How To Factory Reset iPad

Factory reset iPad to clean up all that unnecessary and unused data with these easy steps

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We all love to upgrade. Watching those amazing ads for the new iPad that will let us play, work, draw and do everything we do now, but better always makes us want more. The result is always the same: we love to upgrade. 

For most of us, this process usually means selling our old and trusty iPad to get the necessary funds for a new device. Whether you want to sell, gift, or throw away your current iPad, you will need to protect your data and clean the device entirely.

In the guide below, you will learn how to fully factory reset an iPad so you don’t have to worry about any of your valuable information getting stuck on the hardware in question and you will have all of your details backed up on the cloud so you don’t have to worry about it all potentially being deleted.



iCloud Backup

Head into the settings, tap on your name and go to “iCloud.” Make sure you enable all of the available options, then tap “iCloud backup” and wait for the countdown to end.



Set it up

Now it’s time to fully factory reset the iPad.

Go into the settings, then head to general, and tap on “Reset.”


iPad Factory reset

Tap on “Erase all Content and Settings.” A popup screen will ask you if you want to backup your content, or just erase all now.

Since you already backed everything up, you’ll just tap on “Erase now,” and you are done.

Now you are finished, and you can safely know the iPad factory reset process is complete. The device is fully clean and ready to begin a whole new cycle. And, you will finally have that new iPad you always wanted with all of your necessary content downloaded from the cloud, because you performed a backup of the device before the reset.

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Camilo is a contributor for PC Guide. He's been into tech since he was a teen, surfing through the web and local stores trying to find the cheapest way to play the latest Half-Life on his old Windows