Performing a Normal (Soft) Reset on an Apple iPad

A normal reset is sometimes called a soft reset. A normal reset stops all running applications but does not erase any programs or saved data.

Caution be sure to save any unsaved data before performing a normal reset since a normal reset erases all unsaved data.

To restart your device:

  • Press and hold the Sleep/Wake Button until the red slider appears.
  • Slide your finger across the slider to turn off iPad.
  • To turn iPad back on, press and hold the Sleep/Wake Button until the Apple logo appears.
Apple iPad Off and Home Button Locations

Performing a Full (Hard) Reset on an Apple iPad

A full reset is sometimes called a hard reset. Perform a full reset when you want to clear all settings, programs and data from RAM (Random Access Memory).

  • Select Settings which is located on the Home Screen.
  • From here, tap General.
  • Scroll to the bottom and tap Reset All Content and Settings.
  • This resets all settings to their original values and erases all your information

and media.

Force Quitting an Application an Apple iPad

  • Press and hold the Sleep/Wake Button on top of iPad for a few seconds until a red slider appears, then press and hold the Home Button until the application quits.
  • If you can't turn off the iPad or if the problem continues, you may need to reset iPad (see above).
  • This should be done only if turning iPad off and on doesn't resolve the problem.

Updating and Restoring iPad Software

You can use iTunes to update or restore iPad software. If you update, the iPad software is updated. Your downloaded applications, settings, and data aren't affected.

Note: In some cases, an update may also include restoring iPad.

If you restore, the latest version of iPad software is reinstalled, settings are restored to their defaults, and all data stored on iPad is deleted, including downloaded applications, songs, videos, contacts, photos, calendar information, and any other data. If you've backed up iPad with iTunes on your computer, you can restore data from the backup at the end of the restore process.

Deleted data is no longer accessible through the iPad user interface, but isn't erased from your iPad.

Updating iPad

Make sure your computer has an Internet connection and that you've installed the latest version of iTunes from Apple website

  • Connect iPad to your computer.
  • In the iTunes sidebar, select iPad, then click the Summary tab.
  • When you click Check for Update iTunes will tell you if there's a new version of the iPad software available.
  • Finally, click Update to install the latest version of the software

iPad Recovery Mode

  • With the iPad powered off, press and hold the Home Button.
  • Connect the USB cable from your PC/Mac to the iPad.
  • Continue holding the Home Button until you see the Connect to iTunes screen, then release the Home Button.
  • Open up iTunes to see iPad in recovery mode.

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