iphone - reset? does it really erase all?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by nolegirl01, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. nolegirl01 macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2012
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Question: When you are about to sell your iphone or give it away to someone and you do a hard reset to delete everything from the iphone...does it really delete everything or can someone hack into your phone and retrieve everything? I was just wondering if it was possible?
  2. unlimitedx macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2010
  3. bryxcore macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2012
    yeah. it deletes everything. i sold my 3gs a couple days ago. i think as long as you dont connect to your apple account, nothing will be downloaded from your icloud (after you reset your phone)
  4. nolegirl01 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2012
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    How can you make sure everything is truly deleted? Is there another way to do a full reset so people can't get your information back?
  5. Geckotek macrumors G3


    Jul 22, 2008
    No, Apple got burned a few years back because it wasn't secure at all. They moved to a system that overwrites the entire memory with 1s.

    However, I always suggest people disable iMessage first to make sure their device is no longer associated with Apple's servers. There have been cases of wiped phones continuing to receive iMessages for the old user. Not sure if Apple ever fixed this or not.
  6. lelisa13p macrumors 68000


    Mar 6, 2009
    Atlanta, GA USA
    Excellent point. There are threads from after the release of iPhone 4s (when iMessage came into play) detailing problems of people who discovered this unpleasant fact after their previous iPhones were activated by the new owners.

    When you factory reset your old iPhone, it can take a long time for the process to complete, depending on how much data you have stored. Be patient. :)
  7. opnr2000 macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2007
    You should really just download the same firmware you are currently on and use that to format by holding down shift when pressing restore. This way everything on the phone gets wiped clean and a fresh OS is installed.

    The iPhone will be setup as a new phone when the buyer connects it to iTunes.
  8. OMG2GDTOBTRUE macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2014
    How do you even do that on pc or on ur phone??
  9. iamMacPerson macrumors 68030


    Jun 12, 2011
    Why don't you just download the IPSW from iTunes and restore that way? It downloads a fresh IPSW from Apple then restores. Plus it's more convenient then having to find a good IPSW on the internet.
  10. JOSE891 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2012
    Las Vegas
    You guys realize this is a 2 year old thread right?

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