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How to Factory Reset an iPad (iOS 12 Supported)

It is a good way to get a new iPad again by resetting iPad to factory settings. You should not forget to factory reset your iPad before reselling or giving it away. Actually, factory reset iPad is a useful way to fix many problems. For instance, you can fix a disabled iPad when forgot iPad password. You can also factory reset iPad to get rid of frozen, black screen and other situations.

Factory Reset an iPad

Part 1: How to Factory Reset iPad

If you can still remember what your iPad passcode is, then you can factory reset iPad without iTunes or computer. As you know, resetting iPad to factory settings will erase the information and settings on your iPad. Therefore, you need to set up your iPad with iTunes or iCloud backup files later.

Note: Factory reset iPad will erase all content and settings on device, so you had better backup iPad to external hard drive for avoinding any data loss.

Step 1. Choose an iPad factory reset option

Open "Settings" app on your iPad. Click "General" and scroll down to choose "Reset". There are six reset options about iPad. To factory reset an iPad without iTunes or computer, select "Erase All Contents and Settings". It means all files including apps, videos, photos, music and other contents will be removed from your iPad permanently.

factory Settings

Step 2. Reset an iPad to factory settings without a computer

You need to confirm your action of factory resetting iPad, and then enter a restrictions passcode.

After that, your iPad will reboot with an Apple logo and a loading bar appear on its screen. Wait several minutes to complete the process of resetting an iPad to default factory settings. furthermore, restore an iPad with an iTunes backup if necessary.

If you forgot Apple ID or password, you should read this post to reset iPad without Apple ID or password.

Part 2: How to Factory Reset iPad Using iTunes

If you forgot iPad password, or your iPad stuck in recovery mode, then you can use iTunes to factory reset iPad without passcode. Just make sure you are using the computer that you have synced to iTunes before. Thus, you can follow how to restore an iPad to factory settings with iTunes.

Step 1. Connect iPad to iTunes

Update your iTunes to the latest version. Use a lightning USB cable to connect iPad to your computer that you have synced with. iTunes will detect your iPad automatically.

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Step 2. Factory reset iPad with iTunes

Select your iPad when it appears in iTunes. Click "Summary" in the left panel. Choose "Restore iPad" and confirm to start restoring iPad to factory settings. It may take you some time to download the firmware first.

Factory reset iPad with iTunes

Then your iPad will be set as new and you can restore iPad from iCloud or iTunes backup. Can't restore iPad? Here are the fixes.

Part 3: Factory iPad VS a Third-party Tool

For people who have not backed up iPad with iTunes before, the easiest way is to erase an iPad thoroughly and permanently with Apeaksoft iPhone Eraser. You can factory reset iPad with a forgotten iPad password. There are three different iOS data erasing levels including low, medium and high levels. iPhone Eraser can erase and overwrite your iPad with different times. All those deleted iPad contents are unrecoverable. So if you want to sell an old iPad on eBay, use iPhone Eraser to clean up iPad first.

Step 1. Launch iPhone Eraser

Use a USB cable to connect iPad to computer, and then launch iPhone Eraser. It will detect your iPad automatically after several seconds. Actually, you can connect multiple iOS devices and delete everything by iPhone Eraser, too.

iPhone Eraser

Step 2. Choose erasing level

To reset iPad to factory settings without iTunes, you need to set its erasing level. Click "Low" to overwrite all iPad data for one time. iPhone Eraser can protect your Privacy by erasing an iPad thoroughly. In addition, you can also set local path and format to save exported erasing history with preferences options

Choose Erasing Level

Step 3. Start factory resetting an iPad

Click "start" button to reset your iPad to default factory settings permanently. Well, iPhone Eraser is highly compatible with iOS 11 and all iPad models including iPad Pro/Air/Mini and iPad 1/2/3/4/5 generations. So there is no limitation of resetting an iPad to factory settings with iPhone Eraser.

Start Factory Resetting an iPad

You can also check this video tutorial to erase your iPad:

Part 4: How to Restore iPad after the Reset

To restore an iPad after factory reset, you can use Apeaksoft iPhone Data Recovery. It can restore lost data from your iPad selectively and safely. Thus, you can choose which one to restore from previous iTunes or iCloud backup files.

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  • Recover up to 19 kinds of data from an iPad directly
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Restore iPad to Factory Settings with iTunes Backup

Step 1. Locate "Recover from iTunes Backup File" mode

Recover from iTunes Backup File

Step 2. Hit "Start Scan" to scan and extract your iTunes backup

Start Scan

Step 3. Preview and restore iPad after factory reset

Restore iPad to Factory Settings with iCloud Backup

Step 1. Enter "Recover from iCloud Backup File" mode.

Step 2. Sign in to iCloud with Apple ID and passcode.

Step 3. Download and scan certain file types. Then preview and restore deleted data from iCloud backup to your computer

iCloud Backup

As a result, you can factory reset an iPad to a new user quickly. Moreover, you can also reset your iPad to factory settings to clean storage space without password. All in all, it is iPhone Data Recovery that you can rely on, which can restore data from a disabled/broken/stolen iPad professionally.

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