How to Sell Your Phone Safely – The New York Times

The high cost of a new phone can be a hard pill to swallow, but it becomes easier if you sell your old one. Here’s how to make sure your personal information is securely wiped before you hand your phone off to a stranger.

First: Back it up
Before you do anything, back up all the data currently on your phone. Not only will this prevent you from losing precious photos, but it’ll also make setting up your new phone a breeze, since you can restore all your apps, contacts and other data from the backup.

iPhone users: If you’re signed into iCloud, there’s a good chance your phone is already backing itself up automatically (you can check by going to Settings > Your Name > iCloud > iCloud Backup and making sure the switch is “On”). But iCloud storage is limited, and it takes a long time to download all that data, so if you’re moving to a new phone, I recommend backing up manually to iTunes on your computer.

To do so, plug your iPhone into your PC or Mac and launch iTunes. Click the iPhone button that appears in the top-left corner of the toolbar, and click the “Back Up Now” button. This process may take a few minutes, but when it’s done, you’ll have your important information backed up to your computer, and your new phone will prompt you to restore from iTunes during the initial setup.

via How to Sell Your Phone Safely – The New York Times


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David Lindsay is the author of "The Tay Son Rebellion, Historical Fiction of Eighteenth- Century Vietnam," that covers a bloody civil war from 1770 to 1802. Find more about it at, also known as, David Lindsay is currently writing about Climate Change and the Sixth Extinction., as well as singing and performing a "folk concert" on Climate Change and the Sixth Extinction. He can be reached at daljr37(at)
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