Securely wiping your iPad for resale

“There are two ways to erase an iPad. There’s the right way and the wrong way,” Adrian Kingsley-Hughes reports for ZDNet.

“Both ways will wipe your iPad securely, but the wrong way will leave you tearing your hair out when you get your new iPad,” Kingsley-Hughes reports. “Doing it [the wrong] way will overwrite your iTunes backup file for your iPad, and that means when you do buy your new iPad, you won’t be able to restore it to the current configuration and have to set it up manually. And trust me, that’s both a real pain and an enormous time-suck.”

Read more in the full article here.

Related article:
Top 10 places to sell your iPad for cash or credit – March 3, 2012


  1. I believe he is wrong. iCloud recognizes all your purchases and its not such a pain to restore all things by downloading again to your new device. In fact, the new device needs your Apple ID anyways.

  2. Thanks for the clarifications. I just found out yesterday that I’ll have to return my iPad 2 to my school when I retire at the end of this month. I wanted to make sure I could wipe the data before I turn it in and not cause myself problems when I get the iPad 3 immediately afterward.

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