Wondering how to restore your iPad? Here’s a detailed guide on how to restore your iPad. Read on to find the different methods to restore your iPad!
One of the most common restores done by most users of electronic devices including iPads are password restores, a locked device can be a problem especially if you work on it.
For privacy and security all iPad users should lock their devices using a passcode, this although making it highly secure does become a problem if you entered the wrong code too many times and it disables itself for security reasons.
So listed below are two fixes and their steps you can take to restore your iPad password if you ever get locked out. iPad users should note that these fixes will erase all data and settings on the device and if not already backed up before, a user will not be able to save data currently on the device.
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The first fix is to try to unlock the iPad using iTunes:
- Step 1: Open iTunes on your computer and then connect your iPad via a USB cable.
- Step 2: Next, force your device to enter into recovery mode
- Step 3: For iPads with a home button, press and hold simultaneously the home and the power buttons until you see the recovery mode screen.
- Step 4: For iPads that have a face id, press the volume up button, then the volume down button and then press the power button until the recovery mode screen appears.
- Step 5: Once this is done, on iTunes a popup should appear, this will inform you of a problem with the iPad and prompt a restore, Click on Restore.
The second possible fix is to use the Find my iPhone app:
If you have another iOS supported device such as an iPhone, open the Find my iPhone app on it, if not open the Find my iPhone website on a computer.
- Step 1: Log in to your iCloud account.
- Step 2: When using the website, click on All Devices and select the locked iPad device in the list given and select Erase.
- Step 3: A popup will appear warning that all your iPads content and settings will be erased. To proceed with the restore, click Erase.
- Step 4: If using the Find my iPhone app, select the locked iPad from the list of devices and click actions.
Pick Erase iPad and click Erase to confirm.
Both the above processes will erase and restore your iPad, a new password can now be set and data and settings can be restored via a recent backup.
Most technology and data can fail or get corrupted at some point, even the best Apple device can fail sometimes.
Backups should be done regularly and can be set to automatically back up your iPad every 24 hours or a time period of your choice with iCloud. You can also set it to back up every time you connect it to the computer and iTunes.
Whichever you choose, backing up your device regularly is advised, so if you ever have to restore your device you will have a backup at hand.
There are many possible problems that could occur, some apps can crash every time they are tried to be launched, not being able to connect to Wi-Fi networks or your location does not show correctly on the map, whatever the problem might be a simple backup restore can get your iPad working smoothly again.
The following steps will detail the way to restore your iPad from a backup using iCloud:
- Step 1: The first step is to erase and reset all content and settings, when you do this all data that has not been backed up on iCloud will be lost.
- Step 2: Once the iPad has been reset, power it on and when the Hello screen appears press the home button.
- Step3: Next, select a language of your choice, and also select the country or region.
- Step 4: Select a Wi-Fi network and log into it. Once connected, enable or disable the location services and then set up the touch id.
- Step 5: Once you get to the apps and data screen, select the Restore option from iCloud backup.
- Step 6: Enter your Apple id and password when prompted to do so,
- Step 7: Read and accept the terms and conditions of the end user license agreement.
- Step 8: Next select the backup that you would prefer to use to restore your iPad, open the show all backups tab to view all backups including older ones that have been stored on iCloud
Note: If you are trying to resolve a problem with the iPad it is better to use a slightly older backup, but keep in mind that if you use an older backup, you will not be able to restore data from the date of the backup to the current date.
To restore your device from iCloud does take a fair amount of time so be patient.
The following steps will detail the way to restore your iPad from a backup using a computer.
- Step 1: Before you begin with this method of restore, you need to make sure that the Find My feature is turned off on your iPad.
- Step 2: First, connect the iPad to the computer via a USB cable,
- Step 3: Once connected to the computer, launch the Finder on your computer and proceed to select your iPad device name from the list given,
After choosing your device all you have to do is click restore iPad and the process will begin.
Batteries can give trouble due to a number of reasons, some of the common ones being, using incompatible charging adapters or cables, voltage fluctuations from power surges or the number of charging cycles the battery has completed.
Apple iPad batteries are designed to hold up to 80 percent of their original capacity even after completing more than 1000 charging cycles, if all the charging cycles are not completed and your device battery still does not provide enough backup a battery restore is needed.
An iPad user can re calibrate the battery to try and fix any issues, this can be done by following a few steps which are listed below:
- Step 1: To start the battery re calibration drain the battery completely to 0 percent.
- Step 2: Once fully drained, charge the battery to 100 percent.
- Step 3: When charged, drain once again back to 0 percent.
This process will re calibrate the battery, once re calibrated and charged, use the iPad as you would normally do. Most issues will be resolved but if you continue to experience problems a battery replacement might be required.
Although you may never have to do it, restoring an iPad to factory settings can be performed if you are selling or giving your device to a new user or to solve an issue with the iPad that rebooting and other fixes are not solving.
To restore your iPad to factory settings follow the steps given below.
- Step 1: First, click on the settings tab located on your main home screen.
- Step 2: Once in the settings menu, select the General tab located on the left of the screen.
- Step 3: When in the general menu on the left side of the screen, scroll down until you see the Reset option on the right of the screen, click on reset.
- Step 4: After clicking on reset and entering the reset option list, select the Erase all content and settings option.
- Step 5: After selecting the erase all content and settings option, you will receive a prompt with a notification to erase.
- Step 6: Once you click on erase, another prompt with a notification confirming if you want to continue with the erase will appear, when you click erase, this will remove all the media, data and settings that could possibly be corrupted and causing issues with your iPad. This cannot be rolled back.
- Step 7: After confirming by clicking erase, you will prompted by a notification to enter your Apple password to proceed with erase, enter your password and then click erase.
- Step 8: Once you have clicked erase, the iPad should shut down and start to reboot, the Apple logo should be visible on the screen for a while, when the welcome screen appears and you see Hello, slide the arrow on the bottom left towards the right to begin the setup.
- Step 9: Next you will be asked to choose a Wi-Fi network, tap on the network you want to use or tap on choose another network to set up a new option.
- Step 10: When logged in, the Location Services screen will appear, select Enable Location Services.
- Step 11: When you get the ‘set up your iPad’ option. Select set up as new iPad.
- Step 12: Next, you will be prompted to enter your Apple ID or create a new one. Select option of your choice
- Step 13: Once logged in, agree to the terms and conditions after reading them. Click agree, when the popup appears, select agree again.
- Step 14: Next you will see a message saying your Apple ID is being setup.
- Step 15: When done, the iCloud screen will show, select use iCloud
- Step 16: When the ‘Find my iPad’ screen appears, select ‘use find my iPad’.
- Step 17: A prompt will appear asking to opt out from people reaching you at the email id and phone number previously associated with the entered Apple id. Choose an option and click next. Once updated, you will be prompted to create a passcode for the iPad.
- Step 18: Once created, you will have to re-enter the passcode when prompted,
- Step 19: The setup Siri screen will appear next, select Use Siri.
- Step 20: Next the diagnostics screen will appear. Click automatically send.
- Step 21: You will now see the Welcome to iPad screen. Click on get started.
You will now finally see your home screen and your iPad is ready to start being used.