Disposing of an old iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Faize, Dec 5, 2014.

  1. Faize macrumors member

    Sep 23, 2011
    I was cleaning out my closet last night when I discovered my old iPhone 3G. I don't want it anymore, but at the same time I'm mildly worried about someone recovering the data off of it.

    IIRC old iPhones don't have full disk encryption, so how can I:

    a) securely wipe the phone and
    b) dispose of it in an environmentally sensible way?
  2. TruckdriverSean macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2009
    Texas, US
    A) not sure
    B) re-use is FAR more enviro friendly than recycling. Sell or donate it.
  3. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    To securely wipe the phone plug it into your computer and do a factory restore through iTunes.

    To dispose of it list it on eBay or craigslist and someone will buy it.
  4. rigormortis, Dec 5, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2014

    rigormortis macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2009
    i just wanted to say that apple store will pay the recycling costs and send you a box


    dammt. bright star won't take it


    that sucks. they will send me a box for an power mac g4 quicksilver but i can't go to apple.com recycling for a 3g or 3gs

    as far as i know you don't need itunes to erase an iPhone 3g. you just plug it in and click erase and wait 2 hours. but i could be wrong about the tunes part.
    but it does need 2 hours to erase

    its just like ANDROID!!!!! make sure you write junk files on it a couple times
    and erase it each time
  5. MasterRyu2011 macrumors 65816

    Aug 22, 2014
    can you not take the battery out and beat the crap out of it to a pulp and then environmentally dispose of it?
  6. rigormortis macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2009
  7. lrsone macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2012
    New York, NY
    You can just send it to me.
  8. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Flash memory isn't like hard disk memory. There is no reason to overwrite the device multiple times (if any).

    I'm not sure what possible data you are worried about. Unless you work for the cia (in betting they'd require you to turn such a phone in for their own disposal anyway) you likely have absolutely nothing to worry about.
  9. Paco II macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2009
    The erase all content and settings option will securely erase the phone. It just will take quite a while on iPhones that do not support hardware encryption.

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