Scenarios When We Should Factory Reset iPad

  • iPad freezes which leave you unable to perform any basic activities such as checking your social media platforms or even taking a photo
  • iPad not working right- sometimes iPads may start to act funny such as lagging or running very slow leaving you with a need to solve the issue
  • Attack on your iPad by a virus which makes it not to work normally leaving you with the option of factory resetting
  • When you need to resell, donate or recycle your iPad and you need to erase all the private files and data to safeguard your privacy
  • You want to wipe your iPad personal data for a fresh restart or to use it as new

If either of the above issues ever affects your iPad and you don't want to use iTunes, then there are 2 ways for you to factory reset your iPad.

The Overview of 2 Common Ways for iPad Factory Reset without iTunes

If you are looking for the ways to factory reset iPad without iTunes, I should tell you that there are 2 ways. The one is to restore iPad in Settings App, and the another one is to use some third - party iOS devices easer. Below are the differences of these 2 ways.

By Using Third - party Tool

Via Settings App

Easy of Use

Time Consumption

Very Short

About 30 mins - 1 Hour

Passcode Necessary



Disable Find My [iPhone] or Not



Deleted Data Recovery Rate


Messages, Notes, Contacts, Reminders and Notes won't be resetted.

Computer Necessary



1. Factory Reset iPad without iTunes from Setting App

This is the easiest of all the methods and is done when your iPad is functioning normally. You don't need to install any apps to do. It can be done with iPad built-in Settings App by following the steps below:

  • Step 1. Tap on the Setting app on iPad
  • Step 2. Scroll to the “General Menu” and tap it
  • Step 3. After the “General Menu” opens up scroll down up to the “Reset” option and click on it
  • Step 4. Several options will pop up and then from the list click on “Erase all Content and Settings.”
  • Step 5. If you had previously set a passcode for your iPad, then a dialog box will pop up, and after keying in the passcode, the iPad is reset to factory defaults within a few minutes.

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2. How to Factory Reset iPad without Passcode or iTunes by Using Third-Party Tool

Indeed, you may find it hard performing the reset with iTunes, because it it has a lot of glitches during the process. Acturally, there are some 3rd-party tools are developed to replace the iTunes. One of them is iMyFone Umate Pro iPhone Data Eraser , it can completely reset iPad to factory settings without iTunes. It can handle a wide range of iPad issues including factory restore. Here are some of the basic features of this software on how to reset iPad without iTunes.

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  • Factory reset iPad without passcode and iTunes- It can reset iPad without iTunes and even the passcode
  • Permanently wipe iOS data with no chance of recoverability- It can erase all the data on your iPad, including hidden junk files like caches, cookies, temporary files, corrupted files/crash logs; using traces of third-party apps and ven the previous deleted data.
  • Preview and erase private iOS data selectively- Umate Pro allows you to preview and select the files and data that you want to get rid of completely.
  • Easy and time-saving solution:- It can perform the iPad factory reset in short time, and only 3 steps then you can finish the process.

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3 Steps on How to Factory Reset iPad without iTunes

Note: For resetting iPad, firstly, you should make sure that "Find my iPhone/iPad" is turned off.

  • Step 1. Install Umate Pro iPhone Data Eraser on your PC or Mac. Run Umate Pro and connect your iPad to your computer through a USB cable.
  • Step 2. Choose the erase mode “Erase All Data”.
  • Step 3. Erase all your iPad data which will ensure the iPad is reset and the data erased is 100% unrecoverable.

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In a word, it's a wise choice to reset iPad without iTunes. Many Apple users are suffering from iTunes' endless troubles. In editor's opinion, it's better to choose some tools like iMyFone Umate Pro, for its powerful features and professional technical support.

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