How To Factory Reset An iPad

As an owner, you should learn how to factory reset an iPad because it’s the most effective solution to almost all firmware- and app-related issues. The procedure itself is very easy and straightforward but what’s important is that you’d know what happens when a reset is performed.

A factory reset will bring your iPad back to its factory default settings and configuration, hence the name. It goes without saying that it will have the same settings as when you first set it up. Needless to say, if you have files or data left on your iPad’s internal storage, they will be deleted.

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Step-by-Step Guide To Factory Reset An iPad

Time Needed : 6 minutes

Prior to the reset and if possible, create a backup of your important files and data, as it will be very difficult to recover them after the reset. You may use iCloud or simply download them to your Mac or computer. When ready, follow these steps to reset your iPad.

  1. From the Home screen, tap Settings.

    You can also find the Settings icon on the dock.
    factory reset an ipad settings

  2. Make sure General is selected. Tap Reset.

    Most of the time, General is highlighted when you open Settings. But if not, just tap on it and all its sub-menus will appear on the right panel.
    factory reset an ipad general reset

  3. Touch Erase All Content and Settings.

    This is the Factory reset for iOS devices. The name suggests what this setting will do to your iPad.
    factory reset an ipad erase content

  4. Tap Erase Now.

    After tapping Erase All Content and Settings, a small window will pop up asking you if you want to backup your data before the reset. If you’ve already done that, then just tap Erase Now to continue.
    factory reset an ipad erase now

  5. Enter your passcode.

    This will verify that it’s you who really wants to reset the iPad.
    factory reset an ipad passcode

  6. Tap Erase.

    Another dialog box will show after entering your passcode. Just tap Erase to continue.
    factory reset an ipad erase

  7. Tap Erase to confirm.

    Apple just wants to make sure you won’t regret your decision to reset your device later. That’s why it has all these pop ups asking for your confirmation.
    factory reset an ipad erase

  8. Lastly, enter your Apple ID password and tap Erase.

    This is the final step for this procedure. Once you’ve entered the correct password and tapped on erase, the reset will begin.
    factory reset an ipad password erase

  • iOS 13
  • Apple iPad

It will take a few minutes to complete the reset so just wait for your iPad to finish it. If it’s running low on battery while the reset is underway, make sure it’s connected to its charger. You may brick your iPad if it runs out of battery during reset.

FAQs On iPad Reset

As far as the reset is concerned, the procedure is pretty easy. But at this point, we will answer some of the questions from our readers.

If I factory reset my iPad, will my photos be deleted?

Yes. All your photos that are stored in your iPad’s internal storage (stored locally) will be deleted. However, if you’ve enabled automatic iCloud backup or upload, then rest assured that there copies left in your iCloud account. But we suggest that if you’re not 100% sure that your photos were uploaded to iCloud, it’s better to do it manually before the reset, just to make sure.

Does a factory reset delete everything?

Yes. It will delete your files, photos, music, videos, accounts, etc. That’s why we strongly suggest you create a copy of the things you don’t want to lose before the reset.

Can I reset a locked iPad?

You, actually, can! You just need to restart your iPad into recovery mode and you will need a computer that has iTunes in it.

And that’s all for now, guys.

I hope that this post has been able to help you factory reset an iPad.

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