If you want to upgrade to the latest iPhone model, or at least one that is newer than what you already have, you can get some extra cash to put toward it by selling your old iPhone. But, before you can sell it, you need to make sure that it is as presentable as possible. Here are eight tips that will help you to get the most money for your old iPhone.
1. Back Up the iPhone
The first thing you need to do is back up all of the data you want to save with a memory stick, a computer, or another mobile device. You can also back up your data to the cloud. Make sure that you back up all important data before moving on to the next step.
2. Remove Personal Information
The next step is to remove any personal information from your device. This includes banking and credit card information, addresses, email addresses, and your photos. The device should be wiped completely clean of all of your personal information before anyone else gets their hands on it.
3. Unlock the iPhone
When buyers have more options to choose carriers, they are going to be more inclined to buy your old iPhone. You will need to unlock it so it can be used on any carrier. You may have to pay for this service, but you can get that back, and then some, because you can charge a bit more for the device than you could if it was locked. But before unlocking the iPhone, you should be aware of the risks. The smartphone can be turned into a “brick” if you made a mistake while unlocking. In other words, iPhone can lock up and never recover again, so beware of this pitfall.
4. Clean the Outside of the Device
Once the iPhone is cleaned up on the inside, it is time to concentrate on the outer casing. Make sure to clean it up as best as you can, and get rid of any gunk and dirt that is built up in the ports and around the buttons. Clean the screen with a soft cloth and a cleaner that is made specifically for screens.
5. Gather Up all Accessories
If you have any accessories that go with the device, include them in the sale. The more you include, the more money you are going to get. Include things like chargers, cables, and cases, and put them all in a box. If you have the original box, you can make even more money for offering a complete package.
6. Find out the Value
Not all older phones are going to be worth the same amount of money. There will be many factors that are added together to come up with the value for your device. These include condition, age, and model. Once you know the value of your iPhone, you can set a fair and reasonable price.
7. Decide How to Sell the iPhone
When the phone is ready to sell, you need to decide how you are going to sell it. You can choose to go local with newspaper classified ads and bulletin boards. Or, you may want to go online and use sites like Craigslist, Sell iPhone and eBay, where you can set your own price.
8. Get the Most Money
You may have a better chance of making more money if you let a website sell the iPhone for you. These sites will pay you top dollar for your old iPhone and other devices, and then sell them to other people. It’s a great way to recycle and make money at the same time, while the buyer gets the benefit of not having to pay full price to upgrade to a newer model.
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