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What To Do with Old iPhone After Transfer?

Axel Nash

Written By Axel Nash |

Hello,I've already transferred data from my old iPhone to the new iPhone 15 I bought. Do you know what I can do with the old iPhone after the transfer?

Different things can happen when you switch from an iPhone to an Android or a new iPhone. Either sell the old iPhone, give it to a family or friend, or hang on to it yourself.

However, before you rush to do anything with it, please read this article because there are things you can do with old iPhone after transferring its data to a new iPhone.


Part 1: What To Do With Old iPhone After Transfer?

What you do with an old iPhone after transfer varies. It depends on your next move with the device. If you want to sell the iPhone or give it to a family member or friend, you must do the following.

1. Back up Your Old iPhone

It's okay if you've transferred data from your old iPhone to the new iPhone via Quick Start. Still, the truth is anything unexpected such as a virus attack, accidental phone reset can happen in the future that might cause your phone data to get deleted entirely.

So, to avoid data loss in such scenarios, you'd better back up your old iPhone data to iCloud. But if you don't have enough iCloud storage, you can employ advanced data backup software like MobiletTrans to back up your iPhone data to a computer for free.

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The steps below show how to use MobileTrans to back up iPhone data.

Step 1: Install and launch the MobileTrans software on your computer.

Step 2: Click the Backup & Restore option from the top bar and select Backup from the Phone Backup & Restore option.

click the backup and restore

Step 3: Connect your old iPhone to the PC using a compatible USB cable. And once MobileTrans detect the device, select the type of data on the iPhone you wish to back up to your computer.

connect your old iphone

Step 4: Click the Start button to begin the iPhone backup to the computer. The process will take only a few minutes. Afterward, you can disconnect your iPhone from the PC.

2. Delete Personal Information from the Old iPhone

After you back up the old iPhone, the next thing you should do is delete your data. This is to prevent third-party from getting access to your information. If you don't know how to do that, follow the following process to complete the action.

a. Sign Out of iCloud and App Store

Step 1: Open the Settings app on the iPhone and tap on the Apple ID banner,

Step 2: Scroll down and tap Sign Out to log out of your Apple ID.

Step 3: Enter your Apple ID and password from the pop-up that appears to disable Find My and tap Turn Off.

enter your apple id

Step 4: Turn off all the toggles and tap Sign Out from the top right corner to finish.

Once you complete the steps above, you will automatically sign out of iCloud and App Store on the old iPhone.

b. Deregister iMessage

If you're switching from an old iPhone to an Android, then you need to deregister iMessage by doing the following;

Step 1: Turn off the iPhone's mobile data or WiFi connection.

Step 2: Open Settings > locate Messages and tap on it > turn off the toggle next to iMessage.

open settings

c. Reset your old iphone

You must reset your old iPhone to factory settings when you want to sell it or give it to someone. Doing so will delete all content and settings and make the phone look how it was when you bought it.

Step 1: Launch Settings on the iPhone and tap General.

Step 2: Scroll down and select Transfer or Reset iPhone. Tap Erase All Content and Settings to complete.

select transfer or reset iphone

d. Erase your old iPhone from trusted devices

Don't forget to erase trusted devices from old iPhones too. Follow the following steps to get this done;

Step 1: Open Settings and tap the Apple ID banner.

Step 2: Scroll to the bottom. You should see all the devices linked to your old iPhone. Tap on the one you want to remove.

scroll to the bottom

Step 3: Select Remove From Account and confirm the action by tapping Remove from the pop-up that appears.

select remove from account

Step 4: Repeat the process for all other iPhones linked with your old iPhone.

Part 2: What Else To Do With Your Old iPhone After Transfer?

The above actions are highly recommended for folks who want to sell their old iPhone or give someone else. However, if you intend to still hold onto the iPhone, you can do more with it rather than keep it somewhere in your home.

See things you can do with an old iPhone below;

1. Turn Your Old into a Security Camera

You can enhance your home security measure by utilizing your old iPhone as a security camera within your home. Although you need a third-party app for this, it's totally worth it. It'll allow you to stay alert to things in your surroundings, from monitoring your baby to staying updated with your kids' activities and doing lots more, even when you're away from home.

2. Make It Your Backup Phone

A backup of your phone data is essential, but phones also need backups sometimes. For example, unfortunate situations might occur whereby your iPhone gets stolen, spoilt, or lost. In such a situation, instead of buying a new iPhone, you can rely on the old iPhone.

3. Use It as a Music Player

You can also use your old iPhone as a music player. However, you need to ensure a playlist is installed for offline listening on the device. If not, you can connect the iPhone to WiFi or another phone's hotspot and download music from Apple Music. Doing this allows you to enjoy music in any part of your home all day, be it the kitchen, bedroom, or living room.

Final Thoughts

What to do with your old iPhone after transfer? The article has covered the best answers you should know, and we believe you found those answers helpful. It does not matter if you're giving away the old iPhone or keeping it for personal use. The actions recommended above are worth being executed.

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Axel Nash

Axel Nash

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