Over the next few months, millions of iPhone users are going to be upgrading to the iPhone 14. And as part of that upgrade, they will be wiping their previous iPhones ready for resale or passing on to a family member.
If you're going to be one of those people, read on.
You don't want to mess up this transfer, because not only could you lose data, but the next person could end up being unable to use the iPhone you sold or gave them. Follow these steps for a successful result for both of you.
Before you even think about wiping your old iPhone, there are some things that you should do. I'm going to assume that you're selling an iPhone that's still being supported and is capable of running iOS 15.
These are the iPhones that can run iOS 15:
iPhone 13 / 13 Mini / 13 Pro / 13 Pro Max
iPhone 12 / 12 Mini / 12 Pro / 12 Pro Max
iPhone 11 / 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max
iPhone XS / XS Max
iPhone 8 / 8 Plus
iPhone 7 / 7 Plus
iPhone 6s / 6s Plus
iPhone SE (1st generation)
iPhone SE (2nd generation)
If your iPhone is one of these and is not running the latest version of iOS 15, then I recommend upgrading to the latest release to get the best experience.
2. Look out for apps that need additional handholding during a transfer
Next, some apps -- specifically banking apps in my experience -- prefer it if you deactivate or deauthorize them on the old iPhone before moving to a new handset.
Next up, I want you to think about your data. How upset would you be if you lost your notes, photos, texts or other data that's on your iPhone?
Think about that for a moment. Because it's very easy to be blasé about your data while it's all there on your iPhone and safe.
Make sure to back up your data. To be honest, you should be doing that anyway. iCloud is the simplest, no-fuss method. To do this, tap on Settings > [your name] > iCloud on your iPhone, then tap iCloud Backup to begin the process.
Don't hand over a dirty, nasty iPhone to the next person.
I always remove any cases and screen protectors, and give the phone a wipe-down with lens cleaning wipes, just to freshen it up. Also, it's a nice touch to give the next person a charging cable and a charger if you have a spare.
And if you still have the original box, then so much the better.