About to sell iPhone 3G with 3.x on it still. Is there...

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by AndrewR23, May 9, 2011.

  1. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

    Jun 24, 2010
    Is there a way I can get rid of ALL my info by resetting it, ect but so the buyer can still keep the 3.x on it? I'm sure more people will look because it still has 3.x on it.

    Thank you
  2. The Californian macrumors 68040

    The Californian

    Jan 17, 2009
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    I'm fairly sure if you restore it through iTunes you can do so without updating - as long as you decline at the prompt to update. Can anyone confirm or refute this just to be safe?
  3. SL4VE macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2010
  4. ZombieZakk macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2011
    restore the device and cut the connection to the internet making sure you have the 3.x ipsw on your comp. that way it will automatically find the 3.x firmware and cannot look elsewhere. i cannot guarantee this will work as i have not tried but it is the only way i can think of.
  5. war eagle macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2008
    It's simple and this is how I always do it.

    1. Sync with iTunes remove all music, apps, books,photos etc.
    1.1 If you have any photos in the camera roll that you want import into iPhoto or whichever photo app you use and then delete them from phone.
    2. Manually go in and delete any mail accounts.
    3.Clear call logs and text messages
    4. Open safari close all tabs, then go to settings > safari> clear history, cookies, cache. Go to autofill and clear it if you have anything in it.
    5. Settings > Store> click on your apple id and sign out.
    6. Settings > General > reset all settings and then I erase all content and settings (but if you're jailbroken these usually just put the phone into a loop)

    Hope this helps.
  6. war eagle macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2008
    No that won't work unless he's backed up with tinyumbrella or cydia. Apple will force the update to the latest if you do a restore.
  7. MaxBurn macrumors 65816


    Nov 25, 2010
    Right, what SHSH do you have on file? That is what you can restore to, period.
  8. dave420 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    There is an option in iTunes if you right click on the device you can "restore from backup." I don't think this option does a reset first, it only copies the data. The link below mentions that option as well:
  9. AndrewR23 thread starter macrumors 68040

    Jun 24, 2010

    For your last step, I tap reset all settings then wait until thats done then tap erase all content and settings?
  10. iFiend macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2011
    There's so much misinformation in the thread it hurts.
  11. Tronic macrumors 6502


    Jun 10, 2009
    I think the market for 3G's is so small these days that I doubt it will really matter what firmware you have on it so I wouldn't spend tons of time trying to keep 3.x on it.
  12. eastercat macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    You can install up to 3.1.3 on a 3G without any need for blobs.
    D/l the 3.1.3 ipsw. In itunes, hold down option then add restore to open up a dialog box.
    The ios install will erase all personal data and keep your bb unlockable.
    If you install a custom firmware, it'll also JB your phone as well.

    ETA: don't d/l the ipsw with IE. Any browser--even Lynx--is preferable to that POS.
  13. war eagle macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2008
    So how about you try and contribute some legitimate information?

    Yea that's what I do. I might just be extra but that's how I always do it.

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