How To Erase Your iPhone Or iPad Remotely.
That happens. You leave your iPhone on the coffee table or iPad in the cafeteria. You are trying to find him. You are trying to find it using iCloud, but the device is disabled. You are filing a formal complaint and waiting.
But there is one more thing you must do if you lost your iPhone or iPad. You must erase your data so that even if your iPhone or iPad falls into the hands of someone, they cannot access your personal information. Luckily, your iPhone or iPad comes with built-in remote erase functionality. Here’s how to delete data from your iPhone or iPad remotely.
How does the process work
You can remotely wipe your iPhone or iPad using Find My iPhone on the iCloud website (or other device). The next time your device is turned on and connected to the Internet, it will automatically clear itself.
But for this feature to work, you need to enable Find My iPhone on your iPhone or iPad. It also includes an Activation Lock feature that ensures your iPhone or iPad cannot be reset without your Apple ID and password.
Even when you delete data from your iPhone or iPad remotely, Activation Lock remains on. Your Apple ID and password will be required to reactivate the device.
After you erase data from your iPhone or iPad, you cannot use Find iPhone to find it or use it to play sound. Apple Pay will be disabled for your iPhone, and all associated cards and accounts will be removed from the device.
How to enable Find My iPhone or iPad
As we mentioned above, this feature will not work if you do not have Find iPhone or Find iPad enabled. And you can only do this from a physical device as long as it hasn’t been erased.
- Open your iPhone or iPad and go to the Settings app.
- Now select your profile at the top of the screen.
- Here, scroll down and select the iPhone or iPad you are currently using.
- At the top of the list, tap Find iPhone (or Find iPad).
- Here, tap the switch next to Find My iPhone (or Find My iPad) to turn it on.
How to set up automatic iCloud backups on iPhone or iPad
While you’re in the Settings app, you should also enable the iCloud backup feature. This will periodically back up important data from your iPhone and iPad (including contacts, messages and app data).
This ensures that when you switch to a new iPhone or iPad, you can restore all of your data.
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad and select your profile at the top.
- Select the iCloud option here.
- Now go. to the iCloud Backup section and tap the switch next to iCloud Backup to turn it on.
- Then click the “Back up now” button to start the backup.
How to remotely wipe an iPhone or iPad
If you’ve tried to find your device using the Find My app and you’re sure it can’t be restored, try erasing your iPhone or iPad remotely.
You can do this using the Find My app (formerly known as the Find My iPhone app) on another device, or using the iCloud website.
- Open iCloud.com in a web browser and sign in with your details.
- Then click the Find iPhone button.
- Now select your iPhone or iPad from the top dropdown list.
- To erase data from your device, click the Erase iPhone button in the toolbar in the upper right corner.
This will start the process of erasing data from your iPhone or iPad. During this process, you may be prompted to enter a phone number and message. You can use this feature to try to get your device back if someone finds it.
After entering your Apple ID and password, select the “Erase” option again to put our device into remote wipe mode.
If your device is online, the erasing process will begin instantly. If your device is not connected to a network, the erasing process will start the next time you connect to a cellular or Wi-Fi network.
How to cancel remote wipe on iPhone or iPad
Found an offline device before starting the remote wipe process? You can also undo this.
- Return to the iCloud.com iPhone Search feature and select your device from the Devices list.
- Then select the Undo Erase option and enter your Apple ID password to verify.
How to wipe an iPhone or iPad after too many failed attempts
If you don’t want to use Find iPhone or Find iPad, you can use a backup feature that automatically erases data from your iPhone or iPad after 10 consecutive failed password attempts.
To enable this feature, you need to access your iPhone or iPad first.
- Open the Settings app on your device and go to Face ID & Passcode or Touch ID & Passcode, depending on your device.
- Enter your password.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and tap the radio button next to Clear Data.
- In the pop-up window, click the Enable button.
The function is now enabled. If your iPhone or iPad is stolen and someone tries to enter the wrong passcodes repeatedly, it is automatically erased after the 10th attempt.
While this is a great security feature, you should use it with care. If you have small children in your home who have access to your iPhone or iPad, they could accidentally erase data from your device.
What was your experience of erasing data from iPhone or iPad? Have you returned your device? And what did you eventually replace it with? Share with us in the comments below.
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