How to Wipe an iPhone Completely and Safely

There are many situations when you need to wipe an iPhone. Whether you want to re-install iPhone as new, or you want to sell or give the old iPhone away to someone else, the first thing is to make sure that you wipe iPhone completely and erased all of your personal data and settings, so that you can preserve your privacy and start all over. The question is, how to wipe an iPhone (12 included)? It not always comes to you to wipe an iPhone, so that you may not know too much. In this article, we will show you all methods to wipe an iPhone.

How to Wipe an iPhone

You can choose to wipe iPhone without password, or you can hard reset to wipe iPhone and wipe iPhone with Find My iPhone. But before you read our tutorial, you should be aware that wipe an iPhone means erasing all contents and settings from your iPhone permenently. So you had better back up iPhone just in case.

Method 1. How to Wipe an iPhone Clean (Without Password)

Since every operation you perform on iPhone, especially wiping out data needs verification through Apple ID and password, to wipe an iPhone without password is probably the easiest method. FoneEraser is a third-party data eraser tool specially designed for Apple users to erase all data, including photos, songs, apps, contacts and other contents from users' older iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Now free download this program and learn how to wipe an iPhone within simple steps.



FoneEraser - iPhone Data Eraser

  • Erase all iPhone contents and settings permanently and thoroughly.
  • Remove and overwrite all iOS data to protect your privacy better.
  • Provide three erasing levels to wipe everything on your iPhone.
  • Support iPhone 12/11/XS/XR/X/8/7, iPad, iPod, and more.
Step 1:
After you download the program, launch FoneEraser and plug your iPhone to computer via USB cable. Soon it will detect your device.
Connect your Device to Computer
Step 2:
Select erasing level (Low, Middle and High ) to wipe iPhone data and settings according to your personal needs. If you intend to wipe iPhone completely, the High level is recommended. After selecting device and the erasing level, click the Start button.
Erase Level
Step 3:
Please enter 0000 to confirm the erasing. Then click Erase to wipe iPhone data.
Confirm Erasing All Data

Method 2. How to Wipe an iPhone Safely and Permanently

But if you are looking for a much safer cleaning tool for your iPhone, then you should definitely try iPhone Cleaner. It cannot only help you erase all data on your iPhone but protect your privacy by overwriting deleted contents so no one can obtain your personal information. You can get rid of your text messages, contacts, photos, music, videos and more. And it quite easy to operate. Just download and install it on your PC. Then follow steps below to wipe all things on your iPhone.

Step 1:
Launch the software and connect your iPhone you want to clean up to the computer. You may need to unlock your iPhone and tap Trust to trust this computer.
Connect iPhone
Step 2:
Then click Erase All Data and confirm the erasing level as you like. There will be 3 options for you to select: Low, Middle and High. The higher you choose, the harder it is for others to recover your deleted data.
Erase Level
Step 3:
Input 0000. Click Erase and wait for a while to get a perfectly wiped iPhone.
Erase All Data

Method 3. How to Wipe an iPhone with Hard Reset

Of course, if you don't feel like a third party-tool, you can also choose wipe an iPhone simply through its default factory settings. How to wipe an iPhone with hard reset? The steps are also easy.

Step 1:
Go to "Settings" > "General" > "Reset" > "Erase All Contents and Settings".
Step 2:
Then iPhone will ask you whether to confirm to restore iPhone to factory settings. Click "OK" to hard reset iPhone totally.
Erase All Content and Settings

Apart from wiping iPhone with built-in settings, you can also choose to reset and wipe iPhone with via iTunes, or enter iPhone Recovery mode. Learn more about reset iPhone: How to Hard Reset iPhone

Method 4. How to Wipe an iPhone with Find My iPhone

Another situation when iPhone get unfortunately lost makes wiping even more important. "Find My iPhone" feature also work as a useful way to remotely wipe an iPhone to factory settings besides locate the device.

Wipe an iPhone with Find My iPhone
Step 1:
Visit, and sign in iCloud with your Apple ID and its password.
Step 2:
Click "Find iPhone", choose your iPhone from the tab of "All Device".
Step 3:
Click "Erase iPhone" and then confirm "Erase" option to wipe iPhone and prevent your information from stolen.

FAQs of Wiping an iPhone

1. Does erasing iPhone remove iCloud?

If you mean Erase All Content and Settings, then it will completely erase your device. And it will also disable various services, including iCloud, iMessage, FaceTime and Game Center.

2. How do I get rid of someone else's Apple ID on my iPhone?

Go to Settings and tap on [name] at the top of the screen. Then scroll to the bottom to find Sign Out. Then you need to enter the Apple ID password to confirm signing out.

3. Can you factory reset a locked iPhone?

Yes, you can reset your iPhone without password. With the help of iPhone Cleaner, you can eras your iPhone at ease. But this deletion cannot be undone, so you’d better back up the important data on your iPhone in advance.


In this article, we have mainly provided you three methods on how to wipe an iPhone. In comparison, we recommend you to use iPhone Cleaner, since this method allows you to wipe an iPhone without password, and you can wipe iPhone within simple steps. Still have more questions on how to wipe an iPhone? Feel free to leave your comments down below.

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