How Do I Reset An iPad To Factory Settings? The Real Fix!

You want to return your iPad to its factory defaults, but you’re not sure how. Performing a factory reset on an iPad can be confusing because this reset is called “Erase All Content and Settings” in the Settings app. In this article, I’ll show you how to reset an iPad to factory settings!

What Happens When You Reset An iPad To Factory Settings?

When you reset an iPad to factory settings, all of your saved data, media, and settings will be completely erased. This includes things like your photos and videos, Wi-Fi passwords, connected Bluetooth devices, and contacts.

Back Up Your iPad First!

Since everything is going to be erased from your iPad, we recommend saving a backup first. This way, you won’t lose your photos, videos, and contacts.

To save a backup on your iPad, open the Settings app and tap your name at the top of the menu. Next, tap iCloud -> iCloud Backup -> Back Up Now. If you don’t see this option, turn on the switch next to iCloud Backup. You’ll know the switch is on when it is green.

set up iPad backup settings app

How To Reset An iPad To Factory Settings

To reset an iPad to factory settings, open Settings and tap General. Next, scroll to the bottom of this menu and tap Transfer or Reset iPad.

transfer or reset ipad

Finally, tap Erase All Content and Settings. You’ll be prompted to enter your iPad passcode and confirm your decision by tapping Erase.

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After you tap erase, your iPad will be reset to factory settings and restart itself once all the data, media, and settings have been erased.

Fresh Off The Line!

You’ve reset your iPad to factory settings and its like you just took it out of the box! Make sure to share this article with your friends and family who are looking to erase all the content and settings on their iPads too. If you have any other questions about your iPad, leave them in the comments section below!

About Author

David Lynch is an expert on cell phones, cell phone plans, and other tech. After using a flip phone into his early 20s, he learned the ropes about iPhones and Androids from a former Apple employee. Today, his articles and videos are read and viewed by millions, and he has been cited by major publications including Reader's Digest, Wired, CMSWire, Consumers Advocate, and more.

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