Getting Ready to Sell My iPad
Before You Sell iPad: Reset It
If you want to sell used iPad, we recommend that you reset the tablet to the factory default settings. This action will wipe your device, erasing the settings and data. Thus you protect your personal information. You also allow your old iPad to be set up properly by the new owner. So make sure that you’ve removed all of your personal data.
Back up your iPad and sign out of iCloud. For this perform the following steps:
- Tap Settings > iCloud.
- Scroll down.
- Tap Sign Out.
- Go to Settings > General > Reset.
- Once there, tap Erase All Content and Settings. Your iPad will be completely deleted: Any credit or debit cards you added for Apple Pay will be erased. Any apps, music, photos, documents, etc, will be erased too. FaceTime, iCloud, Game Center, iMessage and other services will be turned off. The device will be erased and removed from your account.
Note that you can configure your iPad mini to erase itself after ten consecutive incorrect password attempts. This setting can be turned on by tapping Settings > General > Passcode Lock (It is set off by default). If you cannot remember the passcode, you will need to restore your iPad Retina display. In this case you’ll have to use the computer with which you last synced it.
This allows you to reset your passcode and resync the data from the device or restore from a backup. If you restore on a computer that was never synced with your iPad Retina Display, you will be able to unlock the device and remove the passcode.
After you sell old iPad, Setup Assistance will guide the new owner through the setup process when they turn on iPad for the first time. Your content won’t be deleted from iCloud when you erase your iPad.
What to Do If You No Longer Have Your iPad?
If you couldn’t complete the steps above because you lost your iPad or just forgot to back up and erase it, you could do at least the following:
- Contact the new owner and kindly ask him erase all content and settings on the iPad, using the above methods.
- You can erase the iPad which is no longer yours, if you’re using iCloud and Find My iPhone on the device. To erase remotely, sign in to iCloud.com or the Find My iPhone app on another connected device you still have, select the iPad, and click Erase. After you have erased the device which you no longer have, click Remove from Account.
- If by any reason you can’t follow either of the above steps, change your Apple ID password. Changing the password won’t remove personal information that’s stored on your iPad you sold or lost, but at least it will prevent the new owner from accessing to your information from iCloud and deleting it
- In case you’re switching to a non-Apple cell phone, deregister iMessage.
- If you’re using Apple Pay, remove your credit or debit cards at iCloud.com. Choose Settings to see which devices are using Apple Pay, then click the device. Next to Apple Pay, click Remove.