Selling iPhone 4 and getting iPhone 5 - Do I need to disable iMessage??

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  1. DDustiNN macrumors 65816

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    Do I have to "disable" the iMessage on the iPhone 4 somehow? And if so, how do I do that? I read previous posts saying that people were getting iMessages still going to their old phones, even after activating the new one. Since I'm selling my old phone, I just want to make sure I get all of the messages to my new phone, and not someone else via my old phone.

    Thanks! :D
     
  2. JoshGlzBrk macrumors 6502a

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    I think if you just reset all settings and content on it, you will be just fine.
     
  3. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    Yes, I would disable it from the old phone and re-enable on the new phone. Definitely.
     
  4. DDustiNN thread starter macrumors 65816

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    How do you do that? Sorry I guess I should have asked in the OP. I've never switched iPhones before, just want to make sure I don't "leave something behind" when resetting and selling it.
     
  5. mkaen macrumors regular

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    You just wipe the phone. What makes you think wiping the phone will leave your iCloud account still on the phone?
     
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    After you have activated your new phone and restored your information do the following:

    Old iPhone
    1. go to Settings
    2. go to General
    3. scroll to bottom of screen and hit reset
    4. then choose "Erase All Content and Settings"

    All will be well.
     
  8. DDustiNN thread starter macrumors 65816

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    There was a news story about a woman whose iPhone was stolen and despite remote wiping, unregistering the device, and having the stolen phone activated under a different account, the thief was still able to impersonate the woman through iMessage.
    And hers was not an isolated incident.
    Apple's response was that iMessage should be turned off whenever parting with your phone.
    http://arstechnica.com/apple/2011/1...ssages-may-still-be-going-to-the-wrong-place/

    So yes you should disable iMessage.

    I think that Apple has since fixed the issue but it certainly couldn't hurt and better safe than sorry.
     
  10. fins831 macrumors 6502a

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    So disable iMessage? then erase everything? or

    erase everything, bypass the starting setup, and turn off again?
     
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  14. DDustiNN thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yes, this is exactly what I remembered reading about, and the thought crossed my mind when I was getting ready to switch from the iPhone 4 to 5. Thank you for confirming that I'm not crazy, since no one else seems to know what I'm talking about, lol :D

    So how do you disable iMessage? Just in the settings or something?

    So, disable iMessage, wipe phone (restore to factory defaults?), unregister device from my account... then all should be well?

    Was this fixed anyway, and no longer an issue or something? I don't seem to be seeing any new/recent posts about it...

    Thanks so much for posting this article, btw.
     
  15. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    On the old phone, before you wipe, go to Settings - iMessage and flip the on/off switch to off.
     
  16. chrislaw macrumors 6502a

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    I wiped the 4s I'm selling before switching iMessage off. Will going back in and setting it to off and then re-wiping accomplish the same result?
     
  17. Jason99kr macrumors member

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    I thought restoring from DFU mode would reset everything? :confused:
     

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