Prepping a device to sell

slitherjef

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I really don't sell off or give away devices and haven't done so since the factory reset protection Android introduced a few versions ago, so, how would one go about prepping such a device nowadays?

It's running Android 9 right now.
 

MarkX

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All you need to do is is remove your Google account from the phone prior to factory reset.

Go to Settings > Accounts & Sync > Google > and then select your account and remove it.

That should be all you need to do.
 
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Awesomesince86

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Whats the importance of removing all accounts before factory resetting the device? I've sold a lot of phones and I never remove accounts first. Factory reset removes all accounts and erases all data.
 
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co.ag.2005

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Also, if you are selling online (ebay or swappa), make sure to take a "condition assessment" video (and photos) prior to shipping showing off the external condition as well as the phone functioning just to have a little proof in case the buyer tries to scam the system. If you have evidence, PayPal should be able to help protect you.
 
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MarkX

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Whats the importance of removing all accounts before factory resetting the device? I've sold a lot of phones and I never remove accounts first. Factory reset removes all accounts and erases all data.
I recently sold my Pixel 3 on eBay and the new owner contacted me saying it was asking for the previous owners passcode. Apparently that wouldn’t have happened had I removed the Google account prior to factory resetting the phone.
 
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Awesomesince86

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I recently sold my Pixel 3 on eBay and the new owner contacted me saying it was asking for the previous owners passcode. Apparently that wouldn’t have happened had I removed the Google account prior to factory resetting the phone.
Odd. That was a security feature that I believe was removed from Android back in 8.0. That’s why it asks for your password when you factory reset.
 
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michael9891

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I delete all apps I'm signed in to, sign out of all accounts I'm signed into and then check I'm not still logged in, delete all my pics & videos using a pc and then do a factory reset.

I know I'll get people saying it's not necessary to do all that but for the sake of an extra few minutes, I'd rather be thorough.
 

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