Selling Your iPad? Wipe it Clean First

Are you planning to sell (or even give away) your iPad? Before you pass it on to anyone else, it’s sensible to wipe it clean of all your information and settings, otherwise you risk the new owner having access to your personal information. Setting your iPad back to factory default settings is also the best way for the next owner to be able to set it up properly for themselves, rather than inheriting any of the settings you may have chosen.

It’s also useful to learn how to reset your iPad to factory default settings because there are some problems you may encounter that can only be solved via this route – problems that a reboot just won’t solve. You can often delete an app that isn’t working properly and then download it again from the App Store, or you can restart your iPad after powering it down but if these don’t clear a problem, you may need to go down the reset route, so here’s how.

First of all, you need to find your way into the iPad settings menu – it’s the icon that looks like a set of cogs. On the left hand menu, choose ‘General’, which has the same cog icon, and choose the last option ‘Reset’. You now have some options to choose from.

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If you choose ‘Reset All Settings’, any data on the iPad such as music, films or contact details will remain, and only your preferences will be removed. The best choice, especially if you are likely to sell your iPad to a stranger, is probably ‘Erase All Content and Settings’ which as it suggests, will remove everything from the iPad. Choose this option, and you will be asked to confirm your choice twice, in case you’ve made a mistake. On second confirmation, your iPad will be returned to factory default settings, just like it was when you first took it out of the box – it takes a few minutes for the erasing to take place, and you will know when it has been achieved when the Apple logo appears on the screen and the iPad will prompt you to plug it into iTunes..

You now have an as-new iPad ready to go to its new home without letting any of your precious data fall into unfriendly hands.

Oh by the way, let’s hope you made a back-up before you wiped your iPad, otherwise you’ve just lost all that information for good.

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