How to reset iPad to factory settings

There are many instances when performing a system restore or factory reset is needed to keep your device working as intended. A factory reset means wiping everything from the device including customized settings, saved contacts, personal information and other stored data on the internal memory. After wiping data, the default factory settings are loaded. So it’s like giving your device a clean fresh start. Most software-related issues in mobile devices that could not be remedied by prior workarounds are usually resolved by performing a factory reset. The steps outlined below will walk you through the different methods of resetting an iPad to factory settings. If you think you need this information, then feel free to scroll down and read on.

Resetting an iPad to factory settings through settings

The fastest way to factory reset an iPad is through the settings menu. This however can only be done when the device screen is not stuck or frozen. Here’s how it works.

Start by backing up your iPad. You can back up your files from your iPad to iCloud or iTunes. Once you’re done backing up all your critical data, follow these steps to factory reset through settings:

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll down to and tap on Reset.
  4. Select the option to Erase all content and settings.
  5. If prompted, enter your device passcode to continue.
  6. Then tap Erase iPad to confirm.

You will need to enter your Apple ID password to confirm action and then the iPad will start wiping everything off its storage and restore its factory default settings.

After the reset, your device will restart and then launches the initial setup screen. Follow the onscreen prompts to complete the setup process to use your device as new.

Resetting and restoring iPad to factory settings through iTunes

To reset an iPad that is stuck or unresponsive, you can use iTunes on a compatible Windows or Mac computer. Be sure to use the latest version of iTunes software to ensure system compatibility with your iOS device. Your computer must also be running on a later if not the latest operating system version. Here’s how to factory reset an iPad using iTunes:

  1. Open iTunes on your computer.
  2. Connect your iPad to your computer via USB/Lightning cable.
  3. When asked to enter your device passcode or to Trust This Computer, tap Trust and then follow the onscreen prompts to continue.
  4. Select your iPad when it appears in iTunes.
  5. Then navigate to the Summary section then click the Restore [device] button.
  6. To confirm system reset and restore, click the Restore button again. Doing so will prompt iTunes to start erasing your device and then installs the latest iOS version available.

After the device is restored to factory settings, it will restart automatically. Just wait until it’s done restarting and then you can start setting it up as new.

If you’ve synced your iPad with iTunes, then you can reset and restore it with these steps.

  1. Plug your iPad into your computer using the Apple-supplied USB or Lightning cable.
  2. Open iTunes on your computer. Be sure to use the latest version of iTunes software to avoid system bumping into system conflicts.
  3. Wait for iTunes to recognize and sync with your iPad, then start syncing and backing up files.
  4. Then click the Restore [iPad] button to start wiping and restoring your device.
  5. Wait until the Set Up screen appears, then tap the option to Restore from iTunes backup.
  6. To choose an iOS backup file to restore from, select your iPad in iTunes and the date and size of each backup then choose the most relevant.

Wait until the system restore is complete and then you can disconnect your iPad from the computer. Do not disconnect your device while the system reset is going on so your device system won’t end up corrupted.

If you encounter any error while trying to reset and restore your iPad through iTunes, take note of the error code or message because you can use it as clue on what went wrong and how to fix it. You can also refer to the iTunes error codes and meanings from the Apple Support website to find out the suggested solutions.

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