Electronics Recycling: How To Prepare a Cell Phone
When it's time to say goodbye to your old smartphone and make room for a new one, selling it to an electronics recycling company is one of the finest methods to do so.
While the amount you receive will vary depending on the age of your equipment, knowing that you've decreased the quantity of e-waste in the environment and benefited the economy can be a satisfying experience.
Although the environmental and economic benefits are significant, you need also make sure that your phone is properly prepared and that your personal information is protected. Here's a closer look at the measures you can take to make your electronic recycling experience enjoyable and secure.
It's critical to back up all of the data you wish to transfer to your new smartphone before acquiring a new phone and recycling your old one.
If you're using an iPhone, backing up is as simple as turning on the iCloud backup feature and transferring all of your old phone's data to the cloud, where you can access it later.
Google Sync, which automatically backs up your photographs and files into Google Drive, is also an easy option for Android users to back up data.
Of course, there's always the old-fashioned method of manually backing up data using a USB cord to connect your old phone to your computer.
Sign out of all of your accounts if you can.
Go into your phone's settings and sign out of any accounts that might include sensitive personal information. You'll be one step closer to a safer recycling or refurbishment process once you sign out of everything and remove all saved credentials on your phone.
Keep your passwords written down somewhere safe so that you can access them from your new phone with ease.
Reset the device to factory defaults
After you've backed up your phone and signed out of all of your accounts, a total factory reset is an excellent way to wipe your phone clean of all traces of your identity. Returning your phone to factory settings restores it to the state it was in when you first took it out of the box: a clean slate with no traces of your previous usage.
Keep in mind that a factory reset on an Android phone may not be adequate to remove images, email addresses, and other personal information. Make sure you go into your phone's settings and encrypt your data before performing a total wipe.
Data on iPhones is automatically encrypted. So, if you have one, you won't have to do anything manually.
Get Rid of Your SIM Card
Finally, get your phone's SIM card or SD card removed. You have the option of incorporating them into your new phone or having a certified recycling company execute a data destruction shred that ensures no prying eyes will have access to your data.
With Recycle Pro, you can recycle your smartphone for cash right now.
Make the most of your old equipment at Recycle Pro if you have a smartphone that is just taking up room in your home after being replaced. Not only will Recycle Pro provide you the best cash for your old electronics, but we'll also employ our data destruction procedure to ensure that any SIM cards or memory cards left behind never fall into the wrong hands.
To learn more about our recycling process and to schedule a drop-off, contact us now!