How to Wipe an iPhone Correctly


This post shows the right way to wipe an iPhone and keep privacy and important files safe before selling and giving away your iPhone.

May 16, 2016


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If you plan to sell your old iPhone and buy a new one, you’d better to wipe your old device to make sure there is no privacy and important data that would be passed with device to another person. Because what you are going to give away is the device but not the data and privacy information on it. And, some data could be priceless, such as account name and password.

How to Wipe an iPhone

1. Backup your iPhone.

If you want to buy a new iPhone, you can backup all data and settings to iTunes or iCloud and then restore them to your new iPhone. If not, you can export photos, videos, contacts and some other important data to computer firstly for backup.

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2. Log out of accounts on your iPhone. And the most important accounts are iCloud, iTunes, App Store, iMessage, Wallet and Apple Pay. Just go to Settings to log out of these accounts to protect your account info from leak.

3. Reset iPhone to Factory Settings. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. After reset, just set up your device as a new iPhone.

How to Wipe an iPhone

How to Wipe an iPhone

The Bottom Line

This is a basic tutorial teaching you to wipe out your iPhone before selling or giving away. There are some other iMobie tutorials tell you how to delete synced photos, delete documents and data and wipe out all messages on your iPhone.

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