Now that we know the new iPad 2 is available next week, many iPad users are looking at selling their current iPad in order to help with buying the new one. I know I’m one of them. I’ll be looking to sell my 64GB 3G model, to recoup some of the money I’ll spend getting the iPad 2.
One of our splendid readers – Jake – emailed me this morning to ask about how to smooth the transition and he had a few questions on how best to handle the process of moving up from the original iPad to the iPad 2. Thanks for the email Jake! It’s a great topic.
Hit the break for some quick tips to help you through the iPad to iPad 2 process ..
Preparing to Sell Your Original iPad
— The first thing you’re going to want to do before selling your current iPad is make sure you have all the data contained on it backed up, saved or synced sufficiently so that you do not lose any important (or just sentimental) data. There are a number of ways to accomplish this, and they’ll be unique to your case in terms of what apps and services you use, and what type of content you have loaded on your iPad. Some basic principles worth following are:
— Use iTunes backup to backup your iPad. These can be unreliable at times, but it’s better to have one than not.
— Make sure you sync your iPad to your PC prior to selling it. And check that you are syncing everything you need / want – photos and videos, calendar, apps, music, podcasts etc.
— If you have apps that store critical data locally on your iPad – and don’t have options to sync it to online services like Dropbox or similar – you may want to look at third party disk mode products that allow you to transfer files directly from iPad to PC (apps like Phone Disk or similar)
— If you’re very fond of how your home screens and apps are organized, you may want to take screenshots of each of them – to use as a guide when setting up your new iPad.
— If you have purchased items (e.g. music, apps) on your iPad that is not yet synced to your PC, you should get prompted to transfer those purchases to the PC when you plug your iPad in via USB.
— If you don’t see that prompt, you can right-click on your iPad where it shows in the left-hand pane of iTunes, and choose the link to transfer purchases. Once you do, you should see individual items being transferred in the status bar.
— If you have a 3G iPad and a current data plan, you are going to want to cancel the data plan – to ensure the buyer of your iPad doesn’t get a free ride on your data plan, and also that you don’t have problems setting up a data plan for your new iPad 2. You can do this on the iPad itself, again via the Settings app:
Settings > Cellular Data > View Account > login > Add Data or Change Plan > Cancel data plan
— Once you have backed up your iPad, transferred any purchases made on it to your PC, and feel confident that all your important data is backed up or synced, you should now set about wiping all that data from the iPad – so that it is clean and free of personal data when you sell it. You can start on this by doing a full device reset – you do this in the Settings app:
Settings > General > Reset > Erase all Content and Settings.
— It should be noted that a reset and restore do not provide a ‘forensic’ level of data wiping. If your old iPad ends up in the hands of a very knowledgeable hacker or law enforcement official with the right tools, it’s likely that some personal data could be recovered.
— If you have not already updated to the latest version of the iPad operating system (currently iOS 4.2, soon to be 4.3 when the new iPad is released), you should do that via iTunes as well. Buyers will expect to see the latest OS software on your iPad.
— If you want to check on the status of your iPad warranty (all of them are less than a year old and still covered) and AppleCare cover, you can go to the Apple support site and enter your device serial number, under the Self Service > Check Your Service and Support Coverage section:
— The screen you get after entering your serial number will show your warranty and AppleCare status. You can screenshot that screen as proof for a potential buyer.
— There is no need to transfer iTunes accounts when you switch iPads. Doing a restore on your current one will clear any account information along with everything else – and when you get your new iPad you just setup your Apple ID for that new device.
Selling Your Original iPad
— Again, there are of course several ways to go about this. If you’re lucky enough to have a friend, acquaintance, or work colleague who will buy your iPad, that’s probably the easiest way to go.
— There are sites and companies that focus on buying used gadgets. They generally will be helpful on things like giving you an immediate online purchase offer, once you provide some info on the age and condition of your device, and making shipping painless and perhaps covering it. Gazelle is just one such site, there are plenty of others around if you do some searching.
— If you go the Craigslist or eBay route, the obvious advice is to ‘Be careful out there’.
When the iPad 2 comes out I’ll probably do a post with some setup tips. In the meantime, I hope this post has been helpful for some of you who are planning to sell your current iPad and buy a new iPad 2.