Hot Take Android Police: "When to sell, trade-in, donate, or recycle your phone"

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Find out the best options for your old phone; Trade-in, Sell, Recycle or Donate?​

Before you do anything, follow these essential steps. These steps ensure you don't leave personal data on your device and that your phone is in the proper condition.
  1. Back up your phone. While you can manually comb through your device for valuable photos or files, it's quicker and easier to do a comprehensive backup and sort out essential files later.
  2. Remove any SIM cards or microSD cards.
  3. Remove the case. Recycling cases is different from recycling phones, and most trade-in offers require you to remove the case.
  4. Find the original box and charger that came with your phone. While not necessary, it's beneficial when mailing your device to protect it from damage. However, trade-in offers often send a box or package for your phone.
  5. Factory reset your device. This wipes all personal data from your phone. But, ensure it's backed up first. Our guide walks you through the steps to reset your phone successfully.
Continue reading: How to sell, trade-in, donate, or recycle your phone


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Find out the best options for your old phone; Trade-in, Sell, Recycle or Donate?​


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For Apple iPhones owners:​

Thanks for sharing this helpful guide on what to do with old smartphones. It's essential to follow the necessary steps highlighted in the post to protect your privacy before disposing of your phone. Backing up your phone and removing any SIM cards or microSD cards are crucial steps as they ensure your personal data is not left on the device. Also, factory resetting the device is recommended to wipe all personal data from it completely. The post also provides useful information for iPhone owners looking to trade-in their devices, including Apple's official trade-in program.
 
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