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How to (Safely) Cut the Cord With Your Old iPhone


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Upgrading your smartphone? Here's what you need to know about removing your data before you get rid of your old device.

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How to (Safely) Cut the Cord With Your Old iPhone

  2. 2. Excited for the new iPhone 6? With Apple reportedly building 80 million new iPhones this year, it’s safe to say that You’re not alone!
  3. 3. What happens to your old phone when you upgrade? Whether you’re selling, donating or recycling your old phone, the personal data stored on it doesn’t disappear just because you stop using it every day. ?
  4. 4. Now a stranger has your phone. So what? As a handful of celebrities just learned, privacy is no joke when it comes to the private photos, emails and data that are living on your iPhone.
  5. 5. How do you give your old phone a permanent scrub? Hint: it takes more than just dropping files into the on-screen garbage can.
  6. 6.   1       BACK UP ALL YOUR DATA     Use phone backup software to ensure all your photos, contacts and other data are safely stored where you can retrieve them. You can backup the data by syncing to iTunes on your computer, using iCloud or third-party backup services, like Lookout.          
  7. 7. 2 ERASE THE DATA To completely erase the device and turn off iCloud, iMessage, FaceTime and other services go to Settings > General > Reset and tap Erase All Content and Settings. If you’re on iOS 7, you’ll need to turn off the Find My Phone feature before doing this. This process returns the device to state it was when it was shipped from the factory.                      
  8. 8. 3 UNLINK APPS AND ACCOUNTS Beyond the data that resides on the phone, you also want to make sure no one can access your Facebook or any other accounts you accessed on that device that authenticated you based on the iPhone's unique hardware ID. You should visit the websites of those apps to unlink the phone from your account. You can also unregister your iPhone from Apple’s website so it is no longer linked to your Apple ID by visiting: and clicking on edit products after you’ve logged in.
  9. 9. 4 REMOVE THE SIM CARD Think of the SIM card as your mobile identity. It’s better off staying with you.                      
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