There is this phone that I wanted to buy last month, it was pretty expensive and I don’t have the money to buy the device, so I decided to look for a used one to buy since the price will now be lesser but there is this thing that baffled me, I wonder what to check when buying a used phone.
I searched for it on Google and didn’t see any reasonable result, so I went to a phone geek and they highlighted for me best things I should check when buying a used phone, I used the strategy and boom! I got the best phone and I’m still using it till now, no problems at all.
In this post I’m going to show you what to check when buying a used smartphone, without wasting your time, let’s get to it.
The first thing you have to look out for when buying a used phone is the ratings, of course this applies for online purchase, if you want to purchase the device online, please check out the ratings of the device you want to buy, normally a good rating should be 4 to 5 stars.
And the best place to buy a refurbished smartphone is from the company directly.
Apple has a certified refurbished program that comes with a one year warranty and you get to see different products that you want to buy.
Also if you go to Amazon, you can see a certified refurbished smartphones and the ratings also.
In Nigeria, there are sites like jiji where people can put there products for sale or buy a used product and they have ratings also.
So after you have found the ratings, you have to make sure if the seller has return policy and also read the description of the phone thoroughly to know the exact product you are buying, if there is a way you can contact the seller, please do.
Sites like jiji has a message button where you can message the seller online.
The second way here is to ask the seller for the condition of the smartphone, you can ask him to send you images or a video, also know the actual release date of the smartphone and compare it with the time the phone has spent with the seller.
Now to offline purchase, if you want to buy offline or your friend is selling a used phone, you have to check the pre-owned condition of the device, in other words, you have to know if the smartphone was stolen or if it was repaired, this also applies to online when the seller have actually brought the smartphone to you.
If you want to know more details about the smartphone or if you want to know if the smartphone is actually what it is or a fake model, you have to check for the imei number of the phone.
Normally you can check that by dialing *#06# and immediately you dialed that, you will get a pop up showing your imei number, if you didn’t see any pop up, my brother run! I said run! Lol.
Once you have got the imei number, you can go to sites like imei.info and input the imei number you just saw, then you will see all the details about the smartphone, whether it is actually the model you want to buy or a fake phone.
The third step here is the physical condition, of course that’s what you guys normally check, check whether the phone has internal screen scratch and also the power buttons to know if they are working, you have to carry a power bank to know whether the phone is charging, you have to check the speaker, play some music with it for a while, you also check the camera, the flash light and pretty much other physical condition and aesthetics.
The 4th step is to check the battery life, if it is an iPhone, you can navigate to settings, battery and battery health, you will mostly see how easy it is and you can check the battery capacity to a maximum.
On the Android devices or even on the ios devices, you can download the Geekbench 4 to see the battery data, Although some android devices go deep about the battery when you navigate to the battery settings.
So there you have it, what to check when buying a used phone.
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