Imagine getting lucky enough to inherit an Apple iPhone or an iPad from some family member or a friend. It may not be the new iPhone or iPad, but still, it would be a great gift. There could be scratches, or it could be used roughly, but if the operating system is functioning properly then you have got yourself a great deal. Not only that, but Apple allows you to renew your device by setting it up as a new device.

It is highly unlikely that the person from whom you have got the iPhone/iPad would have had already cleared their data and content from it. If that’s the case, then setting up the device truly as your own would be much easier. However, if the person has not cleared the data (erase all content and settings) then you may have to take them in the loop before you can set up the device as new.

Of course, you wouldn’t like to use a device having data from someone else. Not only does it occupy storage space, but it also raises privacy concerns too. It is obvious that there would be some apps that you would like to keep from previous data. In that case, you would have to go app by app or feature by feature to clear the device. This process would consume a lot of time and effort and therefore not recommended.

What you can do in this case is to take the note of apps and features so you can download/install them again once the phone is ready for your use. There could be some paid apps that you would have to delete. Simply consider it as a small price you are paying to get your hand on a wonderful iPhone/iPad. Now, if you have understood the process explained above, have a look at the procedure on how to perform it.

Check Apple ID and iCloud options:

The first step is to check that if your device is connected to an Apple ID or not. You would prefer to have your own Apple ID synced with your device and for that, you would have to remove previous Apple ID if it already isn’t. To check Apple ID, you need to go to the settings of your device. The first option on the Settings’ screen is Apple ID.

Check if there is any Apple ID present there. If it is then you would require to sign out from it. Scroll down to the bottom of your screen and locate the option Sign Out. Upon tapping this option, you would require to provide the Apple ID’ password. You can ask the person from whom you have got the phone to do this step for you. if there is no Apple ID then you can instantly sign in with your Apple ID without any hassle.

Now, have a look at the options iCloud, Photos, and Find my iPhone are turned off. If they are turned on then again, you’d have to ask the previous owner to help you. They will need to remove this device from their account. They can remotely do it from their end. If they are aware of the process then excellent, if not, they can do it by:

1. They have to sign in to their iCloud account via www.iCloud/find.

2. Locate the device they do not own anymore (the one that’s with you now).

3. Select the option Erase by tapping/clicking on it.

4. Once the device is erased, click the option Remove.

Remove Apple Pay:

If the previous owner was using the Apple Pay on their device then they would have to remove it separately. They can do it by:

1. Open

2. Find the devices that are using Apple Pay by simply clicking the option Settings.

3. Now locate the device that they do not own anymore and click on it.

4. Click Remove next to Apple Pay.

Once these things are sorted out and you are sure that the previous owner has got it right, you can move on to the next steps. Always ask the previous owner that if they have created the iCloud backup of their device as all the data would disappear as soon as you clear the device.

Software Update:

Before getting into any other setting of the device, it is imperative that you check for a software update. It is likely that the previous owner wouldn’t have checked an update for long. So, the device would be running on the older version at the time you got it from the owner. Performing resets or erasing setting on the older version of iOS is a risky business and therefore it is recommended that you update it beforehand.

Updating the iOS is perhaps the simplest thing you can do on your device. Additionally, updating the software is completely safe. Also, the Apple devices get a lot of improvement (Speed and functionality) once they are updated to the latest iOS version. If you are an Apple user then you may know how to do it. If not, you can follow these simple steps.

1. Go to the Settings of your iPhone/iPad.

2. Tap the option General.

3. Next, tap the second option on your screen which is Software Update.
Download the software and update it

4. Download the software and update it. It may take around 30-45 minutes.

5. If the device is updated to the latest version then it will notify you with an on-screen message.

Disable iMessage and FaceTime

You need to completely disassociate the device from its previous owner and that includes not only data, but also messages, FaceTime calls, and other information. You would have to manually disable iMessage and FaceTime before you can erase all content and settings. The method is quite simple, and you can do it by:

1. Go to the Settings on your device.

2. Scroll down, locate the option Messages and tap on it.
Locate the option iMessage and toggle it off to disable it

3. Locate the option iMessage and toggle it off to disable it.

4. Revisit the Settings Page.

5. Tap on the option FaceTime.
toggle FaceTime to off

6. Now toggle FaceTime to off.

Since both the iMessage and FaceTime features have been disabled now, you can move on to the next step.

Erase All Content and Settings:

Now you have reached the step where you will clear out all the data and content from your device. Make sure the previous user has copied or backed up the important things before you can perform this method. Once assured, follow these steps:

1. Go to the Settings of your device.

2. Tap on the option General.

3. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and tap the option Reset.
Erase All Content and Settings

4. You would be able to see different reset methods. You need to tap on the option Erase All Content and Settings.

5. Provide the passcode if required to prompt the process.

6. Let the process to finish. When the iPhone is done resetting to factory settings, it’ll reboot as if it was brand new.

Via iTunes:

If the method Erase All Content and Settings doesn’t work for you for any reason, you can utilize iTunes to your advantage. You can do that by:

1. Connect your device to iTunes (on laptop/Mac) via the charging cable.

2. Launch the iTunes and force restart your device while it is connected. You can do that by pressing and holding the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons at the same time.

3. Keep holding it even when you see the Apple logo.

4. Now you will see the Recovery Mode screen.

5. Now you will see a Pop-up on iTunes asking you to Restore or Update the device. Choose Restore.

6. Now let the iTunes complete the process. It would take like 15 minutes. When the iPhone is done resetting to factory settings, it’ll reboot as if it was brand new.

That’s it; the device is now all yours barring a few things that still relates to the previous owner. For that, you just need to perform a few extra steps.

Disassociate the Device from the Apple Account:

Regardless of whom you are getting the device from or giving the device to, it is imperative that you disassociate it from the former Apple Account and Support Profile. You have already done that in the steps above, but it is just a further precaution that demands you to perform a simple step. You can do it by:

1. Log into the apple ID site

2. Log in to the Apple account; you must know or ask the Apple ID credentials.

3. Locate the device that you inherited from the previous owner.

4. Remove it from there.

Remember, you may need assistance from the previous owner as the Apple ID credentials are required to perform this step.

Remove SIM:

You also need to put your SIM in the iPhone. If the previous owner hasn’t already removed the SIM card then you would have to do it by yourself. You can do it by:

1. Locate the SIM Card tray located under the sleep/wake button.

2. Open it via the Eject Pin or a common pin.

3. Pull the tray out, remove the old SIM card and place the new one.

4. Now push the tray back.

You should also return the SIM card to the owner.

Setting Up the Device:

Now it’s time to set up the device as your own. You can do that by:

1. Switch on your device. You will be greeted with a Hello message on the screen.

2. Select your language and country.

3. Set up a Wi-Fi or Mobile Connection.

4. Choose to enable to disable location services.

5. Choose the new Passcode or a Touch ID (if applicable).

6. If you already have an Apple ID with your data, you can choose to restore it on this device. You can also do that later if you want.

7. You will get different options to restore. They are Restore from iCloud Backup, Restore from iTunes, and Move Data from Android. You can also Set Up as New iPhone.

8. It is entirely up to you how you want your phone to be set-up. However, if you choose the option Set Up as New iPhone then it is obvious that there would be no restoration of data.

Now you can use the phone as your own (completely yours) once the set-up is complete.