How to Wipe an iPad Clean without Passcode: 4 Top Ways

Do you know how to wipe clean an iPad? 4 top & useful ways are listed here, you can choose the most suitable tool to make it efficiently!


By Lena / Updated on June 17, 2024

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How to wipe an iPad clean

I want to give away my old iPad to my cousin, This iPad has been used for 3 years and I wish to give him a clean iPad so what should I do to remove the content on it?

- Question from Apple Community

When you got your new iPad, it’s time to say goodbye to your old iPad but it might still stay in good condition. It is a pity to abandon it. Giving it to your friend or family or selling it to a stranger would be a good choice.

It's necessary to wipe iPad clean. Although iPad carries not so much private data as your iPhone does and usually it is used for recreation like watching videos, it could still store your important information.


It would be embarrassing if another one saw what you did on this iPad. What’s worse, the bad guy will hack your information for lucrative use. Therefore, you need to carefully handle your old iPad before you change ownership. Read the sections in this guide to clear iPad data for sale or other use.

Section 1. How to Wipe Clean an iPad Manually

Before you sign out your Apple ID on the iPad, the data will not be removed so if you would give away the iPad to your family or friend and don’t mind keeping the Apple ID on this iPad, you need to manually remove some content by yourself. Before you delete anything, backup iPad in case that you regret.

Note: If you use the same ID on your new iPad, data like photos, contacts, and messages would be still shared via iCloud later on.

Here is the checklist of which data to clear for you:

Contacts, messages, photos, mail, safari, movies, note, voice memo, IM apps, documents, keyboard dictionary, etc.

Documents are usually neglected. There are stored in the File app on iPad. Keyboard dictionary might reveal your contacts names, accounts, or passwords. You can delete in iPad Settings > General > Reset > Reset Keyboard Dictionary. To uninstall any app on this iPad, you just need to press and hold the icon and then select Uninstall App. Some app data would be totally deleted after you restart this iPad.

Tips: If you want to remove one app from your iPad for some time but keep the data, you can uninstall the app in Settings > General > iPad Storage. The data will be automatically restored after you reinstall it in App Store.

Section 2. How to Swipe an iPad Clean in Settings

Worry about missing any private information on iPad? You can ruthlessly delete everything on your iPad in 1 step. This will erase your iPad instantly, do backup iPad to computer before you get regretful.

You need to disable Find My in Settings or you will be asked the Apple ID and password to disable it later when erasing this iPad.

To erase your iPhone/iPad and reset it to factory settings: Go to Settings > General > Reset, then tap Erase all Contents and Settings. Enter your passcode or Apple ID password to begin the task.

Erase All Content and Settings iPad

Section 3. How to Factory Reset iPad without Passcode

With a passcode, you can erase your iPad in Settings but how can you delete all the iPad without passcode? iPad will be disabled after too many wrong passcodes were tried. In other situations, factory resetting iPad will fix some issues when your iPad is frozen. If you can’t enter your passcode, you need the help of iTunes.

1. Download the latest iTunes and connect iPad to computer.

2. If there is a Home button available on your iPad: Press and hold it and the top button until you see iPad has run into recovery mode.

If there is no Home button on your iPad: Press and quickly release the Volume + button, do the same action to Volume – button, press and hold the Top button and then your iPad will restart. You should keep pressing the Top button until you see iPad has run into recovery mode.

3. There would be a prompt in iTunes and you need to click Restore to erase iPad.

iTunes Repair iPhone Recover Mode

Section 4. How to Completely Erase iPad Data with FoneTool (Most Useful Way)🔥

If you want to wipe iPad before selling, it's recommended to use a professional tool - FoneTool to help you delete everything. Its powerful feature will let you finish the process in a few clicks.

yes Easily erase 10 + types of data on your iPad/iPhone, including photos, music, call history, etc.
yes Deeply wipe private data if you need.
yes Its easy-to-use interface allows you to efficiently finish all data erasing tasks.
yes You can choose to erase part of iPad/iPhone data or wipe all data on device in 1 click.
yes FoneTool's wide compatibility supports various iPad/iPhone models and iOS versions, even the latest ones.

Now just follow the guidance below to get how to wipe an ipad clean, you can go to Part 1 to factory reset all iPad data or go to Part 2 to categorically erase part of iPad/iPhone data.

Part 1. How to swipe iPad clean in one click

Step 1. Download FoneTool and connect iPad to your computer. It supports all iPad Pro/Air/mini models.

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  • Before erasing the iPad, you can back up part of important photos, videos, songs on iPad or all iPad data with the backup feature (Phone Backup > Selective Backup/Full Backup).

  • Besides, you can also choose to transfer old iPad to new iPad with the iPhone-to-iPhone transfer function if you need to switch to a new device.

Step 2. Launch FoneTool > Go to Toolbox > Choose Data Eraser.

go to erase data

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

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Step 4. Adjust the settings according to your situation > If need, you can check the Enable Deep Erase Technology option to wipe your data completely > Click Erase Data to wipe all your iPad.

Begin Erase

Part 2. How to erase private data on iPad/iPhone

If you need to wipe part of iPad/iPhone data, you can also use the Erase Private Data option to make it.

Step 1. Download and Launch FoneTool on your computer > Connect your iPad to the PC via a USB cable.

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Step 2. Go to Toolbox > Choose Data Eraser > Move your mouse to the Erase private data interface > Click on Get Started to continue.

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Step 3. Check the data you need to erase > If you don't want another people recover your data, you can check Enable Deep Erase Technology option > Click Start Erase to begin the task.

❌ Warning:

This function will wipe all data you choose, for example, if you check the Photos icon, then all photos on your device will be erased, so if there is any important in your Photos app, you can use FoneTool to back up your photos to PC first.

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That's all about how to clean an iPhone clean. Clearing your iPad data before handing over it to another person could protect your private information. This guide has offered you 4 ways how to wipe an iPad clean. Choose the proper way you like.

If you want to make sure that data cannot be recovered, the professional software FoneTool is the best way to go. You can use it to erase all iPad data or categorically wipe some data you need.

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Lena · Editor
Lena is an editor of FoneTool, she covers backup & restore, and phone data management and so on. 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.