Selling your Smartphone?

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If you are ready to sell you smartphone for whatever reason you would probably want to get the most value from it. The condition of your smartphone will greatly impact if you are selling it online for example to ÁthCom.

To get an accurate assessment, we recommend first thoroughly cleaning your device. Just think of it as an experience similar to that of trading in your car. Interested in improving the condition of your smartphone? Follow the steps below to get that phone squeaky clean and ready for trade-in.

Cleaning Your Smartphone:

You’ll need these basic supplies:

  • A gadget-safe cleaning solution or foam
  • A soft microfiber cloth
  • A good source of light, such as a small flashlight, a lighted magnifying glass, or an adjustable desk lamp

First, remove any screen protectors, skins, or cases from the smartphone body. Apply a small amount of cleaner to the microfiber cloth and gently buff the screen and casing until they look as “like-new??? as possible. Be careful to avoid the headphone jack and charge port while cleaning with liquids.

Checking Your Smartphone for Water Damage

Most of the smartphones normally have a watermark underneath the battery. The watermark is normally a small white round sticker attached to the phone housing under the battery. If the indicator is pink or red, you have water damage on your device. The battery also has an indicator on the bottom where the charging contacts are.

Performing a Basic Function Test

Before you assess the cosmetic condition of your Smartphone’s screen and body, you should perform a basic function test to see if the most important hardware and features are in good working condition. Starting with your phone off, press the power button until the screen turns on. Allow the software to complete the boot process. Once that is finished, conduct these simple tests:

Test the charge port: Connect your phone to your AC adapter and plug it into the nearest wall outlet. The battery icon on the phone should show the charging bolt inside the battery icon. This charging bolt indicates that the phone is charging. If the indicator is not showing, you may have a faulty or bad battery, or your charging port may be damaged.

Test call functionality and volume controls: Open your phone’s dial pad. Before placing a call, press both volume buttons both up and down. Look for an icon registering changes in the volume setting and feel for the vibration when activating silent mode. Reset the volume to your preferred level, call a friend or family member, and note the functionality of the microphone, speaker and speakerphone over the course of the conversation.

Test the touchscreen and accelerometer: Open the calculator app. While holding the phone vertically, press all the calculator buttons to measure the responsiveness and accurate calibration of the touchscreen. Then, rotate the phone horizontally; the accelerometer should detect the change in orientation and switch the calculator to scientific mode. Continue pressing all the scientific calculator’s keys to thoroughly assess the touchscreen.

Test the camera hardware: Open the camera app. Take a test photo and examine the results for distortion or discoloration. If your phone has a dedicated camera button, make sure to test that as well.

Test the Wi-Fi antenna and screen backlight: Open the Settings menu. Select the Wi-Fi option and activate the antenna by toggling the switch to “On.??? The phone should scan for nearby channels. If you’re in range of any Wi-Fi networks, the service names will be displayed under the “Choose a Network…??? heading. Return to the Settings menu and select the Brightness option. Adjust the slider from minimum to maximum brightness and note the changes in backlight intensity.

Doing the above will not only help you increase the value of your smartphone but also make the sale easy.

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AthCom provides an easy, fast and safe way for consumers to buy approved pre-owned devices or get cash for their used electronics. We reduce the risk and effort of buying and selling pre-owned gadgets, so you can feel good about upgrading while we make sure your gadget is reused. www.recommerce.ie is the blogging site of ÁthCom

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