*UPDATED 08/09/2016: Added step 5 in list of safety tips.*
If you're a tried and true Apple admirer, you're probably looking forward to the iPhone 7, the latest iteration of its famed mobile device.
After month's of media anticipation, and a high profile launch in California, you probably can't wait to get your hands on one!
After all, it comes with an improved camera, better water resistance, no headphone jack and... umm.. a new shiny black cover!
But hold on. We need to take a step back.
The iPhone 7 probably won't be your first mobile device. Chances are, you already have an older iPhone. Remember? Yeah, that little computer on which you've saved your emails, texts, pictures, and apps. All of that information doesn't just disappear when you get rid of it, you know.
So by all means, go ahead and sell your older iPhone. But don't hand it off and get on line for the iPhone 7 until you've followed a few safe-selling tips, as provided by PC Magazine.
- Back up everything on your device. Backing up your information will allow you to save and upload your data onto your new iPhone 7. It will also give you the peace of mind to erase your phone's information lest someone else come across it. If you want to back up your iTunes directly to your computer, for example, simply plug in your iPhone to your computer and click File > Devices > Backup. Alternatively, you can back up directly from your iPhone by going to Settings > General > iCloud > Backup > Back Up Now. (iCloud Backups must be toggled to the "on" position.)
- Un-Find your phone. If Find Your Phone is enabled, a new owner might not be able to activate your iPhone. Make sure this feature is disabled so that everyone can use their new phone without a hitch.
- Sign out of iMessage. In the past, some Apple users experienced trouble receiving text messages when they upgraded their iPhones. Make sure this doesn't happen to you by signing out of iMessage on your old device.
- Eject the SIM card. The SIM card stores a lot of information about you, including your phone number, security settings, and other pieces of information. Don't leave this component behind in your old phone! Before you upgrade, make sure you eject it so that you can transfer it to your new phone, store it in a safe place, or destroy it.
- Implement a factory reset. Some information you'll never be able to wipe off of your iPhone without returning the device to its default settings. This step should be taken AFTER you've backed up your data by going to Settings > General >Reset >Erase All Content and Settings.
Unlike Android, it's also never experienced a significant malware outbreak.
Those accomplishments notwithstanding, you as an iPhone owner have a responsibility to keep your information safe at all times. The process of upgrading your iPhone is no exception.
Follow the steps provided above, and enjoy your new Apple device without having to worry about someone compromising the security of your old iPhone!