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Do these 3 things before you sell or give away your phone

The fall season’s new smartphones are here, and with them a slight to moderate twinge of gadget envy for some of us.

I, myself, am rocking a perfectly usable Google Pixel 3 that still has five payments left. Logic dictates I should keep using it until it’s paid off, enjoy a cheaper monthly bill for a while, and then upgrade when I really, truly need a new phone.

Aw, to hell with logic—the new phones are here!

If you’re getting ready to sell your phone or give it away to a lucky someone, here are some steps to follow before you take the plunge.

FIRST, TACKLE BACKUPS AND TRANSFERS

If you’re upgrading to a new phone, the best course of action is to get the new phone in hand first and ensure everything that you want to transfer to it gets transferred.

There are also several methods you can use—here are Apple’s official instructions, and here’s the Android way.

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