How to Erase All Your Personal Content from an iPhone or iPad

Do you have an older iPhone or iPad that you want to sell or give to someone and you want to remove all your personal data and apps? Or maybe your device has gotten clogged up after a lot of use and you just want to restore it back to its pristine factory condition. The procedure is quite straightforward and here is how it works.

  1. Open “Settings”
  2. Tap “General”
  3. Scroll to “Reset” and tap it
  4. A list of possible actions will be shown, as illustrated in the figure below
  5. To return the device to its original factory condition, tap “Erase All Content and Settings”

Resetting iOS devices

The process goes pretty quickly and then you will have a clean system with all your personal data and apps removed, including your Apple ID. Next time the device is turned on it will go through a first-time setup just as if it were new.

Do be aware that, once you have erased your data, it is gone forever.


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