I'm selling my iPhone and I want to make sure that I can remove all data from it

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by Alvi, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. Alvi macrumors 65816

    Alvi

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    #1
    Hi everyone, Sadly I'm leaving the iPhone party and I'm selling my 4S to a friend and I want to make sure that he won't get my iMessages etc.

    Also, how do I deactivate my iMessage account and FaceTime so people Text me directly without trying to iMessage me?
     
  2. Feed Me macrumors 6502a

    Feed Me

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    Plug the phone into your computer and hit the "restore" button in iTunes.

    When it prompts you to restore your settings from your latest backup, just say no, and enjoy your brand new, fully wiped phone.
     
  3. dhlizard macrumors G4

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    Sign out of iTunes first or your AppleID will be restored to the device.
     
  4. joec1101 macrumors 6502

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    You don't even need to bother connecting to iTunes on a PC or Mac.

    All you need to do is go into Settings / General / Reset and select "Erase All Content and Settings". This will wipe the phone completely and restore it to the same state as if you were unboxing it from the factory.
     
  5. dhlizard macrumors G4

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    This will work if the phone is stock, not jailbroken.
     
  6. R.Stoychev macrumors 6502a

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    Fresh restore and set the phone like new device, and you are ready to go :D
     
  7. dontpannic macrumors 6502

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    Or, for those who actually read the opening post.....

    Settings -> Messages -> Send & Recieve -> Apple ID -> Sign Out
    Settings -> Facetime -> Apple ID -> Sign Out
    Settings -> iTunes and App Stores -> Apple ID -> Sign Out
    Settings -> iCloud -> Delete Account

    Now, to restore the phone to factory settings (providing it isn't jailbroken):
    Settings -> General -> Reset -> Erase All Content and Settings
     
  8. MrMacMack macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, make sure you sign out in the above four sections first and then proceed.
     
  9. AlphaVictor87 macrumors 6502a

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    awesome thanks so much, i will be following these directions soon.
     

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