Apple® products generally hold their value, so your old iPhone® might be worth hundreds of dollars even after a few years of use. Instead of selling your current device, trade it in for a newer model to get top dollar and expand your buying power. But because your Apple products contain some of your most sensitive information, you want to be sure you’ve cleared your phone completely before trading it in.
4 Steps to Take Before Trading in Your iPhone
1. Back Up Your Data
Even if you have automatic iCloud® backups enabled, performing a manual backup is a good way to ensure you don’t lose any important photos, contacts, or messages from your phone. Here’s how to do it:
- Plug your phone into a power source and connect to WiFi.
- Open iCloud.
- Select “iCloud Backup,” and then “Back Up Now.”
- Stay connected to WiFi until the transfer is complete.
2. Sign Out of Essential Services
Before clearing your data, be sure to sign out of iCloud, iTunes®, and the App Store®.
For Apple products running iOS 10.3 or later, the process is as simple as tapping Settings > [Your Name], and then scrolling down to hit “Sign Out.”
For earlier versions of iOS, you’ll have to go to Settings > iCloud > Sign Out, after which you’ll be able to select “Delete From My Device.” Once iCloud is disabled, go to Settings > iTunes & App Store > Apple ID > Sign Out to sign out of iTunes.
3. Erase Your Phone
Restoring your phone to factory settings erases all of your pictures, messages, contacts, and any other Apple products you have linked to your phone. Go to General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings, then enter your password.
4. Find a Reputable Salesperson
A respected store offering certified, pre-owned Apple products will usually give you the best price for a trade-in and offer a wide range of premium devices to choose from. Even if your device isn’t in perfect condition, you can still get a great value without the hassle of finding a private buyer.
If you’re looking to upgrade your iPhone, turn to the local experts at Experimax Canton OH. They offer easy trade-ins and a wide range of premium Apple products without the premium price. Each of their iPhones are fully inspected and meticulously refurbished before going on sale, and are guaranteed to be in perfect condition. Learn more about the trade-in process online, get more tech tips on Twitter, or call (330) 409-7005 to speak to an Apple expert today.