“Is there a way to reset an iPad or return it to factory settings if you don't know the iCloud password?” -- apple.stackexchange.com
Are you planning on giving away or selling your iPad, but you just can’t seem to remember the password? Maybe you received a second-hand iPad, but you noticed that it’s still associated with an iCloud account and this prevents you from factory resetting it so that you can use it. Since iOS devices are closely linked to their iCloud accounts these days, this can definitely be a problem. Luckily, there are some ways around this that will allow you to bypass Apple’s restrictions.
Part 2. 3 Ways to Factory Reset iPad without iCloud Password
- 1. Reset a Second-Hand iPad by Contacting The Previous Owner
- 2. Reset iPad When It has been Synced with iTunes
- 3. Permanently Reset iPad When "Find My iPad" is Off
Part 1. Backup before You Factory Reset iPad
You can use many ways to back up your iPad. For instance, you may choose to utilize options like iTunes, iCloud, or 3rd party software. We will examine iTunes because it is supported by Apple and it is easy to use. The most common method of backing up iPad is using iTunes. You can also use this method if you have any other iOS devices such as and iPhone or iPod Touch. They are similar.
Note: If you previously use iCloud to backup, first disable it to allow you to back up with iTunes.
Steps to back up with iTunes:
Step 1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes (if you have not already done so) before attempting to update.
Step 2. Navigate to “Sync with iTunes” and click.
Step 3. Next, right-click (or Control-click) your iOS device in iTunes, you will find this under “Devices", and choose "Back Up”.
Part 2. 3 Ways to Factory Reset iPad without iCloud Password
1. Reset a Second-Hand iPad by Contacting The Previous Owner
The first step that you should take with factory resetting an iPad is to contact the previous owner. If he still remembers his iCloud password, then he should actually be able to reset the iPad remotely, so that you don’t have to mess with any specialized software at all.
If you’re able to get into contact with the previous owner, here is how you can reset the iPad remotely:
1. Have the previous owner go to iCloud.com and put in his log in credentials and password.
2. Click where it says Find iPhone.
3. In the maps window, click on All Devices, and choose this iPhone. In theory, the iPad should show up there if it is associated with the previous owner’s account.
4. Tap on Erase iPad. Tap Erase to confirm.
If you fail to contact the previous owner, just try other ways below.
2. Reset iPad When It has been Synced with iTunes
If your iPad has been synced with iTunes, then you can use iTunes to help you factory reset your iPad. Here are the detailed steps on how to factory reset an iPad:
1. Connect your iPad to computer which your iPad has been synced with and open iTunes.
2. Click on the iPad icon at the left upper corner on iTunes. Click on Back Up from the main window.
3. When backup finishes, click on Restore. Your iPad will be factory reset.
4. When it finishes, tap on device tab again and select Restore Backup to retrieve your data back to iPad.
3. Permanently Reset iPad When "Find My iPad" is Off
You can use a special data erasing tool called iMyFone Umate Pro iPhone Data Eraser for Win or iPhone Data Eraser for Mac, which can delete all kinds of data from your iPad. This tool would be of great help when you need to completely erase all the data on your iPhone with no chance of recovery, while other methods like factory reset just delete the data from your sight not from the drive of your phone completely.
- Completely & permanently reset iPhone/iPad, all data will be unrecoverable, even when the hackers use data recovery tool.
- Preview and select private data to be permanently erased, without erasing any important data.
- Permanently wipe third-party app -WhatsApp, WeChat,Viber,Kik etc. (None of other similar alternatives can do this.)
- Find and remove private data that you thought you had deleted manually before. (Manual deletion is not permanent; with Umate Pro, you can delete it permanently.)
- You can scan for and delete junk files on your device to improve the performance of your iPhone for free.
Steps to Permanently Reset iPad
Note: For resetting iPad, make sure that Find My iPad is turned off.
1. Download Umate Pro iPhone Data Eraser and install it on your computer. Connect your iPad to your computer.
2. Launch the Umate Pro application, and click the tab on the main screen that says Erase All Data. Click Erase.
3. Type “delete” into the text box to confirm your intentions to permanently delete all of your data, then click Erase Now. Wait while your data is being erased and don’t unplug your device until it is finished.
Why You Should Erase Instead of Factory Reset iPad
In fact, it erases the data more thoroughly than a normal factory reset. Umate Pro deletes the information on a device permanently, so that it is completely unrecoverable. In a normal factory reset, the data is still potentially recoverable with special software. This is because the data hangs around in the storage until it is overwritten. Umate Pro permanently deletes the private information on the iPad by scrambling the data so that it can’t be read by any recovery tool.
This is great if you’re planning on selling or giving away your iPad and you don’t want people to have access to your information. It’s also convenient for setting up a second-hand iPad, since you can start out with a fresh device that has no private information on it at all.
With Umate Pro iPhone Data Eraser, you can protect your private data or just enjoy a clean iPad.
Part 3. How to Factory Reset iPad without Losing Data
In case you decide to back up your iPhone or iPad by connecting it to iTunes and saving the backups on your computer, you have the option of restoring it from your most recent iTunes backup as well. This is the way to factory reset iPad without losing data. The first thing to do is to manually disable Find My iPhone. After this, go ahead and use iTunes to restore from a backup. Simple!
Reminder: using the above method is only for restoring your iPhone's contacts, calendars, notes, text messages, and settings. This does not include the firmware.
Step 1. Using a USB cable, connect your iPhone or iPad to PC.
Step 2. Run iTunes on the PC.
Step 3. Locate the device icon in the upper left corner of the iTunes window and click.
Step 4. Navigate to the device summary from the menu on the left side of the screen and click.
Step 5. Ensure you check the box for automatically backing up to This computer.
In case your device was not previously set to back up to your computer automatically, follow the instruction for how to restore your iPhone or iPad using iCloud instead.
Step 6. Now, click Restore Backup.
Step 7. Once the option shows, choose your device and click Restore.
Step 8. In case password is demanded, enter it to unlock your iPhone backups (used only when encrypting backups).