"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 65832


    Dec 30, 2006
    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 Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    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


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    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


    Jun 12, 2011
    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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