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!
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.
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.
How do you give your old phone a permanent scrub?
Hint: it takes more than just dropping files into the on-screen
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.
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.
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:
clicking on edit products after you’ve logged in.
REMOVE THE SIM CARD
Think of the SIM card as your mobile identity.
It’s better off staying with you.