how to prepare iPhone 4 for sale

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by edwinx, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. edwinx macrumors member

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    Hello,

    I want to sell my iPhone 4 but not sure how to prepare it. It is currently JB and on 4.3.2. If I restore it, won't iTunes force me to install the newest fw and thus killing my JB? or can I load the same version back on and save the ability to JB the phone?

    Also, how would I erase my data so that the new owner can't recover it? (just in case).

    thanks,
     
  2. Beaverman3001 macrumors 6502

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    I typically just do a factory restore on my iPhones before selling them. I don't see why you wouldn't be able to find a jailbreak for the latest release, unless I'm just really out of the loop on when the last jailbreak tools released.
     
  3. edwinx thread starter macrumors member

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    yeah, thats what I did back in the day as well but the newest fw is only JB-able as a tethered solution. Mine is untethered so its more convenient.

    I remember reading that a typical restore of the phone will still leave traces of data on your phone that can be easily restored by someone. I was hoping there was a wipe technique or something that people do before selling to make it more secure.
     
  4. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    U can go back and install whatever fw version u have saved shsh blobs.
     
  5. alectheking macrumors 6502a

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    No point in worrying about being jailbreak capable. Im all for it but in reality nearly nobody even knows what "jail breaking" is nor care. iOS 5 fixes a huge number of the selling points for JB also. Just restore it through iTunes, your data's completely erased, and call it a day. Selling a jailbroken phone will just cause probs for the buyer if the probability is that they won't have a clue what to do with it.
     
  6. edwinx thread starter macrumors member

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    oh yes. that. I gotta find a guide on it.

    so I guess, restore via iTunes to wipe it, then go back and downgrade to 4.3.2 and jb and sell? that sounds like a secure way of doing it.

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    hmm. ok. I dont' know, I thought ppl would care if it could be JB or not. But yeah, its getting close to IP5 so I need to take action soon.
     
  7. VPrime macrumors 68000

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    You don't even have to upgrade and downgrade.
    You can download the 4.3.2 Ipsw ( or what ever version yu have the shsh blobs for) then option+ click (Mac) or shift+click (windows) restore and load up the Ipsw you just downloaded....


    Oh make sure you use tiny umbrella first so your pointing to a local server rather than apples.
     
  8. davehutch macrumors 6502a

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    Settings...General...Reset...Erase All Content and Settings

    That gets rid of your personal data
     
  9. sorepheet macrumors member

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    :eek:

    I've had issues with this method with my jailbroken iOS devices, better to just download the newest iOS you have SHSH blobs for and restore with that iOS using Tiny Umbrella.
     

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