Secure delete device for resale.

Discussion in 'iPad' started by nickn, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. nickn macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2011
    I am done with Apple mobile products, and have upgraded to new Android devices. As such, I would like to sell my iPad 1 and iPod Touch 4th gen devices to someone who actually wants them. As part of that though, I obviously need to delete all of my files off the iOS devices, which is where my questions are. Number one, is that if I click erase all settings and files in the settings application, will zeros be written over all of my data, or does iOS simply unsecurely "trash" everything, leaving the next owner the ability to easy see all of my data? Some people are saying only older devices are secure deleting files, while other users are saying no iOS device does that. Number two, is does the older iMessage bug that sent iMessages to deactivated devices still happening? It seems like the bug was related to iPhone's though SIM cards, but I would like to make sure.
  2. Errk! macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2006
    If you delete your device from your Apple support profile it will prevent it from receiving iMessage messages.
  3. micrors4racer macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2012
    I believe that when you select erase all settings and data, the iphone simply destroys the encryption key which renders all the data unreadable.
  4. Calidude macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2010
    1) Do the wipe included in the settings page
    2) Restore your iPad as new with iTunes.
    3) Delete device from your support profile.

    If you're really paranoid, use an app that overwrites your flash data. Otherwise, those 3 things are all you need to do if you're selling it to another consumer.

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