1. Skippy's Avatar
    Ello, I've kinda on a small level always wondered what the technical difference it is to perform either a "Erase data and settings" from the iPhone itself or to use iTunes option to restore the phone. Is it a difference? If yes, what?

    Thanks in advance!
    09-28-2012 03:39 PM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    They are "basically" the same. The main difference is when you're attached to a computer and using iTunes, it will download a fresh copy of iOS and reinstall it whereas the phone will just erase everything that wasn't a part of the install as well as reset all settings to default. At least that is my understanding. Both should give you the option to restore from a backup.
    09-28-2012 03:44 PM
  3. Skippy's Avatar
    But from a "cleaning" and erasing perspective, none of the options does it more efficient than the other?
    09-28-2012 03:49 PM
  4. John Yester's Avatar
    No they are exactly the same.
    09-28-2012 03:51 PM
  5. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    But from a "cleaning" and erasing perspective, none of the options does it more efficient than the other?
    Technically, no.
    09-28-2012 04:00 PM
  6. Skippy's Avatar
    Alrighty, thanks!
    09-28-2012 04:10 PM
  7. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Alrighty, thanks!
    You're very welcome. Enjoy the rest of your evening and have a safe and pleasant weekend.
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    09-28-2012 04:14 PM
  8. Skippy's Avatar
    You're very welcome. Enjoy the rest of your evening and have a safe and pleasant weekend.
    Will not, working the whole weekend But thanks and wish you (and I'm sure you will) a more pleasant evening and weekend!
    09-28-2012 04:27 PM
  9. sau124's Avatar
    I would say restoring via iTunes cleans everything and installs a fresh copy from the computer. iPhone must have a partition which saves the installer to clean and install everything. I prefer the former but I suppose both work the same.
    09-28-2012 06:53 PM
  10. ces911's Avatar
    I usually do a DFU. Do a search on google. How to do a DFU on iPhone. This basically is what techs do at apple. It removes the software off the phone and downloads fresh copy and installs.
    09-28-2012 10:02 PM

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