If you’re like many Apple enthusiasts, you’ll be looking for a new iPhone when the time comes to upgrade or replace the one you already have. Consumer Intelligence Research Partners reports that, for the first quarter concluded March 2018, Apple’s brand loyalty was north of 90%. In comparison, Samsung, a major rival that manufacturers smartphones with Android operating systems, had brand loyalty of a little bit above 70% for the first quarter to kick off the year.
So, unless you’re in the minority, you will likely make your next smartphone an iPhone if you’re already apart of Apple Nation. But in the event that you’re trading, selling, or giving away an older model phone, you can’t just hand over possession of your existing device without taking certain measures to safeguard your data. What follows is a guide for iPhone data removal.
Step 1: Unpairing
First things first in your data removal strategy, unpair your iPhone from an Apple Watch if you’ve paired the two, of course. With your iPhone and Apple Watch in close proximity to each other, open the Apple Watch app on your smartphone, head over to the My Watch tab and tap the top of your watch screen, and then touch the circle symbol with a “i” in the middle — which is next to the watch that you wish to unpair — and then tap on Unpair Apple Watch.
Step 2: Backing Up
Backing up the contents of your smartphone is important in the event that you wish to upgrade since you’ll be able to upload the information from your old iPhone to your new iPhone. Can you imagine having to manually enter everything from scratch to your new iPhone? That’s probably something that you’d like to avoid if at all possible. You can back it up using iCloud or iTunes.
Step 3: Signing Out of iCloud and iTunes and App Store
iOS 10.3 or Later: If your iPhone has an iOS 10.3 or later operating system, what you’ll need to do is tap on Settings, go to your name, and go to the bottom to click on Sign Out. Then you’ll need to type in your Apple ID password and touch the Turn Off button.
iOS 10.2 or Earlier: If your iPhone has the iOS 10.2 operating system or earlier, then you’ll need to head over to Settings, go to iCloud, and tapon Sign Out. You’ll then need to touch the Sign Out button once more, touch Delete from iPhone, and type in your Apple ID password. Next, you’ll need to head to Settings, go to iTunes & App Store, go to Apple ID, and then tap on Sign Out.
Step 4: Erasing Data
Head over to Settings, tap on General, go to Reset, and then tap on Erase All Content and Settings. Your iPhone might request your passcode. If it does, be sure to type it in. After you’ve done this, tap on Erase iPhone for data removal.
If you are selling your phone or removing data from a business phone, we recommend making sure you use an advanced data erasure service. This will ensure top security protection and is a streamlined solution.
You need to be particularly mindful when permanently deleting iCloud from your iPhone. And, indeed, you need to remove it if you plan to trade, sell, or give away your smartphone. But it’s important to know that erasing your iCloud account permanently won’t automatically delete the private data connected with your account. The reason is that any information that was deleted will still be stored on your smartphone’s drive until you wholly overwrite it. If you don’t overwrite it, hackers can potentially gain access to the data using data recovery solutions. You can find tools online that will help you overwrite the drive, which will render you data inaccessible.
If you’re planning to part with you existing iPhone at some point, you need to take data removal measures so that you don’t become an unwitting victim of identity theft. By following these steps, you’ll be able to safely upgrade when the time comes to get a new iPhone.