- You can restore your iPad from a backup by saving a backup to your Apple ID account, and then signing back into that Apple ID when you reset your iPad.
- Many iPad devices will create backups automatically, but you should make sure that your most recent backup is current before attempting to reset and restore.
- In nearly all cases, restoring your iPad after a reset will give you all your data, without the bugs that forced you to reset.
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While the iPhone and iPad usually suffer far fewer problems than traditional computers, sometimes the unexpected happens.
If your iPad is giving you serious problems, one way to get things back to normal is to perform a factory reset. This erases all the data and apps from your iPad and restores it to its original condition, as if it just arrived from the factory.
After resetting your iPad, you can restore all of your apps and data from a recent backup, or – if you suspect that something in the backup is what caused your iPad to have problems to begin with – reinstall all of the apps you want manually from the App Store and ignore your backups.
A word of caution: restoring your iPad is the “nuclear option” when it comes to troubleshooting your device. It’s time-consuming and whenever you erase a device, there’s always some risk, however small, that restoring from a backup will fail.
But if you know that you want to backup and restore your iPad, here’s how to do it safely.
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How to backup your iPad so you can restore it later
Before you reset your iPad, make sure you have a current backup of your data. To check that you have a backup or make one:
1. Open the Settings app.
2. Tap your Apple ID at the top of the left sidebar, and then tap “iCloud.”
3. See if “iCloud Backup” is turned on. If it isn’t, tap it to turn it on.
4. Check when the last successful backup occurred; if it was within the last few hours, that might be good enough. Otherwise, tap “Back Up Now” and wait for the backup to complete.
How to reset and restore your iPad
You’re about to lose all of your apps and data, so don’t proceed past this sentence without making sure you have a recent backup. Also, be sure that you have your Apple ID and password available, since you’ll need it to sign in and retrieve your backup.
1. Open the Settings app.
2. Tap “General,” and then tap “Reset.”
3. On the Reset page, tap “Erase all Content and Settings,” and choose “Erase Now.” If, for some reason, you haven’t already backed up your iPad, you can choose “Backup then Erase.”
Your iPad will spend a few minutes resetting itself to factory conditions. Once it’s done, you’ll be greeted with the iPad’s initial welcome screen.
At this point, follow the instructions of the setup assistant to sign in with your Apple ID – the same Apple ID you saved your backup on.
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