erasing all data on my ipad air

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  1. tempo123

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    Hi all, this is my first question so please be patient with me, it is only 7 days that I am in the Apple world and I am so impressed of the quality of it that I would like to upgrade my basic Ipad Air to a better model with cellular and more storage! Like I said before, I never used an Apple device before so I would like to sell my current 16GB wifi Ipad air(a week old) to my sister in law and upgrade to a cellular+wi-fi one with bigger storage. My question is, how do I securely delete all my data, account etc etc... and transfer my currents apps to my new Air (that I haven't got yet)? After deleting everything, would my sister in law be able to start from scratch my Air in the same way that I did when my Air was brand new(following the assisted tutorial on inserting details and creating apple Id etc etc...
    Second, is my sister in law still entitled of the free apps, like notes and numbers, when she sign up for an apple id on my Ipad air?
    Thank you for your time and patience
     
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    1) Reset the iPad: Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings
    ** WARNING ** This will erase ALL content so make sure you export/transfer all of your personal files before doing this.

    2) You don't need to transfer the default apps because they will be re-installed with the OS when you set up a new iPad Air (Note: this doesn't apply to other iPad models)

    3) Your sister-in-law will start "from scratch" when she signs up for her new Apple ID

    4) The free apps will be installed on the iPad Air because those apps are part of the OS when setting up a new iPad Air
     
  3. J. A.

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    Very important: BEFORE erasing everything: if you have an iCloud account, disable "Find my iPad" and delete the iCloud account.
     
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    Thank you very much for pointing me in the right direction.... Now another question, is there a quick way to back up everything I have in my current Air? maybe in the cloud? or my computer (windows)? what will be the best option?
    thankyou in advance
     
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    Make sure you do an iCloud backup: Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Back Up Now
    This should back up most of your data (email, contacts, pictures, calendar, note, reminders, etc.) and can be reloaded when you choose to reload from iCloud on your new iPad Air. Any music, apps, and videos you've purchased fro the App Store or iTunes will always stay connected to your Apple ID, so no worries there. I've done this type of reset on my iDevices dozens of times and haven't lost anything yet.. and I don't own a desktop or laptop computer.

    For other personal files you can simply upload them to a storage service, such as Dropbox, and download them again on the new device.
     
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    Yes I have the basic 5Gb free Icloud account and an icloud email address, so would I loose my icloud storage and email by deleting them?
     
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    No, you won't. You set up the account on your next device, and everything will be there again.
     
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    I got a bit lost now,

    ardchoille you told me to back up everything in the cloud, but JA suggested to delete the cloud? help
     
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    This cannot be stressed enough, in my opinion.
     
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    Before deleting the account on your first iPad, backup everything. Then delete the account there.
    On your new iPad, setup the account again, and you can restore from this backup.

    If you don't delete the iCloud account from the first iPad, the next owner can't use it.
     

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