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How to Reset iPad to Factory Settings

WRITTEN BY Tina ON June 4, 2015

Restoring iPad to its factory settings is a decision made under many circumstances. First, if you have jailbroken your iPad and have run into problems, there is probably a need for you to restore your iPad to its default settings. Second, if you are thinking of giving away or selling your iPad to someone else, it is essential for you to fully erase your personal information from the device before it is handed to the new owner. But whatever the reason is, it is very important to note that the factory reset process will remove all iPad data and setting on the device.

To avoid the data loss, you should backup your iPad data with iTunes previously and then use iPad Data Recovery to recover your personal data after the resetting. This tutorial will introduce two methods to reset iPad to factory settings and it will show you how to recover data from iTunes backup files by using iPhone Data Recovery. Waste no more time wondering how to reset iPad to factory, keep reading for more detail!


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Method 1: How to Reset iPad to Factory Settings with iPad Only
Method 2: How to Reset iPad to Factory Settings with iTunes
Method 3: How to Recover iPad Data from iTunes Backup Files

Method 1: How to Reset iPad to Factory Settings with iPad Only


Step 1: Launch Settings>tap on General>go to Reset and tap on Erase All Content and Settings.


Step 2: Then you will be asked if you want to continue the action, if the answer is yes, your iPad will reset then the Apple logo together with a loading bar will appear on the screen.

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Notes: As you can see, there are two options: Reset All Settings and Erase All Content and Settings, for you to choose. What’s the difference between them? Erase All Content and Settings: if you tap on this option, you will lose all contents like apps, music, photos, and personal information on your iPad. All the previous Settings on your device will be erased too. Reset All Settings: This option is for those who want to reset iPad to factory settings without losing any data because it will only change the Settings on your device.


Method 2: How to Reset iPad to Factory Settings with iTunes


Step 1: Connect iPad to the computer with a USB cable. Then launch iTunes.


Step2: Locate your iPad under “Device” on the left panel and click on Restore.

how to reset ipad to factory setting

Notes: You should wait for the firmware file to be downloaded if you restore iPad to factory settings for the first time. Once it is downloaded, you will be asked to confirm your action before it proceed the restoring process.


Method 3: How to Recover iPad Data from iTunes Backup Files


Step 1: Run iPad Data Recovey on PC

Download, install and run FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery on computer. Then go to “Recover from iTunes Backup File”. After that, choose one backup file and click on “Start Scan”.

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Step 2: Preview iTunes backup files on PC

All backup files will be scanned automatically. After that you can preview different files by tapping on specific categories. For instance, if you only want to restore contacts from iTunes backup files, you can go straight to “Contacts” where you can view all information in it before you recover them.

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Step 3: Recover iPad data from iTunes backup

You can choose the items you want selectively while previewing, then go to “Recover” to save them on your computer.

how to reset ipad to factory settings

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