How do you remove all data from 3GS

Discussion in 'iPhone 3GS' started by Target, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. Target

    Target Evangelist
    Gold

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2008
    Likes Received:
    168
    Well we've decided to pass down my wife's 3Gs. What is the best way to remove my wife's info and restore the phone to factory settings? I'd like to keep the 5.0.1 iOS. It will be going from one iTunes account to another. I also don't want the iMessage problem.

    Note: I realize that this topic has more than likely been discussed; and yes I did a search, but kept getting restore from Jailbreak answers. I'm taking the easy way and just asking the experts!

    Thanks in advance,

    Target
     
  2. Rugaby

    Rugaby Genius
    Gold

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2011
    Likes Received:
    1,219
    I would go this route. Through settings.
    ImageUploadedByiCafe1328222765.020377.jpg
    ImageUploadedByiCafe1328222775.131116.jpg
     
  3. iP5

    iP5 Evangelist
    Gold

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2010
    Likes Received:
    138
    Isn't there a detail regarding disconnecting iMessage separate from a basic reset, else the unit gets copies of SMSes?


    Sent from my iPod touch using iCafe app
     
  4. Europa

    Europa Moderator
    Senior Moderator

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2008
    Likes Received:
    5,511
    If the phone is jailbroken, you'll want to avoid the 'Erase all Content and Settings' option on the iPhone itself. It will put it into a infinite boot loop or get it stuck at the boot logo, which will require a DFU restore. Instead, connect to iTunes and select the restore button. Select 'no' when it asks if you want to use a backup. This will restore it to factory settings on 5.0.1.

    If it's not jailbroken, either method is fine.
     
  5. Rugaby

    Rugaby Genius
    Gold

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2011
    Likes Received:
    1,219
    Is it a jail broken phone? Did I miss something?
     
  6. Target

    Target Evangelist
    Gold

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2008
    Likes Received:
    168
    No. It isn't jail broken.

    Thanks for the "How to."


    Target

    Sent from my iPad2 using iCafe app
     
  7. Rugaby

    Rugaby Genius
    Gold

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2011
    Likes Received:
    1,219
    I always find pictures helpful. :)
     
  8. Target

    Target Evangelist
    Gold

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2008
    Likes Received:
    168
    Sorry for the dumb question, which iTunes? My wife's or my daughter's who will be inheriting the 3Gs?

    We will be adding it iCloud. Any tricks?


    Target

    Sent from my iPad2 using iCafe app
     
  9. Target

    Target Evangelist
    Gold

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2008
    Likes Received:
    168
    Me too. In this case they are very helpful.


    Target

    Sent from my iPad2 using iCafe app
     
  10. Europa

    Europa Moderator
    Senior Moderator

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2008
    Likes Received:
    5,511
    You can erase all content and settings on the phone since it isn't jailbroken. But if it were, since you asked, either computer would work. She would just set it up on her computer after you were done restoring it.
     
  11. Target

    Target Evangelist
    Gold

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2008
    Likes Received:
    168
    I really appreciate all the advice. I'm in the process of resetting the phone now using the phone. I'll connect it to iTunes when finished.

    Here is another question: Do I need to have the SIM card in to connect it to iTunes? We will moving the SIM from a "dumb" phone. We're on AT&T. I am going to add the data plan of coarse.


    Target

    Sent from my iPad2 using iCafe app
     
  12. Target

    Target Evangelist
    Gold

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2008
    Likes Received:
    168
    Follow up:

    Thanks to each of you for your help today. We are 3-iphone family now. Heaven help us.


    Target

    Sent from my iPhone 4 using iCafe app
     

Share This Page