Temporarily factory reset iPad, restore later?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by MartinSpoon, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. MartinSpoon macrumors newbie

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    I'm pretty sure this will work but would like to confirm..

    I want to factory reset my iPad for 1 week, so I can give it to my dad to use whilst he decides whether or not he wants to buy one. I know a complete reset is maybe overkill, but I wanted to give him an out-of-box experience, and as a minimum I'd want to remove my email accounts etc from it before I give it to him anyway.

    I have backups saved on iCloud. Will it be straight forward to recover the iPad to one of my iCould backups a week later? I can't imagine it's difficult, I've just never tried it. I'm guessing I would reset the ipad again after I get it back, and restore as part of the setup process using my icloud login.

    Thanks
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    In theory... yes that would work. My concern is some apps do not support iCloud backup of their settings, so you may find yourself spending a lot of time reentering settings.

    What I would do instead is plug the iPad into iTunes and right click on the iPad under devices... then select backup. This will make a backup file on your computer that can be used to restore when you get the machine back.

    When the machine comes back, just do a reset again then plug in to iTunes and do a restore using the backup you made.
     
  3. MartinSpoon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Good call, thanks for the tip.
     

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