How to Prepare Your Used iPad for Sale

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When selling a used iPad, a few things must be done before handing it over to the new owner. Backing up your data and resetting the iPad to factory settings is the most obvious one. It is done for two reasons: 1 – to allow the new owner to configure the device and link their accounts; 2 – prevent them from accessing your information. But that is not all. Even though your iPad is used, you want to make it as presentable as possible, which entails proper cleaning. Truly, nobody wants a screen smeared with your fingerprints or a tablet covered in stains. 

This post will walk you through the preparation steps for the best possible offer on your preowned Apple iPad.

What Not to Use When Cleaning Your iPad?

Apple doesn’t suggest using household cleaners, solvents, or sprays for cleaning their electronics. This is because these products can often damage the oleophobic screen coating. Therefore, a clean and slightly damp cloth is the best solution for prepping your used iPad.

How To Clean Your iPad the Right Way

Apple gadgets are expensive, so you want to extend their lifespan by caring for them properly. For that reason, cleaning your iPad at least once a month is advisable to keep it in tiptop shape. Also, if your iPad comes into contact with any substances, like food and drinks, etc., make sure to clean it up right the way to avoid potential damage. 

So, to prep your iPad, you will need a clean, preferably a microfiber cloth. A lens napkin will work great, too. These materials are effective because they dont leave any lint or fibers on the tablet surface and are non-abrasive.

Cleaning an iPad Step by Step:

  1. First, make sure your iPad is unplugged from the power source and power it off. Disconnect the tablet from everything and remove the case if you have it on.
  2. Inspect your iPad for debris or any abrasive residue that might scratch or damage the surface during cleaning. Remove the debris first and use the compressed air spray if needed.
  3. Wipe surfaces with a microfiber cloth in careful circular motions to remove dust, fingerprints, and minor stains.
  4. For stubborn marks, dampen the cloth with little water and alcohol mix to remove dirt. Do not use pure 99% isopropyl alcohol, as it can damage the surface. Be sure to clean the sides, but avoid getting liquid into the charging port and speakers. 

After you are done, use the dry side of the cloth for a final wipe. 

What Else Should I Do Before Selling My Used iPad?

When selling a pre-owned Apple iPad, backup your data first and reset the tablet to its factory defaults. Your iCloud account has an option for automated backups. In addition, you can schedule to back up your tablet periodically if it is connected to a power source and a Wi-Fi network.

To create a final backup manually, open your Settings app, tap on [your name], then iCloud, iCloud Backup, and select Back Up Now. Alternatively, you can back up your iPad with the help of an external hard drive and iTunes.  

Once you have your backup ready, go ahead and sign out of your iCloud on an iPad, remove your passcode, Touch and Face ID, as well as all and any linked accounts. 

The next step is to restore the iPad to factory settings. This action will erase your tablet and restore it to its initial out-of-box state. To perform a restore, again, tap Settings > General > Reset. Then, select Erase All Content and Settings option. The system may ask you to enter your Apple ID and passcode one last time before executing the wipe. 

You don’t have to set it up again once the iPad restarts. Now that it is erased, you can leave it as-is, letting the next owner configure the tablet based on their preferences.  You can find more details on how to wipe an Apple iPad in one of our previous posts.

Where to Sell a Used iPad

Nowadays, it is not that difficult to sell a used iPad thanks to numerous trade-in, buyback platforms, and marketplaces. Each has its pros and cons, so picking the most suitable option comes down to what you are trying to accomplish. For example, the Apple trade-in program is perfect for those looking to upgrade their iPad to a newer model. But it is important to understand that you can only get a trade-in value back if your older iPad is fully functional and is in more or less mint condition. Apple allows users to trade in their preowned devices while shopping for new stuff on the web. Alternatively, they can bring their Apple gadgets to a physical location and trade them in for a gift card. This is the best option for Apple users looking to upgrade because you cannot beat Apple trade-in offers. 

On the other hand, you can also resell your pre-owned iPad for money. And the best part is that your tablet does not have to be in like-new condition to qualify for some cashback. Most online buyback sites accept iPads almost in any shape and functional state, as long as they are not locked and linked to iCloud.

In Conclusion 

Cleaning your used iPad increases your chances of selling it at a higher price. But besides that, you need to make sure your tablet no longer has a passcode and is not attached to your Apple ID. And whether you are trading the gadget in or reselling it for extra money, you must reset it. Lastly, if you are shopping around for estimates, please visit our homepage to price your iPad instantly. And if you need any help, do not hesitate to contact us.  

Give your gadgets a new life

At Gadget Salvation, our mission is to contribute to the electronics reselling market as much as possible so that we extend the life of our gadgets and diminish waste. Our process is simple and seamless.

1

Answer a few questions and get an estimate.

2

Ship your gadget for free.

3

Get paid within two business days of our receiving your gadget.

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