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How to Erase iPhone with/without iTunes

Due to the iPhone's multimedia capabilities and comprehensive array of applications, it is likely that some of your sensitive data, such as bank or email account details, are stored on the phone. If you are upgrading to a new iPhone and selling your old iPhone or giving it to someone as a gift, it is highly recommended that you erase all the data from your iPhone first. There are 2 simple ways to erase iPhone data. Check more details in this article.

Part 1. How to Erase an iPhone Through iTunes

iPhone users who are certainly dependent on iTunes have a way of removing their device from iTunes very easily without stress. There are several reasons why you would want to erase iPhone from iTunes, some of them include: a) change of mobile device; b) privacy concerns.

iOS Data Eraser

Step 1 : Open iTunes on your computer and attach your iPhone using the USB cable provided.

Step 2 : Wait for the iPhone's icon to appear in the iTunes interface "Devices" category and click the icon to open your iPhone's summary menu.

Step 3 : Select the “Restore iPhone”.

Step 4 : Click “Restore”. After it finished, you can click “Set up as a new iPhone” to start set up your iPhone.


  • Not the easiest of method
  • Depends on having a PC present.
  • It is not able to edit or remove duplicate contacts directly on the program.
  • Most importantly though is security. Data deleted from iPhones are never truly deleted from the device and at such, can be recovered by powerful data recovery tools.

  • Part 2. How to Erase an iPhone without iTunes(Recommend)

    PanFone iOS Eraser is a well secured and undetectable data eraser tool for iPhone. The device enables iPhone users to check and view files you wish to erase before you continue, thus making sure that you permanently delete the files that you want to wipe completely. The PanFone iOS Eraser can be used to factory reset iPhone without iTunes.

    Key Features of PanFone iOS Eraser Free:

  • Four cleanup modes to choose according to your need– 1-Click Cleanup; Erase Deleted Files; Erase Private Data; Erase All Data – to delete data securely and permanently according to your need.
  • Preview data and select the exact files that you want to erase, so avoid erasing important data.
  • Completely erase data without a chance of recovery even with most modern recovery software.
  • Previously deleted files can also be found out and the program will permanently erase them for privacy protection.
  • Supports all iOS file types used on iPhone.
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    The best way to erase all information and data from your iPhone/iPad/iPod. With the help of PanFone, you can erase all of your private data with the click of a button. Alternatively, you can pick and choose what you would like to erase and what you would like to keep. Here’s how to do it:

    iOS Data Eraser

    Step 1 : Launch PanFone iOS Data Eraser and connect your iPhone to your computer. And remembber to turn off Find My iPhone first if you want to permanetly wipe your iPhone data.

    Step 2 : Choose "Erase All Data" on main interface. Simply click on the blue button Erase.

    iOS Data Eraser

    Step 3 : Read the 3 tips before erasing data, and you can select a security level. The default recommended level is Medium, and there are other two options: Low Level and High Level. Simply select your preferable one.

  • Low level: it's the fatest channel to permanently delete your data. Twice faster than the others. It will wipe your files completely and make sure everything unrecoverable.
  • Medium level: via this level, PanFone will totally overwrite your private data, ensuring the erased files are 100% unrecoverable.
  • High level: this option is recommended if you saved any private files (e.g. bank records, passwords, financial data, etc) on your devie.
  • Step 4 : Confirm your delete by typing in “delete”, and click “Erase Now”.

    iOS Data Eraser

    Step 5 : Wait for the process to complete.

    And that’s all it takes to delete your private data from your iPhone, iPad or iPod.

    There are several different things that you can do to prevent spyware from entering onto your phone, but if it still makes its way in, you might want to consider deleting your personal files permanently. The only way to ensure that your personal files are 100% deleted and safe is with special software like PanFone iOS Data Eraser. Try it today and keep your personal information personal.

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