how long should 'delete all contents and settings' take?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by wiivile, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. wiivile macrumors regular

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    I want to restore my iPhone back to original. How long does "delete all contents and settings' take to run? A few seconds? Hours?
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    A few minutes.
     
  3. wiivile thread starter macrumors regular

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    OK, I've heard stories of it taking hours but I guess those were old versions?
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    In the last couple weeks I wiped and sold both an iPhone 4S and an iPad 3 (both with iOS6) ... and each took about two to three minutes tops.
     
  5. wiivile thread starter macrumors regular

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    Did they have a lot of content (music/videos/etc?)
     
  6. Weaselboy Moderator

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    The iPhone did. Probably 10GB of music.
     
  7. ideal.dreams macrumors 68020

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    If the phone is jailbroken it will cause the delete option to hang. The best way to make sure everything is wiped from your device is to do a restore in iTunes.

    If the phone isn't jailbroken, it should only take a few minutes.
     
  8. Brian Y macrumors 68040

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    As said, if it's jailbroken, this wont work at all.

    The only exception is the anything iPhone 3G or older - it can take hours, since it actually has to delete anything. On the newer phones, it just deletes the encryption keys, then recreates default settings whiles which takes about 2 minutes.
     

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