How to Reset iPad to Factory Settings
Are you preparing your iPad up for a new owner or do you want to settle a problem with the iPad that simply restart won’t solve or even you are anxious to erase all content and settings in propose of protecting your privacy when you unfortunately lost your iPad and cannot find it? Then you will need to restore iPad to factory settings to work out all these issues. Besides, when you forget unlock passcode, you are eager to know how to reset iPad password. Don’t be worried, iPad factory reset can help you fix this problem as well, but make sure that you back up your device to iCloud to avoid losing data in the first place. You may also want to factory reset iPhone.
How to restore iPad to factory settings? Three options will be introduced in following simple tutorial.
If you don’t have a computer around, you can factory reset iPad in home screen of your iPad. But please back up iPad data first to iCloud or computer so that you can restore iPad from back up afterwards.
Step 1: Tap Settings on iPad
Step 2: Get to General menu. Tap it.
Step 3: Scroll all the way to the bottom and tap Reset menu.
Step 4: On this screen, you’ll find these options:
• Reset All Settings
• Erase All Content & Settings
• Reset Network Settings
• Reset Keyboard Dictionary
• Reset Home Screen Layout
• Reset Location & Privacy
Reset All Settings: If you are giving your iPad to a family member who is going to use the same Apple ID account, you might need to reset all settings. This reset mode does not erase anything but it completely wipes out all changes in the settings, stored passwords for Wi-Fi and unlock iPad etc.
Erase All Content & Settings: This reset iPad option will make a brand-new iPad exact same status as when you just open the box. All apps, app data, photos and everything else will be disappeared. It means that your iPad has been reset to factory settings. It perfectly suitable for you to choose if you want to sell your iPad.
Reset Network Settings: When you are having trouble connecting to your Wi-Fi or having other issues with internet connection, first try this option. This will clear out any data stored with your specific network and clear up the issue without to do a full restore.
Reset Keyboard Dictionary: iOS’s dictionary will learn and remember the words that you typed. It will rapidly fills up with words you typed and suggestions are offered. You can clear this list with this Keyboard dictionary reset if this bothers you.
Reset Home Screen Layout: If you takes a lot of time to locate a target app, maybe you should consider to reset the home screen layout so you can get to the app faster. This reset option will make your iPad to reset the deck icons to the default ones.
Reset Location & Privacy: If you have ever changed privacy setting or location services values, you can reset them back to factory setting if you want. This helps in recalibration of weather, traffic information and of course your privacy changes are also back to factory settings in the same time.
Step 5: Click Erase All Content and Settings to reset iPad to factory settings.
Once you have chosen to erase the content and settings from your iPad, you will be asked to enter passcode if you have a passcode lock on the iPad and double confirmed your choice whether you are sure to erase all the music, photos, media or other contents in your iPad.
After confirming your selection, the process of erasing the data from your iPad begins. It will take a couple of minutes. Once it is done, the iPad will display a screen that reads ”Hello” in multiple languages. At this point, you are done if you want to sell it to a new person but if you reset iPad in order to solve an issue you have encountered with, you can restore iPad from iTunes back up.
Step 1: Connect your iPad to your computer, then the iPad icon appears instantly on the upper left corner of iTunes screen.
Step 2: Click the iPad icon, the screen would display several options. Click Summary, choose Restore iPad on the right.
Once you have selected to restore iPad, a pop-up window will remind you to back up settings for your iPad before restoring. It’s your decision whether to back up or not. A dialog pops up and check if you are sure to restore iPad to factory settings. Click Restore to get the process started.
Now iPad enters recovery mode and iTunes restores the software on the iPad.
Step 3: Choose Set up as new iPad.
There are two choices for you after the restore process is finished, if you choose the first one, Set up as new iPad, all the original data on iPad would lose entirely. And iPad will turn to the status as when you just got it.
If you unfortunately lost your iPad and give up to find it back for some reasons, but you still want to give a shot to protect your privacy. Restoring iPad to factory setting via iCloud is your best choice.
Step 1: Sign in your iCloud account on the computer.
Log onto icloud.com and sign in your iCloud account you will get:
Step 2: Head over to Find iPhone
Go to Find iPone, enter ID password. Then the website turns to a map showing your iPad location. Find your iPad and click over it, then click the information button on the right side, you will get some options on the right of the screen. After you Choose Erase iPad, iCloud will inform you that the erased iPad cannot be located or tracked anymore. Select Erase, Apple ID password will be requested and you will receive some messages asking you to input your phone number in order to remind the person who has picked up your iPad to contact you through a message that will show on the iPad screen.
Step 3: Click OK to start the erase.
Click OK, a warning window pops up to notice you if you find back this iPad, some services may be temporarily unavailable after it is restored. This might cause loss of some important data backed up to iCloud.