How to Wipe Your iPhone
Glyde makes it easy and hassle-free to sell your old iPhone so you have some extra cash to buy a new model.
Read on to learn how to wipe your personal data from your iPhone so it’s ready to sell.
Please also remove your SIM card before you ship your device. Click here for instructions.
Turn Off Activation Lock
Step 1If you are running iOS 7, Apple's latest operating system, you must turn off the Find My iPhone app before shipping your device. If this is not turned off, the buyer of your phone will not be able to activate it.
Step 2Find and tap on Settings from your home screen.
Step 3Tap on iCloud.
Step 4Slide Find My iPhone to the OFF position.
Step 5Enter your password to confirm and tap Turn Off.
Option 1: Wipe Your Data From Your Phone
Step 1Before you begin, make sure that you backup your data via iTunes - see Step 1 under Option 2 below - or through Settings > iCloud > Backup & Storage. Then, re-enter Settings to begin removing your data.
Step 2Click on General.
Step 3Scroll down to Reset and click.
Step 4Select Erase All Content and Settings. Enter your password (if necessary) and a message will pop up stating, “This will delete all media and data, and reset all settings”.
Step 5If you are ready to wipe, select Erase iPhone twice.
To deactivate your phone, call your carrier from your new phone and ask them to disassociate the old phone from your account.
Major iPhone Carriers
Option 2: Wipe Your iPhone Using iTunes
Step 1Connect to iTunes to backup your data, apps, music and videos.
Step 2Connect your phone to your computer and wait for it to show up in the Devices section of the iTunes sidebar.
Step 3Select the iPhone from the sidebar and then select the Summary tab. Under Version choose Restore. A box should pop up saying that this step will erase your phone and reset it to factory settings. Click Restore to wipe out all your information.
Now that you have cleared your personal data, your phone is ready to be shipped.
If you have not listed your phone for sale yet, check out Glyde to get started.
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