So you’re ready to upgrade to a new phone, but you’re hesitant to throw your old phone away or just put it up on the shelf. Your old phone is still in decent shape, and you believe it still has some value. You research iPhone repair or Samsung phone repair to see if your phone is worth fixing or updating, but you ultimately decide you want to buy a new phone. If this sounds like you, then you might want to consider trading in your old phone to a cell phone repair shop or trade-in company. Even if your phone has damage or is completely broken, there is still value in it! In this blog, we’ll cover everything you need to know about trading in your old phone for the first time in an easy, reliable, and stress-free way.
Below are a few things to keep in mind when trading in your phone for the first time:
Backup & Empty Your Phone
The last thing you want is someone getting possession of any personal information, passwords, or contact information on your phone when you trade it in. So before you start the trade in process, make sure you backup all of your important data (emails, photos, documents, etc.) so you can easily transition that data onto your new phone. You can backup your data on a computer, USB, or cloud service. Once you’ve secured all of your data elsewhere, you’ll want to wipe your phone clean and permanently delete all of the data on your phone before trading it in.
Do Your Research
Unfortunately, there are a few potential dangers when trading in your phone. These typically involve the company you’re trading with, so you will want to do plenty of research on phone trade-in companies or local cell phone repair & buy/sell/trade shops before sending your phone anywhere.
In an attempt to scam you, some companies will promise you a high value for your old phone, but once they assess the phone, they rate it at a much lower value. Other companies might have you send your phone to them, and then you never hear back from them on the value of your phone or even get your phone back. Reputable phone trade-in companies will do the following:
Give you reasonable instructions on how to prepare your phone for trade-in
Be willing to meet with you in-person to assess the value of your phone
Be transparent with their trade-in process as they guide you through it
If the company is missing any of these qualities, it’s a red flag. And if their offer sounds too good to be true, it likely is. Find a company you can trust when you make the decision to trade in your phone!
Trading in your phone for the first time should be a simple and easy process. At Quik Fix, we strive to make the trade-in method as stress-free and dependable as possible so you can get the best value for your old phone. Contact us today to learn more!
Every September a new iPhone launches and dozens, if not hundreds or thousands of people scramble to sell their late model iPhones for the newest and best versions. In fact, one of the most commonly searched phrases around this time of year is “How to Sell Your iPhone”. Because of that, we have went ahead and put together a guide that will help you estimate the value of your current device, find a local location and sell it for the highest profit.
Of course, we always recommend selling it to us over here at Quik Fix Phone Repair because not only will we buy your iPhone for cash – we will purchase it even if it’s broke!
When Should I Sell My iPhone
Now, before we get into how to sell your iPhone, let’s talk about when you should. Selling an iPhone isn’t exactly like selling stock exchanges, but there is one major resemblance; you want to sell when the prices are high. Well when is that, you might ask. Historically speaking, an iPhones greatest value is at its peak right before the next model is released. After that, any potential customer or shop buying your iPhone is more interested in current models.
While it could change, Apple has proven to be a creature of habit. For the past four years, Apple has released its flagship iPhones and new model previews early September, and allow them for pre-order by mid or late month. This makes early to mid Q3 a great time time to sell your device.
If you have to, we even suggest buying a cheap phone to use before Apple’s announcement and flipping your current iPhone for its highest value.
What To Do Before You Sell Your iPhone
When looking to sell your iPhone, these next few things are of the most vital importance, especially when trying to maximize your value.
Unlock Your Phone
An unlocked phone of any kind is a phone that can be used on any cellular service. What does this mean for you? Well, it means that you have a broader range of people you can sell your phone to, and if you’re selling it to a store location like Quik Fix Phone Repair, it means can honor a much higher price point for it.
Most iPhones come unlocked, but some do not. Your first step in unlocking your phone should be to contact your cell phone service provider. Some carrier charge a fee to unlock your phone, but a lot do not. Even if there happens to be a charge, it could still be worth the extra money you will make to sell an unlocked phone. (More later on how to determine the value.)
Back Your Phone Up
Before you head off to sell your phone, make sure you have an up to date backup of your iPhone. This includes your contacts, passwords, account logins, pictures, music, videos and more. There are two ways to back your phone up; via a connection to a computer through a cable, or on iCloud. We recommend using iCloud for ease of use. To create your backup, please follow the instructions below.
Make sure your phone is connected to Wi-Fi.
Make sure your phone is above 50% battery life, or plug it into a wall.
Launch your Settings application from your home screen.
Tap on your Apple ID Banner, at the top of your screen.
Tap on iCloud
Scroll down to tap on iCloud Backup
Tap on Back Up Now
Erase Your Personal Data
Once your data is safely backed up, it’s time to head back into the screen you were previously on to disable find my iPhone. With this feature enabled you will be able to remotely lock your device, and most people will not buy it from you. To turn it off head back into Settings > Apple ID Banner > iCloud > Scroll Down to Find My iPhone > Toggle to Off. After completing this step, we will erase your entire phone, and all of it’s content and information.
Launch the Settings app again from the home screen
Tap on General
Scroll all the way to the bottom and tap on Reset
Tap on Erase All Content and Settings
Tap on Erase iPhone
Tap on Erase iPhone again to confirm
Enter your Passcode, if applicable
Clean Up Your Phone’s Housing & Case
When looking to sell your iPhone, a lot of its value will be determined by how clean and aesthetically pleasing its condition is. Your phone should not only be clean on the inside, but also on the outside and free from dust or debri.
When cleaning your device make sure to only use water or a chemical that says it’s specifically intended for the use of electronics. Take note to clean off any smudges, oil, dirt or stains from all sides. In addition, you may consider taking a tooth pick with and clearing out any dust or grime from around the seams of the device.
Make sure to also clean all accessories and your case, wiping them all down individually, as these parts will also add to the total resale value of your phone.
Estimating The Value of Your Phone
Ever heard the saying – “Something is only worth as much as someone will pay for it”? Well, this couldn’t be any more true towards your situation when you want to know how to sell your iPhone. iPhones and phones in general are only worth what the current price for each model is and a great place to get this information is from Ebay or Gazelle.
Both of these online store fronts will give you a round about price of what your device is worth. If you’re wanting more cash for your device we always recommend contacting us first however at Quik Fix Phone Repair, as we tend to give you more than online sites will.
Note: Make sure to also look for the current condition of your iPhone when price matching with Ebay or Gazelle, as well as the internal specifications. Example: if your phone is in less than mint condition with 64GB of storage, do not base what you believe your phones value is off of a 128GB phone in mint condition iPhone.
How to Sell your iPhone to Quik Fix iPhone Repair in Tucson
Now that we have covered exactly how to sell your iPhone, let’s discuss how you can sell it too one of our shops for the best value.
Contact us today at one of our store locations. One of our technicians will walk you through the process of selling your device. If you happen to live local, just visit us at the store locations below – we would love to help you sell your iPhone and put money back in your pocket, or get a newer device.
Quik Fix Phone Repair, Store Locations
Store – 2843 N. Campbell Ave Tucson, AZ 85719
Office Phone – (520) 850-6637
Monday – Saturday – 9:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Today Quik Fix Phone Repair discusses how to check a phones IMEI.
Every mobile phone or device that is manufactured now contains an IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity). This number identifies your phone and is locked, in most circumstances to the actual hardware of the device. This ensures that if your phone is ever stolen you can call your cell phone company and have them put this number on a blacklist to stop the use of the cellular device – even if the SIM card is swapped.
An IMEI is 15 digits long and can be used to check information like; the manufacturer of your phone, the country of origin, and the model number. You can also use an IMEI to check the history of a mobile phone to see if it has ever been reported as lost or stolen on a carriers service.
Today we’re going to walk you through how to find your IMEI. As a precaution, we recommend to never give this number out to anyone other than the company who provides your cellular service. We advise against this because there is a very real risk of your phones IMEI being cloned or involved in scams.
How to Check An iPhone or Android’s IMEI From The Phone Dialer
There’s more than one way to check the IMEI of your phone. The universal method below will work on an iPhone, Android, or just about any other device. All you need to do is open your phone’s dialer and dial the following:
After dialing this number a box should appear on your screen with a 15 digit number inside of it. This number is your phones internal IMEI.
How to Check An Android’s IMEI Outside Of The Dialer
To check your phone’s IMEI from inside the phone settings for an Android, please follow the instructions below:
Navigate to your phone’s Settings Panel.
Find the section labeled “About Phone” and tap on it.
Find the section labeled “Status” and tap on it.
Underneath status, click IMEI to obtain your phones personal identification number
Write this information down on a piece of paper.
How to Check An iPhones IMEI Outside Of The Dialer
To check your phone’s IMEI from inside the phone settings for an iOS on an iPhone, please follow the instructions below:
Navigate to your phone’s Settings and tap on the icon.
Find the section labeled “General” and tap on it.
Find the section labeled “About” and tap on it.
Underneath the about you will see a list of different numbers. Locate the IMEI section.
Write this information down on a piece of paper.
Other Ways To Check Your Phones IMEI
There are a few other ways to check your phone’s IMEI. Below we have listed those ways for your convenience.
The IMEI is usually located on the box of both Android and iPhone devices, around the seam near a barcode.
If you have an iPhone, your IMEI can be found on the tray that holds your SIM card. The tray is located around the edge and can be disengaged by sticking a small item into the hole next to the tray.
The last way you can obtain your IMEI is to call your cell phone service provider. Everytime you activate or switch to a new phone your cell phone company keeps record of the previous IMEI for a certain duration of time.
Need Help With More Information On How To Check A Phones IMEI?
Below we have listed the major cell phone providers sites where you can check your devices IMEI and your phones compatibility on their networks.. Some websites aim to steal your phones information and use it for nefarious purposes so we recommend using the list below before any other alternatives.
Still can’t figure it out? Give us a call at Quik Fix Phone Repair today and we will help you locate your devices IMEI. You can also come into any three of our locations in Tucson, Arizona and we will walk you through how to check a phones IMEI – Alternatively, if you’re looking for device repairs or are wanting to sell your phone, we can help with that, too!
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Sometimes, it’s mostly your phone’s software that has an issue and not the hardware itself. These problems range from minor to major in terms of how difficult they are to implement and the consequences of the fix.
Minor Fixes: Apps
If the problem with your phone is that it’s way too slow, then the way to fix this could start with just uninstalling some of the apps on your phone. You can do this by going into your app drawer, and then tapping and hold on any app you don’t really need. Then, you drag the app icon over to the uninstall option. Some apps aren’t the kind you can uninstall based on your phone. This is because some phones have what is called “bloatware.” This means that your phone company partnered with the maker of the phone and made it so that some apps will stay on the phone no matter what.
Depending on the phone, it may be possible to at least uninstall all the updates for the app, deactivate it, and remove it from the main screen, which will at least help a little.
Minor Fixes: Junk
It’s also important to wipe the browser of cookies from time to time. These files can really build up and cause a huge slowdown in your machine over the long run. You can usually wipe cookies through the browser settings option for the Android version of Chrome. This can also go a long way to clean up your phone’s operation since chances are good you’ll be using it to do browsing on the internet frequently if not as the primary function of the device.
Moderate Fixes: A/V
Another reason why the software on your phone is failing to work is because you have some issue with viruses. There are actually are plenty of mobile device viruses these days including for Android even if they are less numerous than those on PC. An example might include the Heartbleed bug. If you’ve exhausted other means of fixing software issues with your phone, then one useful option is to download an antivirus app from the app store.
You can then do a scan with the app which will take a few minutes, and finally remove any viruses causing problems with your phone’s operation. There are a number of different options including Norton, McAfee, and others. Just about any app that you can download on the Google Play Store for apps that’s on your phone as a default should be acceptable, as long as it has good enough ratings. Even then, the app will likely just have efficacy problems without being actively dangerous, since Google Play does test for that ahead of time.
If nothing you do seems to work out, the best thing to do is call a professional. If you can’t, or if that still doesn’t work for whatever reason, then the last resort is to do a factory reset of your phone and start over.
The way to do this in Android is to hold down the power button and the Volume down button at the same time. Then, you’ll get a boot screen. At this screen, you have the option to do a “factory wipe.” You have to hit the volume down button until you get to this option and then you need to hit the power button in order to select it.
Before you do, however, it’s important to make sure that you have a plan your data. If possible, you should do a backup of the data first. If you don’t need to backup any of the data like phone numbers, contacts, or anything else because it’s saved on Google’s cloud, then you’re good, of course.
It’s also worth noting that there are other things that you can do with the boot screen if you want to make sure you can correct some kind of software issue. Instead of a full factory reset, for example, you could load previous versions of the operating system your phone currently has. This can often be done from the bootloader when it comes to phones like a Nexus, but it could be done using a different approach with a different phone.
In general, you will also need software on a PC or laptop in order to load something onto the phone. This could be a previous version, which will generally be freely available online, or it could be an entirely different ROM. There are other versions of Android you can install if the one you have isn’t working for you. The famous one is called Cyanogen with its successor Lineage OS, and it’s often free to install. It is true that this could potentially cause problems with your warranty, however, so you should only do it if you’re not worried about this and if you are confident enough in figuring out a process which is often highly technical in nature.
Ultimately though, you’ll have to decide exactly how much speed is necessary for your phone to be fixed, because there are definitely baked in limitations to the natural android operating systems. Other ROMs like Cyanogen are designed to allow for things like faster transitions and speedier navigation in general for your phone, after all.
In the end, you’re probably going to have your best luck if you go to a professional who can help you figure out exactly what you want from your software.
For more information about phone repair, please contact us today.
Dropping your phone accidentally into the ocean, or having it in your pocket when you get sprayed by a squirt gun, getting caught out in the rain, or any number of other water-based disasters can be a real downer when it comes to your phone’s functioning. Fortunately, there are some real solutions to fixing your phone available these days that could work depending on your situation.
Turn Off Phone Immediately
Electricity and water are not friends. If the phone was substantially dunked and doesn’t have any kind of water resistance rating that’s good enough for what happened to it, then you need to remove it from the water, power it down, and take it apart. This is largely because water could further damage the phone if you don’t. If you get the battery out and dry it, then you could prevent further damage. It’s good to start with a towel and to hold up the phone and let a lot of the water leak out of it first.
Dry with Compressed Air
Anything you can do to speed up the drying of the phone is going to be a great help. Every second it stays wet is a second where something can go wrong. So, run to your phone’s rescue and shoot it with a bunch of compressed air from a can of air like what you’d use to clear out dust from your computer.
You don’t want to use a hair dryer or anything else that uses heat because this could damage the phone all by itself. Instead, hold your phone parts level next to the compressed air, and really give it some air. Make sure you don’t tip it too much because this can often cause the compressed air to leak. You want to evaporate the water in your phone, and in the battery and cover, as quick as you can.
The Rice Trick
The idea with this one is that your phone may not be working because moisture got into the battery and it’s preventing it from functioning. So, if you take out the battery and put a pile of raw rice on top of it, then the hope is that the dry rice will soak up the moisture, even if there’s just a tiny amount of it.
Then, if moisture was the problem, you can replace the battery back in the phone and it will activate again, thus solving the problem. If it doesn’t, you may have to try something else, of course. And obviously, this is only going to apply to phones that have a removable battery. In other words, don’t try jamming rice into a phone that doesn’t work because you got it wet. You’ll likely only compound your problems. You can also use silicone packets for this as well. You’ll want to put it in a plastic bag or other container and completely cover the affected parts. It also helps to put the phone in the bag somewhere a bit warm. One common place to try this is the top of a refrigerator.
Then, you wait about 12 hours or so. A full day if you want to be thorough. At this point, put the phone back together, and if it works, well then good. If not, then you’ll have to try something else.
Freeze It Up
If the rice doesn’t do the trick, then it’s time to try and freeze the phone into submission. First, make sure the battery is removed. Then, you get a couple sheets of paper towel and put the phone on top of it. You don’t want the bottom of the phone to become damaged from frost, after all. Next, set the timer for around 20 minutes, and then pop it in the freezer.
After your timer goes off, bring the phone out, put the battery back in, and see if it works. If you’re still striking out, you can wait about 10 minutes and then put it back in the freezer again for another attempt of about 20 minutes, removing the battery again first, of course. Electrical components are generally totally fine when it comes to the cold, but the screen can sometimes be an issue. You may want to double-check that your particular phone screen is tolerant to colder temperatures before trying this, certainly.
The idea here is that freezing the phone will make tiny bits of water inside the phone turn into ice. Then, when you turn the phone on, the ice won’t short out the phone the way liquid water did previously. The problem with this approach is that when the phone thaws, the water could become an issue again, depending on where it goes. It could cause a short, it could even cause further problems through melting and freezing due to the contracting and expanding properties of water during a freeze.
But, if your phone is totally dead anyway, it’s often worth a shot.
There are also professional options for drying out the phone too, including special materials that are designed specifically for that purpose. Generally, you should buy these things ahead of time, though, if you’re at all worried about tripping and chucking your phone into your pool, or if you just know that your accident prone in this way.
Professional phone techs may have their own options as well. For more information about how to repair your phone in a number of different situations, you should contact us today.