How to wipe old iPhone 3Gs for sale?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by mileslong, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. mileslong macrumors 6502

    mileslong

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    How do I go about wiping my iphone 3Gs for sale? I just received my iPhone 4 and now need to wipe my old one and sell it.

    Your help is greatly appreciated!

    Miles
     
  2. chargit macrumors 6502a

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    connect to iTunes and hit restore. that will wipe everything off for you. it the quickest and easiest. there is a button in the setting to reset all settings but dont do that. it will just mess up your phone.
     
  3. draz macrumors 6502a

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    It doesn't mess up your phone but does take a long time on a 3G by writing useless 1's and 0's to the memory to give it a brand new clean slate. Something that simply restoring in iTunes will not do.

    If you really want to get rid of your entire data including what is stored in memory choose the Erase all content and settings on the phone. Then leave your phone alone for a few hours while it does its thing and your good to go. Make sure that it is plugged in
     
  4. chargit macrumors 6502a

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    before you do what this guy just said do some research of the problems that will cause on your phone when you do that. he is dead wrong! there is most likely nothing on your phone that is a secret. its not a hard drive with national secrets on it. if you dont listen to me you will be on here looking for someone to help you out of the problem his suggestion will put you in. that is why I mentioned it before he did. good luck
     
  5. draz macrumors 6502a

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    Haha that is true though. If you don't have national secrets or aren't paranoid of people finding info hidden on your phone then just restore and your good to go :p
     
  6. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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    As the thread that chargit posted points out. Do a restore in iTunes first then you can do the erase all. If it stops or is sitting for hours doing nothing, a simple restart & restore should put it back in place.
     
  7. mileslong thread starter macrumors 6502

    mileslong

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    thanks so much to everyone who helped, i really appreciate it!:)
     

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