How to erase all content and settings from your old iPod/iPhone/iPad tutorial

If you are among the many thousands, or probably millions, that often upgrade your iPod / iPhone / iPad as Apple bring you the next big thing on a yearly basis, then you are also probably recycling or reselling your old gadget. With the amount of information and personal data that is held on these devices it is important to wipe all content and settings securely before passing the gadget on to the next owner.

To help you prepare you iPod / iPhone / iPad for its next owner we have pulled together this little guide/tutorial on how to erase all content and settings from your old device. In fact, it is really easy…

Step 1: Backup your content on iTunes

First thing you want to do is connect your device to iTunes to sync / backup all the data and information you have stored on it, just in case you want to transfer it to your next device.

Step 2: Plug your device into a power source

Keep your iOS device connected to a power source (wall socket, docking station, or USB to the computer) during this process.

Step 3: Erase all content and settings

To do this you want to go into ‘Settings’ –> ‘General’ –> ‘Reset’ where you will find the option to ‘Erase all content and settings’. Here is an illustration of the path.

How to erase content and settings from iPod/iPhone/iPad

This process works for both iPad, iPhone and iPad.

Be aware that the process can take several hours depending on the device, and the device have to connected to the power source as long as the process is taking place.

Alternative approach: Restore as new through iTunes

Should you experience any problems using this method you can also use the ‘restore as new’ when connected to iTunes, a process which will install latest version of the iOS and erase all your settings.

Using the restore as new process on iTunes it is recommended that you go into ‘Settings’ –> ‘Store’ and sign out of your account in case that information has been retained on the device.

We hope you found this information useful and enjoy your new Apple device!


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