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How to Back Up and Reset an Android Phone Before Selling It

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Are you looking to sell or trade-in your old Android phone for a new one? These are the things you should do before selling a phone, gifting or exchanging it for a new one. This is done so that you may make a backup of all your data on the phone, totally delete it, and then give it away.

Here are a few actions that will assist you in swiftly and safely backing up all vital data and resetting the device before giving it away.

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Making a backup of your apps

There are several methods for backing up your data. But here we’ll explain to you the quickest way to accomplish this between any two Android phones, regardless of manufacturer.

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  • Firstly sync all your data to your Google account.
  • Proceed to Settings/ Accounts/ your Gmail email ID/ Account Sync to accomplish this.
  • Then tap on the three-dot menu at the top and then on Sync Now. (This will guarantee that your data from Google applications like Keep, Calendar, Contacts, and others is synchronised.)
  • Sync and backup WhatsApp chats, too.

When that’s done, you should now take backup data for particular apps(here we mean that support it). Many social media apps like Facebook and Instagram automatically save your conversations and other data to the cloud but as WhatsApp chats are end-to-end encrypted so in that case, they need to be manually backed up on the cloud.

It’s great if you already know how to take a WhatsApp backup, but if not, go here to learn how. By taking a backup you can save all the media files, chats and groups to Google Drive that can be imported to your new device later on.

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Check to see if there is a setting in games and other apps that allows you to backup files offline or online. Or else, such applications might have to be restored on your future phone.

After you’ve completed all of the above steps, it’s time to make a backup of your files. Here is how to

Making a backup of your files

  • Simply connect your Android phone to a PC.
  • Then select File Transfer USB mode, and copy all items from the Internal Storage folder to a new folder on your PC. ( You may copy all the files such as DCIM, Documents, Downloads, Movies, Music, Pictures, and so on). This file can be transferred to your new handset.

Rebooting the phone

  • Simply go to Settings and search for ‘reset’
  • Select the result that reads “reset” or “factory reset.”
  • This should lead you directly to the page where you may reset your phone.

Note that even if the onscreen prompts you to keep files or reset everything chooses to reset/ erase everything. This is the most essential step when you sell your device to someone as any remaining data might be exploited and misused.

As a result, make sure you select the erase everything option.

After the reset process is done your phone will restart automatically but you must choose to turn it off when you are prompted to select a language.

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Komila Singh
Komila Singh
Komila is one of the most spirited tech writers at Gadget Bridge. Always up for a new challenge, she is an expert at dissecting technology and getting to its core. She loves to tinker with new mobile phones, tablets and headphones.
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