3 Free Ways to Make iPad Full Wipe in 2024: 100% Useful

Want to make an iPad full wipe but don’t know how to do? This article shows 3 different ways to reset the iPad and delete everything with or without a passcode.


By Kathy / Updated on May 31, 2024

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Is there a way to completely wipe an iPad?

My mom has given me her old iPad to me and I want to reset it to factory settings and deleteall things on it. How can I do that?”

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Why need an iPad full wipe?

Making an iPad full wipe can help you get rid of all content and settings from iPad. Generally, it’s necessary to fully erase iPad under these conditions:

?Need to sell or give away the old iPad: The iPad can hold lots of personal files like photos, videos, health data, etc. To protect data safe, it’s important to completely wipe your iPad.
?Not enough iPad storage: After a period of use, the storage space on your iPad may become full. To free it up, you can wipe your iPad clean.
?iPad is stuck in issues like frozen. When the iPad can’t work normally, resetting it might be a useful solution.

Here we offer 3 ways to easily and quickly make an iPad full wipe, just keep reading to get them. After that, all data on your iPad will lose. Thus, it’s recommended to back up the iPad data to a safe place before erasing it.

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Method 1. Factory reset iPad without computer (passcode is required)

As an iPad's built-in feature, the Settings app enables you to factory reset iPad just within a few taps without a computer. Let’s walk through the whole process to reset your iPad from Settings.

Step 1. Unlock the iPad and sign out your Apple ID and disable “Find my”.

Step 2. Tap “Settings” on the home screen and choose “General”.

Step 3. Tap “Reset” and choose “Erase All Content and Settings”.

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Step 4. You’ll be asked to enter the iPad’s passcode and enter it to wipe the iPad.

After a while, the iPad will be erased and can be used by a new owner.

Method 2. Make iPad full wipe without passcode

When the iPad is in frozen status or you forget the passcode, then you can’t wipe your iPad from the Settings app. You can completely erase the iPad using iTunes in recovery mode without a passcode. Here are the detailed steps.

Step 1. Download, install and run the latest iTunes on your computer and connect the iPad to your computer with a USB cable.

Step 2. Get your iPad into recovery mode.

For iPad with the Home button: Press and hold the Home button and the top button at the same time until you see the recovery mode screen.

For iPad with the Face ID: Press and quickly release the Volume + button and then do the same action to Volume – button. Then press and hold the Top button until the recovery mode screen shows.

Step 3. Click “Restore iPad...” from iTunes and confirm to click "Restore" to reset your iPad to its original settings and erase all content.

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Method 3. Fully erase iPad with professional iPad wiping software

From above, you can realize how to factory reset iPad and delete everything on it. However, the data might be restored via professional iPad data recovery.  When you buy a new iPad 10/9, the old iPad Air/Pro/Mini is intended to be sold or needs to be donated. 

Then it’s highly recommended to use a reliable data wiping software - FoneTool to erase iPad data permanently.

FoneTool can fully or partly erase your iPad data efficiently.
With the Deep Erase Technology, all erased data can't be recovered.
Easy-to-use interface allows you to finish all iPad data management tasks within a few clicks.
FoneTool works well with various iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch models, even the latest iPad 10, iPhone 15 and iPod Touch 7.

Now just free download it and use it to clean your iPad completely and permanently. If you need to wipe part of iPad data, you can skip to Part 2 to make it.

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Part 1. Erase all iPad data completely

Step 1. Run FoneTool on your Windows PC. Connect the iPad to your computer with a USB cable and trust the device.

⚠️Note: Before erasing your iPad, you can use FoneTool to transfer data from old iPad to new iPad. (Phone Transfer iPhone to iPhone)

Step 2. On the home interface of FoneTool, click "Toolbox" and choose "Data Eraser".

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Step 3. Go to Erase all data and click on Get Started to continue.

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Step 4. Confirm the on-screen instructions > Check Deep Erase Technology if you need to wipe the data permanently > Click the Erase Data button to begin the task.

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Part 2. Erase part of private data on iPad

FoneTool can also help you delete part of iPad/iPhone data like contacts, podcasts, photos, videos, Safari data, etc.

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Step 1. Launch FoneTool, go to Toolbox > Data Eraser > Mouse over to Erase private data and click Get Started.

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Step 2. Check the icon you need > You can check Enable Deep Erase Technology to ensure erase data completely > Tap Start Erase to begin the task.

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FAQs about iPad full wipe

1. How do I factory reset my iPad without password?

As aforementioned, you can factory your iPad without passcode using iTunes in Recovery Mode.

2. Does a factory reset delete everything on the iPad?

Yes, factory reset will remove all things on iPad. But you can restore data to your iPad from the backup file.

3. How to erase iPad remotely?

If iPad is lost accidentally, you can follow the steps to wipe iPad remotely. Go to www.icloud.com/find > Log into your iCloud ID > Click Find My iPhone > Click All Devices > Find the locked iPhone > Click it and click Erase iPhone.


From the methods mentioned above, you can know how to make an iPad full wipe with or without a computer. And if you need to erase the data permanently, you can choose the professional iPad/iPhone eraser - FoneTool to finish the process. Except for the erasing feature, you can also use FoneTool to transfer iPad/iPhone data to PC and vice versa, manage iCloud data or sync iCloud data from one account to another. 

Kathy · Editor
Kathy is an editor of FoneTool, who prefers to help more users address a series of iOS-related problems. She likes traveling and being close to nature makes her relax. She is also keen to engage in social activities and spend much free time with her friends.