Ol d phone clea n

Mac Format - - YOUR NEXT IPHONE -

Our smart­phones have lots of per­sonal and con­fi­den­tial data stored on them, so when you’ve de­cided to take your old iPhone out of com­mis­sion, you need to take all of that in­for­ma­tion off it. The quick­est and safest way is built right into the iPhone it­self. Nav­i­gate to Set­tings > Gen­eral you’ll find a Re­set menu tucked away at the bot­tom of the Gen­eral tab. Open it and inside you’ll find an ar­ray of choices for restor­ing cer­tain sys­tem de­faults such as the Net­work Set­tings, your Lo­ca­tion & Pri­vacy set­tings. But you’ll want to go straight for the nu­clear op­tion now: Erase all Con­tents and Set­tings.

It’s fairly self-ex­plana­tory. Se­lect it and you’ll be prompted to en­ter your pass­code and given a warn­ing that your me­dia, data and set­tings will all be per­ma­nently deleted. Con­tinue and your phone will restart, re­mov­ing the Ap­ple en­cryp­tion key re­spon­si­ble for pro­tect­ing your data be­fore se­curely shred­ding it in less than five min­utes. Al­ter­na­tively, you can ac­com­plish the same thing by plug­ging your iPhone into your Mac and click­ing Re­store to re­turn it to its fac­tory set­tings.

You’ll also need to dis­as­so­ci­ate your old iPhone from your Ap­ple ID. Run­ning iOS 7 and have Find My iPhone ac­ti­vated?

The safest way to wipe your iPhone is in Set­tings > Gen­eral; you’ll find a Re­set menu there

Erase all Con­tents and Set­tings does this for you. If not, you can do it through your iCloud ac­count at icloud.com. Sign in, choose Find My iPhone; click All De­vices and se­lect the phone you wish to re­move; un­der­neath the Play Sound, Lost Mode, and Erase iPhone op­tions, you’ll see Re­move from Ac­count.

When you’ve done all this, the orig­i­nal iOS Setup As­sis­tant will be wait­ing for who­ever will be us­ing your old iPhone next. Ev­ery last bit of per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, cus­tomi­sa­tion or his­tory that might have been on your phone will have been com­pletely and se­curely blitzed – although if you de­cide to hang on to your phone, you can al­ways use that iCloud backup you just made to get all your data back.

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