[3 Ways] How to Clear iPad to Sell or Give to Someone Else

Your old iPad carries a lot of private information of you. It needs to be wiped clean before you give it to another people. Follow this guide to know how to clear iPad to sell.


By Lena / Updated on July 21, 2023

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How to clear iPad for sale

I have used my iPad Air for 3 years there are a lot of data on it. Today, my new iPad Pro has arrived so I think I should sell the old iPad for some cash. As I said, I have a lot of private information on it. I would like to know the ultimate way to wipe my iPhone clear. Any suggestions?

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iPad is a good choice for entertainment. You could have a good experience watching videos and playing games. Apart from recreation, you could also install social media apps on it to communicate with your friends and family. Therefore, iPad has stored lots of your important data during the years.


Apple announces its new products every year. After you upgrade your old iPad, you need to do something with the important data on it. The following sections will tell you how to clear iPad to sell and deal with the old data.

Section 1. Why Do You Need to Clear iPad before Selling

Before you send your iPad to a stranger, you must not want him or her to see any information about you. Even if you have deleted most apps on it, you could still worry about whether there is anything that you have missed.

If you want to give your iPad to a family member or friend, you can wipe iPad clean via Settings app or iTunes. It will reset iPad to factory Settings. However, if you want to sell your iPad, it is not enough. Some people might hack your information via recovery software. In this case, you should let a professional tool help you deeply erase your iPad.

Clearing iPad means losing all data. If you have already transferred old iPad to new iPad, follow the instructions below to clear iPad to sell.

Section 2. How to Clear iPad to Sell via Settings

On your iPad, you could wipe it without installing any tools. 

1. Unlock your iPad and open the Settings app.

2. Locate and select General sections.

3. Tap Reset > Select Erase All Content and Settings and enter your passcode to wipe iPad.

If you have enabled Find My feature on this iPad, you will be asked to enter your Apple ID and password to disable it. After the process is completed, this iPad needs to be activated before it can be used again.

Erase All Content and Settings iPad

Section 3. How to Clear iPad to Sell with iTunes

iTunes is an often-used application of Apple users. All your Apple devices could share the same iTunes content via the same Apple ID. This time, you could use iTunes to quickly restore your iPad.

It is not saying that you need to restore iPad from a previous backup. There is another option in iTunes to reset iPhone. It could be also used to fix some issues when your iPad is frozen or help you downgrade iOS. Similarly, this will totally delete all the content on iPad. You could backup iPad to computer before performing the action.

1. Go to Apple Support to download and install the latest iTunes on your computer.

2. Open iTunes and connect iPad to computer with a premium USB cable. Waiting for some time to let iTunes recognize your iPad.

3. After the device icon appears in the upper-left corner, click it.

4. Select Summary section in the sidebar and then click Restore iPad.

Restore iPad

Section 4. Best Way to Clear iPad before Selling

What is the best way to permanently erase your iPad? You need professional software. FoneTool is one iOS data management tool made by a very professional team with 10 years of experience in data insurance. It is not only good at saving your data but preventing your data from being stolen by others.

The Erase function will help you overwrite and erase the data multiple times. Your data on iPad will be totally rewritten and there is definitely no way to recover any information on it. It is free to use now. 

How to Clear iPad before Selling It

Step 1. Download, install and launch FoneTool. Connect your iPhone to computer via USB cable.

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Step 2.  If you have not backed up important data, you can choose the Full Backup to backup all content or click the Selective Backup to backup some photos, videos, songs, etc. You can click Get Started to start it. 

Custom Backup

Step 3. Choose Tookbox > Select Data Eraser.

Erase iPhone

Step 4. Click Get Started under Erase all data.

Erase all data

Step 5. To make sure you really want to clear your iPad, check “I have understood the consequence of erasing data, and I am sure to erase data." Whether to check the options Automatically activate iPhone and ignore initial settings or Deeply erase data to prevent recovery is up to you.

Erase Options

Step 6. Click Start Erase to clear your iPad.

Begin Erase


There is a lot of private information on your old iPad. This guide has introduced how to clear iPad to sell to make sure the buyer will never get your information in any way.

Before you delete all the data on iPad, you need to see whether there is any data you need. Contacts, photos, or other data might be still useful so you need to save them or you might regret later. Use FoneTool to backup iPad or transfer data to your new iPad. Then you can let it help you clear iPad for sale.

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Lena · Editor
Lena is an editor of AOMEI Technology, she covers backup & restore,hard disk & partitions management and cloud files transfer and so on for AOMEI. She enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She takes most of time with her family when she is not working.