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How to Factory Reset an iPad with Buttons

Whether you’re fixing your iPad issues, preparing to sell it, planning to transfer it to other people, or just to wanting a fresh start, you should know how to factory reset an iPad with buttons, or even more solutions to erase the iPad.

In this article, let’s take a look at how to factory reset an iPad with buttons.

Meanwhile, you are going to erase everything on it.

Before starting, all that matters is if you want to save your data. To save all your data on the iPad, you should make a full backup meticulously. If you want to abandon all data on it, just go ahead and do a factory reset on the iPad with buttons.

How to Back Up Your iPad before a Factory Reset.

keep in mind to back up your iPad. Your iPad needs to be connected to Wi-Fi or cellular Netwerk. You’d better connect your iPad to the Wi-Fi network if you have a lot of data on the iPad.

Back up an iPad via iCloud Backup. 

  1. Go to settings > Your Apple ID and tap iCloud.
  2. Tap iCloud backup.
  3. Tap Back up now.

Stay connected to Wi-Fi and make sure your iPad completes the backup.

If you choose to back up your iPad on a PC or Mac, connect your iPad to your computer. And choose Finder or iTunes to complete the backup.

Reset iPad to factory defaults via button solutions.

Option 1. Use Erase All Content and Settings Button on the iPad.


Your iPad is not locked, and you have access to the Settings app.

You’ve set up a passcode and you remember the password to unlock the screen.

Steps to factory reset an iPad with buttons using erase all content and settings button.

On iPadOS 15 or later, including iPadOS 16/17.

1. Tap Settings app and then choose General.

2. Scroll down to the bottom and tap Transfer or Reset iPad.

3. Tap Erase All Content and Settings. Tap Continue. Enter your password when required to proceed.

Follow the directions on the screen and wait for a while for the iPad to get restarted.

On iPadOS 14 or earlier.

  1. Open Settings > General > Reset.
  2. Tap Reset. Tap Erase All Content and settings.
  3. Tap Erase iPad. Enter your iPad passcode.

Option 2. Factory Reset iPad with Erase iPad button on the screen on iPadOS 15.2 or later.

This is an option to reset an iPad to factory defaults without a password.

Even if you forgot your iPad passcode, you can still use this method to factory reset your iPad with buttons. Significantly, this is a new functionality developed by Apple to help people factory reset a locked-out iPad.

While there are also some essential prerequisites.

  • Your iPad is for the be running on iPadOS 15.2 or later.
  • Your iPad is connected to Wi-Fi or cellular data.
  • You have your Apple ID and password.
  • Find my iPad that is enabled on your device.

Let’s get started to Erase the iPad to factory settings.

Firstly, you should trigger the erase iPad option on the screen. To arouse the option on the screen, you should intentionally enter the wrong passcode multiple times.

  1. Enter seven or more failed passcode attempts on your iPad screen even if you know the correct passcode.
  2. Tap Erase iPad on the bottom.
  3. Tap Erase iPad and enter your Apple ID password to sign out of iCloud.

After entering the Apple ID password, the iPad will start to erase itself to factory settings.

Although you want a convenient way to factory set your iPad only with buttons, if you won’t meet the requirements, it’s hopeless for you to reset it to factory default settings only with buttons.

If you can’t factory reset the iPad with buttons on devices, you can turn to solutions to reset your iPad to factory defaults on a computer.

Other than iTunes or Finder if you have a computer, we pick the third-party SD iOS System Recovery for you.

Option 3. Reset the iPad to factory defaults with the third-party software resetting button.

SD iOS System Recovery software is a piece of software that is perfectly capable of resetting the iPad.

what’s more, it can’t reset your devices to factory defaults whether it’s locked or not.

If your iPad is in normal mode, it should detect it immediately when your iPad is connected to your computer.

If your iPad is locked, keep in mind to put it in recovery mode to let the SD iOS system recovery detect it.

Let’s take a look at the whole steps. This is a paid app to reset iPad to factory defaults. Free to try, while finally, you need to pay to reset your iPad.

Free download and install this app on your computer.

1. Launch it and head to the iOS System Recovery section.

startClick start on the next screen. On this screen, you can see that to this iOS system in recovery software can fix many iOS software issues, iPhone, or iPad stack issues, I was updated issues, and more.

2. Connect your iPad to the computer with the lightning to USB cable. Click Trust on the computer if it prompts.

start repair iphone

3. Start and choose the advanced mode. Hit confirm to proceed.

advanced mode

if your iPad is locked out, you should put it in recovery mode to let the software recognize it.

You can follow the snapshots guide on the program screen, or check our detailed guide for pressing buttons to enter recovery mode, iPad Recovery mode.

4. Choose firmware versions and download the firmware, and let the program install it to your iPad automatically.

choose firmware versions

downloading firmware

The software should download the fresh cleaning iOS software, and then install it on your iPad. The procedure should erase everything on it. Later, you will get the iPad like when your first purchased the iPad.

5.  Hit the Fix option on the program to start resetting your iPad.

Fixed Successfully.

Wait until you see the welcome Hello screen on your iPad.

Video Tutorial: How to Reset iPad or iPhone with SD iOS System Recovery.

Force Hard Reset refers to a Force Restart on your iPad.

There are several people also mentioning a hard reset on the iPad as a Force hard reboot. That is to say, they only need to force turn off the iPad and then turn it on. There might be a minor problem, and they want to fix it with a hard reset without any data loss.

Here’s what you should do to perform a hard reboot on your iPad if you are experiencing the exact scenarios.

iPad models with FaceID or touch ID in the top button. How to Force Hard Restart.

  1. Press and quickly release the volume button nearest to the top button.
  2. Press and quickly release the volume button farthest from the top button.
  3. Press and hold the top button.
  4. When the Apple logo appears release the top button.

iPad models with the home button. How to do a force restart by pressing buttons.

Press and hold the top button as a home button at the same time. When the Apple logo appears release both buttons.

The Bottom Line

As you can see, there are more ways to reset an iPad to factory default settings with buttons than ever before. If you have trouble erasing your iPad just with buttons, do use a computer to factory reset it.

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Amanda Lee

I am the chief editor of I have been engaged in software and computer gadgets fields for over 10 years, offering proven guides, tips, and software solutions in data recovery, and multimedia field.

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