Apple Device Trade-In Step 3: Cleaning your device

So, you’ve decided it was time to upgrade your iPhone, iPad or iPod to a different device.  The question is what do you do with your old one?  That is where is here to help.

Trading in your device for an extra bit of spending money is easy.  However, there are some things that need to be done first to prep your device for trade in.   This series of articles will help you get your device ready for trade in, including cleaning it, making sure its functional and how to reset it in order to protect your privacy.  Once you’ve gone through each of the steps listed, you’re ready to trade in your device, getting the most money possible!


Step Three:

Clean your device.

This might seem like the most basic of concepts but if not done properly, you can reduce the value of your device by exposing it to liquids.

To clean your phone, you need the following basic supplies:

  • A soft microfiber cloth
  • A gadget-safe cleaner, such as a non-ammonia glass cleaner or isopropyl alcohol
  • Compressed air


First, remove any screen protectors, skins or cases you have on your device.

Apply a small amount of cleaner to your cloth and gently buff the screen and casing of your device until they look as new as possible. While cleaning with liquids, make sure you avoid the headphone jack, charging port and nano SIM card port of your device.

Using the compressed air, blow out the headphone jack and the charging port to blow out any dust found in these areas.

Your device is now ready for the next part of the process.

Apple Device Trade-In Step 1: Verifying the condition of your device
Apple Device Trade-In Step 2: Checking for water damage
Apple Device Trade-In Step 3: Cleaning your device
Apple Device Trade-In Step 4: Backing up your data
Apple Device Trade-In Step 5: Turning off “Find My…”
Apple Device Trade-In Step 6: Resetting your device & removing your SIM
Apple Device Trade-In Step 7: Identifying your device
Apple Device Trade-In Step 8:Trade in your device



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