Where do you take your old Mac computer or iPhone after an upgrade, if you are planning an upgrade, or if you need to dispose of the old product for a quick cash fix? How do you ensure that you get a good bargain for the used products?
Are there places that will guarantee the sale of your old Apple product, besides putting up an ad on social media?
This article has answers to all these questions, but first, let’s look at some of the things you should do before selling Apple products.
What to do before you unload your old Apple device
Clean It Up
If you have an old Mac that needs to go, the first thing you
should do is cleaning it up physically. Your Mac is not ready to sell until
it’s clean. So, clean its case, the screen, keyboard, and its trackpad. For
cleaning, get a microfiber cloth plus an alcohol-free cleanser.
If you are migrating to a new and better Mac or any other
device, now is the best time for you to secure your data. Create a copy of everything
you need from the old device. To secure your information, you could either
clone your Mac hard drive or use the Time Machine.
You don’t want anyone else to have access to your messages. There are humans with malicious intent, and when they come across your messages, they may use the information they find against you.
So, while you have to Factory Reset your Mac before selling it, you can never be too careful. Therefore, you should sign out of your Messages in advance.
From Finder or the Dock, Launch Messages.
Click on Messages on the menu bar at the
top-left corner of your screen and then select Preferences.
Next, click on iMessage and then go to Account
on the left, then click Sign Out. You will receive a prompt, Sign Out again.
Sign out of your Apple Music account
It’s never a good idea to leave your Apple ID signed in to
your Mac (or any other device) during its sale. We won’t go into the bad and
ugly here, though, but we believe that by now, you know that your Apple ID is
the most important key when it comes to Apple devices. So, just do it.
From the Finder or Dock, launch Music.
On the menu bar now on the top-left of the
screen, click on Account, go to Authorizations, then click Deauthorize This
Once you’ve backed up your data and signed out of Apple
Music and iMessage, it’s time to factory reset your Mac.
Beware, however, that depending on the age of your Mac, you
may have a boot disk (or not). The boot disk of often regarded as a bonus by
some buyers, and you should keep this disk safe. Alternatively, you could boot
off the boot disk, reformat the hard drive, then reinstall.
Note: these steps apply to all other Apple products (iPhones
and iPads, etc.).
Where to Sell Your Old Apple Product
Here are ideas of places you could sell your old Mac,
iPhone, or iPad: