Handing down my iPhone
January 26, 2012 10:40 AM Subscribe
What is the best way to manage getting a new iPhone and effectively turning the old one into an iPod Touch?
posted by expialidocious to Technology (6 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I have an iPhone 3GS, currently running the latest iOS 5. I am planning to use my upgrade eligibility to get the latest iPhone, then copy all of my apps, data, music, accounts, and preferences (including multiple email accounts and a somewhat complicated calendar setup) to the new phone. Once that's done, I'd like to wipe all the personal data off the old phone and use it as a music player and all-around timewaster.
Complications: Ideally, the two phones will sync to the same computer, but separate login accounts.
Other specifications: Host computer is Windows 7 Pro, cell provider is AT&T. Wifi is available at home.
What steps should I take to get this done with a minimum of sim-card-swapping and low risk of locking myself out of the old phone somehow? Do I need to do the initial transfer to the new phone at an AT&T store? Do I need a separate Apple ID for each device? Is there an easy way to include the DRM-free portions of my music, book, and app libraries on both devices?