How to permanently wipe an iPhone

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  1. oldlabguy0 macrumors newbie

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    I have been with my iPhone 5S for 2 years and it's a great phone I eve used. I replaced its with iPhone 6S last week and planned to sell the 5S to a local resident. I followed a few tutorials after searching on forums and Google but the method won't work in my case. When I hit the erase button on my screen, then it stays there forever.

    Any other alternative than doing it on my iPhone?
     
  2. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    Use iTunes to restore as "new"...and don't restore from backup.
     
  3. oldlabguy0 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Where is the option? i seldom use iTunes for management :(
     
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Plug it to iTunes and hit restore.
    Once it's done restoring select setup as new.
     
  5. maxsix Suspended

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    Settings / General

    Reset / Erase All Content and Settings
     
  6. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    I'd follow this but I wouldn't select set up as new. That's the part where I would pull the cable out.
     
  7. Dentienly, Dec 17, 2015
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    Dentienly macrumors newbie

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    To delete your iPhone data, just perform the "Erase all content and settings". But this method won't completely erase data and still be easily recovered by some data recovery app. I personally recommend using iPhone data eraser app to delete your personal data.
     
  8. Edge1978 macrumors 6502

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    This has always worked for me.
     
  9. ielessar macrumors regular

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    Just make sure that you remove it from your iCloud devices so that the next owner faces no activation or iCloud lock issues.
     
  10. SisterBlue22 macrumors 6502

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    Is the phone jailbroken? If it is, "erase all content and settings" probably won't work.
     
  11. adamhenry macrumors 65816

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  12. oldlabguy0 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Doesn't work. The screen keeps flashing and nothing erased after reboot
     
  13. oldlabguy0 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    then how to erase an jailbroken iPhone?
     
  14. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    With iTunes
     
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  16. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020

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    Put it into dfu mode then restore it in iTunes.
     

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