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How To Back-Up Your Cell Phone To A Cloud Service

If you lose your cell and it’s not backed up, you could lose lots of precious things, from treasured photos to vital work documents. Thankfully, help is at hand in the form of cloud-based storage systems which ensure your digital possessions are secure should you misplace your smartphone.

 

However, many of us still avoid backing up – because it sounds complicated, or time-consuming, or boring. So here’s a handy step-by-step.

 

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Which cloud service should I use?

 

There are lots of competing cloud services in the digital sky, and most of the big players have their own. Some of the main ones are:

 

 

Most offer free storage, but only up to a certain point. Once you reach a data ceiling (typically 10GB or 15GB), you’ll have to pay if you want more space.

 

Top tip: remember that a cloud system might already be linked to your phone. This will offer the easiest and most direct way to protect and preserve your data.

 

OK – once you’ve settled on a cloud service, it’s time to back-up. Let’s look at how to do it for Android, Apple and Microsoft phones.

 

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For Android

 

Uploading your information to Google Cloud couldn’t be simpler on an Android device.

 

  • Head to ‘Settings’ and select ‘back-up & Reset’
  • Log-in to your Google account
  • If it’s not already ticked, select ‘Automatic Restore’ – this will remember your data and preferences when reinstating any app

 

For iPhone and iPad

 

Apple’s iCloud is also one of the more fiddly clouds to deal with.

 

  • Start at ‘Settings’ – selecting ‘iCloud’, then ‘Storage and back-up’
  • On this screen, turn on the switch for ‘iCloud back-up’
  • Next, go back one screen. Here, there are toggle options to turn on or off the data you want backed up from your Apple apps.
  • To save data from any other apps, return to the ‘Storage and back-up’ page and select ‘Manage Storage’. Your device will be listed at the top of the screen.
  • Next, select ‘Show All Apps’. This will list all of your treasured apps, so you can choose the data you wish to save.

 

Top tip: When you’re deselecting an app, it may offer you the opportunity to ‘Turn Off and Delete’. That may sound dramatic, but it’s fine to proceed – this is only referring to deleting the pre-existing back-up, and the app and its existing data will not be harmed.

 

  • Once you’ve sorted that – plug your device in, connect to the WiFi and leave your phone locked while you go and make a much deserved cup of coffee.

 

For Windows Phone

 

Really simple.

 

  • Navigate to Settings from your App List.
  • Select ‘Back-up’. To back-up manually, select ‘Apps + Settings’, then turn on ‘Settings back-up’ and choose ‘Back-up now’.

 

Top tip: If you want to protect your app data as well as your phone data – crucial particularly for work documents and those priceless email threads – make sure to turn on ‘App back-up’ once you’ve selected ‘Settings back-up’. That’ll do it.

 

A matter of minutes, and that’s all your data safe in the cloud, ready for when you need it and updating automatically. Who said it had to be difficult?

5 Ways To Locate Your Cell’s IMEI or MEID Number

If your cell gets stolen or you want to sell or recycle it, you’ll probably be asked for the device’s IMEI or MEID number. Here are 5 ways to locate them.

 

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IMEI and MEID

So what’s the difference? Well, not much. Both of these numbers do the same thing: they’re used to identify mobile phones. Most likely you’ll need an IMEI or MEID number if you want to:

 

  • sell or recycle your phone
  • unlock it
  • tell your carrier if it gets stolen or you lose it
  • get it repaired

 

The reason we’ve written a blog about it is that you’ll have one of these numbers depending on what type of phone you have:

 

  • if your phone is on the CDMA network you’ll have an MEID number
  • if it’s on the GSM network then you’ll have an IMEI number

 

Luckily for you, and for us, both numbers are usually to be found in the same place. Let’s take a look at 5 easy ways to hunt them down.

 

1. Got an iPhone? Check the back

Depending on which model iPhone you have, the IMEI should be printed on the back of your device. Top tip: turn the IMEI number into a MEID number by taking off the last digit. Bingo.

It’ll be in small text though, so you might need to get your binoculars out. If you don’t have one of these models, then…

 

2. Dial-in *#06#

Some phones will give up their IMEI or MEID if you simply dial-in *#06# to the keypad. So here endeth this blog post? Sadly not – because this trick doesn’t always work (I just tried it on my HTC One and got an error message). So if this method fails…

 

3. Check your cell’s Settings menu

The IMEI or MEID should be findable from the Settings menu (or similar) on your device. Here’s a step-by-step using my HTC One to find the IMEI:

 

Go to SETTINGS then jump to the bottom and touch About:

 

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Then touch Phone identity:

 

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Et voila:

 

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4. Check the battery

If steps 1 through 3 haven’t worked, check under your mobile phone’s battery. Pull it out, clear out all the dust and the IMEI or MEID number should be helpfully located on a sticker somewhere.

 

5. Kept your phone’s box? You’re in luck…

If you’re one of the few people to actually keep hold of packaging, well done. Dig it out, fish out whatever you’re storing in it and the IMEI or MEID number should be on the back.

 

Once you’ve found your cell’s IMEI or MEID number, jot it down and store it somewhere. It may well come in handy in future!

 

Looking to sell your phone and get a new one? Come to us – we’re the numero uno cell trade-in comparison site in the US!

 

How to Prepare Your Phone When Shipping it Through the Mail

One of the most important parts of trading in your phone is preparing it to get shipped through the mail. After all, the chances are you are going to be sending a device that costs a couple of hundred dollars through the American postal system. The last thing you want to happen at this stage of the process, is the phone to be damaged or even worse, go missing.

How to Prepare Your Phone When Shipping it Through the Mail

We have heard many horror stories where phones haven’t been packaged properly, only to be damaged before they make their way to the buyback companies HQ. At the end of the day a broken phone means a substantial cut on the original price you were quoted.

The purpose of this guide is to show you the steps that you need to take before posting off your phone or tablet, from packaging ideas to postal services that you should choose. So, before you get too eager and send your phone off, take a look at these tips.

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10 Retro Cell Phones That Will Make You Feel Old

If you are above the age of 25 the chances are you will remember some of the phones that we are about to feature in our top 10 list. To teenagers today these probably look like old bricks but in reality these are phones that were revolutionary for their time, whether it was the first phone to come with a camera, or the first phone to sport a colored display, in some way these phones were groundbreaking and we loved them.

10 Retro Cell Phones That Will Make You Feel Old

SellCell.com still see a number of these come through our doors, with 6.5% of old classic cell phones being traded in each year.

Can you remember your first cell phone? Mine was a Nokia 5110 which boasted snake, 10 message storage, and the ability to swap cases. Back in the later part of the 1990’s a phone like this would set me back $150-$200 and today that same phone is a ‘classic’, which makes me feel old.

Here are the top 10 retro cell phones, starting with that Nokia 5110:


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Android Mobile Trade-In’s Increase by a Quarter

In March Samsung launched their new flagship phones, the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge which became available for the public to buy in April. The Galaxy S6 Edge in particular has sold nearly the same number of devices (10 million) as the S6, proving that this device seems to be the more popular choice despite its high price tag. (source: samsung.com)

With every new phone that makes its way onto the market, there is always an old phone ready to sell, and during the past few months we have seen a large increase in the amount of Android based phones coming through the website.

Android Mobile Trade-In’s Increase by a Quarter

Overall, SellCell.com has seen a 23% increase in Android trade-ins since February with the Galaxy range of devices taking up a substantial portion (15%) of the increase with their Galaxy S5 and S4 Smartphones. Other notable Androids that take up 8% include the HTC One M8, LG G3 and Sony Xperia Z3, and we predict that figure is still set to climb.

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Selling your iPhone? Here are 9 Things to Think About

Selling your phone can be stressful enough considering the fact that we tend to keep our lives saved on them. Everything from bank details, logins details and contact numbers are stored on our devices, so it’s important to take every necessary steps to save and remove this data from the device before you sell it on.

Selling your iPhone? Here are 10 Things to Think About

The aim of today’s post is to guide you through the things that you may forget to do when selling your iPhone, but we also want to give you a steer in the right direction in signing up with a new carrier, and how to get the most cash back for your older phone.

We are now going to take you through the top 9 things that you need to think about before you sell your iPhone, so grab yourself a coffee and take note…

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