5 tips before you trade-in

Trading in your Android phone? Here are 5 steps to follow first...
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5 tips before you trade-in

So, you’ve got your eye on a new phone and you know that by trading in your old device with Carphone Warehouse you can pocket a tidy lump sum. But before you trade-in your current Android device, here’s a handy checklist to follow to make the switch as quick and easy as possible.

Back up your data and settings

No one wants to lose all of their precious contacts, saved games or calendar entries – and you don’t have to. You can save backups of your app data to your Google account by heading over to Settings > Accounts (tap Google) > Select Google account > tick everything you want to sync.

You can even back up your Wi-Fi password and other device settings you have saved on your old phone. Do this by choosing Settings > Backup & reset > Device backup and tick Back up to Google Drive.

Back up your photos and videos

Chances are you’ve accumulated a hefty amount of photos and videos on your old phone – and losing all of those memories is not something you want to happen anytime soon. Well, you have two options: you can either back up all of your photos and videos to the cloud or manually to your PC.

To back up to the cloud, your best option is through Google Photos – which gives you free storage for photos up to 20MP in resolution. This option also lets you set your device to automatically backup your photos as you take them or only when you’re connected to Wi-Fi.

To back up photos and videos to your computer, simply connect your phone – then locate the files. Your photos and videos may be saved to the phone’s SD card (if it has one) in addition to the phone itself. Once you’ve located all your photos and videos, copy and paste the ones you want to your computer and then delete them from the phone and/or card folder – and you’re good to go.

Save your messages and call logs

If you’re not ready to wipe the message slate clean, there is a way you can keep hold of them. The easiest solution is to use SMS Backup & Restore in Google Play. The app is completely free and saves all your messages and call log to a file that can be automatically uploaded to email, Google Drive or Dropbox.

Then, once you’ve got your new phone, you can move the data over directly using Fast Transfer – and carry on the conversation, fuss-free.

Disable Factory Reset protection

The Factory Reset Protection is a security feature that was designed to make sure someone couldn’t just wipe and factory reset your phone if it gets lost or stolen. And, as you’ll no longer need this once you’ve traded in your phone, it’s best to disable it. You can do this by going to Settings > Accounts & Sync > Google > and then select your account. Then, tap on the three dots to open the menu and select Remove account.

Perform a factory setting

Performing a factory reset returns your phone back to its original settings. To do this, just go to Settings > Backup & reset > Factory data reset and then tap Reset phone.

Time to trade-in

With our phone and tablet Trade-in service, you can sell your unwanted old devices for cash, even if they’re damaged or not working. Plus, it’s really quick and easy. Find out more about Trade-in here.

Have any questions about our checklist? Or, want to know more about Trade-in? Post your questions in the comments below.

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