Temporarily factory reset iPad, restore later?

MartinSpoon

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Aug 6, 2011
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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
 

Weaselboy

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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.
 
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MartinSpoon

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 6, 2011
17
1
UK
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.
Good call, thanks for the tip.
 
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