The iPad certainly represents a fairly safe mobile device, which does not require particular maintenance and is always available for immediate use. Even with the best tablet, it could still happen that something goes wrong. Therefore, resetting an iPad is a basic action requested by Apple to solve some small anomalies capable of negatively affecting the iPad’s performance. For example, this procedure is functional when an application does not respond correctly or responds too slowly and the restart has no effect. In the following computer tutorial, let’s see how to best reset an iPad mini.
How to reset an iPad mini?
First of all, the question that needs to be asked is, “When is it necessary to reset an iPad?”. If an application is not working properly and causes problems using the tablet, you have the opportunity to try restarting the iPad. Is this not possible or is the problematic issue not resolved? You can delete the application causing the anomaly and then reinstall it on the tablet.
Even in this way, the desired result is not achieved or is the operating system’s problem? The Apple company recommends that you proceed with a total reset of the iPad. The following action does not result in the loss of existing data on the tablet or damage it. Consequently, it is possible to completely reset the iPad, without fear of anything.
Complete reset Ipad mini / Hard – Reset
If iPad mini isn’t working properly, try restarting it, force quitting an app, or resetting the phone.
iPad mini – restart iPad mini: Press and hold the power button until the red arrow appears. Slide your finger on the arrow to turn off the iPad. To turn on the iPad mini again, press and hold the On / Off button until the Apple logo is displayed.
If the iPad mini cannot be turned off or the problem persists, you may need to factory reset it. This procedure should be done only and exclusively when the problem is not solved.
Force Quit an App: Press and hold the Power button on the top of the iPhone for a few seconds until a red slider appears, then press and hold the Home button until the app closes.
Apple recommends the hard-reset process for problems with the iPad mini software, badly installed applications, badly closed processes, slow tablet, constant errors displayed on the screen.
To reset-restore data to factory mode on the iPad mini , in other words, do a Hard-reset, press and hold the power button and the Home button at the same time for at least ten seconds (as seen in the image ), until the Apple logo appears.
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Press the “Lock / Off” and Home “keys
At this point, locate the physical key for locking / switching off the iPad, located at the top right. Press it simultaneously with the central “Home” button, located under the tablet display. Keep both buttons pressed for 10 seconds, ignoring any iPad shutdown option that may appear on the monitor.
At the end of the 10 seconds, the Apple logo will appear on the screen. Releasing the buttons, the logo will become invisible and the tablet will be almost off. Wait another 10 seconds and turn the iPad back on when the monitor goes black. Press and hold the on/off button for at least 3 seconds to completely restart the tablet.
Reset iPad settings
Once the iPad is turned on, reset the tablet settings by going to the “Settings” icon located on the monitor. First press on “General” and then on the “Reset” item located at the bottom of the screen. The selection must fall on the words “Reset all settings.”
The following procedure allows you to solve problems caused by applications or bugs without affecting personal data. Consequently, the photographs and files inside the tablet are completely safe. So here’s how to reset an iPad.
Restore iPad from iOS
Let’s start with the fastest procedure, the one that allows you to restore the iPad directly from iOS without connecting the device to the computer. As mentioned above, before you get to work, you need to back up the data on the tablet. To do this, you can use iCloud, Apple’s cloud service that allows you to store online all the data and applications on iOS devices.
To start a full backup of your iPad, including apps and related data, connect the tablet to a power source, connect it to a wireless network (in this way, you will avoid excessive consumption of battery and data traffic in case you have an iPad with Cellular support) and went to the iOS Settings menu. Then select your name, the items iCloud> iCloud backup, make sure that the lever relating to the iCloud Backup function is set to ON (otherwise activate it yourself) and presses the Back up now button to start the backup on iCloud.
If you are using a version of iOS before 10.3, to adjust the iPad backup settings, go to the Settings> iCloud> Backup menu and proceed as explained above.
The photos and videos on the iPad are automatically saved in the iCloud backup ( more info here ). I advise you to use the iCloud Photo Library: it is an additional service that allows you to archive permanently to automatically synchronize your photos and videos on all devices. It’s free, but to use it, you need to subscribe to an iCloud paid plan. To learn more, check out my tutorial on how to store photos on iCloud.
My advice is to activate the iCloud Music Library service, perhaps combining it with an Apple Music subscription, to keep the music in sync across all your devices. You can activate Apple Music ($ 9.99 / month after the first three months of a free trial) and iCloud Music Library from the Music app on your iPad or the Settings> Music menu on iOS.
If you don’t want to spend money, you can save photos, videos and music the “old way,” i.e., by connecting the iPad to the computer and transferring it. I’ve explained how to do it in my tutorials on how to connect iPad to PC.
Once all the backup operations are finished, you can take action to restore your tablet and restore it to the factory state. To do this, go to the iOS Settings (the gear icon on the home screen), select the General item from the menu that opens and move first to Restore and then to Initialize content and settings.
Then type in the unlock code of your iPad, confirm your desire to restore the device by pressing the Initialize button and wait patiently for the tablet to be restored to its factory state.
At the end of the reset, the iPad will restart and the initial iOS configuration procedure will start. Follow the procedure during which you can decide whether to configure the tablet as a new iPad or restore your previous backup from iCloud.