Factory reset an iPad means erasing everything on this iPad. Although we don’t normally perform a factory reset, it’s useful when you want to protect your private data or fix the system errors of your iOS devices. This article introduces 5 ways to reset your iPad with step-by-step tutorials. Just read on and follow if you find yourself in one of the situations:
- You need to reset old iPad for sale or giving it away.
- You need to restore a disabled iPad since you forget iPad password.
- Factory reset iPad to restore iCloud/iTunes backup.
- Your iPad is frozen, disabled, stuck at recovery mode or black screen and needs to be fixed by restoring.
- You want to factory reset your iPad to clear memory space.
Again, because you factory restore erases everything on your iPad, to avoid data loss, it’s important to backup your iOS devices beforehand.
This method can be applied when: you have an accessible iPad (which you still remember the screen passcode and Apple ID used on).
As you know, there is a reset function on your iPad. If you can still access your iPad and need to factory reset iPad to fix system errors or restore an iCloud backup, the most direct and convenient way is to use the feature on your iPad.
STEP 1 For iOS 14 or earlier, go to "Settings" > "General" > "Reset" and tap on "Erase All Content and Settings".
For iOS 15 or later, similarly, select "Settings" > "General" > "Transfer or Reset iPhone", and you will see "Erase All Content and Settings" that you need to choose.
STEP 2 You will be asked to confirm your action and enter the passcode.
STEP 3 The iPad will reboot as an Apple logo together with a loading bar appears on the screen. Now that your iPhone data is wiped out entirely, you need to set up the iPad again.
What’s the difference between Reset All Settings and Erase All Content and Settings on iPad?
Reset All Settings: This option is not to factory reset your iPad but just reset all the settings to fix subtle errors on your Apple device. It results in no data loss and is only a combination of resetting network settings, keyboard dictionary, home screen layout, etc.
Erase All Content and Settings: Tap this option, all contents including apps, music, photos, and personal account information will be erased from your iPad. After this factory reset, your iPad will be like a brand new one and you will be asked to set it again from selecting region, language, Apple ID, etc.
This method can be applied when: your iPad meets some system errors, and you want to fix it without going straight to erase all the data.
Though factory reset is an effective way to repair iPad system problems, before you step forward to it, you can first try simpler methods like hard reset to fix it. Hard resetting an iPad will not erase any data. You can try this way as the first aid to fix a dead/frozen iPad with the following steps.
Hard Reset an iPad Without a Home Button
Most of the newly released iPad models comes without a home button. To force restart the iPad without home button like iPad Pro, here is what you should do.
STEP 1 Press the Volume Up button and then release.
STEP 2 Press the Volume Down button and then release.
STEP 3 Keep pressing the Power button until the Apple logo appears.
Hard Reset an iPad with Home Button
For the older models of iPad which has a home button, you can follow these steps to force restart it:
STEP 1 Press and hold both the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons for at least ten seconds, until you see the Apple logo.
STEP 2 Then release the two buttons. The iPad will restart.
- Your iPad data won't be erased after a hard reset.
This method can be applied when: you cannot open your iPad, but you’ve got a Windows PC with the latest version of iTunes installed (or you’ve got a Mac computer).
If you have previously synced your iPad with iTunes
STEP 1 Connect the device to a computer with a USB cable.
STEP 2 Tap on your iPad icon and choose the Summary tab on the left panel, then click on "Restore iPad" to perform a factory restore.
- If this is your first time restoring, please wait for the firmware file to be downloaded. Once it is downloaded, it'll ask if you really want to restore. Confirm to proceed.
If you have never synced your iPad with iTunes
STEP 1 Launch iTunes on your PC.
STEP 2 Put your iPad into Recovery Mode:
For iPad with a Home Button: Press and hold the Home button and the Top or Side button simultaneously. When the apple logo appears, keep holding both of the buttons until you see the recovery screen.
For iPad without a Home Button: Quickly press and release the Volume Up button, press and release the Volume Down button, and then press and hold the Top button. When the apple logo shows on your iPad screen, keep holding the Top button until it enters the recovery mode.
STEP 3 Connect your iPad to the computer. There will be a pop-up window saying that there’s problem with your iPad, Click “Restore” to reset your iPad to factory settings.
This method can be applied when: you cannot use your iPad or iTunes to do the factory reset, and you have forgot the passcode of your iPad.
It’s not dead end when you unfortunately find that your iPad is not accessible, and your iTunes cannot function to factory reset your iPad. At this time, the third-party software can come to use to solve your problem without iTunes or you entering iPad passcodes.
FonePaw iOS System Recovery is a professional iOS system recovery tool which can factory reset your iPad and fix various system problems without iTunes. For example, you can easily use the program to wipe a locked iPad or fix iPad that won't work properly. This software is perfectly compatible with iPadOS systems, or other Apple devices running iOS 15 or lower.
STEP 1 Install FonePaw iOS System Recovery on your computer and open the program. Click Start.
STEP 2 Connect your iPad to computer. If your iPad is abnormal, this page will be displayed on your screen. Choose the Repair Mode you prefer to use and Click Confirm to continue.
- The Standard Mode can fix your iPad issues without erasing your data, while the Advanced Mode will go deeper and repair your iPad with factory reset.
STEP 3 According to the repair mode you have selected, you need to put your iPad in Recovery/DFU mode. There will be clear instructions for you to follow.
STEP 4 The info about your iPad will be displayed. Verify if the information is correct, if it is, then click Repair. The program will then factory reset your iPad and fix it.
If you need to recover iPad data after the factory reset, please read on with How to Recover iPad Data After Factory Reset.
This method can be applied when:
- You cannot access your iPad, but have enabled FMI for your iPad on iCloud and remember your Apple ID and passwords.
- Your iPad is connected to Internet.
Actually, one more method to factory reset your iPad is to use the "Remote Wipe" feature of FMI to erase the contents and passcode of your device. With this method, you don’t have to use iTunes or even a computer, and can factory reset your iPad directly via iCloud.com.
STEP 1. Log in to iCloud with your Apple ID and password.
STEP 2. Select "Find My iPhone" > "All Devices" at the top of your browser window. Then, choose the iPad from the device list.
STEP 3. Then you will be displayed with 3 features: Play Sound, Lost Mode, and Erase iPad. Tap "Erase iPad", and your iPad will be factory reset once it’s connected to Internet.
After factory reset, your iPad will lost all the data. For iPad data recovery after factory reset, it’s recommended to use FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery, a program dedicating to flexibly recover lost photos, messages, notes, contacts, and more from iPad after factory resetting.
As a professional iOS data recovery program, FonePaw supports all generation of iPads, and can help you easily extract iPad data from iTunes/iCloud backup after the iPad returns to factory settings. Compared to the official method that requires you to restore the entire backup without knowing the exact contents, this software can let you preview the contents in the backups and selectively restore the data you want.
Download the FREE TRIAL version of the program below to have a try.
STEP 1 Download FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery on the computer.
STEP 2 If you have an iTunes backup before factory resetting iPad, choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File" and select one of the back-ups of your iPad. You can then see all data on the backup and select those you need to recover.
STEP 3 If you have backed up iPad to iCloud, you can choose "Recover from iCloud Backup Files" and sign in with your iCloud account.
That's all the method that you can reset an iPad to factory settings. If you have any question, please put your comment below.