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Unpair Apple Watch

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Sign Out of iCloud

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Erase All Settings

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Remove SIM Card

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Time to Sell

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Check your accessories

Back Up

Back Up

The first thing to do is make sure you don’t lose your mind. And by that we mean your data. Back everything up before you wipe it from your phone.

On the PC, be sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed. Then connect your phone to your computer. When it shows up in iTunes, choose whether to back up to iCloud or your computer. (If you want your Health and Activity data to be included in the backup, check off Encrypt iPhone Backup and create a password when prompted.) Then select Back Up Now. 

To back up directly from your iOS device, go to Settings, select your name, then tap iCloud. Scroll down to iCloud Backup > Back Up Now. If you toggle iCloud Backup to on, it will automatically update photos, accounts, docs, Health and HomeKit data, and settings when your device is plugged in, locked, and connected to Wi-Fi.

Then, when you get your new iPhone and power it up, you can choose to back up from iTunes or back up from iCloud, which will populate your new phone with all the apps and settings found on your old device.

 


Sign Out of iMessage

Sign Out of iMessage

For awhile, iPhone users who ditched their iPhone for another platform without logging out of iMessage were not receiving messages from other iOS users. Any messages sent from one iPhone to another were being received by the old iPhone rather than the new device, so your iMessages were in a sort of message purgatory. The problem is now¬†fixable¬†and really only affects those who are switching from iOS to Android. But it’s probably a good idea to shut it off just in case. Go to¬†Settings > Messages¬†and toggle iMessage to off.


Unpair AirPods

Unpair AirPods

There’s a lot to worry about with AirPods, like losing them for instance. Check one thing off your list by unpairing them from your iPhone. Place your AirPods and iPhone near each other and go to¬†Settings > Bluetooth. Tap for information (¬†) next to AirPods, and select Forget this Device.


Unpair Apple Watch

Unpair Apple Watch

If you have an Apple Watch, save yourself a potential headache later on and¬†unpair itfrom the iPhone you’ll be selling. Place them near each other and open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Go to the My Watch tab and select your watch at the top of the screen. Select the info circle (¬†) next to the watch you want to unpair. Tap Unpair Apple Watch and tap to confirm, which may require you to enter your Apple ID password.


Sign Out of iCloud

Sign Out of iCloud

You’re going to want to sign out of iCloud, as well as iTunes and the App Store, before selling your device. For iOS 10.3+, tap¬†Settings > [your name] > Sign Out. Enter your Apple ID password and tap Turn Off.

On iOS 10.2 or earlier, tap Settings > iCloud > Sign Out. Tap Sign Out again, then tap Delete from My [device] and enter your Apple ID password. Then go to Settings > iTunes & App Store > Apple ID > Sign Out.

 


Erase All Settings

Erase All Settings

Don’t let anyone snoop on your data. Wipe your phone by heading to¬†Settings > General > Reset > Erase all Content and Settings¬†and approving all the subsequent prompts.


Remove SIM Card

Remove SIM Card

In most cases, you can just deactivate your cell phone service on the device and trade it in with the SIM card intact. But that SIM card is the repository of your phone number, various bits of security data, and all the info needed for billing. It identifies you, your phone, and a lot of your activity on your phone. So you might want to¬†remove it¬†before you sell your phone. Fortunately, it’s simple. Locate the SIM ejector on your phone (for the iPhone 4 on up it’s on the right side; for earlier models it’s on the top) then insert a paperclip until the tray pops out. Remove the SIM card, replace the tray, and you’re set to ship your phone off.


Time to Sell

Time to Sell

Now it’s time to offload that phone and make a few bucks.¬†