How to Restore/Factory Reset iPad Without iTunes? - 6 Effective Ways


During everyday use, an iPad may encounter various issues, such as system lag, unresponsive apps, or device malfunctions. In such cases, restoring the iPad becomes particularly important. Traditionally, we are accustomed to using iTunes to accomplish this task, but not everyone is willing or able to use iTunes. So, how can we restore the iPad without iTunes? This article will provide a detailed introduction to several methods on how to restore iPad without iTunes.

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Part 1. When Should We Restore iPad?

Usually, if your iPad works normally, you do not need to restore iPad, since this operation may easily cause data loss on iPad. However, when you encounter any of the following scenarios, you may need to restore iPad:

  • The iPad keeps freezing and irresponsive, no matter if you do any operations on it.
  • The iPad acts weirdly, runs slow or has a virus when it fails to update the iOS version.
  • The iPad has been disabled, locked or developed a black or blue screen.
  • You want to sell, donate or recycle the iPad to someone else or some organizations.
  • Some incompatible apps on the iPad slow down its performance.
  • You want to clear the personal data on the iPad for brand-new use.

If your iPad has just been trapped in one of these scenarios, then the following six simple ways below can help you restore your iPad without iTunes.

Part 2. How to Restore iPad Without iTunes to Factory Settings

If you want to reset your iPad to the factory settings without iTunes, here are four ways you can try.

2.1 How to Reset iPad Without iTunes via Settings

One of the simplest methods is to restore the device through the iPad's built-in settings. This method does not require any additional tools or software. The steps are as follows:

Step 1. Open the "Settings" app on the iPad > Select "General" > Scroll down and tap "Reset".

Step 2. Choose "Erase All Content and Settings".

reset ipad without itunes via settins

Step 3. Enter your password to confirm the action. Then, wait for your iPad to be restored to its default settings.

2.2 How to Restore iPad Without iTunes via Hard Reset

If your iPad fails to start up or respond properly, a hard reset is an effective method. The following are the steps:

Step 1. Press and hold both the "Sleep/Wake" button and the "Home" button on your iPad simultaneously.

Step 2. Keep holding them down for about 10 seconds until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

Step 3. Once you see the Apple logo, release both buttons and wait for your iPad to restart.

2.3 How to Restore iPad to Factory Settings Without iTunes via Find My iPad

If you've previously enabled the "Find My iPad" feature, you can use this feature to remotely reset your iPad. Here are the steps:

Step 1. Navigate to iCloud.com from any web browser and log in with your Apple ID credentials.

Step 2. In the available options list, click on "Find My iPhone".

Step 3. Next, click on "All Devices" and select your iPad.

Step 4. Finally, click on "Erase iPad" and then click "Erase" to restore the iPad to factory settings.

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2.4 How to Reset iPad Without iTunes via Coolmuster iOS Eraser

In addition to the methods mentioned above, we can also use professional tools to reset the iPad. Coolmuster iOS Eraser is one such tool that can safely and quickly erase all data on the iPad, including private data, system settings, deleted files and more. Besides, you can't restore them with any recovery software.

Key features of Coolmuster iOS Eraser:

  • Erase all data on your iOS device with just one click, ensuring no restoration.
  • Permanently erase photos, music, videos, contacts, SMS, and so on.
  • Provide 3 security levels for restoring iPad - Low, Medium and High levels.
  • Easy to use, totally read-only and highly secure.
  • Support all iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, including the latest iPad Pro M4/iPad Air M2.

Let's see how to use this tool to erase your iPad:

01Download and launch this tool on your computer. Connect your iPad to your computer using a USB cable and trust your device. After that, you will see the main interface below.

the main interface of ios eraser

02Click the "Erase" button from the main interface > Choose the "Security Level" for erasing > Tap "OK" > Type "delete" into the blank > Click the "Erase" button below > Hit "OK" to confirm your choice.

choose security level for erasing and confirm it

03After that, the program will start erasing your iPad. And then your iPad will automatically reboot when the erasing process is complete. When your iPad reboots, unlock your device and click "Try Again" on this program to reconnect your iPad.

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04Finally, the program will continue to overwrite your iPad data. When the whole process is over, your iPad will be completely clean.

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Note: As the erased data is unrecoverable after restoring before you start, make sure to back up your iPad to your computer if needed.

Part 3. How to Restore iPad Without iTunes from a Backup

If you have backed up your iPad to iCloud, you can easily restore your iPad from an iCloud backup.

3.1 How to Recover iPad Without iTunes via Coomuster iPhone Data Recovery

Coolmuster iPhone Data Recovery is a powerful tool that assists iOS users to recover data from their iOS devices, iTunes backup, and iCloud backup. With this software, you selectively restore your iPad from your iCloud backup without resetting.

Highlights of Coolmuster iPhone Data Recovery:

Here is how to use this software to restore an iPad from an iCloud backup:

01Download and launch the software and select the "Recover from iCloud" mode, then follow the prompts to sign in to your iCloud account and proceed. (Note: If prompted for Two-factor authentication, enter the verification code received on your iPad and click "Verify" to continue.)

choose recover from icloud backup

02Select the file types you wish to restore, then click the "Next" icon to initiate quick scanning. This allows you to preview more details of your iCloud backup files.

choose the data you want to recover to scan

03Choose the files you wish to restore, then click the "Recover to Computer" button to save the files on your computer.

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3.2 How to Restore iPad Without iTunes from iCloud Backup

In addition to the professional tool, we can also directly restore from iCloud. However, this way will reset your iPad and all your data will be replaced. To do this, follow the steps below:

Step 1. Go to "Settings" > "General" > "Reset" > "Erase All Contents and Settings". Then, tap on the "Erase iPad" option in the pop-up window to confirm your action.

Step 2. When you see the new window titled "Set up your iPad", simply select the "Restore from iCloud Backup" option.

Step 3. Next, log in to iCloud using your Apple ID and password. Then, choose an iCloud backup from the list to begin restoring your iPad from the iCloud backup.

restore ipad from icloud backup without itunes

Bonus: How to Restore iPad with iTunes

We have introduced how to restore iPad without iTunes. If you want to restore your iPad with iTunes, you can follow the steps below:

Step 1. Use a USB cable to connect your iPad to a computer that has iTunes installed and then launch iTunes.

Step 2. Once your iPad is detected by iTunes, you'll see its icon appear in the top left corner of the iTunes window. Click on the iPad icon to select it.

To reset iPad to factory settings: Navigate to the "Summary" tab and select the "Restore iPad" button.

To restore iPad from a backup: Head to the "Summary" tab and click on the "Restore Backup" button located under the "Backups" section.

restore ipad with itunes

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That's all about how to restore iPad without iTunes. Whether you want to reset your iPad to factory settings or restore the iPad from a backup, we are all covered. Coolmuster iOS Eraser and Coolmuster iPhone Data Recovery are both better to do this. You can download them and give them a try.

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