How To Reset iPad with and without Passcode [Updated]

Waftr's Quick Answer to Reset iPhone or iPad

1. Go to settings and click General
2. Click Reset and select Erase all content and settings
3. Type Apple passcode
4. Choose Erase iPhone or Erase iPad option in Red.

Reset iPad without Password
1. Connect your iPad to your computer via USB Cable.
2. Press and hold the Home button and On/Off button together.
3. Keep holding it until the screen turns off and you see the Recovery Mode.
4. Find the device in the Computer. Click Restore and wait for the process to end.

Read below to get a detailed answer to "How to Reset the iPad".

How To Reset iPad in quick easy steps

There are many reasons that would push anyone to actually reset their iPad. Learning how to reset an iPad can come in handy if you get stuck in a tricky place and your iPad is not being helpful other than just being a brick. Especially if you are planning to sell or recycle, donate or even give it to your loved ones permanently its a great idea to actually reset the iPad and take it back to its factory release state so that if someone is going to use it, it would be a fresh start on the iPad.

Another major reason is to make sure nobody gets hold of your data in any way so that its permanently safe. Also, if you are facing any software trouble, resetting would fix it altogether as long as you have a proper iCloud backup which you can restore after resetting.

Before resetting its crucial to backup your data in the cloud irrespective of whether you need it or not. So, how to actually back up your data to the iCloud.

How to backup your iPad to the iCloud

  1. Backups work effectively if you have a proper internet connection. So, Apple expects you to connect to a strong Wifi network. You can do this by connecting via the Settings-> Wifi or by the control center. Open control center by swiping down at the top right corner of the screen if you have a iphone 8 or later. If you have an earlier device, swipe up from the bottom.
  2. Go to Settings > Your iCloud Username, and tap iCloud.
  3. Under the iCloud menu, scroll down and choose iCloud Backup.
  4. Choose Back Up Now. Its super important that you should stay connected to the wifi during the entire backup process.

Once the backup begins, its not necessary to stay in the same screen. you could actually go about your business and watch a video, work, talk to someone. You just have to make sure that the internet is connected still. Go to Settings > [Apple ID name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup. Under the Back Up Now section, you'll see the date and time of your last backup.

Now its ready to be reset

Reset ipad - apple support

Once the backup is done, your iPad is ready to be reset.

  1. Open the Settings App and then tap on the "General" section.
  2. Tap "Reset" and then tap "Erase All Contents and Settings" As the name clearly suggest, this will erase all your contents and settings and will make the device look new at least on the software side.
  3. You will be asked to enter your Passcode just to verify it's you and not somebody else is trying to reset your iPad without your knowledge.

How to Reset iPad without passcode

This situation occurs mostly when your iPad is irresponsive. Irresponsive meaning you can't access anything and your Apple Passcode/Touch ID/Face ID isn't working. Without the ID, in case if it's irresponsive or even if you don't remember your Passcode, you won't be able to go ahead with factory resetting. Hard Reset is the only way to get out of this hassle. But be aware that you will lose all your data.

  1. First of all, you will have to connect your iPad to a computer. This could be done by pressing and holding the Power button + Home button (if your device is iPhone 8 and earlier), or press and hold the Power button + either Volume button (if your device is iPhone X and later) until you see the Recovery Mode screen. This will definitely take some time, so please be patient until you see it.
  2. On your Mac, locate the connected device in the Finder. Obviously the steps different for different versions of the macOS. With macOS Big Sur, the Music is embedded inside Finder and you will not have to use the iTunes software anymore.
  3. Click Restore from the option on the left side and wait for the whole thing to end. This basically takes a copy from your iCloud Backup. If you don't have any you are in big trouble and you will be reset to its factory settings state.
  4. Set up your device and proceed to factory restoring without a passcode. Actually you have reset the device back to a state where it's actually working and responsive.

There are three types of reset: soft reset, force restart, and factory reset. Based on the issues you are facing you could determine what type of reset to apply on this. It’s pretty easy to remember where to apply soft reset, force restart, or factory reset:

  • If your device doesn’t work properly, check whether it’s responsive or not. This will ensure whether you should go ahead with a soft reset or a force restart. If none of these helps —run a factory reset on your iPad.
  • If you are going to sell or pass your device to another person, resetting iPad to factory settings is the only option. It will ensure that all your data is erased safely and that the new buyer won't get a hold of your personal data. Also, the new buyer can have a new device feel with the factory settings.

Well, I can't emphasize this enough. Please keep your backup ON and do it occasionally. This is the only way to ensure your data won't be lost.

Alternative Option to Erase All Contents and Settings

There will be another option above Erase All Contents and Settings called Erase All Settings. This will not delete any idea but would reset all the device settings back to its factory-ready state. This will come in handy if you have customized the iPad way too much and you feel like there's no way back to sanity anymore. Trust me it has happened to me way more than you'd imagine.

Once the reset is done, your device will look like how it was when it came out of the production line. You can start from scratch on the initial setup screen.

Once its done, if you want to go back to how it was before the Reset you could easily restore backup from the iCloud (assuming that you have done it). In case if you haven't done the backup, you have no choice other than to go ahead using this as a new device.

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