Recommended process for wiping/restoring an iPhone for sale

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by trilla12, Dec 4, 2010.

  1. trilla12 macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2008
    So I plan to sell an old iPhone 3G. I've read the forums dealing with this method, and my best guess (as far as the order in which things should be done), based on what I've read, is the following...

    My plan is to:

    1. Restore iPhone to factory settings
    2. Update to latest iOS
    3. Erase all data and settings
    4. Remove SIM card
    5. Once again, restore to factory settings

    Does this seem out of order? Am I missing any steps? Am I doing too much?

    Please advise. Thanks!
  2. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    Why cant you just go to settings and "erase all contents and settings?"

    One step instead of all those.
  3. trilla12 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2008
    I can, but I just want to make sure I'm doing it right. Will the buyer be confused if the phone arrives with no SIM card?:confused:
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    No they wont be confused. You dont need to send them your deactivated or old sim. They will have no use for it and wont be able to activate it anyway.
    They will have to use their own or get a new one from their carrier.
  5. RRmalvado macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2010
    Restore as new and take out the SIM card.

    Yes, it's that easy.
  6. benhollberg macrumors 68020


    Mar 8, 2010
    I restored an iPod touch once and sold it, about 30 minutes later the buyer called and said that he couldn't download apps because the old iTunes account was still on it. I told him how to delete it, but just be sure that your iTunes account is deleted. I know I restored properly also.
  7. trilla12 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2008
    Thanks for the info, I pretty much just did steps 3 & 4, and hopefully that's fine. You can't do much after you remove and destroy your SIM...

    3. Erase all data and settings
    4. Remove SIM card
  8. MaxBurn macrumors 65816


    Nov 25, 2010
    I think the erase all is rather through, it is what happens if do a remote wipe and I read somewhere it even overwrites the memory locations a couple times to ensure data can't be restored. I believe it takes a couple minutes.
  9. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    I'd want it restored also.

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