The latest generation of iPhone is coming soon to an Apple Store near you. And yes, I really want it. I mean yes, I really NEED it. So what to do with that soon to be OLD iPhone? You could sell it, or better yet, you could repurpose it as an iPod Touch for the whole family to use!
Here’s how to turn your old iPhone into a shiny (or maybe not so) New-To-You iPod Touch
It’s not rocket science, but there are a few small steps we need to take before we can use our old iPhone without a mobile plan. Fortunately, it isn’t nearly as painful as the asking price for that really shiny new iPhone we really want (I mean, NEED.)
- Be sure that your new iPhone is up and running, that you have a backup in at least two locations (cloud and local) and that you are harmoniously enjoying your new iPhone before you take any of the actions below. Check out our article on backing up iPhones to make sure you have this one thoroughly wrapped up
- And note, if you are handing (or even selling) your old iPhone over to a friend, charity, or maybe even a family member, you should reset the device so that none of your private and personal information is unintentionally shared. This WILL Erase all the data. Do the reset before you follow the steps below.
So let’s get to it!
Insert a different SIM Card
Any card from any previously activated iPhone will do—it does not need to be active. If you don’t have a SIM card lying around, ask family/friends, or you can find them on eBay (what don’t they have on eBay?) And don’t worry, just because you are adding in a SIM card doesn’t mean you are adding a mobile service plan. So no monthly service charge, thank you.
SIM card trays are located either on the side of the iPhone opposite the volume control (for generations 4-current) or the top of the iPhone (for models original-3G.) To pop open the tray, insert a paperclip or an SIM-eject tool into the hole beside the tray.
Insert SIM card into old iPhone
- Connect old iPhone to your computer
- Launch iTunes
- iTunes will now see your old iPhone as a new device and will need to activate it
- Activate the iPhone
You can use your old iPhone without a SIM card but be warned that a bothersome pop-up message will surface each time you boot up, warning you that “! No SIM Card Installed.” If you choose this option, you won’t be able to restore the iPhone should you ever need to. The choice is yours; my suggestion is to opt for the SIM card.
Turn ON WiFi and Turn OFF Cellular
You don’t have or want a monthly plan, so best to just turn this option OFF so the device isn’t searching for a signal and you save a little battery life.
- Open Setting>Cellular
- Toggle Cellular to the OFF position (should turn gray)
- Go to Settings>WiFi
- Toggle WiFi to the ON position (should turn green)
- Select your WiFi network and enter the password if not done previously
And you’re at the finish line!
There are lots of fun ways to reuse your iPhone as an iPod Touch—use it as a music player, alarm clock, and even as a baby or health monitor. It’s really just an iPhone that doesn’t actually make any calls (and sometimes that is a very good thing indeed). Keep it for yourself or give it to friends, family, or even to charities.
Remember, if you are gifting your old iPhone to someone else, reset the device so that none of your private and personal information is inadvertently shared.