How to Erase All Contacts & Settings for iPad

If you are considering giving your iPad as a gift or simply want to remove all of your data and settings, a factory reset is the way to go. A factory reset completely wipes the device and leaves it only with the software pre-installed by Apple -- a restored iPad will have exactly the same options settings as one purchased from the Apple store. Erasing contacts and settings is permanent.

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    Connect the iPad to your computer with an Apple USB sync cable.

  2. 2.

    Open iTunes if it does not open automatically. Select the iPad device.

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    Click the “Restore” button. When prompted to confirm, click “Restore” again.

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    Wait for iTunes to complete the restoration process. When complete, the iPad will return to the original factory setup screen.