How to Erase Personal Data on iPhone for Selling?
I used my iPhone 4 for years and now I want to donate it to charity for getting a new iPhone 5S. My question is how I can delete everything off of my iPhone 4 before selling it because I used to store lots of private data on the phone. And which way is the quickest as well? Thanks a lot for any suggestion!
When referring to erase data from iPhone, many people choose to restore their iPhones to factory default settings. However, you should be aware that restoring iPhone or deleting content from iPhone only makes the data invisible and inaccessible, they are not really erased from your iPhone. Other people use simple data recovery software can easily recover all your personal data from iPhone. That's why we write this article to tell you how to delete everything on your iPhone permanently before selling it, in order to protect your privacy.
The safest and most direct way to erase data from iPhone for good is using professional third-party software. Here, We highly recommend iPubsoft iPhone Data Eraser (for Windows 8/7) or iPubsoft iPhone Data Eraser for Mac (for Mac OS X 10.8 or later), which offers you the most secure way to smash everything like contacts, SMS, videos, photos, account info, password, etc. from iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, etc. without restoring. After deleting data with this tool, no any data recovery program can recover back the deleted data.
In the very beginning, you should download the free trial version of the software to have a try. Choose the right version according to your computer system.
Detailed Steps to Wipe All Data on iPhone without Restore
Before deleting data from your old iPhone, make sure use the iPhone to Computer Transfer to backup the data that you don't want to lose onto your computer. Then, you can follow the steps below to wipe everything from iPhone with one click. The whole process only takes you a few seconds. Let's begin!
Step 1. Connect iPhone to Computer and Run Program
Launch the installed iPhone Data Eraser, link your old iPhone from which you want to delete data to your computer with Apple provided USB cord. Once the connection is successful, the program will detect your iPhone automatically and show all the contained data on the main interface.
Step 2: Choose Your Wanted Data Erasing Level
The program provides you with three levels of data erasing. The first level will erase your iPhone data quickly to save your time. The second level will leave no traceability of data erasure and use random data to overwrite all existing and deleted data on your iPhone. The third level is the most secure option which will write over the data 3 times. You can directly use the default second level.
Step 3: Start to Delete Data from Your iPhone
After choosing the data erasing level, you can choose the option of "erase all data and settings" to delete all data from your iPhone 5S/5C/4S/3GS with one click. The process of data erasing will take you a little while. Keep your iPhone connected during the whole course.
When it's complete, you will see your iPhone is returned to be a clean slate! Nothing can be detected or recovered from your iPhone right now. Now you can take the SIM card out of your iPhone and get it ready for selling on eBay or other sale places safely. Don't forget to share this powerful software with more people.