How to Erase Your Old iPhone or iPad Before Selling It or Trading It In

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    If you got a new iPhone or iPad for Christmas, you may have an old one that you're ready to sell or trade in to get a bit of extra cash. You'll want to make sure to adequately erase everything on it to get it ready for its next owner.

    There are only a few steps to follow so it take you just a few minutes to clean up an old iOS device. Here's what to do:

    Unpair Your Apple Watch

    If you're selling your iPhone and have an Apple Watch linked to it, you're going to want to unpair it first.
    1. Make sure your iPhone and Apple Watch are close to each other.
    2. Open up the Apple Watch app on the iPhone.
    3. Choose the "My Watch" tab.
    4. Select the Apple Watch you want to unpair and tap the "i" button.
    5. Tap "Unpair Apple Watch."
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    6. Tap a second time to confirm.
    7. You'll need to enter your Apple ID password to turn off Activation Lock.
    Turn Off Find My iPhone

    Most trade-in sites won't accept your old iPhone or iPad if Find My iPhone isn't disabled, and if you sell an iOS device with the feature still turned on, the new owner won't be able to use it, creating a huge hassle for both of you.

    Find My iPhone needs to be turned off because it's tied to Activation Lock. A phone that's linked to your iCloud account through Find My iPhone can't be used by anyone who doesn't have your Apple ID and password.
    1. Open the Settings app.
    2. Tap on your name to open your account settings.
    3. Tap "iCloud."
    4. Scroll down to "Find My iPhone."
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    5. Tap it.
    6. Tap the toggle to turn it off.
    To turn off Find My iPhone, you'll need to enter your Apple ID password as an extra security measure, which is designed to keep someone who has your unlocked iPhone from turning the feature off.

    After Find My iPhone is off, it's time to erase everything on your iPhone. Before you do this, make sure you have an iCloud backup and that there's nothing stored on your device that you're going to miss.
    1. Open the Settings app.
    2. Choose "General."
    3. Scroll down to the bottom of the menu.
    4. Select "Reset."
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    5. Choose "Erase all Content and Settings."
    6. You'll need to enter your device passcode if you have one set.
    7. Tap Erase iPhone, then tap it again to confirm.
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    8. If you didn't already turn off Find My iPhone, it will be turned off at this juncture and your device will be removed from your iCloud account.
    Your iPhone will switch over to an Apple loading screen as the erasing process starts. It will take a few minutes for the device to be fully erased, but once it's done and boots up again, your old iPhone or iPad is clean, unassociated with your Apple ID, and ready to be sold.

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  3. JosephAW macrumors 68000

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    How do you unpair AirPods? Just delete in Bluetooth?
     
  4. iapplelove macrumors 601

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    I never remove my sim when I sell my old phones. Always AT&T versions too. Maybe I should get in the habit of tossing them.
     
  5. UnusedLoginID macrumors member

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    The “Turning off Find My iPhone” step is not necessary if you’re erasing the phone completely - which you should do anyway - because it will log you out from all your iCloud/iTunes accounts when you erase (it will ask you to enter your AppleID).
     
  6. Knightcastle macrumors 6502

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    Yes
     
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  8. Quu macrumors 68030

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    What we really need is this article for Android. As lots of users will be changing to iPhone and coming here for the first time etc
     
  9. jonnysods macrumors 603

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    I would login to your Apple ID and make sure to remove the device as sometimes they stay in your My Devices list.
     
  10. Order_66 macrumors member

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    ^this, I've had it happen a couple of times.
     
  11. iLoveiTunes macrumors 6502

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    This.. Sold my series 0 recently on craigslist only to be contacted by the panicked buyer. All worked fine after I removed it from my iCloud account.
     
  12. justperry macrumors G3

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    Most "things" are done easily on Apple devices, this is not one of them, it should be made so easy that if you reset your iPhone all settings are automatically reset, so also iCloud/messages and anything related to your account, this means all logins to Apple should be offline.
     
  13. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Typically that's how it works.
     
  14. justperry macrumors G3

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    So, this article is not needed!?
     
  15. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    For those who aren't sure or new to it all, like instructions for many things out there.
     
  16. jonnysods macrumors 603

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    I was trying to activate a hand me down iPad and apple were asking for the passcode on a device I sold ages ago. Then I found the hoops to jump though!
     
  17. MacBH928 macrumors 68030

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    i was told this method does not exactly securely erase your info off the devices and information can be retrieved from it using special software
     
  18. RightMACatU macrumors 65816

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    There's also the "De-Authorize" a device I think?
     
  19. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    What special software? And are we talking about a device that as never protected by a passcode, for example? Because one that had a passcode would have the information encrypted, so even retrieving it somehow wouldn't do any good as it would be encrypted.
     
  20. MacBH928 macrumors 68030

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    I am just saying what I heard... HDDs and SSDs do not really delete the information stored on them. You can retrieve them unless you securely erase them (writing the whole storage several times over) or physically destroying the storage medium.
     
  21. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    That's where encryption plays a big role as well.
     

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