With her current Netflix particular and greatest promoting e-book, tidying guru Marie Kondo is inspiring nearly all people to toss out their previous junk and manage their houses (principally all people, that’s). Her catchy mantra, which inspires individuals to ask themselves if the objects they’re holding onto “spark joy,” serves as the overall rule for whether or not or not one ought to toss something away.If your present cellphone is on its manner out, or you have got a cellphone sitting in a drawer someplace gathering mud and never sparking any pleasure, suppose twice about tossing it away blindly. In addition to all the dear digital content material and media your cellphone gathered, it holds a wealth of delicate private knowledge that you do not need disappearing or falling into the mistaken arms.From significant photographs to important emails and textual content messages, failing to prep your cast-off machine correctly earlier than donating or promoting it may well imply shedding valuable recollections or exposing your self to critical safety and privateness dangers. To keep away from potential points, comply with these steps so you may say good riddance to your seasoned cellphone whereas sustaining some peace of thoughts.Editors’ be aware: This piece was initially revealed on Dec. 18, 2013, and has been up to date.  

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What to do earlier than reselling or donating your cellphone

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Grab your contacts and goThanks to Apple iOS and Google Android’s use of on-line servers and clouds, storing and backing up primary private info (like contacts and calendar occasions) is a snap. And shifting between like gadgets (iPhone ($1,099 at Walmart) to iPhone, for instance) is particularly simple. Just be sure that your newest info has been synced just lately together with your Apple ID on iCloud or Google account. After that, migrating knowledge is so simple as punching in your explicit account particulars into your new cellphone.Back dat (knowledge) up on iOS and Android.
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Transitioning between handsets of differing platforms is a bit more difficult, however not terribly so. Moving to an Android cellphone is straightforward should you use a Gmail account as your main repository for contacts and calendar particulars. If Apple’s iCloud is the place your information lives, you will need to port your contacts and calendar both manually or by means of using apps like SmoothSync for Cloud Calendar and SmoothSync for Cloud Contacts, respectively. Some newer Android telephones, like the newest Samsung Galaxy telephones and the Pixel 3, will let you switch information straight from cellphone to cellphone utilizing a USB cable.Pivoting from an Android machine to an iPhone and porting over your contacts and calendar is much less difficult. Just signal into your Google account in your machine and your cellphone will do the work. In addition, should you’re switching to Apple iOS 9 or later, the corporate created the Move to iOS Android app to assist switch photographs, messages, browser bookmarks and extra to Android 4.0 or later.

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Switch from Android to iOS

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Back up your apps and dataPorting over all of your beloved apps and their linked info used to require a number of steps. These days, nonetheless, Apple and Google are making it simpler. If you are utilizing Android 6.0 Marshmallow or later, you may again up particular person app info, and never simply the apps themselves, onto your Google Drive account. You can entry this selection in the identical menu as your contacts and calendar backup.Backing up iPhones is simple in iTunes.
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Older variations of Android might require stronger medication, sadly. That’s as a result of these methods’ built-in backup function solely saves the apps you’ve got put in, not the complete snapshot of all the knowledge they’ve gathered. There are some software program options that may sort out this process, nonetheless, like Helium for Google Android.On the iOS facet of the home, creating a whole picture of your iPhone’s software program is a bit of cake. Just use iTunes’ inherent skills, plus your pc and iTunes, to carry out the duty. Here’s every little thing you have to know to get it completed.Transfer your media (music, photographs and video)Apple ID and Google Photos and Music companies supply choices to push the photographs, movies and music that reside in your cellphone onto on-line servers. That stated, typically the old-school guide method is greatest. If you are undecided if all of your multimedia information made the flight as much as the Web, simply drag and drop them your self.

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On an Android cellphone, do that by connecting to a USB port in your PC. Once the cellphone seems as a drive within the file explorer, drill right down to the digital camera (possible known as DCIM for Android gadgets) and music folders to seize what you want and place them the place you need in your pc. If you have got a Mac and an Android cellphone, obtain Android File Transfer to maneuver content material. All iPhones use the same methodology, however by means of the iTunes desktop software program as a substitute.Snip snap: If your SIM card must be a unique dimension, a fast trim can do the trick.
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Know your SIM cardAll GSM telephones require SIM playing cards to perform, and should you’re sticking with the identical GSM service (AT&T, T-Mobile within the US) then swapping telephones is solely a matter of switching SIMs. One key bit of data regularly ignored is what sort of SIM playing cards you are working with. Specifically, what dimension your present SIM card is and what dimension your new cellphone accepts. For instance, older telephones use micro-SIM playing cards, however most present telephones now use smaller nano-SIM playing cards.If you are migrating from a micro-SIM to nano-SIM, you may minimize the cardboard down — that’s, should you personal the appropriate instruments and are very, very cautious. Of course, the simplest manner is to get a brand new SIM out of your service, which are sometimes supplied without spending a dime, however can value about $10.

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Wipe it wellEvery cellphone, whether or not it’s an iPhone or Android machine, enables you to carry out a manufacturing facility reset. It’s a option to wipe the machine’s reminiscence clear of put in apps, photographs, movies, e mail accounts, private accounts — every little thing. You even have the choice to scour any knowledge residing on an put in microSD card, although I recommend you bodily take away it and take it with you.

For those that need to be additional cautious, you may take the extra step of linking the wiped cellphone to a dummy account, then conduct one other manufacturing facility reset. This will increase the chance that would-be miscreants would possibly solely have entry to the latest software program and your decoy picture, not your actual knowledge.Want to do away with final yr’s telephones? Be certain to erase your knowledge first.
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