How do I erase an iPhone 4S back to factory settings? I want to erase all personal data.
JanSt / MOD
Dec. 2, 2011 at 13:30
->settings -> general -> reset (note: you say "erase"! This reset, like "delete" on windows PCs, does not really "erase" or overwrite your naughty files. It merely flags space as available. To be totally safe you'd need to overwrite everything with some nonesense. Can't be done on an iPhone. But hey, what are the odds that MI5 buys your phone? . )
Dec. 2, 2011 at 14:56
Under the Reset option Jan mentioned there is 'Erase All Content and Settings' - this is the secure wipe, completely delete, never to be recovered by anyone option. Might take a while to complete.
Ye olde iOS used to wipe data but it could be recovered without much hassle. They've gone a few steps further since.
JanSt / MOD
Dec. 2, 2011 at 15:09
Are you sure about that, though? I recently 'restored/wiped' a 64GB iPad2. The 'secure' wipe took about 15 mins - which is awfully fast for 'secure' deletion/wipe of 64GB, if you ask me... But hey, better than those instant wipes on other phones.
Dec. 2, 2011 at 15:53
I think (based on some vague, probably wrong memory) with the devices since the 3GS, hardware encryption was introduced so removing the key and wiping the data is enough. With the 3G and before you sat there for hours.
Last time I used it my iPhone 4 16GB took about 15 mins to complete, too.
JanSt / MOD
Dec. 2, 2011 at 16:56
Thanks - I learned something today
Dec. 2, 2011 at 22:05
theres only one way to be sure its wiped....
otherwise someone could find the data if they really wanted to.
Nov. 23, 2016 at 08:25
Why do you do a factory restore ?are you going to erase everything from iPhone ?don't you think it is very complex?the factory can't completely deleted data from phone , some recovery toos can easy recover the deleted data from phone , in fact , i know a vey simply method that is you can use an erase tools to premanently erase everything from iPhone , it can deleted all unwanted data from iPhone , like messages,photos,contacts , once you erase the iPhone data ,no one can recover any data from iPhone with any recovery tools,
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