How to restore your iPad to default settings

The two main reasons for restoring your iPad to its default settings are to prepare it for a new owner and to overcome a problem with the iPad that the normal rebooting simply isn’t solving. Restoring your iPad to default settings is something you may never have to do. But, in case you do, this blog post will help you along the way.

Let’s get down to business. To restore your iPad to its default settings, follow the instructions below:

1. Tap on the ‘”Settings” icon on your main screen (pictured below).


2. Tap on the “General” tab on the left side of the screen.


3. Scroll down until you see “Reset” on the bottom of the menu. Tap on “Reset”.


4. Tap the “Erase All Content and Settings” option.


5. It will prompt you with a notification saying “Erase iPad: This will delete all media and data, and reset all settings”, tap on “Erase”.


6. It will prompt you again with a notification saying “Erase iPad: Are you sure you want to continue? All media, data, and settings will be erased. This cannot be undone”. Tap “Erase”.


7. It will prompt you to enter your password in order to erase the iPad and remove it from the account. Enter your password and tap “Erase”.


8. The iPad will shut off and begin to reboot. The Apple symbol will appear on your screen for several minutes. Once finished, the welcome screen will appear. Place your finger on the arrow beside “Slide to set up” at the bottom of the screen, then slide your finger to the right.


9. You will now be asked to choose a Wi-Fi network. Tap on the Wi-Fi network you choose to use, or tap on “Choose another network” to set up a new option.


10. Once you’ve selected a Wi-Fi network, it will prompt you to enter that network password. Enter the password then tap “Join”.

11. The Location Services screen will appear. Tap on “Enable Location Services”.


12. You’ll now see the “Set up your iPad” screen. Tap on “Set Up as New iPad”.


13. It will now ask you to enter an Apple ID. You can either sign in with an existing Apple ID, or create a new one. Tap on your choice to access the next screen. Enter your Apple ID and password, then tap “Next”.


14. Agree to the Terms and Conditions by tapping on the “Agree” button on the bottom right corner of the screen.


15. A prompt will appear in the middle of the screen saying “Terms and Conditions: I agree to the iOS, iCloud and Game Center Terms and Conditions and the Apple Privacy Policy”. Tap “Agree”.


16. A message will now appear indicating that your Apple ID is being set up.


17. Once finished, the iCloud screen will appear. Tap “Use iCloud”.


18. The Find My iPad screen will appear. Tap “Use Find My iPad”.


19. You’ll be prompted to opt out of people reaching you at your phone number and email associated with the Apple ID you entered. If you wish to opt out of these options, tap on the phone number or email address to uncheck these items. When finished, tap “Next”. A screen will appear indicating the iCloud settings are being updated.

20. You’ll then be prompted to create a passcode for the iPad. If you do not wish to enter a passcode, tap “Don’t Add Passcode”. If you do wish to enter a passcode, enter the four digits you wish to use.


21. The next screen will ask you to re-enter the four digit passcode. Enter the four digits.

22. The Set Up Siri screen will appear. Tap “Use Siri”.


23. The Diagnostics screen will appear. Tap “Automatically Send”.


24. You’ll now see the “Welcome to iPad” screen. Tap “Get Started”.


25. You’ll now see your home screen, and are now ready to start using your iPad.

We hope this helps if you ever need to restore your iPad to default settings. Thanks for reading!

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