How Do You Restore an IPad?


Quick Answer

To restore an iPad, connect the iPad to a computer using a USB cable, open iTunes, click Restore, then click Restore and Update. This method is suitable for troubleshooting an iPad that develops regular problems, or when handing it over to a new owner.

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  1. Connect the iPad to a computer

    To connect the iPad to a computer, plug one end of the USB cable into the iPad and the other end into the computer. iTunes starts automatically when the iPad is connected to the computer via the USB cable.

  2. Instruct the system to restore the iPad

    Under the Devices tab on the computer, click on the name of the iPad, then click the Restore button located under Update. To avoid losing your data after the restoration process, select Back up in the dialog box.

  3. Confirm that you want to restore the iPad

    When iTunes asks whether you want to restore the iPad to its factory settings, click Restore and Update. After the restoration process, the iPad reboots and then starts as a new device. The Hello screen appears, including the Slide to set up option at the bottom of the screen. Launch the previous back up point to set the iPad, or set it as a new device.

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