How to Factory Reset iPad with/without Apple ID or Password

If you are not sure what Apple ID is used on your iPad or you have forgotten the login, this guide teaches how you can factory reset an iPad without an Apple ID. There are methods that let you reset your iPad to the factory defaults without having to enter the Apple ID.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jun. 30, 2021

If you ever want to remove all of your preferences, settings, and data from your iPad in one go, then you need to reset your iPad to the factory settings. Many methods out there require you to use your Apple ID to reset your device. If you are in a situation where you cannot recall your Apple ID or you have forgotten it, you might want to find the methods that help you factory reset your iPad without the iCloud password.

Luckily, there are methods that can help you do that. In fact, there are multiple ways for you to reset your iPad without entering your Apple ID details. This guide covers some of those ways for you to reset your device and then set it up from scratch.

Part 1. Factory Reset iPad with iTunes

Whenever there is something to be done on an iOS device like an iPad, the preferred choice for many users is to use the iTunes app to do the task. The great thing about this tool is that it lets you perform a plethora of actions on your iOS-based devices. This tool allows you to factory reset your iPad as well.

iTunes has a feature in it that lets you clean install a version of the iOS operating system. This process of clean installing the operating system removes all the data and settings from your device. As a result, your iPad is set to the factory settings ready to be reconfigured.

In order to use the method, you are going to have to reboot your iPad into recovery mode. Recovery mode is something that you can access even when you have trouble booting your iPad. This mode is separate from the operating system on your device. With this mode, you can connect your iPad to your computer and get it restored in a few easy clicks.

There are a few things you need to know before you perform this procedure. First, this will remove all the data that you have ever stored on your iPad. If you want to keep some of these files, back them up before you proceed. Second, the method requires you to have access to a computer with iTunes installed on it.

If you meet the minimum requirements to do this procedure, the following is how to factory reset an iPad without an Apple ID.

Step 1. Launch the iTunes app on your Windows computer. If you are a Mac user, launch the Finder app.

Step 2. Connect your iPad to your computer via a USB cable.

Step 3. Reboot your iPad into recovery mode. The following tells how to do this on various iPad models.

iPad with Face ID: press the Volume Up button and let it go, press the Volume Down button and let it go, press and hold down the Top button until the recovery mode appears.

iPad with Home Button: press and hold down both Home and Top (or Side) buttons on your iPad and wait for the recovery mode to appear.

Reboot iPad into Recovery Mode

Reboot iPad into Recovery Mode

Step 4. Your computer will prompt if you want to update or restore your iPad. Select Restore to reset your iPad to the factory settings.

Reset iPad in Recovery Mode

Reset iPad in Recovery Mode

Part 2. Factory Reset iPad with Settings

One of the overlooked features on most iOS devices including the iPad is the Settings. It is here that you can configure your iPad’s sound volumes, change your brightness, switch to another language for your device, and even reset your iPad to the factory settings.

The Settings app has a reset option that helps you to reset many settings on your phone. You can use this option to reset your iPad’s settings, remove network settings, reset your location settings, among a few other options. There is even an option for factory resetting your iPad and that is what you should use to reset your device.

When you tap on this option on your iPad, your device will ask you to enter your iPad’s passcode. Upon entering the correct passcode, your device will begin to reset to the factory settings. You may be asked for your Apple ID in some cases.

This is actually a great way to reset your iPad without having access to your computer. You can be anywhere at a remote place and still be able to reset all the settings on your iPad. The following should walk you through the exact steps you need to follow to reset your device.

Step 1. Tap on the Settings app on the home screen of your iPad.

Step 2. Navigate to the General settings menu and then tap on the Reset option at the bottom.

Step 3. On the following screen, select the Erase All Content and Settings option to factory reset your iPad.

Reset iPad by Erasing iPad

Reset iPad by Erasing iPad

Step 4. Enter your iPad’s passcode when asked for it and the procedure will continue.

Soon after, your iPad will be fully reset. You will then be able to link it to your own or any other Apple ID if that is what you were looking to do.

Part 3. Factory Reset iPad without Apple ID

If you are in a scenario where you do not even know what Apple ID is being used on your iPad or you do not know the password for it, it becomes a little difficult for you to reset your iPad to the factory settings. However, there are several apps that can actually help you to remove the Apple ID from your device and reset your device to the factory settings.

AnyUnlock – iOS Password Unlocker is a desktop app that you can use on your computer to remove the Apple ID or iCloud account from your iOS devices. With this tool, all you basically need to do is plug your iPad into your computer and select an option. The app then starts removing the linked account from your device making it ready to be linked to your own account.

There are certain things you should know when you use this method to remove the Apple ID from your device. First, when you use this method, you then cannot restore your iPad with iTunes. Doing so will make your iPad prompt for your Apple ID which you do not know. This could put you in trouble again.

Therefore, the best way to use this method is to get your Apple ID removed from your iPad, have your iPad reset to the factory settings, and then never use iTunes to restore your device. The following is how this method works.

Step 1. Download and install the AnyUnlock on your Windows or Mac computer.

Step 2. Plug-in your iPad to your computer using a USB cable. Use the original USB cable for the connection.

Step 3. Launch the AnyUnlock app and click on the option that says Unlock Apple ID.

Click Unlock Apple ID from the Homepage

Click Unlock Apple ID from the Homepage

Step 4. Hit the Unlock Now button on the following screen to begin removing the Apple ID from your iPad.

Start Resetting iPhone

Start Resetting iPhone

Step 5. Wait while the Apple ID is being removed from your iPad. This should not take too long.

Resetting iPhone

Resetting iPhone

Once the Apple ID is removed, you will get a confirmation message on your screen. Your iPad is now reset and you can use it with any of your accounts.


Whether you are looking for methods for how to unlock an iPad passcode without restore or you want to reset the iPad to factory settings, the above guide is all that you need to do those tasks. We hope it helps you out.

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