caption If you’re selling an iPhone you’ve been using, you’ll want to wipe it clear with a factory reset. source Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Selling an iPhone, sending it through the mail, or troubleshooting its software problems are just a few reasons why you would want to restore an iPhone to its factory settings. Resetting your iPhone will delete all of your personal information and revert the phone back to Apple’s original software system. If you don’t want to lose your information, don’t forget to back up your data on iCloud or iTunes before you wipe it from your device. Here’s an easy step-by-step to resetting iPhone. Your iPhone is about as personal as a fingerprint these days, storing everything from embarrassing selfies to bank information in one pocket-sized device. Whether you’re trying to sell it, protect your information while it’s being repaired, or … [Read more...] about How to reset your iPhone to its factory settings
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With new iPhones just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about your upgrade plans. Of course you want one of the new models -- but you've already paid a pretty penny for one of the old ones. Solution: Sell that old iPhone to help subsidize the new one. Here's how to get rid of it in the most profitable manner possible. Now playing: Watch this: 2018 iPhone XS launch event: Everything we're expecting 6:39 Do it right now The closer we get to new iPhone preorders, the less your earlier model will be worth. According to trade-in site Gazelle's general manager, Yanyan Ji, the most recent iPhone model drops as much as $100 in value after the new iPhone is released, and previous models can drop between 10 and 20 percent.MusicMagpie, a UK-based tech trade-in site, notes that while Apple phones have the lowest depreciation of any brand, iPhones will lose as much as 25 percent of their value immediately following the announcement of new models.If you have a backup … [Read more...] about Get maximum cash for your old iPhone
I was on my iPhone 6S , in an Uber coming back home from a late-night San Francisco Giants baseball game, when I realized my phone's passcode requirement had changed from four digits to six. No, I didn't change it, it just happened. My old password wouldn't work of course, so I used the fingerprint scanner to unlock my iPhone and searched for some answers. I found multiple forums and angry tweets -- all iPhone users who had the same problem -- but no solutions. Some dated back 9 years, could they have had the same problem?In the back of my head I heard the droning voice of an Apple IT rep at the Genius Bar from one of my possible futures saying "Did you try turning it off and on again?" In my haste to see if the bug would magically correct itself, I held down the power button. But then I remembered something crucial: iPhones require your password after a restart. So now I couldn't unlock my phone using the fingerprint scanner. I needed a 6-digit passcode I didn't have. Yeah, … [Read more...] about My iPhone changed my password and locked me out.
The iOS 11.4.1 update Apple released Monday was most notable for making it harder for law enforcement to access locked iPhones. On Tuesday, security researcher Patrick Wardle illuminated another fix. He said his fix addressed code Apple added likely to appease the Chinese government; this is the code that caused crashes on certain iDevices when users typed the word Taiwan or received messages containing a Taiwanese flag emoji. “Though its impact was limited to a denial of service (NULL-pointer dereference), it made for an interesting case study of analyzing iOS code,” Wardle, a former hacker for the National Security Agency, wrote in a blog post. “And if Apple hadn’t tried to appease the Chinese government in the first place, there would be no bug!” Wardle, who is now a macOS and iOS security expert at Digital Security, said he was perplexed when a friend first reported her fully patched, non-jailbroken device crashed every time she typed Taiwan or … [Read more...] about iPhone crashing bug likely caused by code added to appease Chinese gov’t
Activation Lock is a form of theft protection designed to prevent people from taking, wiping, and restoring your iPhone or iPad without your express permission. It does this by using your Apple ID. Before an iPhone can be activated with a new account, it needs to be removed from yours. If you're selling or giving away your iPhone or iPad yourself, you'll need to sign out of iCloud first. If you're buying or receiving an iPhone or iPad, you'll need to make sure it's not locked to someone else's Apple ID first. If anything goes wrong and you can't get through Activation Lock... well, read on! Update: There have been some reports of iPhone 7 and iPhone 6s showing Activation Lock that can't be removed. If that happens with you, you'll need to contact Apple to have it taken care of. (See below) How to turn off Find my iPhone on iPhone and iPad Activation Lock is tied to the Find my iPhone (or iPad) app on iOS. If you have your iPhone or iPad in your hands, this is the fast way to turn off … [Read more...] about How to remove Activation Lock and turn off Find My iPhone on iPhone or iPad