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How to Completely Erase iPad Data Before Selling

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When we get our hands on a new device, we are left with our old device which will go unused. Some people like to keep this device in their drawer just in case this new device turns out to be faulty or isn’t for them, other people give their old device to a family member. However, the majority of us sell the old device. This is a great thing to do as it can get you a little extra cash, although when doing so you are putting data at risk.

Unfortunately, when you erase iPad data before selling with either iTunes or the built-in iOS feature, it isn’t as effective as it should be. While users are under the illusion that the data is irrecoverable, it can be recovered. This is good for those who accidentally delete data and want to get their hands on it once more, although if you’re looking to erase iPad data before selling this can be an issue. This is where Dr.Fone – iOS Data Eraser comes in.

Part 1. How to Turn Off “Find My iPad”

The first thing that you want to do before you sell your iPad is turn off the “Find My iPad” feature. If you don’t have it enabled, then you don’t need to worry about this.

Step #1 – On your iPad, head over to the “Settings” and select the “iCloud” option.

Step #2 – Tap on the “Find My iPad” option and enter your iCloud password when prompted to do so.

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Step #3 – You have now successfully disabled the “Find My iPad” feature.

While it might not seem important, it is incredibly important that you have this feature disabled when you are looking to sell your iPad or any other iOS device for that matter.


Part 2. Using iPad to Erase iPad Data Before Selling

Before you completely erase your iPad, or perhaps you aren’t able to get your hands on a copy of Dr.Fone to erase iPad data before selling, then it’s worth taking the time to manually erase your iPad’s data with the built-in data erasing tool.

Step #1 – On your iPad, or any other iOS device, head over to the “Settings” application and on the left panel, tap on the “General” option.

Step #2 – You will be displayed with a variety of options here. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the menu, and tap on the “Reset” option.

Step #3 – You will then be shown a variety of reset options. For this method, tap on the “Erase All Content and Settings” option.

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Step #4 – A window will then appear and you will be prompted to tap on the “Erase” button which appears as well as enter your password, should you have one enabled.

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Step #5 – The erase process should only take a few moments although if your device is close to being full to capacity or is full to capacity, it will most likely take a little bit longer.

If you are going to use Dr.Fone to completely erase the data on your iPad then this method isn’t necessary, although it can make the complete erase part of this article go by a lot faster as Dr.Fone won’t have to wipe your data.


Part 3. Using Dr.Fone to Erase iPad Data Before Selling Permanently

Dr.FoneiOS Data Eraser is a program which offers a lot of different features, all of which can help you to optimize your experience with your devices. It can delete Facebook messages on your iPhoneerase iPhone & wipe all personal data on iPhone completely. In this method, we are going to take a look a look at how you are able to erase iPad data before selling so that it isn’t recoverable and so that your personal data cannot be used against you.

Step #1 – Start by downloading, installing, and launching the Dr.Fone program.

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Step #2 – Once it’s launched and is ready to go, connect your iPad to your computer using a USB lightning cable. Dr.Fone will detect your device within a few moments.

Step #3 – Back on Dr.Fone, select the “Erase” option on the screen and then select “Erase All Data“.


Step #4 – You will then be prompted with a window alerting you of what Dr.Fone will do. Once you’ve read the details, click on the “Erase” button and the process will begin.


Step #5 –Another window will be shown on the screen to warn you of things not to do while the full erase process is being performed. Once you’ve ready this window, type “delete” in the box shown and click on the “Erase now” button.


Step #6 – Once the erase process begins you will be able to track the progress of the process and what stage the process is at. Once completed, you will be shown a message notifying you that the iPad has been completely erased and that no data is recoverable.


While iTunes does not offer any tools to help you erase iPad data before selling, Dr.Fone does. It’s important that in order to prevent becoming a victim of fraud or identity theft, you make sure that none of your personal is on your device before you sell it.


Dr.Fone ‘s Other Features

Dr.Fone has many other features to offer other than what we’ve discussed today and a lot of these features should be considered essential to maintaining a well-organized iPad. Some of the features which I feel stand out with Dr.Fone are:

  • Dr.Fone provides all of its users with a clean and simple interface. This makes it easy for those who aren’t too knowledgeable about technology to have an easier time guiding themselves through the program.
  • Any data which is removed with Dr.Fone is completely irretrievable.
  • If you have accidentally deleted data from your device, such as photos or text messages, then Dr.Fone can help you get your hands back on them.
  • Dr.Fone is compatible with both iOS and Android devices and offers a variety of features which benefit both platforms. Furthermore, it is up to date with all of the most recent iOS and Android versions to ensure that as many devices as possible are compatible with it.

If you weren’t already persuaded to purchase Dr.Fone beforehand, then this should surely win you over.

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9 Comments
  1. Tasha Armstrong says

    Funny enough, I was thinking of selling my ipad on ebay when I stumbled on this article. Now I won’t have to worry about creepers looking at my photos after I sell my ipad.

    1. iStarsoft says

      Deleting all your personal data on your iPad/iPhone is a very important step before you sell them online. Don’t forget it.

  2. Graham Josh says

    I’ve been pondering the idea of selling my iPad for a while now, I don’t use it enough but I still have data on it. With this method I can remove my pictures from it and won’t have to worry about anyone seeing my data.

    1. iStarsoft says

      Correctly, completely erase all your personal data on your iPad is the most important thing before selling your iPad. Dr.Fone can quickly and reliably solve this problem for you.

  3. Josh Marcus says

    It’s amazing that a program like Dr.Fone can do this so easily yet it hasn’t been built into the iOS system yet. Simply amazing!

    1. iStarsoft says

      Thank you for your trying this erasing iPad data completely feature of Dr.Fone.

  4. Nicole The Skruph says

    My dad bought himself a new iPad and he was wondering how he was going to be sure all of his personal information was off his iPad before selling it. I found this post and mentioned it to him – he is super happy with the results. There is no trace of his personal info anywhere!

    1. iStarsoft says

      IPad data eraser is very important when you switching from old iPad to new one. And it will be more important to make sure delete your personal data without any recovery.

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