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How to Securely Erase Your iPhone Before Selling or Trading It In

By Novak Bozovic / February 10, 2021

You probably feel very excited to switch to a new iPhone. However, before you make the switch, make sure to think about your personal data. We’re sure your old smartphone holds plenty of photos, messages, notes, and banking data, and you don’t someone accessing those. So, let’s talk about how to securely erase your iPhone before selling or trading it in. 

Here’s What You Must Do Before Your Sell or Trade in Your iPhone!

When talking about what to do before selling or trading your iPhone, we talk about two equally important parts of this process. First, you'll want to back up your iPhone, making sure you can restore your new phone without losing your data. And then, we'll tell you how to erase your old iPhone, getting rid of your personal information. Let's jump right in. 

Step #1: First, Don’t Forget to Back up Your iPhone (Using iCloud or iTunes)!

You can back up your iPhone via iTunes (which saves a backup copy locally, on your computer), or you can back it up via iCloud. The iCloud method seems to be the most convenient one, so let’s explain what you need to do. 

Steps to Back Up iPhone via iCloud
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You can also back up your iPhone locally via iTunes. For that purpose, you need to connect your phone to your computer (using a cable), launch iTunes, and click on 'Back Up Now.' 

Right now, you have access to the latest available backup copy, which will come in handy once you start setting up your new iPhone. However, while we have your attention, we’d like to share a few more important pieces of advice, as follows.

Step #2: Here’s How to Wipe Your iPhone Back to Factory Settings (Get Rid of Your Personal Data)

Finally, here’s how to securely erase your iPhone before selling or trade it in – removing any personal information from your smartphone. 

Steps to Securely Wipe iPhone

That would be all on how to securely erase your iPhone before selling, trading it in, or giving it away. We hope you’ve found this guide to be helpful. However, if you do have any questions, don’t forget to post your comment below. And of course, thanks for reading! 



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