Turn Your Old iPhone Into An iPod

Convert an iPhone to an iPodIf you were one of the 7,496,546,201* people that purchased an iPhone 4 or 4S this week and are wondering to due with your ancient relic of an iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS, here’s an idea: make it an iPod!  Sure, you may make some money back on eBay by selling your phone, but why not put it to use instead?  Here are the steps we took to make this happen.

*may not be an accurate number. 

Step One: Connect Your iPhone to a Computer

Get out your trusty iPhone charging cable and connect it to your computer of choice.  Make sure the latest version of iTunes is installed.

Step Two: Backup (Optional)

For this I normally first choose to Transfer Purchases and then choose to Backup as a second step.  To do this you can just right click (or option-click) on your device listed in the left column and select the appropriate action.

Step Three: Restore

Now that you have a backup (if desired), you may now restore your phone to factory defaults.  Click on your device in the left column and you will see a screen with options to Check for Update or Restore.  Click on Restore.  You will be warned that you are about to restore your phone.  Click OK.  Then you may be warned of purchases being on your phone.  You backed up and transferred purchases, so click on Continue.

The next screen will be a note about the latest software update and all the new changes.  Click on Next.  Now the fascinating read that is the iPhone Software Update terms will be displayed.  Click Agree.

Now we wait.  How long?  Well, depending on your Internet Connection this could be a while.

iTunes will automate the entire restore process until you are greeted with a welcome screen to either setup your new iPhone or restore from a backup.  Choose Setup a New iPhone and name it whatever you wantUncheck the options to automatically sync contacts, calendars… and applications and click Done.

Step Four: Sync!

In iTunes, on the screen that displays your iPhone information, Click on Info (located at the top).  This is where you choose what you want to do with this phone.  Since I don’t want to sync any mail, contacts or calendars, we will just move along to AppsClick on Apps at the top and check Sync AppsChoose the apps you want to sync and move along to Music.  If this is your iPod start selecting music to sync to the device.  When you have selected everything you want to sync to your new iPod click on Sync at the bottom of the iTunes window.

Step Five: Setup Your New Device

The iPhone still wants me to walk through the iOS5 setup.  I stepped through the process quite easily and added my Apple ID to the phone.  I opted to use iCloud and backup to iCloud (more on that in a minute).  Keep working through the setup like its a new phone and click on Start Using iPhone.  Now that you are at the home screen, CONFIGURE!

Step Six: Cripple iCloud for Fun and Profit

You may have different needs, but I do not want all of my calendars, contacts and more added to this device.  To modify iCloud, tap Settings, select iCloud and turn off Contacts, Calendars, Reminders and Bookmarks by default.  Keep Find My iPhone on if you have any hopes to finding this thing when it inevitably gets lost.

Step Seven: The FaceTime Conundrum

We learned this the hard way when my dad tried to FaceTime me shortly after activating my new phone and my desk lit up like a Christmas tree.  The iPad, both laptops and my iPhone went off.  I don’t want FaceTime on my iPod, so, click back on Settings, go to FaceTime and turn it off.

Step Eight: No More Messaging

The same theory as FaceTime applies here.  Click back on Settings, go to Messages and turn off iMessage.

Step Nine: Let’s Get This Over With

Time to customize your new iPod.  Since you can’t get rid of the default apps on the iPhone, I moved the Mail and Phone icons to a folder called “Apple” then put any unnecessary built-in app into that folder or the “Utilities” folder.

Voila!  You now have an iPod/Child Pacifier/Really Expensive Apple TV Remote.

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    One Response to “Turn Your Old iPhone Into An iPod”

    1. games says:

      Hands down, Apple’s app store wins by a mile. It’s a huge selection of all sorts of apps vs a rather sad selection of a handful for Zune. Microsoft has plans, especially in the realm of games, but I’m not sure I’d want to bet on the future if this aspect is important to you. The iPod is a much better choice in that case.

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