How to clear/destroy old iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by markw10, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. markw10 macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2006
    I just purchased two iPhone 3G's today and now have to decide what to do with my two old iPhone's. One was in perfect working order, the other destroyed by being dropped in water.

    My question: I plan to sell the working phone but want to know how I can completely clear it so that it's safe to sell. The second one, I can't even turn it on and don't see a purpose of selling it for parts, especially if anyone figures out how to get it to work there is data on it. How can I safely destroy the iPhone so that no one is able to get it and recover data?
  2. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    This is the best way that I know. Certainly worked for me.
  3. hkftw macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2008
    Beat me to it
  4. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    Something like Secure iPhone erase might work.

    While that technique does work, I don't think you could sell it after that! ;)
  5. megapopular macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2007
    Upgrade to 2.0...

    then use the "Erase All Content and Settings" tab under {General, Reset} that takes an hour to two hours and will erase data by overwriting several times. you can then downgrade if you'd like, unlock and sell it on ebay for like $300!

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