3 Replies Latest reply: Dec 24, 2012 6:41 PM by Kappy
bigcolbee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)



I have recently upgraded from iPhone 4, to iPhone 5.


I am giving my old handset to my daughter for Christmas, when I plug it in to my PC, it is still recognised as my phone.


1/ How do I reset the handset? I am aware of Settings>General>Reset>Erase All Content, unfortunately, I am up to 8 attempts on my passcode lock.


If I take it to 10, iirc, it will auto-erase everything, the problem I have is that I am not sure whether this will affect my current handset, and whether the iPhone 4 will be useable afterwards.


2/ I have a new sim installed & am ready to go with it. When I have managed to erase everything, I presume registering the phone to my daughter's iTunes account is exactly the same as it was when I set up my three previous iPhones for the first time?


Any help is appreciated.


Have a good Christmas all



iPhone 4
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (260,430 points)

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  • bigcolbee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Cheers Kappy!!!


    I think too much shopping & staring at a screen for hours trying to figure it out fried my brain, couldn't find that page, no matter what I searched for


    Have a good Christmas!

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (260,430 points)



    Happy Holidays to you and your family.