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3 Ways to Delete iPhone Data Without Losing Jailbreak

I am selling my 5s today and I need to remove all the data while keeping my jailbreak. How can I do this?

- Ripperx

I have an iPhone 4s.How do I erase the data on the phone without losing the jailbreak unlock? I am looking to sell it. If I go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings, will this lose the jailbreak? Thanks for your help!

- Crystal

If you want to delete iPhone data and at the same time we are unwilling to lose jailbreak, the common method you may want to try is to go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings on your iPhone. Well, it's a common way which helps you delete iPhone data, but it's not work for an iPhone that you want to reserve jailbreak. You don't need to panic and there are three useful ways that can help you. If you want to protect your information away from leaking to strangers, my recommendation is the first method. Also the second one and the third one are good to try.

Method 1: One Click to Delete iPhone Data Without Losing Jailbreak (Recommended)

Note: You should use iTunes or iCloud to backup the important data on your old iPhone first, because the deletion you're going to perform is permanent.

Step 1. Run iPhone Data Eraser and connect your iPhone, choose the menu - ERASE ALL DATA and then go ahead.

iPhone Data Eraser

Step 2. Type "delete" in the blank and click "Erase Now".

Erase Data Without Losing Jailbreak

Step 3. After that, your iPhone will restart.

Delete Data Without Losing Jailbreak

Then, iPhone Data Eraser starts to wipe all the free space. If it pops up on the phone with "Storage Almost Full", just tap "Done" and remember not to disconnect your iPhone.

Wipe Data Without Losing Jailbreak

Note: Just keep the device connected during the process, or the process will fail.

Method 2: Wipe Your iPhone Data Without Losing Jailbreak (Only for iOS 5.0-6.1.2)

You can use Semi-Restore for Windows to wipe your iPhone to near stock condition without losing your jailbreak. Before beginning to make sure you do a backup of your device.

Step 1. Download and unzip Semi-Restore and run the EXE file.
Step 2. Connect your iOS 5.0 to iOS 6.1.2 phone to computer and click on the Semi-Restore button
Step 3. Now wait some minutes for the phone's reboot.
Step 4. Once Semi-Restore has completed your iOS device will be rebooted to the new device setup wizard. Of course, your jailbreak is preserved, too.

Download semi-restore here.

Method 3: Delete iPhone Data Without Losing Jailbreak (Using an iPhone App)

Here is an iPhone app you can use is iLEX RAT which is a complete on-device solution for any jailbreak user to erase all data from their iPhone. It can be downloaded from the Cydia store. In the following is what you need to do in order to remove all but stock apps and data from your jailbroken iPhone.

Step 1. Install Changes section after you added the iLEX source from the Cydia store.
Step 2.Searching and install MobileTerminal on the Cydia store.
Step 3. Respring your iPhone and run MobileTerminal.
Step 4. Type rat in the command area. A long list of options is presented. Choose option 12 to delete the iPhone data.
Step 5. Confirm your choice by going for Yes.
Step 6. Wait for the process to finish, and reboot your device when prompted to do so.
Step 7. When the Home screen shows up, only Cydia and stock apps will be available there.

The above methods apply to all the iDevices data deletion. And if you need the most convenient way of these three methods, you're suggest to use iPhone Data Eraser. It's compatible for iPhone/iPad/iPod and different types of data such as messages, contact, music, video and more. This tool provides you an easy and much safety way to delete data from iPhone, even you're a computer newbie.

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Bunyan Lisa
Managing Editor
Posted - 23 May, 2014

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