Trading iPhone 6 for iPhone 5s. As simple as swapping sim cards?

Jeff Mendoza1

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I will be trading my AT&T-locked iPhone 6 for an AT&T-locked iPhone 5s. We are both on contract.

What do we need to do to ensure a smooth swap without losing our data? Is it as simple as doing a backup, swapping sim cards, then re-storing from the backup? Will the phones work after this is done?

I'm unsure after we do the above if we then need to go into an AT&T store to activate the sim cards to our new, respective phones.
 

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Yes, should be as simple as backing up, swapping sims, and restoring back-ups... You might want to throw in a erase all content and settings step after the initial backup... And make sure you do the process to turn off activation lock on both devices before doing anything at all...
 
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Jeff Mendoza1

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Thanks for the help! I do plan on erasing all content before swapping phones as I don't need the other party to see all my information.

The only reason I went from a 5 to a 6 was because I ran out of memory on the 5. I had reservations about the size of the 6 and its design but i had no choice but to get a new phone with more memory. Looking back I should have upgraded to a 5s then.

After a few months with the 6, just not liking the size or design.

I'm trading my phone with a neighbor who is putting cash on top of his 5s, so basically I'm selling the 6 and buying a 5s
 
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Swapped Sim from my iPhone 5 to the iPhone 6 without contacting AT&T. Had I went to AT&T I'm sure there'd been a charge just to charge for nothing


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Thanks again for everyone's help. Just to close the loop...

I traded my 6 and got back into a 5s. Just swapped sim cards, restored the phone from a backup, and all is good. Both my iCloud account and AT&T account already show the 5s as my phone
 

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Thanks again for everyone's help. Just to close the loop...

I traded my 6 and got back into a 5s. Just swapped sim cards, restored the phone from a backup, and all is good. Both my iCloud account and AT&T account already show the 5s as my phone

Good :) Glad to hear it worked out for you :)
 

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I do not know yet but my husband is going to be doing that with my iphone 5s since I upgraded to a 6 but I will tell you we did this with a 4s from his 3s and it was not compatable but we called AT&T and they shipped a new sim within two days and we were fine no extra charge or anything but I am hoping it's a simple as swapping sim cards.. Just FYI
 

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I do not know yet but my husband is going to be doing that with my iphone 5s since I upgraded to a 6 but I will tell you we did this with a 4s from his 3s and it was not compatable but we called AT&T and they shipped a new sim within two days and we were fine no extra charge or anything but I am hoping it's a simple as swapping sim cards.. Just FYI

I believe the reason why AT&T needed to send you a new sim for the 4S was because the 3GS used a full size sim and the 4S uses a micro sim which is smaller. Swapping sims between a 6 and 5S will be no problem size-wise since both use the same newer nano-sim cards.