Reset Ipad Iphone And Erase All Content?

How to Reset Your iPad and Erase All Content


1. How to Erase All Content on the iPad

The two most common reasons for resetting an iPad to the factory default settings are to prepare the iPad up for a new owner or to overcome a problem with the iPad that simply rebooting the iPad won't solve.

If you are planning on selling your iPad, or even giving it to a family member, you will want to reset the iPad to the factory default settings. This will wipe your iPad, erasing the settings and data, and returning it to the exact state as when you first opened the box. By wiping the iPad, you allow it to be set up properly by the new owner.

You also protect yourself and your personal information by making sure all of the settings and data are erased from the iPad. The process of resetting should include turning off the Find My iPad feature.

Resetting the iPad is also used as a troubleshooting tool. Many common problems can be solved by deleting the offending app and downloading it again from the App Store or powering the iPad down and restarting it, but problems that persist beyond these steps will usually clear up after resetting the iPad. Before doing a full wipe of the iPad, you can try clearing the settings and resetting the network settings, both of which can be done on the same screen used to reset the iPad.

In either case, you will want to make sure you backup the device to iCloud before resetting it. You can do this by opening the Settings app, tapping iCloud from the left-side menu, tapping Backup from the iCloud settings and then tapping Back Up Now. 

2. Reset the iPad to Factory Default

After you have performed a backup, you are ready to erase all the content on the iPad and reset it back to "factory default".

Two notes:

  1. If you have Find My iPad turned on, this process will turn it off, and you will no longer be able to find the iPad using this feature.
  2. If you are selling or giving the iPad to a friend, there is a Find My Friends feature that will allow you to share your location.

Now, first, open the iPad's settings by launching the Settings app, which is the app icon that looks like gears turning. Once inside the settings, locate and tap General on the left-side menu. You will need to scroll all the way to the end of the general settings to locate and tap Reset.  After you tap Reset, you will have several options for resetting the iPad. Choose the one that works best for your situation.

3. Erase the Content and Settings on Your iPad

If you are giving your iPad to a family member who is going to use the same Apple ID account, you might want to choose the first option: Reset All Settings. This will leave the data (music, movies, contacts, etc.) but reset the preferences. You can also try this if you are having random problems with the iPad and aren't quite ready to go through with a full wipe.

If you are resetting the device because you are having trouble connecting to your Wi-Fi or having other issues with Internet connectivity, you might first try Reset Network Settings.  This will clear out any data stored on your specific network and could help clear up the issue without the need to do a full restore.

But most people will want to choose to Erase All Content and Settings. This protects you by making sure all data is off the iPad, which includes information for your iTunes account. If you are selling the iPad on craigslist, eBay, or to a friend or family member who will be using a different iTunes account, choose to erase all content and settings.

4. Erase the Data on Your iPad

If you choose to erase the content and settings from your iPad, you will need to confirm your selection twice. Because this will set your iPad back to the factory default, Apple wants to double check your choice. If you have a passcode lock on the iPad, you will also have to enter the password. 

After confirming your choice, the process of erasing the data on your iPad begins. The entire process takes a couple of minutes and, during the process, the Apple logo will appear in the middle of the screen. Once it is done, the iPad will display a screen that reads "Hello" in multiple languages.

At this point, the data on the iPad is erased and the iPad has returned to the factory default. If you are selling or giving the iPad to a new owner, you are done. If you reset the iPad in order to clear up an issue you were having with it, you can set it up as if it were a new iPad and restore your latest backup from iCloud.

P.S. Is your iPad running slow or seem to get bogged down a bit? Speed it up with these tips before you pass it on! 

How to reset an iPhone or iPad to factory settings

In this tutorial we show you how to reset an iPhone or iPad to factory settings, which is essential if you need to wipe the data from a device because you're selling it. It can also be effective if your iDevice has frozen or is suffering from problems you can't identify.

Modern electronic devices are very complicated, and can get themselves into a bit of a confused state from time to time. Resetting can clear out random problems that cause the device to get stuck in a loop, appear sluggish or otherwise impair their performance. It's not a guarantee, but you'd be surprised how often it works.

For a less drastic solution to undiagnosed problems, you should first try restarting or force-restarting your iDevice.

Reset your device to factory settings
If you want to erase your device completely, then there are a few steps to take. First of all make sure you have a backup ready, and we're about to show you how to do so.

If you want to erase your device completely, then there are a few steps to take. First of all make sure you have a backup ready, and we're about to show you how to do so.

You can use either iCloud or iTunes to back up your iOS device. For iCloud go to Settings > iCloud > Backup and ensure that the feature is enabled. To see when the last backup was run look under the Back Up Now option where the date and time should be displayed. If you haven't done a backup before you can tap the Back Up Now button and follow the instructions. For more detailed advice on this process, read our tutorial showing how to back up an iPhone.

To use iTunes you'll need to plug your iPhone or iPad into your PC or Mac using the charging cable. Click on the iPhone or iPad icon in the top left corner of iTunes, under the Play button.

Once you're confident that you've backed up your iPad or iPhone, you're ready to perform a factory reset. This will completely wipe your device, which is why having a backup beforehand is so important.

A factory reset can help resolve issues with your iPhone or iPad if it's crashing or freezing, but it is also what you'll want to do if you need to wipe your iPhone or iPad before selling it, or passing it on to a family member or friend.

When selling an iPhone or iPad, it's absolutely vital that you delete all the sensitive data stored on it. If not, an unscrupulous buyer could gain access to your social media profiles, your financial information and even your personal photos and videos, enabling them to browse through your private moments or steal your identity.

Luckily it's very easy to completely wipe an iPad or iPhone. Simply follow the steps in this tutorial and your data security will be assured.

To reset your iPhone or iPad go to Settings > General > Reset and then select Erase All Content and Settings.

After typing in your passcode if you've set one, you'll get a warning box appear, with the option to Erase iPhone (or iPad) in red. Tap this.

You'll need to enter your Apple ID password to confirm the action, then the iPad or iPhone will wipe everything off its storage and go back to the initial setup screen you saw when you first used the device.

You can also fully reset your iPhone or iPad through iTunes. When you plug in your iOS device, you should be able to see a 'Restore iPhone' button, which will fully reset the device.

Your iPhone or iPad is now ready to sell.

What if your iPhone or iPad isn't backed up?
If you're worried that your iPhone or iPad wasn't backed up, don't despair: there's a good chance that there's a backup you're unaware of.

To find out if you're backing up to iCloud (you get free 5GB of space) go to Settings > iCloud and tap on Storage. Wait a few seconds for Manage Storage to show up and tap on that. Here you will see your various backups for your iOS devices (there might even be one for an old iPhone that you could delete if you need more space).

One of the backups should say that it is This iPhone or This iPad. Tap on that and you can see what is, and isn't being backed up. You can basically turn things on and off so that they don't take up your full 5GB, or you can pay a few pounds a month for more storage.

You may think that some of those apps don't need to be backed up, after all, you will be able to download them again from the App Store as you already own them. But note that the data may include saved data for games, and other settings and preferences that you would prefer not to lose.

To check when your iPhone last backed up, go to Settings > iCloud > Backup and look at the date and time of the last back up. It will have happened the last time you plugged your iPhone in to charge and had Wi-Fi access available. It happens automatically.

If you find that you aren't backing up this way, we recommend that you go to Settings > iCloud > Back up and turn iCloud Backup On as this is the simplest way to back up and means that you always recover the data on your phone no matter where you are, all you will need is a connection to the web.

Is it possible to rescue data from a wiped iPhone or iPad?
Almost certainly not, which is why you need to be sure before resetting it.

The data on an iOS device is automatically encrypted, and wiping the device destroys the encryption key, making it more or less impossible to get anything back when it's been fully erased and reset without access to a backup.

In an emergency you could try speaking to someone at an Apple Genius Bar, but it's a long shot to say the least. (This applies to a full erase/reset, mind you - in other circumstances, such as data corruption, a malfunctioning device and so on, the experts may be able to help.) This also reinforces out frequent advice to back up regularly.

Delete apps & files individually
That's the quick method, but if you just want to free up some space a full wipe clearly isn't the best option.

To identify the biggest culprits taking up your storage space, go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage, then under STORAGE tap Manage Storage. iOS will tell you firstly how much space you're using and how much is available, and will then list the apps taking up the most space.

Remember that these listings include associated documents and files as well as the app itself, so Photos and Music are likely to be up near the top. Instead of deleting the app (which you wouldn't be able to do anyway, with Apple's preinstalled apps) you could go into the app in question and clear out some old photos or songs, for example.

To delete an app you're finished with, click it in this list, then Delete App and confirm. Alternatively, from the Home screen you can tap and hold any icon, then tap the X at the top left of an app to delete the app. (If it hasn't got an X, you can't delete it.)

Restore your device
If having erased the content of the phone you intend to keep using it, you can restore the content to your phone from your backup.

Restore an iPhone or iPad via iCloud backup
With the factory reset completed you'll need to go through the setup of your iPhone again from the beginning; entering your details, WiFi password and a few other things until you reach the page where you're asked how you want to 'Set Up iPhone'.

You have the three options - Set Up as a New iPhone, Restore from iCloud Backup or Restore from iTunes backup - so select the iCloud option and you'll be prompted to enter your iCloud account details. Once you've done this, and agreed to the terms and conditions, your iPhone will begin restoring all of your data.

Obviously this could take a while if you have large backups or a slow internet connection, so don't attempt this if you're in a hurry. When the backup is completed your iPhone will reboot, and then it will start the larger job of downloading all of your apps.

Restore an iPhone or iPad via iTunes backup
As with the iCloud instructions we've already outlined, follow the steps up to the 'Set Up iPhone' screen, then select Restore from iTunes.

You'll be prompted to Connect to iTunes, so plug in your iPhone and you'll see a screen on iTunes that gives you the option to restore a backup. Click continue and your iPhone will be set up automatically, with the apps being restored from the iTunes backup.

When it's finished, you'll have a freshly cleaned system. Hopefully any problems that you were encountering before will be a thing of the past.

How to reboot and reset your iPhone or iPad

When all else fails, turning off, restarting, or resetting your iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPad Pro or other iOS device is the fastest way to get it working again.

Most of the time you'll want your iOS devices on and ready to go with a press of the Side button (Sleep/Wake or On/Off) or Home button. And most of the time, it'll work just fine at that press. But your device is essentially a small computer, and computers slow down sometimes: As such, you may want to power off your iPhone or iPad for a period of time, or you may want to restart it — or even reset it — to get it working properly. Even on the all-new iPhone X and iPhone 8!

How to power off or restart your iPhone or iPad

1. Press and hold down the On/Off button on the right side (iPhone 6 or later) or top (all other iPhones, iPods, and iPads) of your device for 3 seconds.
2. Swipe the slide to power off confirmation slider to the right.

How to reboot and reset your iPhone X or iPhone 8

iPhone X and iPhone 8 reassign the double press and hold to Emergency SOS, since it's a simpler, easier button combination that'll better hold up to the stress of emergency situations. But that means moving reboot to a new and more complicated button combo.

1. Quickly click and release the Volume Up button.
2. Quickly click and release the Volume Down button.
3. Press and hold the Side button (sleep/wake, on/off).

How to reboot and reset your iPhone 7

iPhone 7 doesn't have a physical Home button but a capacitive, Force Touch Home button. So, rebooting functionality has been moved to the volume down button.

  1. Press and hold down the On/Off button on the right side 
  2. While continuing to hold the On/Off button, press and hold the volume down button on the left side of your iPhone.
  3. Hold both buttons as the screen turns off, and keep holding them until the screen turns back on and displays the Apple logo.

How to reboot and reset your iPhone 6s or earlier, or iPad

  1. Press and hold down the On/Off button on the right side (iPhone 6s or iPhone 6) or top (all other iPhones, iPods, and iPads) of your device. 
  2. While continuing to hold the On/Off button, press and hold the Home button on the front of your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.
  3. Hold both buttons as the screen turns off, and keep holding them until the screen turns back on and displays the Apple logo.

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