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    how to completely erase everything from iPhone before selling?

    I wanna sell my old iPhone 5 but I'm not sure if the deleting could completely erase data on iPhone, after deletion, is there any other thing I need to do?

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    how to completely erase everything from iPhone before selling?

    Turn off iCloud and reset and erase all:

    Settings, general,reset, erase all content

    Finally,
    Log into iCloud.com and remove phone from your account
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    Quote Originally Posted by blacksurfer View Post
    Turn off iCloud and reset and erase all:

    Settings, general,reset, erase all content

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    Log into iCloud.com and remove phone from your account
    does 'erase all content' could erase files completely without recovery?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tanterty View Post
    does 'erase all content' could erase files completely without recovery?
    With iOS 3 and up, yes. Technically, the only thing this erases is the full disk encryption key. But without it no recovery is possible.

    For more info: https://www.darthnull.org/2014/10/06/ios-encryption

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    I am a little confused. My Verizon phone was able to roam on GSM because they used TDMA. Tell it was shutdown. The phone recognizes it as Analog. If PCS has TDMA, It could be technically be used on GSM.
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    Y'know, I'm used to hysterical 14-year-old ******** on the internet, but this is exceptional. Never before in human history have so many nerds hyperventilated so publicly over so little.

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    Is it really erased? Ask the FBI about the San Bernardino terrorist's work iPhone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gdart View Post
    Is it really erased? Ask the FBI about the San Bernardino terrorist's work iPhone.
    The terrorist didn't erase their iphone. It was just password locked. It took a special software from an Israeli company to get in.
    A buyer of an iPhone won't stand a chance to get in

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    Quote Originally Posted by gdart View Post
    Is it really erased? Ask the FBI about the San Bernardino terrorist's work iPhone.
    This also was an older iPhone with an older version of iOS that has since been updated.
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    I always restore it and set it up as new, I log off at iCloud before I could restore it then sent it to the buyer

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacksurfer View Post
    The terrorist didn't erase their iphone. It was just password locked. It took a special software from an Israeli company to get in.
    A buyer of an iPhone won't stand a chance to get in
    What I remember is the county agency who owned the phone wiped it before the FBI got to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gdart View Post
    What I remember is the county agency who owned the phone wiped it before the FBI got to it.
    Nope, nothing would be recoverable after wiping it. It was simply locked, not wiped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacksurfer View Post
    The terrorist didn't erase their iphone. It was just password locked. It took a special software from an Israeli company to get in.
    A buyer of an iPhone won't stand a chance to get in
    Actually, the company was the same one that manufactures the Cellbrite devices used in most cellular stores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XFF View Post
    Nope, nothing would be recoverable after wiping it. It was simply locked, not wiped.
    really? do some recovery tools can't recover my data?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacksurfer View Post
    The terrorist didn't erase their iphone. It was just password locked. It took a special software from an Israeli company to get in.
    A buyer of an iPhone won't stand a chance to get in
    I once read an article about if we should shred our CDs or if snapping them in half is enough to stop people from accessing our information that is stored on it.
    The article said that governement agencies have the equipment and the resources to be able to reconstruct the information, but your next door neighbor does not.

    So yeh, if that took a special software to break in, then, it is unlikely that the owner of the software is just readily tobgive away the software to any Joe to break into the an iphone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MVNO!!! View Post
    I once read an article about if we should shred our CDs or if snapping them in half is enough to stop people from accessing our information that is stored on it.
    The article said that governement agencies have the equipment and the resources to be able to reconstruct the information, but your next door neighbor does not.

    So yeh, if that took a special software to break in, then, it is unlikely that the owner of the software is just readily tobgive away the software to any Joe to break into the an iphone.
    I used safewiper iphone data eraser to wipe my iphone data, it works fine, but not free, i used the trail version to wipe 50 messages.

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    I believe the way it works is that the iPhone is encrypted. When you do the erase in settings, it trashes the decryption keys required to access your data. Much faster than overwriting all data. Which is an issue with flash anyway since devices over provision, and there can be data not overwritten.
    I now have the 7+, continuing my pattern of buying every other iPhone generation.

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