How To Hard Reset iPad? - 2022 Guaranteed Solutions!

Campbell Adams | Last Updated: Dec 29, 2021

5-year smartphone engineer, with rich experience in iOS software issues. He presents the most actionable solutions for readers in the most easy-to-understand manner.

  • If your iPad screen is not responding, you can hard reset iPad with the button.
  • A hard reset will not delete your data, but it will reduce the value of your iPad.
  • This article will detail the hard reset iPad and what you should do when hard reset doesn't work.

So, you were scrolling your Instagram feed peacefully, and all of the sudden your device has frozen? Or even worse, you were playing a game, and the touch screen is no longer responding? I got you. I had been there and had felt that.

So, what is the solution? Well, no rocket science - follow your instincts. No extra points for guessing (*laughter*). Simply, turn your device off and then turn it on.

And, if you find yourself in this situation often, simply hard reset your iPad. A hard reset is the forced restart of your iPad. However, if that doesn’t work, you might like to factory reset your iPad. Factory reset restores your iPad into its original condition. How do you do that? I’ll explain. Keep reading to find out.

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What does “hard reset iPad” mean and when do you need it?

A hard reset is also known as a ‘forced restart.’ It restarts the device, clears the working memory (RAM), and shuts down all running apps. So, does hard resetting iPad erases and clears all your data? No, lovelies! All your data is completely safe.

You can think of a hard reset as an alternative to restart your iPad when the normal restart doesn’t work. For example, normally you can swipe the iPad screen to turn it off. But if the device freezes and the touch screen doesn’t respond, you can’t do so anymore. Hard reset comes in handy in such cases.

Now that you know what hard reset iPad is and that it doesn’t erase your data, let me guide you through the quick and simple steps to hard reset your iPad.

How To Hard Reset iPad?

Just one more thing, before hard resetting your iPad, you better understand the pros and cons of this method. And I've got you covered!

Advantages Of Hard Reset

  • It’s a quick, easy, and free way of resetting the iPad.
  • It doesn’t erase any data from the device.

Disadvantages

  • It may not always work.
  • Hard reset decreases the recycling value of your device, which will go down more and more every time you perform a hard reset.

The steps to hard reset your iPad are different for models with a home button and those without one. Here are the steps for both:

iPad with home button

  1. Press and hold both the home button and the power button/top button at once.
  2. Keep holding the buttons until your iPad restarts.

iPad without home button

  1. Press volume up and then volume down button.
  2. Keep holding the power button until the Apple logo appears.
ipad will not turn on or charge via force restart ipad

If a hard reset doesn’t fix your device’s problem, the next option is to perform a factory reset. You might have even heard about it. So let me explain what factory reset is, what it does, and the various methods to factory reset your iPad.


About Factory Reset iPad

Factory reset is the process of completely restoring the iPad to its original condition, just like it was when you first purchased it. That means it will erase every data on the device – photos, music, contacts, messages, and everything else – and restore all settings to default. If you don’t want to lose your data, factory reset doesn’t sound like a great option.

But in certain cases, it can be useful, or may even be the only option, such as:

  • When your iPad is having issues that can’t even be solved by hard reset, or if it doesn’t reset at all in the first place. In such a case, factory reset is like a last resort to restore your device. (To be prepared for such a worst-case scenario, I’d recommend that you backup the device data on the cloud from time to time).
  • If your device is stolen or lost and you want to remotely reset it and clear all data.
  • If you’re reselling the device or handing it over to a new user and want to erase everything from the iPad.

So you know about factory reset and when it may be necessary. But how do you do that? How do you factory reset the iPad without damaging it? I’ll recommend using Mobitrix Perfix. Keep reading to find out why I recommend this tool.

Method 1: Reset iPad via Mobitrix Perfix

I prefer using Mobitrix Perfix when I need to resolve issues such as the device freezing or black screen, or even when I forget the password and can’t unlock the device.

What is Mobitrix Perfix and what does it do?

Mobitrix Perfix is a professional tool capable of repairing your iPad without compromising with your data. The tool supports all the latest iOS versions, and flaunts a 1-click to Enter/Exit Recovery Mode for free. Even better, it doesn’t need iTunes and doesn’t ask you for any authentication.

Advantages:

  • The repair normally takes only 30~60 minutes.
  • The standard repair option flaunts a 95% success rate to fix most issues.
  • Keeps your data safe.
  • Repairs 160+ iOS/iPadOS/tvOS system problems.
  • Super easy and beginner-friendly.

Steps to Reset iPad with Mobitrix Perfix

  1. Download and install Mobitrix. (It’s free!)
  2. Next, connect your iPad to the computer with the USB cable. Open Mobitrix, click on “Start.”
  3. It will show you the issues with your device. Click on Standard Repair.
Mobitrix Perfix Standard Repair - Select Standard Mode

VOILA! You are done. Didn’t I say it is pretty simple?

If you want to explore more options, I’ll show you some more methods to factory reset your iPad using Apple’s approach. However, before that, there are some steps you should take to prepare for the factory reset, so let’s check those steps first.


Preparing your iPad for a factory reset

  1. With Mobitrix, there was no risk of losing data. But that’s not the case with a factory reset, so the first thing is to create a backup of the data on your iPad.
  2. The next thing you must do is disable the Find My iPhone option. You can do that by going to Settings, then Device Name > iCloud > Find My iPad, and then click Turn Off.
  3. One of the methods below uses iTunes. In that case, your PC or Mac must have the latest updates, and you need the latest version of iTunes.
  4. One method below uses iCloud. In that case, you must have your iPad’s Apple ID and password.

    Having cleared these things, let me guide you through the steps to factory reset an iPad.


Method 2 Factory Reset A Working iPad

If your iPad is working fine, but you want to erase all data, for example, if you’re selling or giving away the device, then you can perform a factory reset directly from the iPad’s settings.

Advantages:

  • It’s an easy and secure way to restore your iPad

Disadvantages

  • You need the passcode of your iPad and must have access to the device to reset it from within the iPad’s settings.

Steps to factory reset the iPad:

  1. Go to Settings and then General.
  2. Click on the Reset option.
  3. Then click on “Erase All Content and Settings”. This will restore the device to its original condition and clear all data.
    ipad restores factory settings

In the Reset section, you will also find some other options such as:

  • Reset all settings: Restores all settings to default but doesn’t delete data.
  • Reset network settings: Only restores network settings to default.
  • Other options are ‘Reset location & privacy,’ ‘Reset keyboard dictionary,’ and ‘Reset home screen layout.’

Method 3 Using iTunes To Factory Reset iPad

Advantages

  • It’s a free and secure method provided by Apple to reset iPad.

Disadvantages

  • It’s time-consuming (it can even take a few hours).
  • It requires your device passcode or your Apple ID/password.

Steps:

  1. Connect your iPad to the computer.
  2. Open iTunes on the computer. You may get a prompt asking about your device’s passcode, so enter it.
  3. You should see the name of your iPad on the iTunes application. Click on it.
  4. Then under the General tab, click on Restore.
  5. A pop-up will be displayed to ask for your confirmation. Click on Restore again, and it will reset your iPad to factory settings.
restore ipad with itunes

I’ve always enjoyed the features of iTunes, but honestly, I don’t think it’s an efficient way to reset your iPad. And if you don’t have a computer, this method won’t be possible. So I’ll show you one more option to reset your iPad, one that doesn’t need a computer.


Method 4 Using iCloud To Factory Reset iPad

The main highlight of this method is that with iCloud, you can remotely reset your iPad. Of course, the catch is that it requires your Apple ID and password. So, what if your iPad gets stolen? Or what if you accidentally end up leaving it on public transport? In cases like these, you can protect your confidential data remotely by clearing everything from your iPad.

Advantages:

  • It’s a free, easy, and secure method to reset iPad.
  • The best thing is that it lets you reset the device remotely.

Disadvantages:

  • The iPad you want to reset must have Find My iPad feature turned on.
  • The iPad must have an active internet connection.
  • You need the Apple ID and password of the iPad to reset.

Follow these steps:

  1. Go to iCloud.com and then click on Find My.
  2. Click on All Devices , and from the list of devices, choose the iPad that you want to reset.
  3. Then click on Erase iPad .
  4. Next, enter the Apple ID and password of the iPad.
  5. If the iPad is active, the reset process will start right away. If it’s offline, the reset process will initiate as soon as it’s activated.
erase ipad on find my

So these are all the methods of performing hard reset or factory reset on your iPad. Each method is equally useful based on the circumstances and the reason you want to reset your device. Finally, I have prepared some quick FAQs about resetting an iPad which you might find useful.


FAQs about Hard Reset iPad

faqs

1. Will the methods explained above work with all iPad models?

I have listed various methods above, which cover all types of iPad models. Some methods remain the same for all models, while some options may vary depending on the models, both of which are clearly explained above. However, the good news is that Perfix works for all models. Sorted, right?

2. How to soft restart iPad?

Soft restart for iPad generally requires you to press the Home, Power, or Volume buttons. The exact steps vary for models with a Home Button and those that don’t. You can find the steps for both types of models in Apple’s tutorial here.

3. Does hard reset improve or decrease an iPad’s battery life?

There isn’t any concrete evidence that links hard reset with the battery performance of an iPad in the long run. However, since hard reset closes all apps and frees the working memory/RAM, it does take the load off the device’s battery usage so it can help in the short term.


Summary

In the above, we mentioned in detail how to hard reset iPad, and the operation that goes deeper than that, the factory reset iPad. Among them, the one I recommend the most is Mobitrix Perfix, which you can use to reset your iPad, or even if your iPad is malfunctioning, it can help you fix it easily.

In short, no matter how you want to reset your iPad, now you know what to do.