How to Restore iPad without iTunes Efficiently [2021 Updated]
How can I restore iPad without iTunes? Sometimes you might have mistakenly deleted files from the device, such as pictures, contacts etc. and then want them back. So it's vital to back up iPad to computer via iTunes, or other services/tools beforehand. Or perhaps you have a malfunctioning iPad. Then, it's necessary to restore your iPad.
However, there's a very real chance of you losing iPad content, if the iTunes backup doesn't contain all files on your gadget. As restoring files in this way will delete all the stuff on your device, and replace them with the extracted iTunes backup. Plus, iTunes isn't user-friendly enough, and would remove the jailbreak, if any. Thus, restoring iPad without iTunes can be a better option.
Well, to achieve this, just go through this post with 3 viable solutions, and get a "fresh" iPad with an ideal way.
In the first place, there are two definitions for the phrase "Restore iPad". One is that there is something wrong with the files on the iPad, and they need to be recovered with or without backup; and the other one is that the iPad itself is not functioning well, and should be reset to its original state.
Here's a rundown of the occasions when you should restore the iPad:
- Accidentally delete data on your iPad.
- iPad is not running as fast as it used to be.
- iPad doesn't respond when touched.
- iPad screen is freezing frequently.
- iPad is infected with some virus.
- iPad is unable to load particular programs.
- You are to resell or donate your iPad.
Do these scenes seem familiar? OK, if you are undergoing one or more of them, just take a look at how to restore/reset iPad without iTunes below.
Restoring iPad with iTunes may bring you much trouble than you'd expect. Here, it is recommended to pick a professional 3rd-party software - iOS Data Recovery to help do that. To get the task done, it offers 3 modes - Recover from iOS Device, Recover from iCloud Backup File, and Recover from iTunes Backup File. With this smart tool, you are free to preview and select iPad contents you want before restoring.
Some core highlights of iOS Data Recovery:
- Deliver 3 modes to restore lost/deleted data for iPad/iPhone/iPod.
- Recover contents from iDevice, iTunes or iCloud backup files with no data loss.
- It is a program that never interferes with your privacy.
- Run a deep scan for all the files, and allow you to choose them as you like.
- Perform tasks on almost all the Windows and Mac computer.
- Compatible with various iOS devices, including iPad Pro, iPad 4, iPad Air/Air 2/iPad mini, the new Pad, iPad 1/2, and almost all the iPhone, and iPod touch.
Here, just download the free trail of this program on your computer, and get your journey started.
Now, take the first mode - Recover from iOS Device as an example to illustrate how to restore iPad without iTunes using iOS Data Recovery:
Step 1. Connect iPad to computer and choose recovery mode
Connect your iPad to computer via a USB cable, and launch the program on computer after the installation. Then select "Recover from iOS Device" section. Next, click "Start Scan" button to begin to scan for both deleted and existing files on your iPad.
Step 2. Preview and your needed data
You can see that contents on your iPad have been divided into different folders, and displayed on the left panel of the program. Simply click files to preview, and then mark your desired one(s) to restore.
Step 3. Begin to restore iPad files
Now, you should hit "Recover" button to save the selected files to your computer in the original quality.
Tips: As you can see in the interface, this software also allows you to restore data from iCloud backup files. If you've made a iPad backup via iCloud in advance, now just go for Recover from iCloud Backup File mode from the main interface of the tool > log in to iCloud > download iPad iCloud backup to computer.
If you want to reset and restore iPad without iTunes for free, you can also do it directly on the iPad via iCloud. But please be aware that this will erase all the current files on your device, and overwrite the data with the extracted iCloud backup files. So it is advised to restore iPad with the above method in part 2, which would save you some trouble.
Here's how to restore iPad without iTunes using iCloud:
Step 1. Reset your iPad before restoration. To do this, head to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Contents and Settings. Then tap Erase iPad option on the pop-up window to confirm your action.
Step 2. At the sight of a new window of Set up your iPad, just select the Restore from iCloud Backup option.
Step 3. Finally, log in to the iCloud with your Apple ID and password. Then choose one iCloud backup from the list to start restoring iPad from iCloud backup.
Note: During the process, please keep connecting to a Wi-Fi network available.
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There are, in a larger sense, two strategies to factory reset iPad without iTunes: hard reset and reset from Settings menu. And these two cases are suitable for different occasions. Let move ahead now.
Attention: Prior to resetting iPad without iTunes in these ways, you have to switch off Find My iPhone first: go to Settings > Device name > iCloud > Find My iPhone to disable it.
- Factory Reset iPad through Hard Reset without iTunes
Suppose your iPad is not working properly (as described in Part 1), and is what it was after a force restart, you can try hard reset. This should help you to get the device back to normal. (P.S. want to know: how to do if iDevice fails to restart? Just click here.)
It is a simple and fast task with several minutes. But note that this procedure would wipe out your iPad data. So you'd better take a fresh backup of your iPad beforehand to ensure a lossless Pad after reset.
- Press and hold Sleep/Wake and Home button on your iPad at the same time.
- Keep this action for approximately 10 seconds until you see the Apple logo on the device's screen.
- Release both keys and select FACTORY RESET by the volume key.
- Your iPad will restart automatically later on. That's it.
- Reset iPad without iTunes from Settings menu:
Assume your iPad is working properly as usual, and you just want to pass it to someone else after erasing the data on it, then just consider this means:
- Unlock your iPad and head over to Settings > General.
- Now, scroll down for Reset section, and then touch it.
- Select Erase all Content and Settings option and confirm the action.
Now, you have to type in your iPad passcode as prompted from a dialog box, and then enter the Apple ID password to remove the account. Subsequently, the reset procedure should commence.
Forgot your iPad password? Click here to reset your iPad without passcode.
As for restoring iPad without iTunes. Before you do it, here's a suggestion: figure out the specific scenario your iPad is encountering first.
For instance, if you need to recover lost data from a fully functional iPad, iOS Data Recovery is, undoubtedly, the most practical and secure choice; provided something goes wrong with your iPad itself, then hard reset can be an alright means; and if you only intend to resell or donate your device, just factory reset it from its Settings menu.