These steps come from Apple, contacts in the cell phone industry and from years of selling old devices. Even if you decide to give the old device to a friend, you should make sure you take these steps.
Find the Best iPhone Price or Trade-In Deal
Depending where you sell your old iPhone, or who you trade your old iPhone into, you will get a very different value. Make sure you check out all the options to find the best price for your old phone.
Gazelle is one of the biggest names in phone buying, and they typically offer a promotion that adds to the price you can get for your old phone.
Nextworth is another great option for selling your old iPhone. They offer great prices and like Gazelle, they allow you to lock in a price without a commitment.
eBay Quick Sale is another alternative that you need to look into. With this option you sell the phone directly to eBay instead of dealing with a buyer and the hassles that can bring.
Check with Best Buy or your carrier if you are buying a new iPhone. They often run trade-in promotions around the launch of a new phone that can inflate the trade value of the older device. These promotions may not always be the biggest value, so compare with all the options.
Backup Your Contacts
Make sure you have your contacts backed up before you trade in or sell your old iPhone. It’s easiest to do this if you have your new iPhone in hand first, but you can do this without your new phone in hand.
You can backup your contacts to iCloud, which is the easiest way if you plan to backup your contacts and bring them to another iPhone. You can verify this on iCloud.com. You can also back up your contacts to iTunes if you prefer to do a backup that way.
Other options include using an app from your carrier or make a backup using a free app like My Contacts Backup.
Backup Your Photos
You can get phone numbers and emails back, but recovering photos after you sell your phone is impossible. That’s why you need to make sure your iPhone photos are backed up.
You can also use Google Photos or Dropbox to backup your photos. Google Photos is a great option if you want high-resolution backups, that you don’t have to pay for. The free storage isn’t at full resolution, but it’s good enough for free for most users.
Unpair Your Apple Watch
It’s easiest to unpair your Apple Watch while you have the phone, instead of trying to do this after the fact.
Before you wipe your phone and reset everything you should unpair your Apple Watch.
If you're looking into buying a new iPhone, we recommend holding out for a little while longer.
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According to Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is planning to announce three brand new iPhones the week of September 9th.
German carriers believe Apple will start taking pre-orders on September 14th which means we could see a launch at an event on September 11th or September 12th with a release a week later on September 21st.
A recent research note from Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty claims Apple might push the 6.1-inch LCD release into October due to "LED backlight leakage."
A report from hit or miss blog Japanese blog Mac Otakaraechoes Huberty's note and claims the 6.1-inch iPhone's release date could be pushed deeper into the fall.
Kuo also believes Apple will delay the release of the 6.1-inch iPhone due to production issues.