2 Replies Latest reply: Sep 17, 2010 8:22 PM by roaminggnome
Arivoli Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I am trying to get my old 3G iphone ready to transfer to a new owner. It is currently running iOS 4.0 and I wanted to restore it to 4.0 by trying to restore in iTunes using a iOS 4.0 ipsw file. I keep getting errors on my PC and my Mac saying the device is not eligible to be restored OR on the PC I get error 3194.

I have tried everything but no luck. The phone is no longer activated but it works as an iPod. Can I just go into Settings -> General -> Reset -> Erase All Content and Settings without worrying about the phone needing to be reactivated afterward?

I just want to erase it completely but still be able to use it as an iPod.

Thanks

3G, iOS 4
  • 1. Re: iPhone 3G restore OR reformat...
    Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,340 points)
    The Erase All Content and Settings option on the iPhone is a secure erase and is all that is needed before transferring an iPhone to a new owner. Restoring an iPhone with iTunes as a new iPhone or not from the iPhone's backup is not a secure erase.

    There is no need to re-activate a no longer activated iPhone before transferring an iPhone to a new owner. The new owner will need to get a new SIM card from the designated carrier the iPhone is carrier locked with if the iPhone is carrier locked, or if the new owner is an existing subscriber with the carrier the iPhone is carrier locked with, they should be able to use their SIM card being used with another phone to activate the iPhone with the carrier via the iTunes activation process on their computer.

    In order to install a firmware update on a no longer activated iPhone or restore a no longer activated iPhone with iTunes if wanted or needed, the no longer activated SIM card must be inserted in the iPhone to complete the process - the SIM card that was used with the iPhone when it was activated.

    Message was edited by: Allan Sampson
  • 2. Re: iPhone 3G restore OR reformat...
    roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (90,765 points)
    Erase all content and settings is the way to get you info off of the iphone. I would do this before selling it.

    You can only restore to the newest software version.