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How to Factory Reset My iPad

Factory resetting your iPad will erase all your data and settings, returning it to its original state. Here’s how to do it:

Backing Up Before Resetting

It’s crucial to back up your iPad before a factory reset. This ensures you don’t lose important data like photos, contacts, and apps. You can back up to iCloud or your computer.

Resetting Using Your iPad

  1. Go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPad.
  2. Tap Erase All Content and Settings.
  3. Enter your iPad passcode or Apple ID password for confirmation.
  4. You might see an option to Erase All Content and Settings again, tap to confirm.

Resetting Using Your Computer

  1. Connect your iPad to your Mac or PC.
    • For Mac with macOS 10.15 or later, open Finder.
    • For Mac with macOS 10.14 or earlier or a Windows PC, open iTunes (make sure you have the latest version).
  2. Locate your iPad on your computer.
  3. In Finder (Mac): Click General at the top, then Restore iPad.
    • In iTunes: Click Summary, then Restore iPad.
  4. Confirm the reset by following the on-screen instructions.

After Resetting

Your iPad will restart like new. You can then set it up again and restore your data from your backup if needed.

Here are some helpful resources from Apple for more details on the process:

If you don’t know your iPad passcode, you can still factory reset it, but the process will be slightly different. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

Resetting with a Computer (Required):

Unfortunately, you cannot factory reset an iPad without access to a computer. This is because the reset process involves putting the iPad in recovery mode, which requires a computer.


  1. Find your computer: You’ll need a Mac with macOS 10.15 or later (use Finder) or a Windows PC with iTunes (latest version).
  2. Put iPad in Recovery Mode: Apple provides specific instructions based on your iPad model. Search online for “iPad model [your model number] put in recovery mode” to find the exact steps. It typically involves a combination of button presses while connecting the iPad to your computer.
  3. Restore on your Computer: Once your iPad is in recovery mode, your computer software (Finder or iTunes) will detect it. You’ll then be presented with an option to “Restore” your iPad. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the reset.

Important Note:

  • Resetting through recovery mode will erase all your data and settings.
  • If you have a backup (iCloud or iTunes), you can restore your data after the reset.
  • If you don’t have a backup, you’ll be setting up your iPad as a new device.

Here’s the official Apple Support resource for more details on this method:

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