How to Reset the iPad to Factory Settings

The iOS operating system is generally pretty stable, which is one of the reasons why devices like the iPad and the iPhone are so popular. But occasionally something might occur where the only solution is to reset the iPad to its’ original factory settings.

You might also be looking to sell your iPad, or give it away as a gift, and you do not want to have your personal information on the device. So continue reading below to learn how to delete your content and erase all of your settings on an iPad.

Our factory reset iPhone 11 tutorial provides additional information on doing Apple device resets.

Erase All Settings and Content from the iPad

This tutorial below was performed on an iPad 2, running iOS 7. The method is nearly identical for earlier versions on iOS, but the screens may look slightly different.

This method is going to delete all of your content and settings from your device. If there is anything on your iPad that you will want later, be sure that you have performed a backup of your iPad. Read this article to learn more about backing up an iPad.

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

open the settings menu

Step 2: Select the General option at the left side of the screen.

open the general menu

Step 3: Scroll to the bottom of the screen, then select the Reset option.

select the reset option

Step 4: Touch the Erase All Content and Settings option at the top of the screen.

select the erase all content and settings option

Step 5: Touch the Erase button to confirm that you want to delete your content and reset your settings.

how to reset the ipad to factory settings

Are you looking to sell or trade in your iPad? Amazon has a great trade-in program, and accepts most iPad models. Go to this page, select your iPad model, then look for the trade-in value on the right side of the page.

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