By Dylan / Last update November 18, 2020

How to clear iPad to sell?

I have used my iPad mini for 3 years there are a lot of data on it. Today, my new iPad 8 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?

- Question from Apple Community

iPad is a better choice than iPhone. With a larger screen, you could have a better 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 your important data during the years.


Apple announces their 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 wipe old 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.

Some people choose to factory reset iPhone. It is a good choice but still not enough. Some people might hack your information via powerful software because you haven’t wiped your iPad clean.

To protect your information, you could have many ways to clear your iPad. Just follow the instructions below.

Section 2. How to clear iPad in Settings?

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 AOMEI MBackupper to backup iPad or transfer data to your new iPad before you sell it. You could view all useful items on iPad and select the data to backup.

After everything is saved, you can wipe your iPad without misgivings. 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. 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. Return your iPad to the original state 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. Erase your old iPad with the professional software

What is the best way to permanently erase your iPad? You need professional software. AOMEI MBackupper is 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.

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. Protect your data with one click now.

Step 1. Download AOMEI MBackupper to computer for free. Connect iPad to PC with USB cable. You need to unlock your iPad and Trust This Computer to let AOMEI MBackupper erase your iPad.

Step 2. On the home screen of AOMEI MBackupper, select Erase iPhone.

Erase iPhone

Step 3. 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 4. Click Erase iPhone 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.

Try AOMEI MBackupper because it could not only help you wipe your iPad, but also easily backup and transfer iPad data.

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