The need to reset the iPad to the factory settings can arise in various situations. For example, a reset may be necessary in the event of a software malfunction or when selling a device. In this article, we will consider three methods at once, how to reset the iPad to the factory settings.
But, in the beginning, a few words about security. Before resetting the iPad, you need to check the charge level of its battery. It is necessary that it be charged at least 30 percent, and preferably all 100. Since turning off the device during a factory reset can lead to breakdown. Also, before resetting, it is advisable to backup using iTunes. This will restore everything in case you change your mind. And if you have an iPad with jailbreak, then it is generally better to refuse to reset the settings, since this can lead to problems with the download.
Reset iPad via Settings
If you want to reset the iPad to the factory settings, then the easiest way is to use the corresponding function in Settings. For this you you need to go into the iPad Settings and go there to the “Basic” section.
Next you need to scroll to the bottom of the list and open the “Reset” subsection.
This will take you to the settings section for resetting on iPad. The following functions are available here: Reset all settings, erase content and settings, erase network settings, reset the settings for the Home button, reset the keyboard dictionary, reset geolocation settings. If you want to reset iPad to factory settings, then “Reset all settings” or “Erase content and settings” will suit you.. Select one of these functions and follow the instructions that appear on the screen.
- Erase All Settings Function deletes iPad settings. All settings are returned to the factory values, while your data remains untouched. This function is suitable if you have any problems with the settings. For example, something freezes or does not work as it should.
- Function “Erase content and settings”. This is a full reset of iPad to the factory settings. When using this function, all settings will be returned to the factory values, and user content that was on iPad will be deleted. This reset option is suitable if you plan to sell your iPad or simply transfer it to another person for use.
Reset iPad via iTunes
You can also reset your iPad to factory settings using iTunes. In this case, at the beginning you need to turn off the Find iPad feature. To do this, go to iPad Settings, open the iCloud section and disable the Find iPad function there. It should be noted that to disable this feature you will have to enter your Apple ID password. Without this, turning off iPad search and resetting through iTunes will not work.
After disabling the Find iPad function, you can proceed to reset the iPad to the factory settings. To do this, launch iTunes on the computer and connect the iPad to the computer using a cable. After connecting iPad, click on the device icon that appears in the upper left corner of the iTunes window.
Next need go to the browse tab.
AND click on the “Restore iPad” button. It should be noted that there is also a “Restore from copy” button nearby. This button is responsible for restoring iPad from a previously created backup and has nothing to do with resetting to factory settings. Therefore, do not confuse the “Restore iPad” and “Restore from copy” buttons.
After clicking on the “Restore iPad” button, a small window will open asking you to confirm the reset of iPad to the factory settings. In this window you need click on the “Restore” button again and then iTunes will begin the reset process on your iPad.
Reset iPad via iTunes without password
If you forgot your Apple ID password, the instructions described above will not work, because you simply can’t disable the Find iPad feature. If you find yourself in this situation, then you can try to reset the iPad to the factory settings using Recovery Mode.
Go into Recovery Mode is quite simple. For this need to do the following:
- Turn off the iPad and wait a few minutes for all the programs to finish their work and the iPad to completely shut down;
- Press the “Home” button and without releasing it connect the iPad to the computer with a cable;
- You need to hold the Home button until the iTunes program icon and cable appear on the iPad screen;
- After that, the “Home” button can be released; you have successfully entered Recovery Mode.
After enabling Recovery Mode you need to run iTunes on your computer and click on the “Restore iPad” button. Thus, you can reset the iPad to the factory settings without an Apple ID password.
If you need to exit Recovery Mode without using recovery, then just press the iPad power button and hold it until it starts to boot.