Before you give away or sell your iPhone, you have to make sure whether all the data on your device have been removed or not. You can either choose to reset your device to factory settings or wipe out all data from your 7/7Plus/6s/6s Plus/6/6 Plus/5s/5. Let’s take a look at the difference between these two methods and learn how to wipe iPhone data completely even without the help of iTunes.
Normally, we believe that factory reset means you completely erase everything off your phone with the exception of internal data. And after factory reset, you need to re-activate your iPhone followed by the instructions . Another thing I need to point out is the deleted data can technically be recovered with those disk recovery tool. While using full data eraser, you will not be troubled by reactivating your device after removing all your data. And the whole process is totally simple and effective. Even better, what you have removed is 100% unrecoverable.
Here we will share you two ways guiding you to perform a wipe, below are what you can try.
Way 1: Remove All Data without iTunes Using Apple ID
You can clear data off an iOS device even without the help of iTunes. If you device is running iOS 10 or later, make sure that you sign out of iCloud before you erase your device. Then follow these steps provided by Apple :
First of all, we suggest you to back up your device.
Next, tap Settings > [your name]. Scroll down and tap Sign Out. Enter your Apple ID password and tap Turn Off to sign out of iCloud and the iTunes & App Store.
Go back to Settings and tap General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. If you turned on Find My iPhone, you might need to enter your Apple ID and password.
If asked for your device passcode or Restrictions passcode, enter it. Then tap Erase [device]. Contact your carrier for help transferring service to a new owner. If you aren't using a SIM card with your device, you can contact them to get help transferring service to the new owner.
Way 2: Wipe All Data from iPhone without iTunes Using iCareFone Cleaner
Actually, the method above cannot thoroughly remove all data from device without iTunes, we suggest you to make use of a professional Data Eraser, iCareFone Cleaner is a nice choice.
This iPhone Data Eraser can wipe all contents such as photos, music, videos, contacts, text messages, Call History and more data from iPhone/iPad/iPod completely and prevent the sensitive and personal data on your old phone being recovered by anyone or any recovery tools.
Step 1: Once the scan done, click on the “ Full Data Eraser” on the left panel.
Step 2: Next, hit on the "Erase" button to start erasing your iPhone permanently. As the erased data cannot be recovered any more, you need to enter "delete" to confirm your operation before erasing.
With these two methods, I bet you have known how to erase iPhone data before selling. In my experience, the way 2 is more workable than the way 1, with the help of iCareFone Cleaner, what you have wiped cannot be recovered indeed, and it makes your iPhone just like a brand new one. Hence, do not hesitate to get one and have a try.