How to Factory Reset an iPad

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Just as restarting and resetting an iPad works, factory resetting also helps when you run into issues or are simply looking to sell or trade-in your tablet. However, a factory reset erases all the data from your device, so make sure you have your content backed up before proceeding. Since a factory reset wipes out all your data, it helps when you have a security threat or think someone might have gained access to your account.

It also deletes any apps installed without your knowledge, which helps free up space and optimizes the overall performance of your device. Since your privacy settings are reset during this process, it ensures your safety and improves your device’s battery life. A factory reset also automatically updates the operating system to its latest version, saving you some time and effort.

To first back up your iPad, connect it to Wi-Fi. Then go to Settings, click on your name at the top, and tap iCloud. Next, click on iCloud Backup and choose Back Up Now.

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Courtney Milan writes books about carriages, corsets, and smartwatches. Her books have received starred reviews in Publishers WeeklyLibrary Journal, and Booklist. She is a New York Times and a USA Today Bestseller.

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Before she started writing romance, Courtney got a graduate degree in theoretical physical chemistry from UC Berkeley. After that, just to shake things up, she went to law school at the University of Michigan and graduated summa cum laude. Then she did a handful of clerkships. She was a law professor for a while. She now writes full-time.

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