Selling Your iPhone? Here are Important Reminders


If you’re selling your iPhone, there are quite a few things to consider. Most important is getting the most money out of your used device. You also have to think about how the transaction will take place and be mindful of your safety, whether it’s an online deal or you’re meeting face to face. You’ll want to make things easy for the buyer too, to avoid the hassle of further communication if the buyer encounters problems, and to give him a satisfactory experience for future reference.

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Setting Your Price

First, how do you set the price of your used iPhone? You can check them out on Craigslist, eBay, or other similar sites. But keep in mind that the following factors should be considered: its model, condition, storage capacity, color, and if it’s locked to a carrier or not. Cracks on the screen and dents and scratches on the casing will pull the price down. It’s not worth it to replace a cracked screen before selling because of the high cost. If it’s damaged (won’t turn on), you’ll be lucky to get $10 to $50 from stores that buy used smartphones.

Keeping Your Data Safe

Before you sell an iPhone, you must take the following steps to keep your data safe. Sensitive and confidential data about you could fall into the wrong hands and put you at risk. These data include photos, contacts, emails, financial information, messages, and other files. Here’s what you should do:

  • Back up all data on your iPhone with Apple’s iCloud or any cloud service you are using.
  • Wipe your iPhone. Before resetting, sign out of all accounts connected to your phone. Do the same with your apps and services. Then go to Settings > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. When this is done, you can restore the iPhone to factory settings with General > Reset > Reset All Settings.
  • Turn off Find My iPhone. To turn this off, go to your account in Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone and toggle it off.
  • Take out your SIM card. You’ll be using it for your new iPhone.

Selling Your iPhone

When it comes down to it, you’ve got lots of options. Do a search with keyphrase “sell iPhone“, and you won’t be disappointed. You have to be sure the site is trustworthy, though.

You can even transact with a potential buyer directly through Craigslist, so you don’t have to pay commission or a fee to a middleman. But these types of deals, where you meet a stranger in person, has its dangers.

To mitigate the risks, take note of these tips:

Don’t accept cheques or money orders. Don’t send your iPhone until you receive a promised money transfer.

Don’t give out your home address or telephone number on your ad.

Meet in a public place, preferably where authorities are around, like in front of a police station.

You can also use online services to sell your old iPhone. There are several available, with different processes and fees. Using them does away with the problem of looking for a buyer, dealing with them, and potentially getting scammed. They’ll be getting a cut out of the sale, but it’s a hassle-free trade for you, and when the phone out of your hands, you’re not liable for anything that happens to it. So it’s totally worth it to use their services.

Make sure to do your homework and verify that you’re dealing with legit services. Shop around and compare online stores for their price valuation. Some shops sell your iPhone at a higher price than others; hence, earning you more money.

One last tip: If you plan to buy the latest iPhone as soon as it’s on the market, sell your existing iPhone before the new version is released, so you get the best possible price. Make do with an extra phone lying around the house while you wait for Apple’s newest phone. 


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