1. M L's Avatar
    I've never used an iPhone before but just dusted off a friends old 3gs, popped in my Net10 sim card and changed the apn settings. It works, makes calls and have data and wifi. So far so good. My question now is do I need to have an iTunes account? Or can I even? I'm not sure if it would be able to update ios at all, looks like it's on Version 4.3.5, would any of the apps be able to be updated, or can I get new apps for a phone this old? Would connecting to iTunes change the current settings and mess everything up for me?
    Last edited by M L; 05-14-2015 at 02:52 PM. Reason: clearer title question
    05-14-2015 02:35 PM
  2. Just_Me_D said: Best Answer

    Many of the apps that are in the App Store require a more recent version of iOS. Having said that, you will be limited in which apps you will be able to install. Anyway, you will need an Apple ID, a gift card or debit/credit card in order to download apps from the App Store. As for whether or not you can update your iOS version, you can connect it to your computer, initiate the computer's iTunes app and then select update to find out. As for your last question, the answer is maybe. I mean, it may detect that the device is registered on a different computer and may ask if you want to register it with your computer, but I'm only speculating. You won't know for certain until you connect.
  3. kch50428's Avatar
    Do you need an AppleID/iTunes account? No... Would having one be of benefit? I honestly don't know with a device of that vintage...
    05-14-2015 02:38 PM
  4. M L's Avatar
    thanks, I think.
    ...I don't mean to seem rude but why bother responding if your answer is "I don't know" ?
    05-14-2015 02:54 PM
  5. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Many of the apps that are in the App Store require a more recent version of iOS. Having said that, you will be limited in which apps you will be able to install. Anyway, you will need an Apple ID, a gift card or debit/credit card in order to download apps from the App Store. As for whether or not you can update your iOS version, you can connect it to your computer, initiate the computer's iTunes app and then select update to find out. As for your last question, the answer is maybe. I mean, it may detect that the device is registered on a different computer and may ask if you want to register it with your computer, but I'm only speculating. You won't know for certain until you connect.
    M L likes this.
    05-14-2015 03:01 PM
  6. M L's Avatar
    I opened google on the phone, at the bottom under the search box there's 'apps' 'voice' and 'goggles', I clicked on apps, clicked on the gmail app bringing up a description, clicked 'get' and 'install app' and it brought up the previous owners apple id for password. When I cancel it just goes back to the app description. How can I change that?
    I'm really just looking for a few free apps, like gmail, not big on games and don't plan on buying any songs.
    05-14-2015 05:58 PM
  7. parker5011's Avatar
    Delete the  ID in settings. Set up a new  ID for yourself.


    iPhone 6 sending this your way!
    05-14-2015 06:08 PM
  8. M L's Avatar
    thanks. I've been all through settings, didn't see anywhere to change id settings.
    05-14-2015 06:14 PM
  9. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    thanks. I've been all through settings, didn't see anywhere to change id settings.
    Go to iTunes. Scroll down to bottom on "featured". Enter ID. Then go iCloud and change ID.
    M L likes this.
    05-14-2015 07:30 PM
  10. Not Quite Right's Avatar
    thanks, I think.
    ...I don't mean to seem rude but why bother responding if your answer is "I don't know" ?
    It's kinda funny that people are always rude right after saying "I don't mean to be rude but ... "
    05-16-2015 11:40 AM
  11. M L's Avatar
    It's kinda funny that people are always rude right after saying "I don't mean to be rude but ... "
    Do you really think it was rude? I didn't, still don't. And didn't mean it to be, really just said that because you never know how others are going to take it or read into it.
    05-21-2015 02:04 PM
  12. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    thanks, I think.
    ...I don't mean to seem rude but why bother responding if your answer is "I don't know" ?
    An answer of "I don't know" can tell you quite a bit. For example, it let's you know that your question(s) was/were not ignored. It let's you know that the reader contemplated what he or she read and concluded that he or she didn't know the answer. Still, in regard to the context in which the reply was given, "I don't know" is indeed a legitimate response because your device is considered very old and outdated.
    kch50428 and Not Quite Right like this.
    05-21-2015 02:11 PM
  13. M L's Avatar
    I understand your point and don't want to turn this into a netiquette debate, but I just don't agree. If readers don't know the answer to someone's question it would be better not to reply at all and wait for an informed answer from someone who does know. Scrolling down pages of "I don't know's" is of no more use to someone than finding that no one has replied at all. Also other people who might have the same or similar question might find this page and think it too cluttered with useless stuff to continue reading. I know that this device is old and outdated, which is why I thought that iPhone 3GS forum was a good place to post looking for informed answers while reducing the risk of iPhone 5 and 6 users who might only reply to snarkily tell me to get a new phone, I just didn't consider that it would take this turn.
    05-21-2015 05:06 PM
  14. kch50428's Avatar
    I understand your point and don't want to turn this into a netiquette debate, but I just don't agree. If readers don't know the answer to someone's question it would be better not to reply at all and wait for an informed answer from someone who does know. Scrolling down pages of "I don't know's" is of no more use to someone than finding that no one has replied at all. Also other people who might have the same or similar question might find this page and think it too cluttered with useless stuff to continue reading. I know that this device is old and outdated, which is why I thought that iPhone 3GS forum was a good place to post looking for informed answers while reducing the risk of iPhone 5 and 6 users who might only reply to snarkily tell me to get a new phone, I just didn't consider that it would take this turn.
    Move on... I posted "I don't know" with an intention to find out and get back... but, you snarked before I could... so, I quit trying to help.
    MobileMadness002 likes this.
    05-21-2015 05:25 PM
  15. Not Quite Right's Avatar
    Do you really think it was rude? I didn't, still don't. And didn't mean it to be, really just said that because you never know how others are going to take it or read into it.
    I do, You were, and of course you did ... hence your precursor, and my comment. Be respectful that anyone cared enough to reply, instead of copping an attitude because you didn't like the answer you received ...
    05-21-2015 05:41 PM
  16. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I understand your point and don't want to turn this into a netiquette debate, but I just don't agree. If readers don't know the answer to someone's question it would be better not to reply at all and wait for an informed answer from someone who does know. Scrolling down pages of "I don't know's" is of no more use to someone than finding that no one has replied at all. Also other people who might have the same or similar question might find this page and think it too cluttered with useless stuff to continue reading. I know that this device is old and outdated, which is why I thought that iPhone 3GS forum was a good place to post looking for informed answers while reducing the risk of iPhone 5 and 6 users who might only reply to snarkily tell me to get a new phone, I just didn't consider that it would take this turn.
    I get what you saying, M.L., but from our standpoint, we have discovered that my everyone is as patient as you. You'd be surprised to see how many duplicate threads get created because someone was either too impatient or thought that no one viewed their post. That is why you often see replies similar to, "I don't know, but hopefully someone who does will be along soon to answer your question". That also tells others who may be experiencing a similar problem to be patient and check back soon for a response instead of creating a thread asking the exact same thing. Remember, what doesn't make sense to some makes perfect sense to others.......Anyway, let's move on from this. Everyone has given their view and all that is left is for someone to come along with a suitable suggestion. Having said that, because your device is no longer supported, finding a suitable solution may prove to be quite difficult. Just keep that in mind please.
    05-21-2015 09:13 PM
  17. Pcmx's Avatar
    Idk if it helps anyone but when I got my 3GS it was erased then hooked to iTunes and received an update to a latest supported iOS 6.1.6.

    I have an Apple ID and use that in the App Store but many apps required a newer iOS. Some would even say an older version was available but I couldn't get past the prompt for a new iOS to get them.

    Then I read somewhere if I purchased and downloaded the app in iTunes on my desktop (Mac), it still wouldn't work or sync to the device but now if I went on the 3GS to the App Store, I would get the option since I already got the app to receive an older version, that's also if the developer supports older versions.

    I was able to get the app that I wanted this way and it will even sync after installed. Make sure an older version is available first
    06-18-2015 07:13 PM

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