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How to Factory Reset iPad with or without iTunes

Restore iPad to factory settings can fix nearly any problem you have with iPad software. So now in the following passage, two ways are introduced how to factory reset iPad with or without iTunes. At most of time, they are available to iPhone and iPod.

Way 1: Factory Reset iPad in Home screen without iTunes

When your iPad is functioning normally, factory reset iPad without iTunes is no problem. But please backup iPad data first to iCloud or computer. So when you finish iPad factory reset, you can restore iPad from backup in purpose of preventing important data loss.

Step 1: Tap Settings app in iPad.

Step 2: Scroll down to General menu. Tap it.

Step 3: Scroll all the way to the bottom and tap the Reset menu.


Step 4: On this screen, you would see a number of options. Move to Erase All the Content and Settings. Let it go and iPad would be restored to factory settings.


Step 5: Once it is clicked, if you have set a passcode for iPad, now you would enter it in pop-up dialog box.

A warning pops up following to prompt you make sure you will erase all the music, photos, media or other contents in your iPad. If it is not what you want to do, click Cancel. Otherwise, tap Erase iPad to continue.

It will take few minutes to delete all things from iPad. Once the process is done, you will get a brand-new iPad. Now if you feel regretful to restore iPad to factory settings because you find some important photos has been deleted, probably you can restore iPad from iTunes backup. Moreover, if iPad iTunes backup password has been forgotten, there is iTunes Password Genius helping you recover iTunes backup password. In a word, no matter what happens, there are still always possibilities to reduce loss from iPad.

Way 2: Factory Reset iPad in iTunes

If iPad passcode has been lost, now you can connect iPad to computer, and restore iPad to factory settings in iTunes.

Step 1: Connect iPad to computer. Instantly iPad appears in iTunes.

Step 2: Select iPad on the right hand side of iTunes screen.

Once you have found and selected the iPad, the screen would display several options.

Step 3: In the part of iPad general information, click Restore iPad.


A dialog pops up and ask you whether you want to restore iPad to its factory settings. Click “Restore and Update” button.


Step 4: iPad enters Recovery Mode and iTunes restores the software on this iPad.


About few minutes later, a message would prompt you that your iPad has been restored to factory settings. And iPad is restarting.

After iPad successfully restarts, it would appear again in the iTunes window. Now there are two choices for you, set up as new iPad or restore it from backup.


If you choose the first one, all the original data on iPad would lose. And iPad would turn to the status when you just got it.

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