Does the Genius Bar wipe your data when swapping iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by DMB1, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. DMB1 macrumors member

    Nov 22, 2012
    My girlfriend went to an Apple store in Belfast, Northern Ireland, after problems with her iPhone5 and they switched it for her. But he never got her to wipe the data from the phone? When she questioned the fella about her stuff and wiping it, he said he done it for her.

    The original phone was completely functional and once he brought out the replacement he directed her to a work bench in the store so all her apps could download and told her once that's done give me a shout and you can clear this phone, as he said it he put the original phone in a white box. He came back over 10 mins later and said you can leave once your phone is synced, this is when she asked about the stuff being deleted and he said I just done it. The phone had a pass code etc.

    Does this sound normal and is she being too sceptical?

  2. 1080p macrumors 68030


    Mar 17, 2010
    Planet Earth
    They claim to wipe it, but I always insist on doing a "Reset All Content and Settings" before they take it away.
  3. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    Depends on a) the person b) how busy it is and c) whether they remember.

    They'll be wiped when they go back anyway.
  4. Yujenisis macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2002
    At my old store we would *always* wipe the phones. We would also try as much as possible to have the customer wipe their own phone prior to leaving as we found this minimized worry and eliminated customers calling back hoping we hadn't deleted their stuff yet because of that one photo they wanted. "Remember when we wiped your phone together?"

    For extra redundancy, the Genius Admins, who managed the service inventory, would double-check all phones that were still able to power on before transferring them to Back of House for shipping.

    I cannot speak for how things went at other stores. Where I worked was a flagship, and by all accounts those are significantly better run than your average shop.

    I hope this helps!
  5. ericg301 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    I swapped mine yesterday and the Genius had me "pull the trigger" on the ERASE ALL button. He said it was policy for customers to clear their phone themselves.
  6. jrswizzle macrumors 603


    Aug 23, 2012
    McKinney, TX
    All my experiences have been yes - they make ME press the button. I assume so they aren't liable for any lost data and so they can prove it was wiped since I did it.


    +1 - didn't see this before I posted. I've had the same experiences.
  7. DMB1 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 22, 2012
    Thanks for the replies, he did say he wiped it himself. It's just as he put it in the box he told her once your phone has stopped syncing, I will get the phone for you so you can clear the data yourself. Then it changed to him doing it himself without her seeing him do it.
  8. corys00 macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2011
    Two possible scenarios with this one:

    Hot Chick - Data wiped after every guy checked the photo gallery
    Ugly Chick - Data wiped after original rep checked for a hot girl in the gallery
  9. eddyecb macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2012
    everytime ive had a phone replaced at the vic square apple store, the guy has had me press the button to erase everything, so ive no doubt that he did do it.
  10. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    I doubt the correct procedure is different in Ireland than it is here, but at least in the US, the Genius is supposed to let you know the the phone needs to be wiped, and make sure that YOU press the button and see that's being wiped.

    If he didn't do that, I wouldn't have trusted him. I would've made him bring it back out and wipe it in front of you, at best.

    Since it's already too late to do that, the first step should be changing all ofer her e-mail/social networking/banking passwords, right away.

    Was Find My iPhone enabled on it? If so, I would log in and see if by chance it still shows up. If it does, then he DEFINITELY didn't wipe it, and you should do a remote wipe ASAP.
  11. AFDoc macrumors 68030

    Jun 29, 2012
    Colorado Springs USA for now
    Why would any rational person turn over a device that has all their info still available? YOU should go to settings --> General --> Reset --> Erase all content and settings.

    IF you don't that's on you, no reason for the apple employee to do it for you.
  12. zamudiovsky macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2012
    i got a new iPhone after my lock button stopped working and I had to ask the guy if he erased all the data, he then took it out of the box, turned it on and made me "pull the trigger".
  13. el3ctone macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2008
    from my past experiences, they have me erase it personally in front of them. I like that.
  14. tonyy macrumors 6502a


    Oct 8, 2011
    When I got mine replaced, the genius had me push the red button to confirm that the data is erased and iPhone restored.
  15. adam044 macrumors 65816


    Jan 24, 2012
    No they don't. I got my 5 replaced on once and they came out with the new one put my old one in the box and I was free to go. I didn't realize until I got home that everything was still on my phone, so I logged into find my iPhone and there it was sitting in the apple store so I remotely wiped it from on the website.
  16. james948 macrumors 6502

    Nov 17, 2004
    i'm a former genius.

    It just goes back to the factory where they wipe it.

    Unless of course your girlfriend is hot in which case we would always check for naked pictures.
  17. Firestrife macrumors member


    Aug 21, 2008
    Bay Area
    When I went to swap my 4. The guy had pulled up the erase all button and had me press the button. I would assume it'd be for all customers.

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