Selling my iphone 4, Best way to wipe it completely ?

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  1. bo-waleed macrumors 6502

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    Is restoring by itunes enough ?


    i want to erase everything and nothing can return.

    Thanks for answering.
     
  2. Mic'sBook macrumors regular

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    Reinstall iOS 5.1.1 on your iPhone 4 (don't restore your backup) and you're good to go.
     
  3. Intell macrumors P6

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    Restore it in iTunes. Then when iTunes says "Do not unplug your iPhone. It is restarting." Unplug your iPhone. When your iPhone is done restarting, press the power button and turn it off. This way when the buyer gets the iPhone, it'll be just like a factory fresh iPhone. Don't forget to remove your SIM card if your iPhone has one.
     
  4. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

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    And to give it a good wipe use a micro fibre cloth..... ;)
     
  5. bo-waleed thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is it safe ?
     
  6. iEnvy macrumors 65816

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    Perfectly safe.
     
  7. Intell macrumors P6

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    Yes.
     
  8. ValerieDurden macrumors 6502a

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    I would remove the sim card before restoring in iTunes, that way you don't have to unplug it during the install process.
     
  9. Intell macrumors P6

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    It's still a good idea to unplug it while the iPhone is restarting. This prevents iTunes from putting anything back on the iPhone and it makes the iPhone restore to a factory fresh state.
     
  10. bo-waleed thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hi guys i just noticed there is an option on the iphone to reset all contents on it.

    And i tried it, it's much easier then itunes.

    When i start the phone it's like a new phone and it tells you to configure it.


    the question is : did it remove everything like when restoring by itunes ?
     
  11. Intell macrumors P6

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    It should have. If there is anything left, it is near impossible to get to.
     

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