Reset a Previously Owned iOS Device

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Sometimes when you buy a second hand iPhone sometimes the previous owner does not reset the phone and just leave as it is in this case there is a tendency that you will not be able to use your own apple ID or name. The Apple store will not accept your own ID as it will look for the original owner's ID that is registered with the phone. In this article I will show you on how to reset the iPhone.

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Pay attention

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    Make sure that you are experiencing such problem.
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    The following tutorial will wipe your whole data, proceed at your own risk.
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Instructions

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    Go to settings.
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    Navigate to General.
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    Go to Reset.
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    Erase All data.
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Thanks to the late and innovative genius that was Steve Jobs, millions of people around the world are now using various Apple products. Apple, the company, and its products such as iMac, Macbook, Macbook Air, Macbook Pro, iPhone, iPod (and its many variants), iPad (and mini) are now household names and as ubiquitous as American fast food chains.

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Apple products are known to be sleek and elegant in design, simple and neat in interface and virtually virus-free, without compromising the durability and quality of the body's material.

Apple started with a line of computers. From the colorful Macintosh computers to the elegant MacAir, design and performance wise, Steve Jobs' company never ceases to innovate.

With the release of iPod, Apple revolutionized music players. The iPod made Apple and Steve Jobs worldwide phenomenon. Producing and introducing something as small as the palm of your hands that could carry thousands of music and videos would, without question, blow everybody's mind. This is what Steve Jobs and Apple did. They blew everybody's mind with technological advancements.

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From iPod, Apple released different editions or versions of the product. There was an iPod with bigger memory capacity. And then there were budget versions such as iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano, and iPod Touch, the last being higher than an iPod because you could surf the internet but a budget version of the iPhone.

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Speaking of iPhones, a major contributor in the revolution of smart phones, since its release the iPhone has been a top and strong contender in the battle of the world's best smart phones. The simplistic design and its user-friendliness are very hard to beat. Other tech giants try to beat Apple to no avail.

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Android and Windows phones have come up with their own software for smartphones but there is just something about Apple and its iOS system that more and more loyal customers find very difficult to impossible to replace.

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There is no sign yet that, despite Steve Jobs' lost battle to cancer, Apple will lose its reign anytime soon. They are still getting stronger and stronger.

People everywhere are pretty much aware of how good Apple products are. In spite of it being in all places now, Apple remains to keep to its branding of exclusivity. In fact, in other culture, owning an Apple product has become a status symbol.

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Because Apple never compromises on its quality, it goes with it the high price you have to pay to own an iOS device. And because having the latest iOS device shows monetary and societal success or level, some people �" those who cannot afford to purchase a brand new gadget but very particular about their social status, would prefer to get a second-hand iOS device.

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But like with many second-hand items, expect that its functionality is not going to be perfect.

If the iOS device starts to act up by freezing, screen fades to black or blank, or slow responses, before taking it to the Apple Store for fixing (and paying), it is advisable to perform a Hard Reset by pushing both the Lock button and Home button at the same time for around ten seconds. Wait for the screen to disappear and the Apple logo to appear and then you can start using the iOS device again. If symptoms persist, then it's time to go to the Apple store.

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Tips & Tricks

  • By doing this not only your whole data will be erased, but it will allow you to set up your device from the start including your Apple ID.

Questions and Answers

Do I need the previous owners Apple ID or Apple ID password to reset a pre-owned iPhone 4?

I have purchased an iPhone 4 from a friend after he had broken the screen however he moved before I realized I might need his info to do a factory reset, and he is on a religious "mission" in the middle of the Amazon jungle for the next 4 years, I was told that right at the end of a factory reset it asks for the previous owners Apple ID and password and if you don't provide it's stuck

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There is a workaround that you might want to try out. See if the phone is signed into iCloud:

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    Press the home button.
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    Tap on "Settings".
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    Tap on "iCloud".
    If a name is shown, then you need to perform the steps below. If not, skip the next section and go to the last one below it.
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If iCloud has been activated, you will have to follow the steps below first.

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    Jailbreak the phone by Installing Cydia.
    You can do it on this page: http://pangu8.com/cydia/
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    Open Cydia.
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    Tap on "Sources".
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    Tap on "Edit".
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    Tap on "Add".
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    Tap on "Add Source".
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    Tap on "Changes", "Refresh", and "Update".
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    Tap on "Search".
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    Tap on the search bar.
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    Type "iFile".
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    Tap on the black "iFile" line.
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    Tap on "Install".
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    Press the home button and open iFile.
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    Tap on the back arrow in the upper-left corner until you see "/".
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    Go into "/var/mobile/Library/Accounts" by tapping each word.
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    Tap on "Edit", select all of the files, and tap on "Delete".
    Confirm the action ("Move files to Trash"). All of the background applications must be closed for that to work.
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    Tap on "Done" and the back arrow in the upper-left corner.
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    Scroll down until you see "ConfigurationProfiles" and tap on it.
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    Tap on "Edit" and tap on "ClientTruth.plist".
    Tap on "Delete" and confirm it. Tap on "Done".
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    Double-press the home button and swipe all of the applications up to close them.
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    Turn off your device and turn it back on.
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    Go to "Settings", "iCloud", and set up a new iCloud account.
    Sign into it too.
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If no iCloud activation has been installed, you can start with these steps. Otherwise, perform the steps above first.

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    Power down the phone.
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    Launch iTunes on your computer.
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    Press and hold the home button.
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    Plug a USB Lightning cable into your computer and your phone.
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    When you see "iTunes" on the screen of the iPhone device, release the home button.
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    Click "Restore" in a pop-up window in iTunes.
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    Confirm your action by clicking "Restore and Update".
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    Wait for the phone to update.
    If you are asked to download the latest iOS version in iTunes, agree to it.
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    When you see "Hello" on the screen, you can unplug the phone.
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