Securely erasing the iPhone

Posted: September 21, 2013

If you are looking to sell your iPhone, or give it to somone as a gift, you should probably ensure that your personal data does not remain on the iPhone. Most would think that a restore via iTunes would take care of this. But it does not! It has been proven more than once, and by more than one person - one of them a programmer with deep routes in the iPhone community, and the other a state police detective using a forensics data retrieval kit built by that same programmer - that your personal data survives a restore. In the case of the detective, he purchased his iPhone via Apple directly (refurbished). This process takes just a few minutes.

You can read more about this process at Apple's support forums here:

Launch the Settings application. Then press General, then Reset. Press Erase All Content and Settings.

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Press Erase iPhone. Press Erase iPhone one more time.

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You'll see the Apple logo and a status bar for a minute or so. The iPhone will then display the Hello screen. You're ready to set it up. This process has been greatly improved in iOS 7!

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