Giving my son my 4S, how to change apple-id?

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  1. tmt macrumors member

    tmt

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    Hi everyone,

    I got myself into a catch 22 situation...
    My son wanted my old 4S and I thought it a good idea.
    I got it unlocked and synced it with his sim-card and everything went well.

    BUT, the thing is it hadn´t been used in a good while so when I tried to unlock it with the pin it wouldn´t open. I talked with my kid if he had changed it and he said he hadn´t.
    The only way to try and fix this seemed to reset the phone via dfu mode.
    So that went well and I put in the new sim and synced with iTunes.
    It said it only takes the original apple-id, I tried my sons id but it didn´t work, so I had to use my apple-id. So I reset it as a new phone.
    Now I can´t change the apple-id!
    I´ve tried surfing forums and net in general and all say to log out and change it.
    But that doesn´t work!
    The only thing you can do is make a new apple-id, but I want to change it to my sons existing apple-id.
    Is this possible or not???
    TIA
    /J
     
  2. cynics macrumors G3

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    Now that it's unlocked (passcode wise ) can't you restore as new?
     
  3. tmt thread starter macrumors member

    tmt

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    I didn´t think of that :p
    I will try that right away, thanks :D
     
  4. tmt thread starter macrumors member

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    It didn´t work :(
    Am I screwed in this endeavour?
     
  5. ugcop macrumors 6502a

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    Are you saying under settings / iTunes and App Store
    It will not let you sign out and sign back in under his?
     
  6. tmt thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, under settings (on the iphone) when logging out and typing my sons apple-id the iphone says the apple-id is wrong and it shows my apple-id.
    Is this some kind of security thing?
     
  7. sammy-boy macrumors regular

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    Are you able to sign in OK? Could be you need to sign in, turn off find my iPhone then wipe the phone again before putting your son's details in, to take that phone off your account.
     
  8. tmt thread starter macrumors member

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    That was the thing that was a problem at first when i tried to erase the phone when we could´t get the pin to work correctly.
    It said to turn of the Find My iPhone...
    But there is no app on the phone now as it has been restored twice as a new phone.
    Still it knows it belonged to me from the beginning ´cause it wants me to sign in with my apple-id :eek:

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    I don´t really use iCloud if that matters. Don´t really like it.
    And the phone is on iOS 7.04, forgot to mention that, sorry.
     
  9. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    To turn off FMI (Find My iPhone), you'd go to settings —> iCloud. There is no standalone app to turn it off.

    To set it up as his, your best bet is to restore as a new device. If you don't want to, go to Settings —> iTunes and App Store (or something like that) —> Sign Out —> Sign in —> Son's account.
     
  10. tmt thread starter macrumors member

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    I´ve now turned off Find my.. on my own iPhone.
    I´ve already restored it and as a new phone.
    Shall I try and do it now once again as I turned it off in my own phone?
    Thanx all for all the help :D
    /J
     
  11. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    Hmm. Okay try this (assuming you have a backup under his iCloud or backup doesn't matter). Go to Settings.app on the iPhone —> General —> Reset —> Erase All Contents and Settings. It may ask to turn off FMI if you haven't already. This should def. work.
     
  12. tmt thread starter macrumors member

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    OK, what´s FMI? I searched and didn´t really find anything..
     
  13. sammy-boy macrumors regular

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    FMI = Find My iPhone

    I think you can remove the phone from your account from iTunes too, have you tried doing it that way?
     
  14. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Find My iPhone
     
  15. tmt thread starter macrumors member

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    Saberahul:
    Yes, it worked! :D
    That makes me a happy camper :)
    Thanks a lot for all help everybody, have a nice weekend!
    /J
     
  16. ugcop macrumors 6502a

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    Note to self, never try to reinvent the wheel. Somebody already has the answer.
     

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