The last tool you should use to bring your iPad back to life. Usually, this technique is used when everything else has been used or you seriously wish to erase all the data you have on your iPad. Everything you have on your device will be permanently erased with no possibility to get it back. Therefore, you should think twice before such a step.
Factory resetting your iPad is a good idea if you wish to sell or give away your iPad. Otherwise, you might want to think about alternative solutions before trying this one. If your iPad is heavily lagged, understandable, there is no other option. If you forgot the password for your iPad, this one can be helpful. However, try to do a backup of your data before performing a factory reset.
In few simple steps, I’d like to show you how to factory reset your iPad.
How to backup data from your iPad to iCloud?
As I already mentioned, after factory resetting your device, all of your data will be erased. Before such a step, you should probably try to back up everything. Here is how to do a backup to your iCloud and save your information.
- Open the “Settings” app
- Choose “Passwords & Accounts”
- Tap on “iCloud backup”
- Click on “Back Up Now”
That’s it! Your information has been successfully stored! Now you can proceed to factory resetting your iPad without worries.
How to factory reset your iPad?
This one is easy.
- Open the “Settings” app
- Click on “Reset” > “Erase All Contents and Settings”
- If you haven’t done your backup previously, tap on “Backup then Erase”
- If, however, you did a backup to your iCloud click on “Erase now”
- Enter your iPad’s password
That’s it! Your iPad is successfully reset and as good as new!
How to factory reset your iPad if you forgot the password?
Okay, as you’ve seen in the previous steps, you will need your password in order to factory reset your iPad. So, what happens if you do not have the password?
The first thing to do is to remove your passcode. If you have an iPad that is using FaceID as a passcode, here is how you can remove it.
- Press and hold the Top button and any volume button
- Once you see the slider, drag it to turn off your iPad
- Connect your iPad to the computer while holding the Top button
- Wait until you see the recovery mode screen
- After removing the passcode, if you have a backup, you can restore your iPad
If your iPad has a home button, here is how to remove a passcode.
- Press and hold the Top button until slide appears
- Drag the slider to turn off your iPad
- Connect your iPad to the computer and hold the Home button
- Keep holding the home button until you see the recovery mode screen
- After removing the passcode, you can restore your iPad if you have a backup
How to restore your iPad?
Locate the iPad on your computer. You will see options “Restore” and “Update”. Click on “Restore” and the Finder or iTunes will download software for your iPad. Wait for the process to finish. Now you can use your iPad again!
More details can be found here https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT211078.
How can you reset your iPad without a passcode or computer?
In case you do not have your computer available and you forgot your passcode, there are still things to be done. You can erase your iPad from iCloud using any device, including your phone.
- Go to iCloud – Log in using your Apple ID and password
- Go to “Find my iPhone” > “All devices”
- Find your iPad on the list
- Select “Erase iPad”
The erasing will start and you will be deleting everything from your iPad. Hopefully, you did a backup recently, so you will be able to restore your data.
There are several ways to reset your iPad. Depending on the circumstances, you can do it directly from your iPad if you know your passcode. If not, the situation is a little bit different, but there are still two ways. Either using your computer or using iCloud in case you don’t have a computer available. Make sure to do a backup to iCloud before restarting if possible!
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