How do you wipe an iphone for sale on ebay?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by jrm27, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. jrm27 macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2008
    To make a long story short, apple sent me a replacement phone from my applecare benefit after I called in and said my mute switch was broken. A week alter they sent me my broken phoen back unfixed saying that it had water damage. Must be a faulty sensor, but there's nothing they will do about it, See my thread. So, now I'm stuck with two phones. I 've been using the "water damaged" one (minus the mute switch) while I try and get apple to respond to my issue. Looks to be fruitless.

    So, instead of eating the cost of the replacement phone they sent me, I think I'm going to sell it on ebay. I used it for a week while I thought applecare would fix my old iphone, but haven't touched it sense. How do I wipe it clean of all info so I can sell it on ebay and try to regain some of my money?

    Are there any problems anyone can see with doing this?
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    As far as I know, Settings -> General -> Restore -> Erase All Content and Settings is a secure erase feature that will overwrite your data randomly so nothing can be recovered from the phone.

    It's discussed here (scroll down):,1

    Note that it appears to take a fairly long time (which is a good indication it's being done properly, I guess... the scrubbing process on the Blackberry is also painfully slow). Make sure the iPhone is plugged into a charger or something so it doesn't die in the process.
  3. jackryan57 macrumors regular

    Nov 29, 2008
    When I got a replacement iphone from the apple store - I told them I needed to make sure all my data was wiped from the phone I was giving back - the steps described above is how they did it.
  4. jrm27 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2008
    Awesome! Thanks so much for the direction! Now to put it up on ebay... wish this place had a marketplace!
  5. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    It does. You're just probably not qualified to see it... yet.
  6. jrm27 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2008
    ahh, thanks! I thought this place had one when I joined up a while ago... eventually I'll be qualified!

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