How to Reset Your iPad Back to Factory Settings

Your iPad is designed to be customized. However, sometimes you may want to undo all your customization to get it back to the same setting when you first bought it. In addition, you may also want to erase all your contact info, browsing history, emails, favorites, etc. This is especially true if you plan on selling or giving your iPad to someone. That is exactly what your iPad’s “Reset” app is designed to do.

1. On the Home screen, tap “Settings” to bring up the Settings screen.

2. Tap “General”

3. And then tap “Reset”. This brings up the Reset screen which will give you the following options. a. Reset All Settings – this resets all your settings back to factory default but does not erase your content data. b. Erase All Content and Settings – this resets all your settings and erase all your content data. You might want to do a sync with iTunes before performing this erase if you want to keep any music or apps that you have downloaded. c. Reset Network Settings – this deletes your Wi-Fi network settings. d. Reset Keyboard Dictionary – this clears any history in the dictionary such as the history of the keyboard suggestions that you’ve rejected or accepted previously. e. Reset Home Screen Layout – this simply resets your Home screen icons back to the original default layout. f. Reset Location Warnings – this erases any location preferences that was set for your apps. For example, GPS-aware apps often popup a location warning asking if you want the app to be aware of your current location. Your answers to these questions are stored by your iPad for each app. This reset will erase these answers so that the app may popup the prompt asking for your location permission again the next time you use it.

4. After selecting one of the above options, the iPad will ask for confirmation that you really want to perform the reset. If yes, confirm by tapping “Reset”.


  1. MAC says

    i click the ERASE ALL CONTENT AND SETTINGS. but my ipad still won’t open until now, it’s been 12 hours and it still not open i only see the apple logo with a circle on its center and stay that for a long long time…how can i open my ipad back to normal? please help me?

    • mpiri says

      Hy dood
      I got the same pro. I attempt to reset and after even days it never get back to normal. only the apple logo. I gave it out to fix and thy return it with new firmware which I don’t like.

  2. Jam says

    i reset my ipad3 as im giving it to my sister. i forgot to transfer all my notes. Is there anyway I can retrieve those?

  3. says

    I am going to reset my ipad 2 and give it to my grand child am I going to have a problem with this, they have there own apple acount so I wanted to let them set this up as there own do you think it will be a problem?

  4. Michael Cho says

    I dragged photo icon in my ipad and put it into another small icon box ( icon which keeps various
    icons inside in orderly form). To open that small icon box, I need to put password in diagram form.
    But I forgot that diagram form password. So I cannot use the photo icon locked inside another icon.
    So, I wonder whether there is any method to return all the setting in ipad into the original status?

    Appreciate your kind help and advice.

    Many thanks

  5. Amelia says

    My ipad is about 3 yrs old and taking control of doing what it wants ,wipes me off of a site, closes down, bounces around and freezes etc. help please

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