How to Reset iPad to Factory Settings

By Emily Watson, Saturday, September 30, 2017

Read this article if you find yourself in one of the situations: 

• You need to reset old iPad 2/Mini/Air for sale or giving away;

• You need to restore disabled iPad since you forget iPad password;

• Factory reset iPad to restore iCloud/iTunes backup.

• iPad is frozen, disabled, stuck at recovery mode/black screen and need to be restored with iTunes. 

• Factory reset iPad to clear memory space.

Resetting iPad to factory settings is likely to solve problems mentioned above. This post will show you three ways to do a factory reset on iPad (1st/2nd/3rd/4th Generation, iPad Pro/Air/Mini.)

But you should notice that all your iPad data will be erased after a factory reset. Therefore, what we cannot stress enough is to backup your iOS devices.

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Solution 1: Restore iPad to Factory Settings without iTunes/Computer

If you can still access your iPad and need to factory reset iPad to fix system errors or restore a iCloud backup. You can reset iPad without a computer. 

Step 1: Go to "Settings" > "General" > "Reset" and tap on "Erase All Content and Settings".

Step 2: You will be asked to confirm your action. After the confirmation, your iPad or iPad Pro/Air/Mini will reset. 

Step 3. The iPad will reboot as an Apple logo together with a loading bar appears on the screen. You need to set up the iPad again.

Erase all of iPad Contents and Settings

The difference between Reset All Settings and Erase All Content and Settings on iPad:

Reset All Settings: This option is suitable for those who want to reset to factory settings without losing data because it just erases all changes in settings.

Erase All Content and Settings: Tap this option, all content, apps, music, photos, and personal account information will be erased from your iPad. And you have to set up your device from choosing language, Apple ID, etc.

Solution 2: Hard Reset/Force Reset iPad

If your iPad, iPad Pro/Mini/Air is frozen or dead and you are unable to access the Settings page. You can hard reset iPad with the following steps.

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.

Note: Your iPad data won't be erased after a hard reset. 

Solution 3: Use iTunes to Reset iPad to Factory Settings without Passcode

If you have forgotten passcode on iPad and can't access the device or the iPad is in recovery mode, you can factory reset the iPad with iTunes.

Step 1: Connect the device to a computer that you previously synced with and start iTunes.

Step 2: Locate your iPad 1/2/3/4, iPad Pro/Air/Mini under "Devices" on the left panel and click on "Restore".

Notes: 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.

Reset iPad with iTunes

If you need to recover iPad data after the factory reset, please read on.

Solution 4: How to Recover iPad Data from iTunes After Factory Reset

For iPad data recovery after factory reset, you need FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery, a program dedicating to recover lost photos, messages, notes, contacts and more after factory resetting. It supports all generation of iPad which includes iPad 1/2/3/4, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4/3 and more. You can recover iPad data from iTunes/iCloud backup after the iPad returns to factory settings.

Download the FREE TRIAL version of the program below to have a try.

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Step 1: Launch iPad Data Recovery & Scan iTunes backup

Download, install and run FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery on the computer, and then choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File". All your devices that have synced with iTunes will be listed. Choose the backup of your iPad and click "Start Scan" button.

Step 2: Preview and recover iPad files

The program will extract iTunes backup of your iPad while scanning. When scanning is complete, please preview the results one by one, choose them selectively and click "Recover" to recover iPad photos, contacts, messages and more on your computer.

Preview and data retrieved

FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery is fairly easy to use. It can also help you to recover iPad data from iCloud backup after factory reset. 


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