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Things To Do Before Selling Your Android Phone

Selling an Android Smartphone is not as simple as selling any other non-android phone. You must ensure that all your personal data stored on your android Smartphone is erased and all other details done away with. Hereon we will discuss what measures you need to take before you switch to a new android or plan to sell the android Smartphone you use at present.

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Your MicroSD Card

Each Smartphone has a microSD that is placed in the battery section, where almost all the important data is stocked up. If you wish to keep a copy of the data stored in the microSD, which may include pictures clicked by you, music, movies saved on to your microSD or even android phone app data then you can either keep your card or copy the data on the card on to an alternative microSD card or your PC. It is advisable that you keep the microSD as not everything is usually deleted from the card, there is always something left that could be recovered by whomsoever you plan to sell or give the android Smartphone to.

Resetting your Android phone

You can do away with the phone software before you sell an Android phone. On almost all Android phones there is a trackball and power button combination used for resetting the recovery mode. You even have the option of holding the volume button to reset your phone. After carrying out either of the two options, you will see an interface that offers you numerous options. Among these options, you can spot the ‘Recovery’ option. This will further allow you to access the Wipe data option. A simpler way of accessing the internal software deletion would be going to the ‘Privacy’ option on your android phone and select the Data Reset option. You might be asked to confirm the reset at more than one stage. After successfully resetting the phone using either of the two mentioned options you will notice the basic android software that the android phone was loaded with when you bought it initially.

Android SIM Card

Your Smartphone SIM Card (GSM Card) houses your personal data, ranging from phone call history, SMS received and sent, to even your contact list more importantly. If you happen to sell your android Smartphone, the most important thing you would want to do is get hold of the SIM Card. Even if you happen to spoil your android in some way and need to access the SIM data on another phone, an ideal option would be saving all the essential contacts, messages, call history, etc on to your SIM Card.

Deactivate your phone

Before ensuring you have taken care of the personal data and phone features that could let out your personal data, you must deactivate your phone from your SIM card. You must ensure that your service provider deactivates your phone from the SIM provided by them or activate a new phone on your SIM.

We hope the above given aspects help you in ensuring your android is devoid of all personal data and as good as new when you sell it to a buyer.

Author Bio:- My name is Sunny Popali and I’m marketing lead at Arcapps.com, which provides quality app development using advanced technologies. It is my passion to write on technology subjects, because this is the age of technology revolution.

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  • GetApp

    May 11, 2012, 11:34 am

    Nice tips, indeed. I sold my android phone last month and wasn’t able to follow #1. But, it’s okay.. lesson learned. It’s kind of embarrassing when your buyer saw the insides of your phone. It’s really important to be careful even when selling your phone, like what Rashmi had said.

  • Rashmi Sinha @ TechInitio

    May 6, 2012, 5:27 am

    Useful post. I know this first hand because a friend of mine bought a second hand smartphone. In its memory he found messages, contacts and a lot of personal data about the man who sold him the mobile. My friend even found a credit card number stored in the memory. Of course he erased everything! So be careful when selling your phone!

  • Jack Sander

    May 5, 2012, 12:36 pm

    Great tips, as I’ve never thought I risk losing confidential data when I sell my mobile phone. Fortunately, I’ve just bought my first mobile phone with Android, several months ago, therefore I know what to do when I will replace it with a new one, next year.


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