How To Reset Your Used Galaxy Phone Before Selling It

With the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 or other powerful Galaxy devices like Note 9, there are a number of Samsung Galaxy user upgrading. Whether you decide to sell or trade it, the first thing is resetting everything on your used Galaxy phone.

Remember not to sell your Galaxy S8 to a stranger without deleting your Google account and all your important data. Resetting is much easier than you think since the process only takes a few minutes. Read on this post to know what to do.

Backup your Galaxy S8 and Data

The first thing before selling your used Galaxy phone is back up all of your data stored in your phone. If you have already had a new phone, then the process is extremely easy. Especially if you have a new Galaxy phone, SmartSwitch app will do everything for you. It can transfer everything from your old phone to the new one.

Download SmartSwitch

All you need is to download and then open Samsung’s app on both your old and new phones. Next, connect them with a USB cable, following the on-screen instructions, and tap on Go. It will do everything for you and only takes you a few minutes.

If you have not had a new phone yet, you can then use the Samsung SmartSwitch version for  PC or Mac to back up your entire data to a computer. This way will help you have everything available for later. Even when you use Samsung Cloud Backup, we still encourage you to make a physical copy on a PC.

You can use the online Samsung Cloud solution to back up your personal data as well. To access it on your used Galaxy phone, simply head to Settings > Cloud and Accounts. Select Samsung, not Google account. If you don’t have a Samsung account you can also create one. The cloud is the simplest and quickest way, but it’s not the safest.

Also see: How To Install Android Pie Update On Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Factory Data Reset Your Galaxy Phone

After saving all your stuff to a safe place, removing your microSD card, signing out of your Samsung account, Google account, then erasing your phone is the next thing you need to do. Similar to formatting a hard drive on a computer, you can take advantage of the “Factory Data Reset” function on Android phones, and it’s pretty easy to use.

The next step is to erase everything and then bring it back to the factory default. Basically, it was the day you unbox it.

  • Navigate to Settings from the app drawer or the Notification bar by hitting the gear-shaped settings icon.
  • Scroll down and tap on General Management
  • Select Reset
  • Tap on Factory data reset
  • Choose Reset (again)

  • Enter your password or pattern to confirm

You will then see a list of every account, app, or service on your currently used Galaxy phone. You don’t need to log out all of them since the reset will work everything for you. After tapping on “Reset” button, you need to verify with a password, and you are all done.

Your Galaxy phone will automatically reboot, boot into maintenance mode and then erase everything saved in the internal storage. Wait until it boots up and you will see it is like the day you bought it.

That’s all! You’ve successfully backed up your data and safely format your Galaxy phone. It’s now ready to welcome a new owner.

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