This article explains how to erase all content on an iPad and reset to factory settings for devices running iOS 9 or higher.
Reset Your iPad Back to Factory Settings without iTunes
Are you aware that your iPad’s Settings app includes a one-stop-shop where you can reset each (or every) feature on your iPad?
We will explain each option in this article and then you choose which one best suits your situation.
Firstly, let’s find the location of your Reset feature
For instance, that for whatever reason your iPhone’s AirDrop decides to act up, and you need to reset your internet connection. Well, that is easily done through the Setting called Reset Network Settings.
- Open the Settings app on your device and click general
2. Swipe down and click Tranfer or Reset iPad.
3. At the bottom of the screen, Click the reset button.
This brings up the Reset screen with the following options:
- Reset All Settings – All settings plus network settings, the keyboard dictionary, location settings, privacy settings, and Apple Pay cards are removed or reset to their defaults . No data or media are deleted.
- Reset Network Settings –This option will clear out any data saved on your specific network. Additionally, the device name assigned in Settings > General > About is reset to “iPad,” and manually trusted certificates (such as for websites) are changed to untrusted. Cellular data roaming may also be turned off.
- Reset Keyboard Dictionary – You add words to the keyboard dictionary by rejecting words iPad suggests as you type. Resetting the keyboard dictionary erases only the words you’ve added.
- Reset Home Screen Layout – Returns the built-in apps to their original layout on the Home Screen.
- Reset Location & Privacy – Resets the location services and privacy settings to their defaults. For instance, GPS-aware apps often pop up a location warning asking if you want the app to be aware of your current location. Your answers to these questions are stored on your iPad for each app. This reset erases these answers so that the app may pop up the prompt asking for your location permission again the next time you use it.
How to Erase All Content on the iPad
Before doing a full wipe on the iPad, try to clear all the settings and reset the network settings. Clearing all of the settings and data are erased from the iPad keeps your personal information safe. It’s also a troubleshooting tool that can solve problems by deleting offending apps or settings. You can do both of these processes on the same screen you use to reset the iPad.
The process of resetting should include switching off the Find My iPad feature.
How to reset iPad to factory settings and erase all data and settings
At times, the only reply your iPad can give you is a black screen. Which is frustrating. But you shouldn’t panic. Restoring iPad to factory settings can fix most of the iPad problems. But you have to put up with the fact that your data and settings will be gone after resetting. This is why we couldn’t emphasize the following more: Regular iPad backups totally rock.
Another case when you need to erase iPad would be before selling the device or passing it to another person. One way or another, there’s only one way to keep your iPad data safe backup everything before factory resetting.