Guide to Learn How to Factory Reset iPad mini

There are plenty of situations asking for factory resetting an iPad mini, such as iOS issues, stuck iPad or you want to use a used iPad. When you got a used iPad mini from your elder sibling or bought it from a friend, you need to factory reset it to use it as a fresh device with no old junk lying around. So, have you thought of how to factory reset iPad mini and set it up to use? If you are finding it difficult to figure out, then we are glad to be of help to you.

In this article, we are going to explain you various tested methods to show you how to factory reset iPad mini.

Factory reset iPad mini without Computer/iTunes

You can factory reset your iPad mini directly from the settings. You don't have to connect it to a computer, launch iTunes and then reset it. In this process all content and settings from your iPad mini will be erased. In this section we will show you how to factory reset your iPad mini, sans iTunes.

Here are the detailed steps –

  • Browse to 'Settings' and then click on the 'General' tab.
  • Now, select the 'Reset' tab and hit 'Erase All Contents and Settings'.
  • You will be prompted to enter your iPad mini passcode. Key in the information and then confirm.
factory reset iPad  mini without computer

Factory reset iPad mini without passcode

There is one fail-proof option for factory resetting iPad mini without passcode. Tenorshare 4uKey is one of the most sought after programs that help you unlock a password forgotten or locked iOS device. Moreover, if you have lost the passcode and want to factory reset the iOS device, it can help you do that with ease. As it runs both on a Windows and Mac computer, it's pretty convenient for you to use it as per your desire. Bypassing the passcode and factory resetting your iPad mini is just a matter of few minutes. All types of passcode keys including Face ID, 4-digit/6-digit passcode, and Touch ID can be bypassed to unlock your iOS device. The latest iOS 12 as well as the iOS device models are supported by this software.

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Here is the step by step guide to factory reset your iPad mini without passcode –

Step 1: Install Tenorshare 4uKey on your system

Go to the official website of Tenorshare ReiBoot and install it on your computer, after downloading it. Launch the program right after finishing the installation process.

Step 2: Connect your iPad mini and Computer

Now, pick a USB cable and connect your PC and iPad mini. Let the program detect your iPad and then click on the 'Start' button on ReiBoot interface.

connect device

Step 3: Download Firmware Package on iPad mini

Once you have tapped the 'Start' button, a prompt will ask you to download the newest firmware. Choose a save path and then press the 'Download' button.

download firmware

Step 4: Unlock the iPad mini

Hit the 'Unlock Now' button after firmware download to skip the passcode. Now, Tenorshare 4uKey has successfully factory reset your iPad mini without using a passcode.

removing passcode

Step 5: Reset iPad mini

Reset all the settings in your iPad mini after factory reset has been done. Restore it using iCloud or iTunes backup you have.

Reset iPad mini to factory resetting with iTunes

You can use the traditional method of resetting your iPad mini, i.e. using iTunes. Ensure that you have taken a backup or synced your iPad mini with iTunes on your computer. Without backing up the data, you might lose it forever due to factory reset. Carry out this process with a trusted computer having your iPad mini's backup on it.

Here is the guide –

  • Update iTunes to the latest version and then click on your iPad mini on the left corner.
  • Now, tap on the 'Summary' tab and hit the 'Restore iPad' button.
  • Select the most recent iTunes backup from the displayed list and then tap 'Restore'. Allow the iPad to sync with iTunes.
factory reset ipad with itunes

Factory reset iPad mini with iCloud

In case you haven't backed up or synced your iPad mini data with iTunes, then the alternate way to factory reset is through iCloud. iCloud backup needs to be done prior to factory resetting your iPad mini.

Here is how –

  • Visit "www.iCloud.com/#find" > key in Apple ID > 'Find My iPhone'.
factory reset ipad with icloud
  • Hit 'All Devices' > select your iPad mini that you need to factory reset/erase.
reset ipad to factory resetting
  • Tap on 'Erase iPhone/iPad' and you are sorted.
reset ipad with icloud


From the article, we found that ReiBoot is the ultimate answer for knowing how to factory reset iPad mini. There might be various ways to erase or factory reset your iOS device, but the safety and efficiency offered by ReiBoot is beyond comparison.

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