is restoring the only way to erase data?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by cleung, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. cleung macrumors regular

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    I just got a 3G iphone and was going to give my unlocked 2G phone to my mom. I want to clear out all my stuff, including songs, emails accounts, apps, everything, before I give it to her. Is restoring and then re-unlocking the phone the only way? She'll also be syncing to her PC instead of my MBP.
     
  2. iFerd macrumors 6502a

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    Settings --> General --> Reset --> Erase All Content and Settings. Takes about an hour to complete.
     
  3. cleung thread starter macrumors regular

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    Will this relock the phone?
     
  5. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Just curious, but does anyone know if there's a difference between doing this and restoring as new? Seems like restoring would take less time.
     
  6. cleung thread starter macrumors regular

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    Restore would definitely relock the phone.
     
  7. iFerd macrumors 6502a

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    I really don't know. I haven't unlocked my phone, so I haven't worried about it. As you said, though, restoring as new will relock, or at least so I have read.
     

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