iPad tips and tricks: How to reset your device

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As advanced as Apple continues to make their devices, most are in need of a resetting every now and then. In fact, resetting an iPad is one of the first solutions recommended for troubleshooting device problems such as lag time slow running speed or an incorrectly working app.

If an app freezes or your iPad appears to be stuck, resetting the device is a good first approach to getting it back in working order. In order to reset your device, you will need to first locate the “Sleep/Wake” button, which is on the top right edge of the iPad. Press the “Sleep/Wake” button and the “Home” button at the same time, holding both down for approximately 10 seconds. The “Home” button is the one located on the bottom center of the display.

When the “Slide to Power Off” text box pops up, ignore it and continue holding both buttons down until the Apple logo appears on the screen, indicating that the device is resetting. When the Apple logo shows up, you can release the buttons. The logo should disappear and the device will power off.

The next step is to press the “Sleep/Wake” button and hold it for a few seconds to power the iPad back on. The device will begin to start up, and it should take about 30 seconds for the iPad to restart again.

Resetting settings
Once your device has powered back on, tap on the “Settings” icon on the iPad's home screen. Select the “General” tab, which should be located in the left column, and then tap the “Reset” tab at the bottom of the main screen. Finally, select “Reset All Settings” in order to reset the device's settings while leaving all your data and files intact.

Those who are planning on selling their iPad or give it to a friend or family member will want to reset the device to factory default settings to wipe all sensitive data and personalized settings before handing it off to another party. This is generally best practice to maintain the privacy of the iPad's original owner, and it will put the new owner in the position to properly set it up for their personal use.

To reset an iPad to factory default settings, the same steps are followed as you would to reset preferences, except that instead of selecting “Reset All Settings,” you should choose the “Erase All Content and Settings” option. The device will issue a series of prompts, and you will need to twice confirm that this is what you wish to do. After confirming, the iPad will begin to erase the data on the device, which should take a few minutes.

For any problems with your iPad that can be resolved by restarting or resetting the device, turn to iResQ, and our iPad repair services will get you back in shape in no time.

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