If you recently got a new iPhone, you may be wondering how best to sell your old phone at the best price. (Unlike trading, which could be more convenient, but often it means that you don't get as much for it.) This guide can help you go through this process.
Back up your phone
Since you will be wiping your phone (you definitely do not want anyone to get your hands on your data), you first want to make a backup copy of it. Make sure you have a recent backup of all of your data on iCloud, your laptop, or other local / cloud storage. When iCloud Backup is enabled in your phone’s iCloud settings and you’ve selected everything you want to back up, it’s easier to import all your data into a new phone. You can also back up your phone to your laptop via iTunes and import your data from there.
Erase your phone
If you are sure that all your data is saved, it is time to erase your phone. Turn off Find My iPhone and disconnect all devices from your phone, including your Apple Watch. Sign out of your Apple ID and remove the SIM card from the phone. Delete your phone under "Settings"> "General". Tap "Reset" and then select "Clear all content and settings."
Before you even think about selling your phone, here's what you need to do to make sure it looks its best. Remove the case or any stickers and check the damage you can see, including scratches or dents that you need to mention when selling the phone. Then clean your phone with a screen wiper or screen cleaner. (You may want to leave the screen protector on when it's in good condition.)
It's also a good idea to take photos from your phone. You will need them for listing when you sell the phone online. They are also helpful if the recipient reports further damage.
Estimate the value of your phone.
To find out how much your phone is worth, you can use websites like Swappa, eBay, Craigslist or the subreddits r / Phoneswap, r / Appleswap and r / Hardwareswap to see how much other used phones are offered become. Adjust your search to filter for phones that are in the same condition as you are and set the price accordingly.
Sell your phone
You can sell your phone in different places.
Such a website, Swappa, charges a fee from the buyer, not the seller, depending on the price of the phone. However, Swappa recommends that you include the shipping costs in the price you set, as the seller is responsible for direct payment to the shipping company.
eBay offers you 50 free listings, depending on the type of listing. After that you cost 35 cents per listing. eBay also charges the seller a percentage of the item price. The Facebook marketplace is also an option, or you can join one of Facebook's buy / sell groups. With Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist you can publish entries for your phone for free.
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Whatever you want to do with your old phone, first make sure you are happy with your new phone. You don't want to have to return this brand new phone because of problems (or because you just don't like it) and suddenly desperate for a temporary replacement.
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