5 Checks before buying a used Android Device

When we are in the market to purchase a second-hand Android device, there are 5 important checks we must do to ensure that we don't get locked out and end up with a shiny paperweight.

5 Checks you must do before buying a Pre-owned Android Smartphone or Tablet

5 Checks before buying a used Android Device

1 Have the owner Remove the Password

Sometimes the simplest checks can be the most often overlooked ones. Especially when you rely on the lock screen password prompt. Some users may change their preferences from immediately requesting a password from the standby mode to a few minutes of it being locked.

To ensure that the password has been properly removed from the device, have the owner click on the Settings > Lock Screen & Security.

If a password has been enabled, the software will then prompt the owner to enter it. Once inside the app, click on Swipe No Security.

5 Checks before buying a used Android Device

Depending on the version of Android the device is running, the password removal option may be different. In most other cases, you will have to click on the

Settings > Display > Remove Password.

2 Have the owner Remove the Samsung and Google Accounts

The Samsung account lock will only apply to Samsung devices.

However, given Samsung has the second largest market share, it is important we cover it.

Even if the main password has been removed, the Samsung account may still be enabled protecting the device from being factory reset without the owner's Samsung account password. To ensure the Samsung account has been removed, please follow these step:

a) Connect the device to the internet with Wifi or Data;

b) Access Settings > Cloud and Accounts > Accounts

c) Click on the Samsung Account

d) On the top right of the screen, notice the three vertical dots and click it to Remove account.

e) The app will then prompt you to enter the Samsung password to remove itself from the device.

If the Samsung account is not in the account's profile, then no problem. You may continue with removing the Google Accounts next.

5 Checks before buying a used Android Device

Even if the Samsung account has been removed, the Google accounts add additional levels of security. Like Apple's iCloud locks, if the Google accounts have not been removed, once the device is factory reset, the Google lock will engage. The only way to remove this lock and activate the device will be to have the original owner sign on the device with their Google account password.

Unfortunately, by this part of the deal, the seller has long since left with your money leaving you with a very expensive paperweight. To ensure the Google Accounts have been removed, please follow these step:

a) Connect the device to the internet with Wifi or Data;

b) Access Settings > Cloud and Accounts > Accounts

c) Click on Google and select the email address associated with the device. If there is more than one email address, you will have to remove each account.

d) On the top right of the screen, notice the three vertical dots, click it to Remove account.

3 Check if the IMEI is Blacklisted

For a few different reasons, the IMEI of the device can