Learn how to hard reset the iPad 2 when it become unresponsive or you have stuff the setting and you now want it to go back to the factory setting.

With the iPad 2 there are so many things you can do, so many things you can change, and sometimes the change you've make has bring about an undesire result. Sometimes your iPad 2 could stuff up because you have installing many apps and those apps could change certain setting making the iPad 2 not behave the way you want it to behave.

Hardware Reset

The hard reset can be done by holding down the Sleep/Wake + Home button simultaneously for 10 seconds or more and shortly you will see an Apple logo appears on the screen.


Depending on the issue you are having before you try the hard reset you might want to try use other below options and see if it could solve your problem.

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Software Reset

This method also enable you to have the device go back to the factory default setting. Here's how:

1. Go to the Home screen.

2. Tap on Settings.

3. Tap on General.

4. Select Reset.


5. On this screen you can either choose to Reset All Settings or Erase All Content and Settings.
- Reset All Settings: this will reset the applications setting back to the default. The content will still be intact.
- Erase All Content and Settings: this will remove all the content on the device and reset the applications setting back to the default.

6. Once you have choose a desire method of reset, the device will begin the reset process and reboot itself. If you choose Erase All Content and Settings, you will need to reactivate the device again. Once the device has finished with the reset, simply connect the device with iTunes and you can start the reactivation process.

In addition to the soft reset you could also try to force an app to quit or restart the iPad 2 to see if the issue could be resolved.

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Some people have jail break their device and find that after a hard reset the still can't get the device back to a working order. If you have jailbreak or installing some Cydia app then try this:

1. Plug in the device to the computer and start iTunes.

2. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake + Home for 10 seconds.

3. Once you see the Apple Logo appears, release the power and continue to hold down the home button for about 5-10 seconds. Look in iTunes and see if your device have shows up.

4. iTunes will notify you that you are now in Recovery mode. Click on OK to continue with the restore process.

5. Next press and hold on the SHIFT button and click on the Restore button. Select the latest IPSW file and the prompt appears.

To learn more about IPSW file go here.

6. iTunes should now attempt to get your device back to the manufacturer setting.

7. iTunes will later give you an opportunity to restore you content from the PC. Every time when you do a sync, iTunes makes a backup so you can choose the latest backup from the sync.

If you like you could also reset other items indiviually such as:

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PLEASE HELP...my daughter has disabled my ipad, and i've tried all steps suggested for soft and hard rest online through the support link, but it's still not working. Everytime itunes trying to restore it came back with a message it cannot be restored due to error and telling me to enter passcode, but i cant because ipad is disabled

HELP needed urgently please...
Can someone help?! My daughter dropped our iPad and it now has a blank black screen with white lines that go half way across the screen. When I try to reset the apple symbol won't even appear. Anyone else have this problem?
g wrote:
I hit the reset button my ipad has been black with spinning circle for 3 hours
my email page keeps on goin blank
I too had the Apple logo on screen for ages after a hard reset. My solution was to switch the router off then hard boot again. You could try moving out of range of your wifi. Hope This helps.
renee wrote:
:angry-red: how long does reset take, the screen is black and the loading sign has been going around for over a hour?? help
Ipad is frozen and won\'t respond, how do I get the pic of USB off screen and retrieve all of my work files? Is there a quick fix?
Opemipo - please try the help tutorial in this article from Apple. support.apple.com/kb/ht1414
pls i forgot my ipad password and was ask to connect to itune to respore and update which av did but no response. pls assist me how to hard reset
pls i forgot my ipad password,and it said ipad is dissable and was ask to connect to itune to repair and update which av did but no response. pls assist me how to hard reset
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