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.
Reset Your iPad to Factory Settings without iTunes
Did you know that inside the stock Settings app there is a place where you can reset each feature on your iPad or everything all together? For example, if for some reason the AirDrop decided to act up, and you need to reset your internet connection, that easily be done through Reset Network Settings.
In this post, we will break down each option and you can choose which one that will best suit your situation. But first, let’s find the location of your Reset feature.
- On the Home screen, tap “Settings” to bring up the Settings screen.
- Tap “General”
- And then tap “Reset”
This brings up the Reset screen which will give you the following options.
Reset All Settings – this resets all your settings back to factory default but does not erase your content data.
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.
Reset Network Settings – this deletes your Wi-Fi network settings.
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.
Reset Home Screen Layout – this simply resets your Home screen icons back to the original default layout.
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.
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”.
That’s pretty much it. Be sure to backup your iOS device frequently so that in an event where you accidently choose one of these Reset options, rest assure that there is always a backup.