"Erase all content and settings" on iPhone vs iTunes restore before selling?

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by mrat93, Jun 5, 2015.

  1. mrat93 macrumors 65816

    mrat93

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    I'm preparing my old iPhone 5s for sale, but I want to keep it on iOS 8.1 so it is still able to be jailbroken for the future owner. Is there a downside to erasing all content on the iPhone as opposed to restoring the phone in iTunes?
     
  2. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Erasing all content should keep it as is as far as iOS version, while restoring in iTunes (as far as I can recall) might update it to the latest version.
     
  3. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    Yeah, you'll have to wipe all content and settings on the device. Apple doesn't codesign iOS 8.1 anymore, so restoring via iTunes won't work.
     
  4. iamMacPerson macrumors 68030

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    Yes it will make you update to the latest version of the OS (8.3) when doing a restore through iTunes. See, going through iTunes completely restores everything including the firmware. Erase Content and Settings just erases your data and keeps the firmware intact.
     

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