Does Resetting iPhone Delete Everything?

Resetting an iPhone is not that different compared to the one on other smart phones. Resetting your iPhone will return the phone to the state you’ve purchased in. So, basically everything will be deleted, except the version of iOS system. The iPhone will still need iOS because you can’t turn it on without any operating system. That is why iPhone will keep the latest updated version of iOS.

Deleting everything from your iPhone is a scary thing. Messages, photos and calls may go to waste if you reset. But let’s see, does resetting iPhone delete everything?

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Part 1 Does Resetting iPhone Delete Everything?

In simple words, yes it does. You can say good bye to your notes, contacts, phone calls, messages, photos, apps and any other personal data you may have stored in the iPhone. That is why, the smartest thing to do is to back it up to iTunes or iCloud before you do anything. Resetting your iPhone also has different meaning when the iPhone is backed up or jailbreaked. Let’s see individually how the reset affects the iPhone.

1 Does Resetting iPhone Delete Personal Data?

Resetting your iPhone will delete any personal data you may have stored in your iPhone. This means that any call history, messages, app history or logs, photos, will be forever forgotten. Chats from messenger, snaps, viber or whatsapp messages will be all gone.

2 Does Resetting iPhone Delete Factory Software?

Resetting does not remove the iOS software most recently installed on the iPhone. So, when resetting, the iPhone keeps the latest updated version of the iOS. Stock apps cannot be removed even with resetting. Resetting only clear out the records on factory-installed apps, such as, Phone, Camera, Calendar, Mail, etc.

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3 Does Resetting iPhone Delete Jailbreak?

Yes, it does. This means that you need to do jailbreak again if you want to use an iPhone like that. iPhone having jailbreak is able to install apps outside of App Store.

4 Does Resetting iPhone Delete Backups?

No, it doesn’t. Backups are stored online and you will be able to download them from your iTunes account ones you start using the iPhone again. Backups are always advised, not only in case of resetting the iPhone, but also in case of losing or stealing.


However, resetting only makes the personal data invisible on iPhone. There is still possible to retrieve them with some recovery tools. If you are some guys who concern much about the private issue, resetting is not safe enough for you. A safer solution, which can promise zero chance of recovery even with the latest recovery tools, will be discussed later.

Part 2 Permanently Reset iPhone with No Chance of Recovery

As discussed above, resetting is not safe enough since resetting would not overwrite the personal data. If you want to permanently reset iPhone, without any chance of recovery, the best solution is to use an iPhone eraser which is not related to Apple. One of the very best is iMyFone Umate Pro or iMyFone Umate Pro for Mac.

iMyFone Umate Pro is regarded as all-in-one solution for space saving and private protection. With advanced overwriting technology, it can promise permanent erasure of any iOS file. Erase All Data function on iMyFone Umate Pro is similar to resetting but resetting cannot promise permanent deletion while iMyFone Umate Pro can. That’s why it can make up the insufficiency of resetting. Even with the latest recovery tools, erased data by this software cannot be retrieved. It is necessary especially when you are going to sell your iPhone or you want to erase all traces.

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iMyFone Umate Pro

  • Completely erase everything on iPhone and make it as a new one.
  • Scan out the private data existed on your iPhone and erase them.
  • Find out the previously deleted files and permanently erase them.
  • Clean up as much as 30+ junk files or temporary files, including cookies, caches, corrupted files, etc.
  • Losslessly compress mass photos and save 75% photo space. Or mass delete photos at one click.
  • Large files can be removed according to different file sizes.
  • Back up to computer first before photos or large files being deleted.

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3 Steps to Permanently Reset iPhone

With iMyFone Umate Pro, you only need 3 steps to permanently erase your iPhone.

Step 1:Download and install the software on your computer. Connect your iPhone to it.

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Step 2: Go to Erase All Data tab and click Erase button.

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Step 3: Type “delete” into the box to confirm and hit Erase Now button to start.



How to Restore Backup

1. From iCloud

Go to the iCloud app that comes with your iPhone. Login with your iCloud account details and download the backup information on your iPhone.

2. From iTunes

Connect your iPhone or iOS device with your computer. Download iTunes for PC or Mac and login with your account. Click your iPhone icon and choose Restore Backup to start.

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