How to Wipe & Erase iPad Before Selling?

If you selling your old iPad and thinking about protecting the important data before handing it over to the unknown person! Read the section which will help in deleting the personal information and safeguard your privacy.

Things to Remember:

  • Backup iPad data to iCloud: Go to Settings >> Navigate to Apple ID >>Proceed with iCloud >> select iCloud Backup >> Choose Backup Now.
  • For erasing iPad data: Go to Settings >> Navigate to General >> Click Reset >> Choose Erase All Content and Settings.

The article will provide instructions on taking the backup of iPad and erasing its important data, preparing for trading it by selling, moving to newer model, or giving it away. This applies to iPads with iPad OS 15 through iPadOS 13 and iOS 12.

Backup Data using iCloud

Taking the backup of crucial documents, images, settings and other data on iCloud will help in the smooth transition to new iPad. Simply restore the data after you switched to new iPad model. Use the following steps and perform the task:

Steps to backup data to iCloud before wiping:

  1. Go to Settings icon.
  2. click settings

  3. Click on the Apple ID appearing on top of the Settings page. Choose iCloud from the right-side of the screen.
  4. select icloud

  5. Click iCloud Backup.
  6. click icloud backup

  7. Hit Backup Now.
  8. click backup now

  9. After backup is completed, check the date and time appearing next to Last successful backup to make sure that the backup is successfully finished.
  10. backup is complete

Quick Note: Ensure that the outgoing device is running with the latest version of iPadOS before running the final backup. Accessing the updated version will prevent from the potential incompatibility issues as iPad will likely preloaded with the new iPadOS version. Check for any new update by going to Settings. Click on General. Select Software Update.

How to Erase iPad Data?

The most essential part for preparing the iPad for sale is making sure to remove all the identity traces from it. Don’t sell or give away iPad without erasing it properly.

So, follow the steps to know how to wipe iPad data before selling.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. go to settings

  3. Proceed with General option.
  4. choose general

  5. Click Reset (or Transfer or Reset iPad in iOS 15).
  6. tap reset

  7. Tap Erase All Content and Settings.
  8. select erase all content and settings

    Note: If you receive a message saying you're still taking backup to iCloud, then choose Backup then Erase to finish the backup.

  9. If you recently took the backup of iPad to iCloud, you get the prompt asking to either perform another backup or proceed with the erasure.
  10. prompt will appear

  11. In case you have a passcode, the unlock code. Enter it in the next window.
  12. enter passcode

  13. Click on Erase after pop-up screen appears on the window.
  14. click erase

  15. If restrictions are enabled then enter restriction passcode.
  16. Confirm the erase a second time and choose Erase again.
  17. choose erase

Tip: Depending on the iOS version installed on iPad, you may require to provide the Apple ID account password for removal from iPad. You may need to access the internet (via Wi-Fi or cellular connection) to perform the steps.

Wait for the Hello Screen

After the wipe and resent procedure begins, the screen gets blank for few minutes as the iPad wipes the data restore it to factory settings. You will view the progress bar displaying the wipe status and reset process. After the iPad completes the process, Hello or Welcome Assistant screen will appear as if you were configuring the iPad for the first time.

In case Hello or Welcome Assistant screen don’t appear, something during the wipe process didn’t correctly work and so you have to repeat the process.

Failure to do so many results in whoever obtains iPad accessing the personal information and data.

However, if you want you can try wiping iPad data using MacMister Data Wipe Tool for Mac. It does not possesses any typical environment and help you to permanently wipe iPad database without any problem. Moreover, it will take few seconds of yours and perform the necessary task in a minimum time.

In case you need any assistance, contact MacMister Support.