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How to Erase an iPhone: A Step-by-Step Guide for You

Erasing your iPhone just got easier with this step-by-step guide! Get all the info you need on how to erase your iPhone quickly and easily.

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Published Dec 18, 2022

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 5 minutes

What you'll need: iPhone

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Erasing an iPhone is a simple but important task that can help protect your data and keep it secure. Whether you are selling, giving away or just recycling your old device, erasing all of the information associated with it is the only way to ensure that no one else has access to your private information like emails, contacts, photos and other sensitive data. This guide will explain how to properly erase an iPhone so all of its content is gone forever. It will cover topics such as using settings within your iPhone itself as well as using iTunes on a computer to perform a full factory reset. Following these steps will ensure that any personal data stored on the device has been securely wiped away and no one else can gain access.

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Erasing your iPhone is an easy process that can be done either through the device's settings menu or with iTunes. Before erasing, it is important to ensure that all of your data and information on the phone have been backed up so it can be restored once the device has been erased.

  1. Back Up Your iPhone to iCloud or iTunes (most important)
  2. Turn off Find My iPhone (most important)
  3. Go to the Settings app
  4. Tap General
  5. Tap Reset
  6. Tap Erase All Content and Settings(most important)
Our takeaway

No one likes to say goodbye to their beloved iPhone. It is like a faithful companion and many people develop a strong attachment to the device over time. But when it’s time for an upgrade, or you need to erase your data from an old phone that you no longer use, using this step-by-step guide will ensure your device is wiped clean for the next person to enjoy. Once the process is complete, take a moment and give your phone a final “goodbye.” Who knows what adventures you may have been on in between charging sessions? Feel thankful for all of those good times and memories together - after all, it was one heck of a ride!


1. How do I wipe my iPhone clean before selling it?

To wipe your iPhone clean before you sell it, you should back up your data and then erase all of its content and settings. To do this, go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. This will delete everything from your device.

What is the difference between erasing an iPhone and resetting it to factory settings?

Erasing an iPhone removes all of the data associated with your personal information, such as contacts and accounts. Resetting an iPhone to its factory settings deletes all content on it, including apps, photos and settings.

Is there a way to completely delete data from my iPhone without using iCloud?

Yes, you can completely delete data from your iPhone by manually deleting files and resetting settings from the Settings app. You may need to enter your passcode or Apple ID password in order to access certain options. To ensure that all of your personal data is removed, it is recommended that you use the Reset All Settings option found within the Settings app.

What backups should I make before erasing my iPhone?

Before wiping your iPhone, it’s important to back up all of your data and settings. You can do this by signing into iCloud or iTunes on a computer or device with the same Apple ID that you use on your iPhone. This ensures that all of your data will be saved in case you need to restore it after resetting.

Will erasing my iPhone permanently delete all of its content, including photos and apps?

Yes. When you erase your iPhone, it will remove all data from the device, including any photos, videos, documents and apps associated with it.

This article was originally published on 18 Dec 2022 but has been regularly updated to keep the information current.
Kyle Crisp
Kyle has been using Apple products for over 25 years. He loves helping people learn how to use their Apple devices.
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