How To Clean Out Old iPad

Dear Computer Lady,

I have an iPad 2 that is five years old. I have since replaced it with an iPad 2 air.

I want to clean the old one out and gift it to someone who might be able to tolerate the slower speed. If I go to “restore to manufacture settings” (or similar utility) will that clean all identities, photos, e-mails, etc out?

And by deleting all of that, am I to assume that it will not bother my new iPad or iMac computers?

Thanks very much, Janet

Dear Janet,

What you want to do is reset your old iPad. This will clean out all your files and settings and reset the iPad back to factory default.

Since this process removes all your personal photos, music, files and settings you want to make sure you have everything that you want backed up and/or copied to your new iPad. Once you have everything saved, it is safe to continue to reset your iPad, here is how:

1. On your iPad, tap the “Settings” icon to open the settings app.

2. On the left side of the settings page, tap on “General”.

3. On the right side of the settings page, scroll down to the bottom and tap on “Reset”.

4. Follow the prompts to reset your iPad, if you want to clear all your data off the iPad, be sure to select, “Erase all content and Settings” You will have to tap to confirm your choice a couple of times.

Once your iPad has finished the process, you can safely pass it on.



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