How to Safely Sell an iPhone to a Pawn Shop

February 11, 2020 - Electronics

If you’re short on money, pawning your personal items is a fast and easy way to help yourself out.

In fact, 85% of pawn shops are independently owned small businesses, meaning that you’re helping out the community as well.

At a pawn shop, you’re offered more options than when you sell an item yourself. The pawn shop owner will offer to either purchase your item outright or let you pawn it. Your choice depends on whether you want to retain ownership of your item.

Of course, you must be careful when you sell or pawn items that may have sensitive data on them. Before you sell an iPhone, make sure to check this safety guide.

1. Back It Up

One of the most important things to do before you sell an iPhone is to back it up. Actually, this is important for any iPhone owner to do regularly.

First, you will need to choose between an iCloud backup or an iTunes back up. It will depend on whether you want to store your back up in the iCloud or on your computer. With the iCloud, you’ll be able to access your backed up data from anywhere with WiFi.

Of course, the process for a back up differs a bit between the two choices. For an iCloud back up, you need a WiFi connection. Find the iCloud tab in your settings menu to find the iCloud back up option.

For an iTunes back up, you need to be connected to your computer. Once you see your iPhone pop up in iTunes, you can select the option for “Back Up Now.”

2. Disable iMessage

Open your settings, select “Messages,” then “iMessage” to toggle this into the off position.

3. Sign Out of iCloud, iTunes, and the App Store

This step is crucial. Go to your settings menu and select “Apple ID.” From there, you can sign out. You can also do the same if you select “iTunes & App Store” from your settings menu.

4. Factory Settings

One mistake some people have learned the hard way is manually deleting everything from their phone. First of all, this is very time-consuming. Secondly, if you are still signed in to your iCloud, you will erase everything – forever.

Make sure to turn off your “Find My iPhone” service and, before doing a factory reset, make sure to sign out of iCloud

5. Unregister Your Phone

If you’re all about going the extra mile, you can even unregister your phone at

6. Check With Your Carrier

The final step is to ask your service provider to remove the phone from your account.

Ready to Sell an iPhone?

Identity theft is on the rise, and part of that reason is consumer misuse of their personal data. Unfortunately, technology has made this crime a little easier for some thieves.

It’s easy to sell an iPhone, but it’s not so easy to protect your data. No matter who you sell to, you need to take the proper precautions to protect your privacy.

The iPhone is a highly sought-after brand, so once you’ve covered your bases, you will have plenty of buyers to choose from. Follow these steps to safely sell an iPhone and access more capital.

David Stiebel
David Stiebel

David Stiebel is one of the cofounders of PawnGuru. David was educated at MIT, where he studied Math. He subsequently worked at Bain as a data scientist before starting PawnGuru in 2015. He started PawnGuru to build a better tool for pawn shops and consumers to connect.

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