[2 Easy Ways] How to Wipe iPhone Without iTunes

Sometimes, iTunes failed to completely erase an iPhone due to failed connection, not supported system or other reasons. This post will guide you on how to wipe an iPhone without iTunes easily and effectively.


By Dylan / Updated on December 19, 2023

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How to wipe old iPhone 11 without iTunes?

I have an old iPhone 11 that needed to be sell. I unlinked it from my iCloud account and I wanted to wipe the iPhone using iTunes, but failed. Is there another way to wipe an iPhone without iTunes?

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It is very necessary to wipe iPhone to protect your personal data before selling it or giving it away. Besides, erasing an iPhone may help users to solve some iPhone bugs such as iPhone stuck on black screen or something like that.

iTunes can be an effective way to factory reset an iPhone. However, from time to time, users reported that iTunes can’t recognize an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or encounter other issues so you don’t perform this operation. Don’t worry, this post will guide you on how to wipe an iPhone without iTunes easily and effectively.

Before wiping an iPhone, please backup the iPhone, like contacts, messages, photos, videos, music, and other data if you don’t want to lose them. Then refer to the following method to continue.

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How to wipe iPhone without iTunes?


Method 1. Completely wipe iPhone with FoneTool (Unrecoverable)

FoneTool is a powerful and professional iOS data wiping tool that overwrites your iPhone multiple times to wipe your iPhone without iTunes. It will completely erase existing files, photos, videos, settings, and other data on your iPhone and making them unrecoverable.

Here you can download the software and refer to the following guide.

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✍Preparation work:

  • 1. Download and install FoneTool on a PC

  • 2. Connect your iPhone with the computer via USB cable, and trust the device.

Step 1. Launch FoneTool, click "Toolbox" and choose “Data Eraser”.

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Step 2. Adjust the settings according to your situation.

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Step 3. Finally, click “Erase Data”.

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1. If you want to deeply erase data, please choose “Enable Deep Erase technology” which will overwrite random data to your iPhone several times to prevent recovery.
2. Make sure you have backed up your important data.

Then your iPhone will be securely and completely wiped.

Method 2. Restore iPhone to factory settings without computer

If your iPhone is still working, you can access the Settings app to wipe and reset your iPhone. Here are the steps.

Step 1. On your iPhone, go to the “Settings” app.

Step 2. Tap “General” > Choose “Reset” > “Erase All Content and Settings”.

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Step 3. You may be asked if you’d like to update your iCloud backup. Make sure you have backed up the iPhone, and tap “Erase Now”.

Step 4. Enter your Passcode if it prompt, and tap “Erase iPhone” to confirm the operation.

Then wait for the process to get finished.

Method 3. Wipe iPhone data using iCloud

Usually, we can trace our iOS device using Find My app. However, once your iOS device got lost, or needed to be sell, your device can be still traced by others. iCloud gives you an option to erase all contents on your Apple device and remove it from the "Find My". Here are the steps.

Step 1. Go to www.icloud.com on your web browser.

Step 2. When you enter the iCloud site, sign in your Apple ID. Then select “Find My”.

Icloud Site

Step 3. At the top of the page, Choose the iPhone you want to remove.

Step 4. Click "Erase iPhone". Then it prompts up a small dialogue saying all contents and settings will be erased, an erased iPhone cannot be located and traced. Just click "Erase".

Erase Iphone From Icloud

Then choose your iPhone device and click “Remove from Account”.

Besides, you can also remove your iCloud account from the iPhone. Just go to “Setting” > “[Your Name]”. Then scroll down and tap “Sign Out”.


You have known 3 methods of how to wipe iPhone without iTunes. These methods can be used to wipe iPhone 5, 6, 7, 8, X, XR, iPhone 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, and other different models. By comparison, FoneTool can be the best option to reset your iPhone. It not only effectively wipes an iPhone avoiding recovery, but also helps you to back up or transfer your iPhone and supports converting HEIC photos to JPG.

Dylan · Editor
Dylan is an editor of mobile backup software. He likes to share the latest news about iPhone and iOS, write useful tips, and give solutions to help people solve all kinds of issues.