How to sell your android phone safely and make more money

So you’re all set to switch from your current Android phone. Whether you’re upgrading to the latest Galaxy or Pixel, switching to another brand, or ditching the platform altogether and getting an (gasp!) iPhone, you can offset some of the cost by selling your phone.

Before you do that, though, make sure you don’t lose everything stored on your current phone. Data backup is a necessity. So, you’ll need to erase that data from your phone before selling it.

Below is our step-by-step guide to getting your phone ready for sale. We also suggest some reputable sites that will take your hands off your hands for top dollar.


Get ready to sell your phone

Screenshot of Google One on your phone

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1. Back up your data

You don’t want to lose everything you have on your phone just because you’re switching to a new one. So the first thing you want to do is backup all your data.

To back up your Android phone, go to Configure > System > Backup. Make sure the switch is set to Back up to Google Drive. Find your phone’s account, select it, then tap Backup. To manually back up your photos, go to Photos & Videos > Google Photos > Backup & Sync. Note: If you don’t use your device for 57 days or turn off Android backup, your data (except those saved in Google Photos) will be erased.

You can also use the Google One cloud service to back up your app data, call history, contacts, settings, pictures and videos, and text and multimedia messages. Install the app(Opens in a new window) on your phone, open it and select Storage. Scroll to Device Backup. If this is your first time backing up your phone, select Set up data backup. If you have previously backed up your phone, select View details. You can check your backup settings by tapping Manage backups. Select everything you want to back up, then tap Back Up Now.


2. Switch from Android to iPhone

If you’re upgrading to an iPhone, press and hold your Android phone until you get your iPhone. Download the transition to iOS(Opens in a new window) apps from Google Play. It allows you to easily move contacts, message history, photos and videos, photo albums, files and folders, accessibility settings, view settings, web bookmarks, mail accounts, WhatsApp messages and media, and calendars. If they’re available on Android and iOS, some of your free apps will also port.

Android and iPhone with the Switch to iOS app open

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To move your content, plug in both your Android phone and iPhone, turn on your iPhone, and launch Quick Start(Opens in a new window). Select Set up manually and when you get to Apps & data, tap Move data from Android.

This is when you open the Move to iOS app on your Android phone. Accept the terms and conditions, then go to your iPhone. A Move from Android screen should appear. Press Continue, then wait for a numeric code to appear. Enter it on your Android phone. This creates a temporary Wi-Fi network which you will join by selecting Connect. A Transfer Data screen will appear. Select all the data you want to transfer, then wait until the loading bar on the iPhone completes.


3. Remove paired devices

You don’t want to leave any stray data from paired devices. Go to Bluetooth in Settings, then select each device names and Unpair.


4. Find your phone

To turn off Find My Device on your phone, go to Settings, select Security, then Find My Device and slide it to the off position.

three screenshots showing the Find My Device app

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5. Clean your phone and delete data

Make sure your phone is free of all your personal data before selling it. Open Settings and go to System. Select Reset options, then Erase all data. Tap Reset phone, then Erase everything.


6. Remove the SIM card

If your phone has a physical SIM card, we recommend removing it. While you can turn off your cell phone service on the device and swap it for the SIM card, that card is the repository of your phone number, various bits of security data, and all the information needed for billing. Identify you, your phone and many of your activities on the phone.

To remove it, locate the SIM ejector (your device manufacturer’s site should have instructions on how to find it) and insert a paper clip to pop the tray out. Remove the SIM card and replace the tray.


The best places to sell your android phone

Apple Trade-In Page

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Trade in Apple

Perhaps your Android days are behind you. You can trade in your phone with Apple Trade In(Opens in a new window) plan. Pays you with instant credit towards the purchase of a new iPhone or an Apple Store gift card.

Visit the site, select the model of Android you have, answer a few questions about its condition, get a quote (and find out if Apple will pay for packing and shipping), accept the quote, and receive your gift card once your package is received. your phone. Or go to an Apple Store and exchange your Android phone for instant credit towards a purchase.

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Apple has cut its trade-in fee for all products. A 256GB Samsung Galaxy S22, for example, will run you about $210.


Best buy

Don't let old technology go to waste message from Best Buy's recycling page

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If you’re selling your Android phone and only want cash to buy electronics, you can cut a pass at Best Buy(Opens in a new window) exchanging your phone at a store or mailing it for a digital gift card. For a Verizon Phantom Black 256GB Samsung Galaxy S22, you can expect around $180.


Walmart exchange

Walmart CExchange page

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In exchange for your old phone, the Walmart CExchange(Opens in a new window) program gives you a Walmart gift card that you can use in-store or online. Select your model and capacity, then answer the questions about its condition, if you’re also sending its charger, and which carrier it is on. Then get a quote. If you accept it, you will receive a prepaid shipping label from FedEx Ground. You can get around $203 for a 256GB Samsung Galaxy S22 on Verizon.


decluttr

Decluttr sell your phone page

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Make a deal for your phone with decluttr and you’ll get a free shipping label. In return, you will be paid via direct deposit or PayPal. The current offer for a 256GB Samsung Galaxy S22 on Verizon is around $262.


GameStop

GameStop page that says:

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Are most of your apps games? Then you’d probably do well to turn in your Android for some in-store credit at GameStop(Opens in a new window). (You can also get paid in cold, hard cash.) Take your device to the nearest GameStop (estimates are available on site before you make the trip), get a quote from a sales associate, and then get store credit or cash on site. A 256GB Samsung Galaxy S22 will net you a $165 prepaid Visa card or $132 in cash.


eBay

eBay phone trade-in page

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To sell your device yourself, there is always eBay(Opens in a new window). The site has a quick walkthrough where you can enter your phone stats. Then choose to sell it via eBay’s traditional auction process or select a quick-sale option that gets you instant cash once eBay gets the phone. The trending price for a Samsung Galaxy S22 Phantom Black 256GB on Verizon in good condition is $319.


Exchange

Swappa page on how it works

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Swappa is another marketplace where you can directly sell your Android phone. Select your model on the site, upload some photos and set a price. Once someone buys it, you get paid instantly via PayPal. You are responsible for safely shipping your phone to the buyer. A 256GB Samsung Galaxy S22 Phantom Black on Verizon costs around $402 on the site.

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