iWipe is a utility that zeros out free space on iDevices.

A common misconception about storage devices is when a file is deleted, it’s permanently deleted. This is not correct. Only the reference to that space on the storage device is removed preserving the real data on the sectors of the drive. The same concept applies when you restore your iDevice. This is called a low level format.

Last year, I heard reports that Apple was issuing refurbished 3GS devices with data of the previous owner still preserved. Whether this was rumor or fact, I didn’t want to risk selling my devices with the risk of my personal data still preserved… 

I’m not a secret agent by any means but my data is my data and it’s private. Maybe I’m being paranoid but that’s my right and I’m grateful such a utility exists. Plus, I helped feed a hungry independent developer.

Beyond the average user, I can see a utility like this in demand if and when the iPhone takes over the Blackberry in the business world. Makes sense. Most business don’t like to risk any data of their internal affairs to fall into the wrong hands.

While there is an alternative in the App Store, I prefer to support the Jailbreak community. Not to mention it’s cheaper in the Cydia Store at a low price of $2. That’s cheap considering the peace of mind you get in return. What about you? Is iWipe a utility you think you’d find useful?

  • iPhoneDownloadBlogReader

    I’m pretty sure if you investigate that it isn’t 4x
    compatible… Somebody correct me if I’m wrong

  • Burge

    Ive use this once a month just to clear the phone of stuff that has been deleted and to make sure its gone.. Just make sure to put on charge , as it will drain you battery.. Best to run over night when the device needs a charge…

  • Tom

    Works fine on iPhone 4 running 4.1

  • Tony

    what is the app store alternative ??

    • Bob

      There isnt….

    • It’s called iErase. here’s the link: http://is.gd/gaajt

      Also, it appears to be by the same developer, so it’s probably not an “alternative”. More like a “legit” AppStore app.

      • Irha

        Interesting, this app seems like it would need to use a lot of restricted API’s. I wonder how Apple allowed it into the appstore. Is it possible that iErase is actually an underpowered version of iWipe?

  • John

    It’s actually $2.99

  • Lost

    what is the way to get all the supposedly “deleted” stuff back. Lets say when i do a restore or when i WANTED to sell it but decided otherwise?

  • Lost

    Is there by any chance a no cost alternative?:) THANKS BRO (JUAN G.)
    you kno of anything else maybe you have used or know of sum1 using

    • your guess is as good as mine. i paid for my copy.

  • sunit

    HI iPhoneDownloadBlogReader i think you are wrong… there is a repo gaurav.myrepospace that will allow to u to download the ios4+ compatible version.

  • Does this work on ios5 on an Iphone 4s?

  • Hi, is there any difference between iwipe & icleaner (another cydia app)?