Prep iPhone For Resale

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by blairh, May 9, 2013.

  1. blairh macrumors 68030

    blairh

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    What are the exact steps to take? I want to make sure the iPhone no longer receives my texts via iMessage in the future.
     
  2. steve knight Suspended

    steve knight

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    do a restore as a new phone. or go into settings and choose erase everything.
     
  3. zachlegomaniac macrumors 6502a

    zachlegomaniac

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    I'm a bit over the top so I do a restore while plugged in to my Mac on iTunes and then disconnect and erase all data under settings. Make sure to remove your SIM (if you have one), of course.

    Nice t-shirt!
     
  4. steve knight Suspended

    steve knight

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    better to reverse that do the erase all data then a restore.
     
  5. zachlegomaniac macrumors 6502a

    zachlegomaniac

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    Thanks. I will next time!
     
  6. blairh thread starter macrumors 68030

    blairh

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    This will prevent future texts sent to me showing up on the new owner's phone? Also I need to be able to present a screen of some sort to the buyer. Show wi-fi works, etc. Will I be able to do that if I do all this without the SIM inserted? (Not going on wi-fi but being able to set up the phone enough to get to the home screen with apps, etc.)
     
  7. ross1998 macrumors 6502a

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    Just activate it with your sim the when it asks to sign in press skip this step and take your SIM card out but the phone itself will be activated
     
  8. CosmoPilot macrumors 65816

    CosmoPilot

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    1. Settings>Messages> Turn iMessage - "OFF"
    2. Settings>FaceTime> Turn FaceTime - "OFF"
    3. Hard Reset iPhone (Hold Power & Home Button until Apple logo appears)
    4. Settings>General>Reset>Erase All Content and Settings
    5. After iPhone reboots, turn off.
    6. Take SIM card out and destroy
    7. Log into iTunes store account and remove Device from "manage devices" if you use iTunes in the Cloud
    8. Finished!

    Do not send your SIM card when you sell your phone. Follow these steps and you'll be good-to-go!
     
  9. blairh thread starter macrumors 68030

    blairh

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    Thank you very much for this. Should I also deregister my iPhone?
     
  10. lordofthereef macrumors G4

    lordofthereef

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    What do you mean by this? As in defegister from find my iPhone? Yes, I would certainly do that.
     

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