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Most people use "Factory Reset" to wipe their phones. However, the data cleared through this method can still be recovered with data recovery software, and data criminals can easily access your banking information, emails, login details, and more private data. Before you can sell, donate or recycle your phone, you should ensure that you clear phone completely.

Part 1. How to Clear Phone Easily and Completely

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Step-By-Step Guide on How to Clear iPhone and Android

Step 1 Install the Software and Connect Your Device

First, download the software from the web and open the downloaded file to install it on your PC. The full version comes with advanced features and therefore, it's highly recommended. Launch the program by double-clicking on its icon. Use your iPhone or Android USB cable to connect it to your computer. The software will then detect your phone, and display its details in the primary interface.

connect your phone with PC

Step 2 Clear All Data

Click the "Erase All Data" button and then type in "delete" in the pop-up window. Click on the "Erase Now" button to start clearing everything on your device. It takes some time for the data to be successfully erased, depending on the size of data on your phone.

clear all data

Step 3 Format Your Phone

When all data has been deleted, click on the "Erase All Content" or "Factory Data Reset" to wipe all the system settings on your device.

Part 2. How to Format iOS and Android Phone

Step-By-Step Guide on How to Format iOS and Android Phone

Before you can format your Android or iOS phone, you should ensure that you have backed up the important data that you might need.

1. iOS Phones

Method 1: Format iPhone with iTunes

1. Connect your iOS phone to your PC using a USB cable and then launch iTunes if it doesn't open automatically.

connect your device to PC

2. Select your iPhone once it appears on iTunes. Select the Summary tab and then click on the "Restore iPhone" button

click on Restore iPhone

3. You will be asked if you are sure you want to restore your iPhone to its factory settings. You will also be reminded that All your media and other data will be erased. Click on the "Restore" button to confirm your intentions.

click on Restore button

4. Your iPhone will then restart, and you will see the "Slide to Set Up" option, (It will act like a new one).

Method 2: Format iPhone Directly

1. Tap the "Settings" app then tap on General> Reset

2. The iPhone will display a series of factory resets options. Select "Erase All Contents and Settings" option.

3. Your iPhone will warn you that you are about to clear all data. It will also present you with a choice to either cancel or erase the iPhone. Click on "Erase iPhone" and within a few minutes, you will have a brand new phone.

click on Erase iPhone

Method 3: Format iPhone with Find My iPhone on iCloud

This option can be used to reset an iPhone to factory setting if you lost it and you would like to prevent the unauthorized persons from accessing your personal data. However, you must have enabled Find My iPhone on your phone for it to work. (Settings> iCloud> Find My iPhone).

1. Use a computer and a browser to access iCloud.com and Login with your Apple ID.

2. Click on "Find My iPhone" and in the new window, click "All Devices". Select your iPhone in the drop down list.

3. Click "Erase iPhone" to format your iPhone.

click All Devices

2. Android Phones

1. Launch the "Settings" app, then tap on "Backup and Reset".

launch Settings app

2. You will be able to see “Factory Data Reset” option on the new screen. Select it and then tap on “Reset Phone” in the next window.

tap on Reset Phone

It will take approximately 2-5 minutes for your phone to reset and restart automatically.

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