Best way to clear iPhone before selling without restore?

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  1. poofyo101 macrumors newbie

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    What is the best way to clear everything off an iPhone without restoring?
    I am still on 1.59 Baseband and 4.0.1 So would like to clear the phone and then unlock before I sell it for my 4s.
    Thanks
     
  2. iSaxon macrumors 6502a

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    Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings

    I sold my iPhone on eBay Saturday, and that's what I did.
     
  3. EmbraceTheOne macrumors 6502a

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    Just delete EVERYTHING.


    Hold an App down, Click the X, Delete. Repeat.


    in iTunes, Delete all the songs.
     
  4. iSaxon macrumors 6502a

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    That doesn't clear all personal data on the phone. Do a reset.
     
  5. amann76 macrumors 6502

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    so when resetting the jailbreak and unlock remains???
     
  6. YaBoiD macrumors regular

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    Yes it does. As long as you do not do a restore.
     
  7. poofyo101 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I do not want to have to restore the phone? So the best way is to clear is to reset it? What is the best way to reset.
     
  8. LyricalMenace macrumors member

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    Wondering this myself I am in the same boat.

    Original baseband with original firmware on my iPhone 4 never upgraded at all.

    Need to get it unlocked, and then reset the phone to default while keeping my unlock/jb.
     
  9. poofyo101 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  10. poofyo101 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    anyone? not sure how to do a reset without doing a restore.
     
  11. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68030

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    Look at the first response in this thread, instructions are there.
     
  12. Trius macrumors 6502a

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    LOL... ya, best way definitely :rolleyes:
     
  13. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Reset and erase EVERYTHING; take out MicroSIM card and send it off to the new owner...:cool:

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    "This one has much to learn!" ~Yoda~ :p
     
  14. greytmom macrumors 68040

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    What if you leave the microsim in?

    I've never removed mine before - my new phone has always been activated on the sim it came with, so what would be the purpose of removing the deactivated one? (not snark, genuinely wondering).

    Also, I did the erase and reset - and it was done in just a couple of minutes. I don't remember it being that fast before - should I be concerned?
     
  15. 1080p macrumors 68020

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    In my experience, "Erase All Content and Settings" on a jailbroken iPhone causes an infinite boot loop that requires a restore.

    FYI...
     
  16. N23 macrumors regular

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    I found this out tonight, my phone was jb'd on 1.59 baseband.
    Tried to erase from phone settings and it wouldn't boot.

    In the end I restored with older firmware and kept my baseband,
    but the process would've been a lot easier if I did a little reading first.
     
  17. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    The SIM card ties you to that iPhone, so if you take it out before you sell it, your account is disassociated with the iPhone you just sold...:eek:
     
  18. carjakester macrumors 68020

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    when i sold my iPhone 5 jailbroken i used a tweak called semi restore.keeps only the jailbreak, worked like a charm.
     

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