Steps to take before selling?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by 55test55, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. 55test55 macrumors 6502

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    Just remove the SIM and do a restore, right? Should I also do a clear/reset all data before? Seems like overkill.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Big.Mac.Daddy macrumors 6502a

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    A restore is all that is needed. Remove your sim card and you are good to go!
     
  3. Saberon macrumors 6502a

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    I just remove sim,

    Settings-General-Reset-Erase all content and settings
     
  4. 55test55 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks! Do I set it up as a new iPhone, or just unplug it when it asks whether I want to restore from a backup or set it up as a new one?
     
  5. dotme macrumors 6502a

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    ^^ This.

    1) Remove SIM
    2) Erase All Content and Settings

    Do not connect to iTunes, and remove the SIM before you reset the phone unless you want the new owner to drop in on your future iMessage conversations.
     
  6. 55test55 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Seems like there are two camps, the restore camp, and the erase all content and settings camp. :eek:
     
  7. iceterminal macrumors 68000

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    Either way, make sure you yank out your SIM card first.
    And, if you're really panicky about it all, you can do both.
     
  8. Geckotek macrumors G3

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    Disable iMessage first to make sure your device is no longer associated with your Apple ID. In fact, I'd remove your Apple ID from all the services that required a login.

    (Did we ever resolve all those issues with users selling their devices and iMessages still going to the old device?)

    Then Erase All Content and Settings.
     
  9. ritmomundo macrumors 68000

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    +1.

    Make sure to disable iMessages. Otherwise the person you sell your phone to will keep receiving your iMessages, even with a system reset/restore.
     
  10. al0513 macrumors 6502

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    Erase All Content and Settings. This is what the Genius' do at Apple.
     
  11. daveishere macrumors 6502a

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    I'd be happy to just erase all content and settings, a restore will re-install iOS which isn't what you need to do.
     

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