Like most people, you probably have an old phone or two lying around the house. And if you’re like most people, you don’t know what to do with them! Of course, you could give them to a friend or family member, but what happens when they upgrade their phone and don’t want your old one? 

You could sell them online, but how do you get them ready to sell? This blog post will discuss five tips for getting your used cell phones ready to sell.

1. Clean Your Phone

When you clean your phone, you’re not just making it look nicer for potential buyers. You’re also getting rid of any dirt, dust, or grime that could get in the way of a good sale. To clean your phone, start with a soft, lint-free cloth. Next, gently wipe down the screen and all other external surfaces. 

You can use a slightly dampened cloth if your phone is particularly dirty. Just be sure not to get any water inside the phone.

Next, give your phone a good once-over with compressed air. It will help remove any dirt or dust hiding in hard-to-reach places.

2. Remove Your SIM Card And Memory Card

You’ll need to take out your SIM and memory cards to sell used phones. You can usually find these cards behind the battery in most phones. It will keep your personal information safe.

If unsure how to remove the battery, consult your phone’s manual or look online for instructions specific to your make and model.

Once you have the SIM and memory cards, you can move on to the next step.

3. Reset Your Phone To Its Factory Settings

Factory settings are like a clean slate for your phone. It will delete all your data, so be sure to back everything up first! To reset your phone:

-Open the Settings app

-Tap General

-Scroll to the bottom and tap Reset

-Tap Erase All Content and Settings

Once you’ve backed up your data and reset your phone, it’ll be ready for its new owner. 

4. Take Pictures Of Your Phone

Next, take pictures of your phone from all angles. Be sure to capture any scratches or dents on the device. You should also take a photo of the phone turned on so potential buyers can see what type of condition the screen is in. If you have a case for the phone, take a photo with that as well.

Some people like to include a phone photo next to a ruler or another type of object so buyers can get an idea of the size. Others also like to take a phone photo next to something that provides context, like a cup of coffee or a book.

5. Write A Description Of Your Phone

You must write an accurate description of your used cell phones. Include the model, color, storage capacity, any damage or wear and tear, etc. The more details you provide, the easier it will be for potential buyers to know if your phone is worth the purchase.


The worldwide shipments of used smartphones, including officially refurbished and used smartphones, will reach 225.4 million units in 2020. If you have an old phone that you want to sell, follow these tips to ensure that you get the most money for your device. 

By Manali

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