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How to prep an iPhone 5 before I sell it online?

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#1 yorocco7


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Posted 18 August 2016 - 11:15 AM

I have my aunt’s old iPhone 5 & she wants me to sell it on eBay for her. She is a bit of a techno-phobe so I’m sure she hasn’t done anything to get it ready to sell. I’m not even sure she ever used iTunes.  She just handed it to me & said “see what you can get for it”.  So I’ve heard there is more you need to do before you sell an iPhone than doing the factory reset & wiping the data. The cell still has its SIM card. She has been using her new iPhone 6 with her original Ph# for months now. I want to make sure I don’t do anything that messes up her current service while making sure the phone is ready to be used by a Verizon customer once sold.

-What steps do I need to take to prep the phone correctly for sale?

-Is there an easy way to unlock the phone from Verizon? (I heard its easy w/ ATT & Sprint)


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#2 smax013


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Posted 18 August 2016 - 04:35 PM

See if these help:



The are nominally the same except the second includes turning off activation lock, while the first does not for some strange reason. Turning off activation lock is definitely important (it might be done automatically when you erase the phone...don't recall).

You don't need to worry about items about backing up in both links as it is only really needed to transfer stuff to the new phone/setup the new phone. Since that is already done, you should not need to worry about it.

For a Verizon (and Sprint) iPhone 5, I am pretty sure that the SIM is intended to stay with phone when you sell it. You might want to call Verizon and ask them. You will need to call Verizon if you want to make sure it is deactivated and to have it unlocked. See section on Sprint and Verizon iPhones on this page:


As to unlocking, it appears that Verizon sells all their 4G LTE devices unlocked per this policy:


So, in theory, you should not need to unlock it. You could confirm that when you call into Verizon to make sure it is deactivated.

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