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Here are all the ways to reset an iPad

Time to hit the reset button.

Published onDecember 14, 2022

Resetting your iPad allows you to start fresh. If it was operating sluggishly, background apps will start anew and everything should be smoother. If it was frozen, restarting your device should make it run normally again. Let’s go over how to reset an iPad.

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To reset your iPad, go to Settings > General > Reset. You can also hold down the Power button, then select Swipe right to reset.


How to reset an iPad

Soft resetting an iPad is done by holding the Power button and then selecting Swipe right to reset. After that, simply power on your device again.

How to reset an iPad when the screen is frozen (force restart)

If your iPad does not have a home button on the front, tap the Volume Up button > tap the Volume Down button > press and hold the Power button. This will force your device to restart.

For iPads with a home button, press and hold the Power button and the home button simultaneously.

How to factory reset your iPad

  1. On your iPad, open Settings.
  2. Go to the General tab.
  3. Scroll to the bottom and tap Reset.
  4. Tap Erase all content and settings.
  5. If you’re syncing to iCloud, you’ll get an alert. Tap Finish Upload Then Erase or Erase Now.
  6. Enter your passcode to confirm your decision.

How to reset an iPad without a password

via iTunes

This method no longer works. You must use the Find My iPhone method instead.

via Find My iPhone

  1. Open Find My on your computer.
  2. Select Devices.
  3. Click on the iPad.
  4. Click Reset.
  5. Select Continue.
  6. Enter a phone number — this step is optional.
  7. Click Erase.
  8. Enter your password, then click Erase again.

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