dr.fone - Erase (iOS)

Completely Format an iPhone to Before Selling

  • Permanently erase anything from iOS devices.
  • Erase all iOS data, or select private data types to erase.
  • Free up space by removing junk files and reducing photo size.
  • Rich features to boost iOS performance.
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How to Completely Format iPhone

Dec 22,2018 • Filed to: Erase iPhone • Proven solutions

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“It’s been a long time since I got my iPhone (iOS 9). Now it’s become cluttered. I really think a total restart from zero would be great. However, I don’t believe a restore will delete all data, because in forums, you should always see that if you use a software program, like Dr. fone or any other tool, you can find things leftover. Is there a complete way to format my iPhone?”.

How to Completely Format iPhone

It’s the fact that a restore or factory reset never format your iPhone completely. Using a recovery tool can still find some data on your formatted iPhone (iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus included).

If you really want to format your iPhone completely for selling or giving away, you should try the military-standard technology equipped dr.fone - iOS Full Data Eraser.

dr.fone - iOS Full Data Eraser

Easily Delete All Data from Your Device

  • Simple, click-through, process.
  • Your data is permanently deleted.
  • Nobody can ever recover and view your private data.
  • Works greatly for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, including the latest models.
Available on: Windows Mac
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It’s developed to format iOS device securely , erasing everything on your iOS device.

Below are the simple steps for how to use it.

Note: If you're going to format your iPhone with dr.fone - iOS Full Data Eraser, please make sure you've backed up your data on iPhone. You know, after using this program, all data on your iPhone will disappear forever.

Step 1. Download and install dr.fone

The trial versions is available. You're supposed to download it on your computer, install and launch it. Then go to "Erase".

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Step 2. Connect your iPhone with your computer

Connect your iPhone with your computer via a USB cable. Then click "Erase All Data" on the program's window. If your device is connected successfully, you can see your iPhone appear in the window as follows. Click "Erase" to move on.

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Step 3. Confirm to format your iPhone

In the pop-up window, you need to type "delete" in the required box and click "Erase now", letting the program to erase data for you.

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Step 4. Completely format iPhone

During the process, please keep your iPhone connected all the time and don't click the "Stop" button.

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When the process is complete, you will see the window as follows.

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Step 5. Set your formatted iPhone as a new one

The process will take you a while. When it's complete, click the 'Done' button in the main window. And then you'll get a totally new iPhone with no data on it.

For the sake of your privacy, you can unregister your iPhone at the Apple website to ensure that your don't have any account linked to your old iPhone. After all that, set your iPhone as a new one.

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