Are you feeling you would like to switch to the latest Samsung Smartphone and want to trade your current one but are anxious to continue with sparing all the data on your current phone? Well, we have your back with this way that details important things before selling your Samsung Smartphone. Get your gadgets with you and go through our bit-by-bit guide.
- Backup your contacts
Make sure to make your backup contacts. Sync your contacts to your PC or Google account. You can find more details on how to sync your contacts by going to Samsung’s contacts syncing guides. Your contacts will automatically sync to your new device when you log in to your Google account as long as you’re connected to the internet.
- Backup your messages and call records
Similar to your contacts, messages and call records can also be backed up by using third-party programs such as SMS Backup and Restore. You will be able to make a backup for your messages by saving them on Google Drive and restoring them from there on your new device. The same method can be used to backup your call records.
- Backup your photos, videos, and other media over to Cloud or to an external storage device
You can either back up your files by using Google Photos, Google Drive, Microsoft’s OneDrive, DropBox, G Suite, or any reliable Cloud services or manually transfer your media files to an external hard drive or SSD. For more methods of transferring files from your device, you can go to Samsung’s own backing up guide.
- Log off from all apps and remove all accounts before proceeding to factory reset
Factory resetting will erase everything on your smartphone but it doesn’t log you out from your accounts. So, make sure that you log out all your Google accounts and other online accounts before resetting your phone. To check if your accounts are still logged in, search for “accounts” in phone settings or go to “Accounts” through Gmail settings.
- Make sure to remove microSD cards
If you are using any microSD cards, check your stored data if it’s safe first. Then carefully remove it from your smartphone.
- Don’t forget to remove your SIM card
Just like a microSD card, ensure that you take out your SIM card. Your SIM card also has some pieces of your information. So keep it safe. If you ever forget it and still want to keep the same phone number, you can tell your carrier to transfer your old number to the new one you have now.
- Create a WhatsApp backup
Create a chat backup from WhatsApp settings on Google to save your chats before changing to a new phone. It is your choice to include or not some files in your chat. Then you can restore your chat backup when you reinstall WhatsApp on your new device.
- Check if your phone is encrypted
Some Samsung phones running at least like S21 in the market automatically encrypt your data and you are prompted to add security measures to your lock screen to strengthen the encryption. Encryption makes your data safer from being accessed by others after factory reset. So make sure your phone is encrypted. To know if your phone is encrypted, check in your phone settings if your data protection is enabled.
- Do a factory reset
After all those precautions are done, you can now proceed to factory resetting. Search for “reset on your phone settings and select “Erase all data (factory reset)”. This will erase everything on your device.
- Clean your old phone and put it with all accessories back in the box
Wipe your old phone with a clean cloth, preferably moistened with a disinfectant solution. It is not necessary but just a bit of advice to get rid of all the traces of dust and all that dirt lodged on your device’s surface. Assuming that you kept the box and the accessories, put them also in the box along with the phone then you’re ready to sell it. If there’re some defects in the device or the accessories are incomplete, notify your buyer about the issue.