My iPhone 5 got owned (need to erase but can't)

Discussion in 'iPhone 5' started by DropGems, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. DropGems

    DropGems Member

    Jun 29, 2007
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    It's 64gb. It's still recognized by iTunes and I pulled my photos off it but I can't restore it cause the screen is annihilated and I can't unlock it or turn off find my iPhone to. Is this thing worth anything and how do I wipe it clean at this point? Should I just light it on fire so nobody gets my iPhone and then throw it off a bridge? Thx.

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  2. jmp316

    jmp316 Evangelist

    Jul 10, 2008
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    As long as you have a recent iCloud or iTunes backup, I'd say get rid of it. It's not worth much now...

    (And when I say "get rid of it", I mean destroy the thing so your data can't be salvaged.)
  3. Europa

    Europa Moderator
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    Dec 12, 2008
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    You can restore it as long as you can get iTunes to recognize it. You just have to log into iCloud from a computer and remotely delete the iCloud account for that specific iOS device before you can restore in iTunes. You can sell it for scrap or throw it away after that.

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