make sure to clean any credit card information that is their in your browser setting if it is a new phone. Go to Settings > Safari > AutoFill > Credit Cards and remove information.
Step-> 5. Erase all of your phone’s data by going to General > Reset > “Erase all content and settings”. This step can take sometime, so make sure you phone has enough power/battery to complete the task
Step-> 6. Go to AppleID.Apple.com and make sure to remove the device from your “Trusted Devices” list.
Step-> 7. Call your carrier and ask them to disassociate the device from your account
Step-> 8. Remove your SIM Card and clean the device
Some great places to sell your iPhone are gazelles, Gamestop, Nextworth, Ebay, and the apple reuse program. However, keep in mind that if you use the last option you will be paid in the form of a gift card from apple. If you are looking for tips around getting the best value for your device, here’s an article from the Wall Street Journal that provides some interesting insights.
If you are in the market to buy a used iphone, one of the main problems that buyers have experienced is around activation of the device. If the seller forgets to remove the activation lock before selling, you will not be able to use the phone. There are many instances where the new buyer has not been able to contact the seller and is left with a device that does not work. Make sure that the seller has erased and deactivated the phone before you buy the device.