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Factory Reset Your iPad

by Tech Blog

Posted on June 9, 2015

Please follow these steps before you turn in your iPad.

Restoring the iPad Mini to its default settings is also essential if you are thinking of selling or giving away your iPad to someone else as you can fully erase your personal info from the device before it leaves your hands.

Here are 2 simple ways to restore factory settings and erase all the content on your iPad Mini, with the help of iTunes, and without.

1. Restore to Factory Settings Without iTunes

It is just as simple to restore your iPad Mini without iTunes. Go to Settings > General > Reset and tap on Erase All Content and Settings.

iPad Mini Restore

You’ll then be asked if you want to continue; after the confirmation, your iPad will reset and the Apple logo together with a loading bar will appear on screen.

Upon the start up, all content, apps, music, photos, and personal account information will be erased from the iPad. And you’ll have to go through the process of setting up the device from scratch (choosing language, Apple ID, etc.).



2. Restore Factory Settings With iTunes

Start by connecting your iPad Mini to your desktop computer with the provided cable. Start iTunes. Locate your iPad under ‘Devices’ on the left panel and click on Restore.


iPad Mini Restore With iTunes

If this is your first time restoring, you’ll have to wait for the firmware file to be downloaded. Once it is downloaded, it’ll ask if you really want to restore. Confirm to proceed.

Once your iPad Mini starts up again, you’ll have a clean iPad with the latest firmware installed.



Remove an associated device from your iTunes Account

To remove a device or computer from your Apple ID:

  1. Click to open your account in iTunes, or use these steps:
    1. Open iTunes, choose Store > Sign In, then enter your Apple ID and password.
    2. Choose Store > View Account. 
  2. Click Manage Devices in the iTunes in the Cloud section. 
  3. Click Remove next to the device that you want to remove.

When you remove your Apple ID from a device, the 90-day limit stays in place on that device. But you can associate your Apple ID to another device that doesn't have the 90-day limit. Depending on when you associated the device, you might need to wait to associate it to a new Apple ID.

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