It’s that time of the year, where Apple, Samsung and many other companies are talking about their new releases and you’re probably considering upgrading your phone. But, before you can consider buying another phone, you have to figure out what to do with the one you already have. If you want to get rid of it easily and conveniently, post it on Melltoo and let us handle payment and delivery on your behalf! But before you post your phone for sale, here are a couple of things that you need to take care of:
Cross Platform/Device Migration
If you’re replacing your iPhone with Apple’s latest edition, then you should back up the data on your current phone and restore it on your new one. If you are transferring data from one Samsung to another, you can use Samsung Kies. However, in general, Androids don’t require any special software to migrate data. If, however, you’re switching from an iPhone to an Android or vice versa, backing up and restoring data on your new device isn’t going to work. So here are some things you should extract from your phone before performing a factory reset.
What’s a phone if you don’t have any phone numbers in it? And I’m sure you’re not planning to manually re-enter all 2,347 phone contacts in your new phone?! Here are 2 easy guides for backing up your contacts for an iPhone and an Android.
iOS: Back up with icloud.
Android: Sync with Gmail contacts.
Some photos should be deleted and the I-just-woke-up Snapchat from your best friend or the accidental selfie should be the first to go. However, if you have videos of your family’s annual BBQ or a friend’s engagement party, make sure to backup those photos and videos, so you can transfer them to your new phone!
iOS (alternative): Backup using iCloud or iTunes
Android: Import to your computer directly
There are certain documents and files that you might want to have in your phone, such as audio files or .pdf files you refer to regularly. Don’t forget these!
iOS: Unfortunately, you can’t extract files from an iOS device, since they are linked to the app that opens them. For instance, a .pdf file is linked to you iBooks app. The only way to back up these files is to use iTunes. If you are still able to access the original source of the file (say from an email attachment or download from a website), you can use a cloud service like dropbox to back up your files. Using dropbox will allow you to migrate your files to either a new Android or another iPhone. Even if you’re moving from iPhone to iPhone, this might be a better alternative than backing up and restoring using iTunes since you might not want to migrate everything into your new phone.
Android: Same process as photos. Import to your computer directly.
If you are one of the 500 million Whatsapp users in the world, chances are, you’re going to want to migrate some of your whatsapp conversations to your new phone. Thankfully, you can do this on both iPhones and Androids!
Erasing/Resetting Phones to Factory Defaults
Ok, you’re done backing up your data, it’s time to erase everything and factory reset the phone. The last thing you want is for the new owner to discover something of a personal nature. Erase all your remaining data and happy selling!