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How to properly dispose of your non-functional iPhone

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If your iPhone stopped working or died suddenly, you might be wondering how to wipe the device clean before throwing it away. A CyberGuy.com reader recently asked this very question, and it may be scratching your head. Here is what Raman asked:

“How do I get rid of an iPhone 12 that doesn’t work or suddenly fails? Is there a way to wipe the phone clean if I can’t access it without repairing it? It’s the same “phone! – Raman”

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The unfortunate truth is that repairing some expensive products such as Apple phones and computers can cost as much as buying a new product. If you have an old iPhone, follow these steps to properly dispose of it for free or in some cases for money.

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How to dispose of an old iPhone if it works

If your iPhone is still on, there are a few steps you need to take before you sell your phone, trade it in for a new one, or dispose of it in any way. First, back up and transfer your data.

How to transfer or backup old phone

Many mobile carriers allow you to bring your old phone in to have it replaced after you buy a new one. In that case, you can directly transfer data from your old phone to your new device. However, if you need to part with your old phone in the event of trade-in, sale, recycling, or donation, you should back up your phone before deleting all data. Mainly he has two ways to backup iPhone. Either back up physically, back up manually, or back up to a cloud service.

How to Backup iPhone on Mac

Historically, Apple let consumers use iTunes to back up everything, but for those running MacOS 10.15 and later versions, there’s a more direct and easier way.

  • Connect your iPhone to your Mac using the data cable that came with your iPhone (or the cable you used to connect your Mac to your iPhone).
  • go to the dock and ‘finder’
  • At the top of the Finder window, ‘Universal’
  • select “Please back up all the data on your iPhone to this Mac.”
  • click “Backup Now”

How to backup iPhone on Windows

  • Connect your iPhone to your Mac using a compatible data cable between your iPhone and PC.
  • open iTunes app on your PC “iPhone” button in the top left of the window
  • select ‘summary’
  • select “Backup Now” Under “Backup”

How to Backup iPhone to iCloud

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  • Tap on the home screen ‘setting’ (The screens below are slightly updated based on iOS updates)

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Screenshot description of how to select the Settings app on an iPhone. (CyberGuy.com)

  • Tap. device name At the top of the Settings menu (usually your name or Apple ID)

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A screenshot of the settings screen.

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Screenshot of Apple ID page.

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Screenshot of iCloud screen.

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  • Tap. toggle Turn on “iCloud Backup” (should be green)

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Screenshot of the backup screen.

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  • Tap to run a manual backup now. “Backup Now”

When you set up iCloud, it automatically backs up the following whenever you connect to the Internet.

  • app data
  • Apple Watch Backup
  • Device settings
  • Home screen and app configuration
  • iMessage, text (SMS), and MMS messages
  • Photos and videos on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
  • Purchase history from Apple services such as music, movies, TV shows, apps, and books
  • Ringtone
  • Visual voicemail password (requires SIM card used during backup)

Note that anything you toggle on in the iCloud main menu (such as iCloud Photos and Contacts) is information already stored in iCloud and not part of your iCloud backup. That information is already up to date on all devices that share the same Apple ID.

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  • surely Unpair a device like Apple Watch from your mobile phone.
  • Transfer your data directly to your new device or back up your old device via iCloud or iTunes.
  • Sign out of iCloud, iTunes, and the App Store on your old device. If you’re using iOS 10.3 or later, sign out: ‘setting’ icon in setting[あなたの名前]or[Apple ID]Click.
  • Tap ‘setting’ icon
  • of setting[あなたの名前]or[Apple ID]Click.
  • then your Apple ID pagescroll to the bottom
  • Tap at the bottom sign out
  • let me in you Apple ID passwordthen click erase

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If your device is eligible for trade-in

Then check if your device meets the following conditions: Click here to trade inThe value of trading in an old iPhone for a new iPhone ranges from $40 to $630 at the time of publication. You can use this credit for new Apple products or put it in a gift card for future use.

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A person holding a mobile phone on a white desk.

Older iPhones may be eligible for trade-in or trade-in with Amazon. (CyberGuy.com)

Amazon also has an electronics trade-in program that allows you to give your device to the company in exchange for an Amazon gift card.all you have to do is go there Amazon’s trade-in program page Enter your iPhone details such as model, storage size, etc.


How to dispose of an old iPhone that won’t work

Even if your iPhone is completely dead and won’t turn on, the most important things to look out for are: no Throw it in the trash. Your iPhone contains a lithium battery and should be recycled or disposed of, but it does not need to be disposed of in your household waste.

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Does your phone have a SIM card or ESIM?

If you’re concerned about information about non-functioning devices, you may not need to worry. Does the phone have his SIM card in it, if so he should remove the SIM card before recycling the old phone. If you were using an eSIM, contact your mobile operator to disconnect that eSIM from your device before proceeding. You should be able to contact your carrier about installing an eSIM on the following devices:

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recycle iphone

You can bring any iPhone to an Apple Store for free recycling. You can also do this through apple.com. Just get the same trade-in service you get when exchanging your phone for Apple credit. Either way, your phone will likely be deemed to need to be recycled rather than reused, and Apple will dispose of your phone and battery in an environmentally safe manner.

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Notification screenshot.

You can bring your iPhone to an Apple Store for recycling. (CyberGuy.com)

Other iPhone recycling options

Many carriers, electronics stores, and other organizations offer free recycling or donation programs.of Environmental Protection Agency contains a list of donation and recycling programs.

Mobile phones can be recycled for free. apple again Google. There are also electronic recycling companies such as Declutch This allows you to trade in or sell your device, or buy a refurbished one.


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