How to Wipe or Delete the Contents on Your Apple iPad

Emma Crameri Emma Crameri has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
on 12 May 2022

After I purchased a new Apple iPad, I wanted to trade in my old one as I had no use for it.

I discovered that you can take your old Apple devices to the shop to be assessed. If they are in a good working condition, you may receive credit towards a new purchase or a gift card.

I was pleasantly surprised my Apple iPad could be handed in for an AUD$40 gift card. I also donated my chargers, cords and an old iPod for recycling.

Before the trade-in, I erased the contents of my iPad.

How to Erase your iPad

The instructions were easy to follow: Erase iPad – Apple Support (AU)

Please note: There may be a delay as your data is uploaded to the cloud.

You’ll need Apple ID Password. Enter the Apple ID password for [email address] to erase this iPad and remove it from your account.

You’ll receive two messages.

  • Are you sure you want to continue? All media, data and settings will be erased. This cannot be undone.
  • Click on the Erase button

Then, you’ll see the Apple logo and the loading screen. This will happen twice.

The process takes around 15 minutes.

When finished you’ll see the welcome messages in different languages.

Afterwards, I received the following email from Apple:

  • Find My iPhone has been disabled on Emma’s Old iPad
  • With Find My iPhone disabled, this device can no longer be located, placed in Lost Mode or remotely erased using or the Find My iPhone iOS app.
  • In addition, your Apple ID and password will no longer be required for someone to erase, reactivate and use your iPad.

How to Dispose and Recycle ICT Equipment

Computer equipment may have valuable materials that can be recycled. It is important to dispose of ICT equipment correctly to preserve the confidentiality of your data. You need to wipe your hard drive completely.

Some mobile phones, computer parts and batteries can be recycled at places like Officeworks or local Council drop-off spots. Other equipment can be returned to the company, like Apple and Dell:

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