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How to Erase Data on iPod Permanently

Before selling your old iPod device or give it to others, you must to erase all data from iPod, or wipe deleted contents on iPod permanently, in order to keep your personal data safe. Usually, there are 2 ways that you can use to delete iPod data. One is to use the default erase setting built in iOS, and the other way is to use a third-party data eraser. For the sake of protecting your personal information, you're suggested to use the second way. Because the default erase settings provided by Apple doesn't really erase your personal data. In fact, Apple only encrypts the whole data on your iPod instead of erasing it. With a special and powerful recovery tool, the data can be fully recovered from your iPod.

In this post we will show you the 2 methods to erase data from iPod.

Method 1: 'Simply Delete' and 'Factory Reset' (100% Recovery)

This is the simplest and fastest way to remove content and settings on your iPod and this method has been widely adopted for general users. This is fairly enough for users who haven't leave any important data on the iPod. Below are the steps on how to achieve that:

Step 1: Tap on Settings icon on iPod homescreen.

Step 2: Scroll down from the list and choose 'General' option

Step 3: Select 'Reset' at the bottom of the list and choose "Delete All Content and Settings"

Disadvantage: However, this method is not that secure in terms of high standards as the data can be recovered by utilizing this factory reset. If you really cared about your person information from being leaked, you should make sure that there is no chance to restore such content when you selling or handling the device to someone else. It is highly recommend to use the following method I am gonna to mention in the next section, as the data will be deleted permanently even the military forces can't get them back.

Method 2: Permanently Erase All Data on iPod Without Restoring

Maybe most people still don't know that actual contents of file are not really deleted when performing simple deletion operation on your iPod, iPad, iPhone or other smart devices. But they are just marked for deletion and not shown in the file system of your devices. The actual data are still physically present on your devices. For iOS system, the only way to permanently wipe the data is to overwrite the original contents.

If you want to completely eliminate all traces of data on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod, iOS cleaner program could be a good choice, it provides four erasing options to ensure all deleted data were overwritten and erased without the possibility of recovery by any practical software or hardware methods. In this post, we'll show you how to permanently delete data from iOS device without restoring before selling.

Step 1. Download and install this iOS data cleaner program

Download the program from above download link and double-click the file to begin installation process. There is a built-in wizard guiding you through the entire process. After that, the software will be opened automatically and a shortcut will display on computer desktop.

Step 2. Connect iPod, iPad, or iPhone to Computer and Select "Erase All Data"

Connect the iPod, iPad, or iPhone to computer via USB cable. The program will detect the device once it was well connected. Then you can proceed to the next step. However, if the program can't detect the device, please make sure iPod USB driver and iTunes are installed properly on the computer.

Note: The program offers 4 erasing option for your different demands: "EXPRESS CLEANUP", "ERASE PRIVATE Data", "ERASE DELETED FILES" and "ERASE ALL DATA". You can select the appropriate option and give it a try. As we want to erase everything stored on the iPad, so the first method is preferred in this case. Select Erase All Data from the sidebar, which leads to the next step.

Step 3.Start Analyzing and Scanning the Data on iPod, iPad or iPhone

In this step, it will automatically analyze and scan all your deleted files in your iOS device; generally it takes few minutes to complete the process depending on the file. After scanning – select the deleted data to view detailed information on the file.

Step 4. Privew and Select the Data You Want to Erase

After scanning, all deleted data will be scanned out and presented as details, by default, all files will be selected. Unselect the files you wish to keep

Step 5.Start Erasing All Data on iPod Permanently

Input 'delete ' and click Start Button to confirm that you are going to erase all the data on the iPod. Then the program starts erasing apps, music, videos, photo, contacts, SMS and other files stored on the device. It only takes a few minutes to complete the task.

Step 6. Finish Erase All Data on iPod and Set Your iPod as a new one

Deletion process may take you some time, patience, make sure iPod to stay connected with the computer.

It will ask you for confirmation before it starts erasing so make sure you are certain you want to continue as this is your last chance to prevent data from being accidentally erased. You should be no longer worries about your privacy being leaked by using this program, even the most sophisticated data recovery software isn’t able to get any information from the given device.

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Lincoln Spector, is a senior editor for giveumore studio and is enjoying discovering most useful Tips and Tricks in the iOS world.

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