Have you ever wondered why there is always an option to restore iPad to factory settings? You may need it when you suddenly want to use the old iPad but and cannot remember the password(Turn to Method 2 or Learn Reset iPad without Password). You may need it when you post it online for sale but and want to erase all the data before it is handed over to the buyer(Turn to Method 1). Factory settings could also be used to save those devices that are stuck in black-screen problems. The magic of the factory settings enables you to start over at any time you wish. And we are going to introduce how to restore iPad to factory settings with or without iTunes.
The iOS system provides a build-in option to restore iPad to factory settings by itself data and settings by iPad itself. If your iPad is working well and you are able to access the device, you are recommended to reset iPad in this way.
Step 1 Access to your iPad and tap Settings
Step 2 Select General and then Reset at the bottom of the list.
Step 3 You could choose Reset All Settings or Erase All Contents and Settings at the top of the Reset list. Then the system would reset according to your selection and restore iPad to factory settings.
Attention! Reset All Settings only erases the data with regard to personalized settings. The documents that you saved in the iPad including pictures, files and videos are not affected. The option is supposed to help the users who still wish to continue using the device. On the other hand, Erase All Contents and Settings would clear up all the data including the documents and the personalized settings. The iPad would appear to be brand new when the reset is completed. It is recommended for users who are intended to sell the device.
However. You may ask how to reset iPad when it is not working as normal. The iOS system allows you to restart the device directly with the external buttons.
Step 1 Press two external buttons simultaneously – the power button and the home buttons – for at least ten seconds until the Apple logo emerges on the screen.
Step 2 iPad would restart immediately. And you could follow the above steps to restore the device to factory settings.
If your iPad is stuck in DFU mode, you can turn to this article and learn how to Exit DFU Mode in iPad.
It is more convenient to reset iPad with iTunes, especially when you forgot the password or the device is stuck in the recovery mode.
Step 1 Connect your device to the computer with a USB cable and launch iTunes.
Step 2 If this is your first time to do it, a firmware file is required before moving on. This step would be skipped for anyone who has downloaded the file once.
Step 3 Find your device under Devices panel and select Restore option. It may take a few minutes to process.
Step 4 Click iMyFone D-back twice and launch the software. You may see the following interface.
Step 5 Click Recover from iTunes Backup panel on the left and move on.
Step 6 Tick the data types that you wish to recover and click Next button.
Step 7 Select the backup data from iTunes and click Scan button at the bottom.
Step 8 It may take a few minutes until the scanning is completed. All the data types that are available to recover are listed on the left. Tick the data you wish to recover and click Recover at the bottom.
You may choose Recover from iCloud Backup panel if your backup data is stored in iCloud.
Don’t you agree that it is so easy? With factory settings, you could say goodbye to personal information leaks, loss of password and simple black-screen problems.
Further Reading:How to Reset iPad to Factory Settings (2018 Updated)