Is there a way to make sure my old iPhone isn't getting my iMessages?

KoukiFC3S

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With the new iPhone 5, a lot of us are selling their old iPhones.

There was reports a few months ago of wiped devices still receiving iMessages.

Has a fix or solution been released for this?
 

vastoholic

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I don't know if it will help, but you can manage your devices associated with your iTunes account from iTunes. Delete old devices you no longer own.
I didn't realize you could manage individual devices. For some reason I thought that was a feature of the newer iTunes that hasn't been released yet. Anyhow, removed my old 4s off there easy enough. But my 5 is not showing up. I've got iCloud all set up on there, app store/iTunes store all logged in and everything. It only just recently showed up on my AT&T account yesterday actually even though I've had it activated since launch day.
 

dasx

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This is interesting... A wipe off should really do the job, shouldn't it? I mean, iMessage needs email addresses or phone numers in order to work...

I'm planning on selling my 4S too, so would be nice to know if the buyer might end up receiving my messages...
 

Geckotek

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I didn't realize you could manage individual devices. For some reason I thought that was a feature of the newer iTunes that hasn't been released yet. Anyhow, removed my old 4s off there easy enough. But my 5 is not showing up. I've got iCloud all set up on there, app store/iTunes store all logged in and everything. It only just recently showed up on my AT&T account yesterday actually even though I've had it activated since launch day.
I think my 5 shows up as a 4S. Weird.

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This is interesting... A wipe off should really do the job, shouldn't it? I mean, iMessage needs email addresses or phone numers in order to work...

I'm planning on selling my 4S too, so would be nice to know if the buyer might end up receiving my messages...
I didn't in the past because the server had the phone's IMEI registered to your account. People were selling their phones and finding the new buyer was still getting their messages. Some creepy stalker stuff was going on.
 

Ishimaru

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You also want to sign out of all App/iTunes Stores. Resetting, even restoring does not remove that information. Silly, but it's true. Sign out, reset, and you're good to go.
 

apb89

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My 5 is showing as 4s also in iTunes, when I sign into my account and I click on the devices. Strange.. :X
 

Givmeabrek

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Also be sure to remove your old Sim card when selling your phone. iMessages, iCloud and phone tracking are tied to the Sim card!! I reset and sold my phone but let the user borrow my Sim card to activate it. I could track his phone. It created a fine mess. :eek:
 

jls1986

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I'm so confused on what to do when I sell my old phone. Whoever I sell it to needs my sim card to activate? Can't they just go to an AT&T store and get it taken care of? Sure don't want anyone getting my messages and would rather not give them my SIM card.
 

vastoholic

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I think my 5 shows up as a 4S. Weird.
Whoops. I may have just disabled my new phone then. :eek: ***EDIT*** I take that back, I looked at the authorization date before hand and it was when it was back in March when I actually activated the phone on AT&T so it couldn't have been my 5.


I wasn't too worried when I sold my 4s. I took the SIM out, but then put it back in to get him through the new set up process. I made sure he finished it so he would have to enter all his email information, ensuring mine would no longer be in use, and then I forgot to take the SIM back out. I met him at his place of work so I trusted him to get rid of it afterwards when he put his in.
 
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Geckotek

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fins831

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Ideally you want to:

1. Disable iMessage
2. Full Wipe
3. Remove SIM
4. Remove phone from Support profile