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Hello! And welcome to our iPad Cyber Monday live blog. If the last 48 hours has shown us anything, it's that Apple's tablet is popular as ever. And the best deals sell out super-fast. 

So if you're on the hunt for a new iPad, make sure to bookmark this page as we'll be updating it live with all the best iPad Cyber Monday deals as they land. So far we've seen some incredible deals, including various discounts on the brand new 2021 iPad Pro models. But they are short lasting, so if that's the one you've been waiting for, don't delay when the deals come up. 

The good news is, as Cyber Monday rapidly approaches, the iPad deals appear to be picking up again. So stay tuned for all the best iPad savings Cyber Monday 2021 has to offer. 

Apple Pencil

Ok, so we realise this isn't an actual iPad deal. You know, the point of this article. But, bare with us. 

If you're looking to buy a new iPad, you're almost certainly going to want an Apple Pencil, and finding a deal on the Apple stylus is much like finding a pot of gold at the rainbow. So we wanted to highlight this Walmart deal asap. Right now you can get $20 off the Apple Pencil Generation 2 – now just $99. There's also $20 off the Apple Pencil Generation 1 as well, taking it down to just $79. 

Not sure which Pencil is compatible with which machine? Take a look at our Apple Pencil vs Apple Pencil 2 article, which has all the details. 

Apple iPad Pro 2021

Ok, let's get to why you're actually here. iPads. One of the most popular iPad Cyber Monday deals running right now in the US is this almost $100 saving on the 2021 12.9-inch iPad Pro, taking the price down to $1,299.99. 

It's not hard to see why this is a popular deal. The 2021 iPad Pro is not only a thing of beauty, it's an absolute powerhouse to boot. And the fact that it's such a new device makes the fact that it has any kind of discount all the more exciting. 

Apple iPad Pro (2021)

We're in the UK now, at Currys with the best deal on the 2021 11-inch iPad Pro. Hang on, let us rephrase that. The best price on this model iPad Pro. Currys has £50 off this 128GB SSD, 11-inch 2021 iPad Pro model, taking it down to £699. It's far from groundbreaking, we know. But this is the best price you'll find this model in the UK right now.  

Apple iPad Air 2020

We're big fans of the iPad Air here at CB. But that may just be because we're suckers for a bit of colour. And the 2020 iPad Air came in a whole host of them. Not that helps here, as the best deal is actually on the standard grey version. Amazon has £110 off, taking the 10.9-inch tablet with Wi-Fi and cellular down to just £599.

If you did want one of the new fancy colours, there are savings to be had but nowhere near as good. The sky blue model, for example, has £30 off, so it really comes down to how much you care what colour the device is. If it was us, we'd save the extra £80 and then just buy a much cheaper apple ipad mini 1st generation that blue case – sorted. 

Apple iPad

It's easy to get carried away when it comes to choosing an iPad, but the truth is, unless you need specific storage or app capabilities, Apple's cheapest tablet will more often than not meet your needs. And it's a heck of a lot cheaper than the many of the iPad Air and iPad Pro models currently on offer. 

This isn't a deal in the traditional sense, by which we mean you won't save any money on this 2021 10.2-inch iPad for $329. But this tablet is such a popular choice, especially at this time of year, that finding stock can be difficult. Right now, Amazon appears to have good availability on this 64GB, Wi-Fi model in the both the US and UK, so grab one before they all go.  

Find the same model in the UK here for £319. 

Apple iPad

In all our years looking at Apple deals (and there's been a few now), never have we seen direct discounts from the hardware giant's themselves. But Black Friday is one event that even Apple can't seem to ignore, and while they're not offering money off products, they are giving out Apple Store gift cards on select products. 

Purchase any eligible model iPad (check terms or full details) and you'll get a $100 / £80 Apple Store Gift Card. Not sure what you can actually get for that in the Apple Store these days – a new case, maybe?. But if you are planning on buying an iPad and some accessories, this could well be a way to save a bit of cash on a few items. Offer ends 29 Nov 2021. 

iPad Pro

The iPad is now such a powerful all-purpose tablet it's clear to see why it's so popular with creatives. With the Apple Pencil (see below for our update on the best Cyber Monday price), it can be a drawing tablet, while the computing power behind the latest iPad Pros means they can effectively replace a laptop for some users, especially now Adobe offers Illustrator and Photoshop on the iPad (right now, you can get 39% off the price of a Creative Cloud subscription as part of Adobe's own Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal).

If you're planning on doing a lot of creative work on the iPad, you're probably going to want one of the pro models. So what are the best offers we're apple ipad mini 1st generation so far? In the US, Amazon has $100 of both the WiFi and Cellular versions of 128GB and 256GB 2021 iPad Pro 12.9. That means the 128GB WiFi version is $999 at Amazon right now. Amazon also has $100 off the smaller 11in 2021 iPad Pro, now $899.

In the UK, we're not seeing any more than £50 off the latest iPad Pros. Both Amazon and John Lewis on a check what is account number £50 across the 128GB and 256GB versions of both the 12.9 and 11in. John Lewis is also offering a further £150 off if you trade in an old iPad. But, if you want more storage space and don't need the ultra-fast power of the latest iPad Pro's M1 chip, you can get a fantastic £210 off the 2020 iPad Pro with a generous 512GB of storage, now just £829.97 at

iPad Mini

With so many iPad models out there and a lot of the limelight taken by the super-powerful iPad Pros, it's easy to overlook the little iPad Mini. But while its screen will be too small for a lot of creative work – and it does feel a LOT smaller than any other iPad – the 2021 revamp of the Mini is actually a really powerful device that's capable of all kinds of work while also fitting into your coat pocket. We sang its praises in our iPad Mini (6th gen) review and would recommend it to anyone who needs a super portable device to make sure they don't miss the moment when inspiration strikes.

And Cyber Monday? Well, we've seen no discounts in the US, but Amazon has £20 off both the 64GB and 256GB iPad Mini in the UK taking the prices down to £459 and £599 for the WiFi version. Call that a Cyber Monday deal? OK, so it's a mini saving on a mini device, but considering this was only released in September, we're actually quite surprised to see even this small saving on what's already a very reasonably priced tablet.

Speaking of Minis, this isn't iPad-related at all, but there are some decent savings to be had on the Apple Mac Mini. In the US, B&H has up to $150 off the 2020 Mac Mini with Apple's M1 chip depending on which configuration you choose, while in the UK, Amazon has up to £70 off. Considering that we're also seeing some good Black Friday and Cyber Monday monitor deals, apple ipad mini 1st generation could be good buys.

iPad Pro

With Cyber Monday just hours away in the US, the best prices on the iPad are still currently at Amazon and B&H Photo. Amazon has $100 off most storage sizes of this year's iPad Pro 12.9, rising to $150 off the 2TB version. B&H also has $100 off but on fewer versions of the device.

For the 11in iPad, both Amazon and B&H are offering $50 off, but both have sold out of some configurations, so you'll need to check each for your preferred storage and connectivity options. We're not seeing any savings yet on the standard iPad, but B&H has a couple of very modest $20 savings on the 2020 iPad Air.

In the UK, Amazon has £50 off some configurations of the latest iPad Pro 12.9 and a massive £392.64 off the 11in iPad Pro if you fancy splashing on the 2TB storage WiFi and Cellular version (now £1,506.36). It also has £110 of the 2020 M1 iPad Air and £20 off the new iPad Mini. 

Stay tuned, because Cyber Monday is still yet to officially begin in the US. We'll be updating this blog as soon as we see more deals appear.

Apple fans out there will be pleased to know it's not just iPad deals we're tracking. We're also live blogging the best Apple Watch Cyber Monday deals and the best Apple MacBook Cyber Monday deals, as they come in. You're welcome!

iPad Pro Black Friday deal

Do you want the best iPad money can buy right now? Amazon US has a deal for you. You can get a 1TB, WiFi and Cellular 12.9-inch iPad Pro for $1,849 - saving you $150 off the list price. And honestly, with a machine like that, what more could you want? If you don't want to go quite that big in terms of storage, then there's still $100 off the other iPad Pro 12.9-inch models.

Did we mention that we gave this machine 4.5 stars in our iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2021) review? All you need now is an Apple Pencil and a Magic Keyboard and you're sorted. You're welcome!

Argos catalogue

Did you know that Argos sell iPads? There don't seem to be many deals currently, but there is some stock on some iPads. If you buy online you apple ipad mini 1st generation get to leaf through the "laminated book of dreams" (apparently no one does these days, in fact, as Argos has discontinued its iconic catalogue), but you do have the option to pick up from your local Sainsbury's. 

Snowing? Cold outside? Stranded in a pub in Yorkshire listening to Oasis (again)? Imagine snuggling up to your new iPad Pro and watching the entire season of Hawkeye in one go. We're dreaming but Curry's is making it a reality with £50 off the price of an Apple 11in iPad Pro 11, 256GB model: Get your new iPad Pro for £799 (Disney+ optional).

There are some great iPad offers this Cyber Monday and many come with a three month sub to Apple TV+ for free. Our pro tip: don't just look at the price check to see what perks are being thrown in, too. At John Lewis you can get the Apple TV+ offer and they'll give you an extra £150 off if you trade in an old iPad. And £50 off the price.

iPad price drop

Deal alert! Save £112 on an Apple iPad Pro 12.9in 512GB (2020), now £1,214.97. This is a great tablet at an fantastic price. Research before you press 'buy', take a look at our in-depth review of the iPad Pro 12.9in.

What's a shiny new iPad without an Apple Pencil? There are some good deals this Cyber Monday on this essential accessory. You can get £20 off a 2nd generation Apple Pencil at Very right now! While the online retailer also has 1st generation Apple Pencils for £74 - down from £89.

We'll take any savings we can get on a new iPad, even AO's thrifty 2% off all iPads is looking… okay. Take a click over to AO and see the discounts, which includes all 2021 models, which is a massive plus point. The 2021 Apple iPad 10.2-inch 64GB in Apple ipad mini 1st generation looks to be going fast at £418.28.

Apple's Black Friday/Cyber Monday Shopping Event means you'll get a gift card worth £20, £40, £60, £80 or £160 when you buy selected products, and that includes any iPad. Think of it as a free Apple Pencil, or two.

iPad air 2021

Curry's is boasting some decent discounts for Cyber Monday, including £50 off an Apple iPad Pro (2021, M1, 11in) and £40 off an Apple iPad Air (64GB, 4th Gen, Wi-Fi + Cellular) - both good buys. If in doubt about which iPad is best for you, we have a great guide to the different generations and how they differ in our iPad model list buyer's guide.

Cyber Monday Apple deal

Very's deals are flying right now, the retailer has sold hundreds of Apple Pencils in the last hour - is this 2021's favourite Cyber Monday accessory? Our pick of Very's deals remains the iPad Pro 13-inch (M1, 2021), 256Gb at £1,029. That's a saving of £70 on this excellent tablet. For that price, buy yourself an Apple Pencil for £74 - Very clever.

Cyber Monday deals with your pancakes

Good morning America! We've been plugging away at finding the hottest iPad deals while you've slept. So if you want the best iPad offers to chew on over your pancakes, stay tuned… Take a look over at Best Buy for some smart offers, including $100 off an 11-Inch iPad Pro. add in three months of Apple TV and Apple Music for free and this saving is good value

We're not just here to bag all the best iPad offers for you, we're also all-in on Apple. Click over to the latest deals we've found for iPhones and save yourself some money. We'll be live blogging all the best iPhone offers. But come back, there some great iPad offers coming up.

IMac stand your iPad

We're not just here for the best iPad deals but also for the need accessories that support iPad, literally. We love this stand that recalls the look of the old iMacs, and it turns your iPad into a smart desktop screen. The Lamicall Tablet Stand fits most iPads, including 2021 models, and there's a tiny discount on Amazon. 

iPad case by Insten

Target has reduced some of its best iPad cases, varying across model sizes. There's 26% off an Insten soft TPU case for the iPad Pro 12.9-inch, while the same case for iPad 10.2-inch is down to $13.99. Click over to Target for more reductions on its iPad cases.

Digging into Best Buy's iPad deals on Cyber Monday and there are some hidden gems in here. Not only can you get $100 either an 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro but click through the small print and Best Buy is offering 20% off a range of accessories, including SaharaCases. 

Apple iPad Pro 2021

OK, so we've been scouring the web for the best deals in the US, and right now the deals are a little bit scarce. But, if you're after the brand new 2021 11-inch iPad Pro, Amazon currently has a modest $50 off, taking the 256GB model down to $849. 

It's definitely not the best deal we've seen in the last 48 hours, but stock is low right now so we're not sure we'll see any further price drops any time soon. 

Nintendo Switch OLED

On the hunt for more great Cyber Monday discounts? 

We've got four other live blogs running right now on Nintendo Switch Cyber Monday deals, MacBook Cyber Monday deals, iPhone Cyber Monday deals and Apple Watch Cyber Monday deals. We're tracking all the best offers on all of the above – and there's plenty of big savings to be had right now.

Apple Magic Keyboard

If you've managed to nab yourself a great iPad deal this weekend, why not go all out and grab a Magic Keyboard too? Very currently has £15 off the luxury Apple keyboards for 12.9-inch iPad Pro (in black and white), now just £314. 

In the US, stock is low, but Amazon currently has the same Magic Keyboard in white for $329.98, which is a $19 saving on the retail price. 

Apple iPad Pro

We're now well over halfway through Cyber Monday, and the iPad deals are really thin on the ground. Stock appears to be the biggest issue, which has a knock-on effect on the prices of what's left. 

Still the best deal right now in the UK is over at Amazon, where you can save £50 on the 2021 11-inch iPad Pro with 256GB storage, now £799. You can also get £50 off the 512GB version, which takes the price to £999. 

This discount is half what we've seen previously, but as the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend comes to a close soon and stocks run low, we don't expect to see any further price drops on this item before the day is out. 

iPad Pro 12.9

And Cyber Monday is over. It wasn't the best year for iPad bargains – mainly due to stock issues, with a lot of deals selling out and many retailers left with few iPads of any kind left in stock. There are still a few little deals left for anyone still looking for an iPad though.

In the US, you can still get $100 off this year's M1 iPad Pro 12.9 at B&H, with the 256GB WiFi version now $1,099. In the UK, Very has £70 off the same tablet, taking the price down to £1,029. Very also has £70 off the 2019 iPad Mini, offering the 256GB version for a tempting £599. Amazon's sold out of this year's 6th generation iPad Mini, but it's still taking orders with £20 off, taking the price of the 64GB version to just £459.

That's it from our blog. Thanks for following, and don't forget that you can check the best prices on iPads on iPads all year round in our guide to the best iPad deals, which is updated regularly. 


The Best Apple Cyber Monday Deals: Apple Watch SE, MacBook Air, iPhone 13 Cases and More

Best Apple Watch deals

The more affordable Apple Watch SE looks nearly identical to the Apple Watch Series 7 and offers the same key features. Its slightly smaller screen doesn’t stay on when you put your wrist down, and it lacks the blood-oxygen monitor and ECG. Otherwise, it does all the same Apple Watch–y things and can cost at least 30% less than our top pick.

Best MacBook Air deals

You can't go wrong with the 2020 Apple MacBook Air, especially if you're already indoctrinated into the Apple ecosystem. This well-balanced MacBook is specced with an eight-core Apple M1 CPU processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB SSD. Between its snappy performance, comfortable keyboard, and decent storage space, we think the Air is the best all-around option for most people. The only real downside we've noted is that some Mac apps have yet to be optimized for the new M1 chip, so you may notice some lag until they're updated. This $800 deal for Costco members matches the previous lowest price we've seen for this configuration.

Best Apple Mac Mini and desktop deals

If you’re looking for a mini PC and prefer macOS, the compact M1-based Mac mini is extremely fast, energy efficient, and impressively quiet. The base model we recommend comes with the new eight-core M1 chip, 8 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB SSD. Though we think the updated Mac mini offers excellent performance, it also comes with fewer ports and is less upgradable than its predecessor. This deal matches the lowest price we’ve seen for the Mac mini with 8 GB RAM—but it’s becoming increasingly more common.

If you're looking for a mini PC and prefer macOS, this deal is a solid chance to save on a specced-out version of the newest Apple Mac mini. This model comes with the new 8 core M1 chip, 16 GB of RAM, and 256 GB SSD. Although we think the updated mini offers excellent performance capabilities overall, it also comes with fewer ports and is less upgradeable than its predecessor. Still, the compact M1 is extremely fast, energy-efficient, and impressively quiet.

Best Apple Pencil deals

Down to just under $100, this price matches the best deal we’ve seen for the Apple Pencil (2nd Generation), one of our upgrade iPad stylus picks. If you own an 11-inch or 12.9-inch iPad Pro and frequently write or draw, the Apple Pencil is a great—but typically pricey—option with impressive pressure sensitivity. We’ve seen a bunch of deals for this model of late, including bundle deals with other iPad accessories, but we have yet to see a lower price.

The first-generation Apple Pencil is the best stylus to use with several iPad models, including the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro (1st and 2nd Generation), 9.7-inch iPad (6th Generation), 10.5-inch iPad Air, and iPad mini (5th generation). Great for professional illustration and calligraphy, the Apple Pencil offers sensitivity for art and writing purposes that generally surpasses what we’ve seen from its more affordable competitors. Although we have encountered outlier deals around $60 for this pick, this current offer matches the typical deal price we see for the earlier-generation Apple stylus.

Black Friday deals on Apple gift cards

Gift cards are a great option if you don’t know what to buy for your loved ones. You probably won’t find them on Apple’s site, but they are available on apple ipad mini 1st generation iTunes and App Stores. Here are the best gift card offers we’ve found so far.

Right now, when you buy a $100 Apple Gift Card, you also get a $15 gift card from Best Buy with purchase. We recommend quite a few iOS devices, and new device owners will likely want to have some store credit on hand as well for use on a variety of our technology picks, so this is a nice opportunity to snag a handy gift card alongside Apple credit. We’ve seen similar promotions in the past, but it’s always nice to get a little free money.

Best deals on iPhone cases

Other companies have yet to match the quality and price of Apple's leather phone cases. They combine high-quality materials, all-around protection, clicky buttons, and MagSafe compatibility all to make the perfect leather case for your iPhone. If you have a 13 and you're looking to attain that sleek, leather aesthetic, this deal is a great chance to save on our pick in black.

The Smartish Gripmunk is a reliable choice for anyone seeking a simple, durable, and protective case without breaking the bank. Although this case isn’t particularly flashy, it is dependable, and it has been our favorite for every iPhone model since the iPhone 7. If you’re looking for additional designs or a case for a different-generation iPhone, Smartish is currently having a sale on a wide variety of options.

Our wallet case pick for the iPhone 13, the Smartish Wallet Slayer Vol. 1, is currently down to $14 in a number of colors and designs. We like that the Wallet Slayer has a nice design that holds up to three cards, but unfortunately it doesn’t work with wireless charging. Smartish is currently having a sale on a wide variety of options, including additional designs and cases for other iPhone generations.

Best deals on Apple AirTag Bluetooth trackers

We are currently searching for apple ipad mini 1st generation best deals on Wirecutter picks in this category and will add them here if we find them.

Best iPad deals

We are currently searching for the best deals on Wirecutter picks in this category and will add them here if we find them.

Best AirPods and AirPods Pro deals

Apple AirPods are a tech staple. Unfortunately, our experts don’t think they live up to the hype. Compared with other options, such as the Beats Fit Pro, AirPods falter in sound quality, affordability, and functionality. If you’re looking for alternatives, you’ll likely find them at Best Buy, Amazon, and Walmart. And we will be sure to list any standout deals we find throughout the week.

We are currently searching for the best deals on Wirecutter picks in this category and will add them here if we find them.

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How to factory reset an iPad and erase all content

Whether you are selling your iPad, having issues, or just want a fresh start, there are a variety of reasons you may need to reset it. Let’s take a look at how to factory reset your iPad and erase everything on it.

An important thing to keep in mind as you’re working on doing a factory reset of your iPad is that you’ll need to be connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network and know your Apple ID password if you have Find My iPad enabled.

Also, make sure you have your iPad backed up or have your important information saved somewhere before you factory reset your device (Settings > Name > iCloud > iCloud Backup). Read more on that in our guide here.  We’ve also got a detailed walkthrough on factory resetting your Mac.

Before going through the process of erasing your iPad, you can sign out of the App Store and iCloud (although iPadOS will force you to sign out of iCloud later if you have Find My iPad turned on).

How to factory reset iPad and erase all content

In iPadOS 15

  1. Open the Settings appand then choose General
  2. Swipe down to the very bottom and tap Transfer or Reset iPad
  3. Tap Erase All Content and Settingsenter your passcode (if you have one)
  4. Follow the prompts
How to factory reset iPad in iPadOS 15 walkthrough 1
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In iPadOS 14 and earlier

  1. Tap on Settings and then tap on General
  2. Swipe down to the very bottom and tap on Reset
  3. Tap Erase All Content and Settingsenter your passcode (if you have one)
  4. Tap Erase iPad, Tap Erase iPadagain to confirm
  5. Enter your Apple ID password and tap Erasein the top right corner

At this point, all the information on your iPad has been erased and you should see the iOS welcome screen like when you first purchased your iPad. You’re good to hand your device to someone else, restore from a backup, or set up your iPad as new.

Here is a screenshot walkthrough of how to factory reset your iPad (if you don’t have a passcode set or have Find My iPad turned off, you won’t see those steps in the reset process):

How to factory reset iPad walkthrough 2

Now choose the second option from the top, Erase All Content and Settings. Decide if you’d like to do another backup or factory reset your iPad now.


Now enter your passcode if required and tap Erase.

Now you’ll be asked to enter your Apple ID password if you’re still logged in and have Find My iPad turned on. After entering it, tap Erase in the top right corner.

The process sometimes takes a few minutes to complete but your iPad factory reset should be complete.

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How to Wipe an iPad to Factory Settings Without a Passcode

Erasing all of the data on an iPad and restoring it to its factory settings is something you can do from the iPad's settings – provided you remember your passcode. If you don't remember your passcode, or you've been locked out because you entered the wrong passcode too many times, you'll need to reset it using iTunes on your computer. If you have backed up apple ipad mini 1st generation iPad, you'll be prompted to restore your data and settings when you sign in after the reset. If you haven't backed up your data, you can recover the apps you purchased, but your data won't be recoverable.

If your iPad is just frozen and not responding to your taps, rather than being locked, you can usually solve the problem with a hard reset.

Resetting the iPad With iTunes

Before getting started, make sure that your computer has the latest version of iTunes installed and that you have a strong internet connection. Resetting an iPad is time sensitive, and your computer will need to download and install software on the iPad. If the process takes longer than 15 minutes, it will automatically abort the process and you will need to start all over again.

Apple computers come with iTunes already, so you can open it and update it if prompted. If you have a Windows PC, you can download iTunes from the Microsoft Store if you don't already have it.

  1. Open iTunes

  2. Sign into iTunes on your computer. As a security measure, you will need your Apple ID and password to reset the iPad.

  3. Start Recovery Mode

  4. Recovery mode is what directs iTunes to either update or erase the iPad. You need to start this process before connecting the iPad to your computer. Because you'll need to hold down a button or two while connecting the iPad, connect its cable to your computer first, and then you can more easily connect the iPad once recovery mode has started. The process varies a bit, depending on which iPad model you have.

  5. iPad with Home button: Hold down the Top or Side button until the Power Off slider appears on the screen. Drag the slider to turn off the iPad. Then hold down the Home button while connecting the iPad to your computer. Release the Home button only after the recovery mode screen appears.

  6. iPad with Face ID: Press and hold the Top button and one of the volume buttons until you see the Power Off slider. Drag the slider to turn off your iPad. Continue holding down the Top button and connect your device to the computer. You can release the Top button after you see the recover-mode screen.

  7. Restore the iPad to Factory Settings

  8. Once the recover-mode screen appears on the iPad, iTunes should automatically launch on your computer. It will give you the option to restore or update the iPad. Click Restore. Restoring the iPad can take several minutes.

How to Hard Reset an iPad

If your iPad is frozen, preventing you from unlocking it with your passcode, or if it doesn't recognize your taps or the slider doesn't work, a hard reset/hard reboot of your iPad will often do the trick. This forces the iPad to turn off and on, flushing its memory clean. A hard reset, however, does not delete your data.

Press the Home button and the On/Off button at the same time. Keep holding the buttons down until after the screen turns black and the iPad starts up again. When the Apple logo appears on the screen, release the buttons.

You should now be able to access the iPad, provided you know the passcode. If you still need to erase the data and restore it to factory settings, you can do that with iTunes or from the iPad settings.

How to Erase iPad From Settings

If you are now able to open your iPad, you can erase all of your data and return it to its factory default settings without connecting it to a computer.

  1. Ensure that your iPad is charged, or connect it to a power source. 
  2. Open Settings; select General and then select Reset
  3. Select Erase All Content and Settings. Enter your passcode or your Apple ID password if prompted. This password is the one that's associated with your email address and used to access the App Store or iCloud.
  4. Confirm that you want to erase everything on your iPad. 

After several minutes, the iPad will restart, giving you the same welcome screen as when you purchased it.



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A published author and professional speaker, David Weedmark has advised businesses on technology, media and marketing for more than 20 years. He has taught computer science at Algonquin College, has started three successful businesses, and has written hundreds of articles for newspapers and magazines and online publications including, Re/Max and American Express.


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