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How to Remotely Erase an iPhone, iPad, or Mac

In this article How to Remotely Erase. Find My iPhone is a useful app from Apple that lets you find your lost or stolen iOS or Mac devices. The app is now called “Find My” because it has all the features of both “Find My iPhone” and “Find My Friends.”

It comes pre-installed on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. You can now tell your friends and family where you are, see where other people have told you they are, and also see where your iOS and Mac devices were last seen. All of this is done through a single app.

If you lose access to your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, like if it gets stolen or broken into, and you’re worried about your personal information getting into the wrong hands, you can use the Find My app to erase the information on your device from afar.

In the same way, if you gave or sold your iOS or Mac device to someone but forgot to erase it, you can do it remotely without having to be in the same room as it. With the Find My app, you can delete an iPhone, iPad, or Mac as long as the following are true:

How to Remotely Erase an iPhone/iPad

  1. Go to website and log in with your Apple ID.
  2. Click All Devices and select the device you want to erase.
  3. Here, select Erase iPhone.
  4. Click Erase to confirm the action.

How to Remotely Erase an On Mac

  1. Ensure that the Mac you want to erase is connected to the internet.
  2. Open a web browser on a different device, such as a computer or smartphone.
  3. Navigate to the iCloud website and sign in with your Apple ID and password.
  4. Click on the “Find iPhone” or “Find My” app.
  5. Select the Mac you want to erase from the list of devices.
  6. Click on the “Erase Mac” option.
  7. Confirm your decision by clicking on the “Erase” button in the pop-up window.
  8. Enter your Apple ID password and click on the “Erase” button again to initiate the remote erase process.
  9. Wait for the Mac to be erased. This process may take some time, depending on the speed of your internet connection and the size of the data on your Mac.
  10. Once the erase process is complete, the Mac will be restored to its factory settings, and all data on the device will be permanently deleted.

What happens when you wipe out a Mac?

  • It removes all the information in it, including all the apps you installed and all user accounts and their data.
  • It signs you out of all Apple services.
  • It disables Apple Pay and removes all your debit and credit card information from your device.
  • You’ll receive a confirmation email on your Apple ID address.
  • Activation Lock remains turned on to protect your device if you don’t remove your device from Find My. Removing the device from Find My turns of Activation Lock.


Can you remotely wipe an iPhone without iCloud?

No matter which Apple device you want to wipe (iPhone, iPad, or Mac), you can initiate a remote wipe command through mobile device management (MDM), iCloud, or Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync.

Should I erase my iPhone if stolen?

If someone gets your phone and is able to unlock it, your personal data, such as Apple Pay and health data, is up for grabs. That’s why it’s important to erase your iPhone as soon as you suspect it has been stolen.

Michael Smith
Michael Smith
Michael Smith, a tech-savvy content editor at Bollyinside. With a knack for simplifying complex tech concepts, Michael specializes in crafting user-friendly "How-to" articles and valuable tips. His focus spans Windows, Mac, hardware, and support. Beyond work, he's an avid explorer of diverse tech fields, constantly staying ahead of the curve.
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