Computers, Laptops & Tablets Apple How to Erase Your iPad Remotely by Daniel Nations Writer Daniel Nations has been a tech journalist since 1994. His work has appeared in Computer Currents, The Examiner, The Spruce, and other publications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Daniel Nations Updated on April 15, 2020 Apple iPad Macs Tweet Share Email Losing your iPad can be inconvenient. And it's even worse if someone steals it and can access the apps and information you have stored on it. But if your tablet is gone, you have an option to keep anyone else from getting into it: deleting it remotely. Even if you still have your iPad, erasing it can help you access it if, for example, you can't remember your passcode. Here's how to do it. You must have the Find My iPad option on before you can delete your iPad remotely. Go to Settings and tap your name at the top, and then go to iCloud > Find My iPad and tap the switch to activate it. How to Erase Your iPad Using a Mac or Windows-based PC Visit www.icloud.com in a web browser and sign in with your Apple ID and password. If you're signing in on your computer for the first time, you'll receive notifications on your devices to approve the request. Click Find iPhone. Re-enter your password if the site requires a sign-in. A map will display with all of your iOS and Mac OS devices represented with green circles. Click All Devices at the top of the screen and choose your iPad from the list. A window will appear in the upper-right corner of the browser. This window has three buttons: Play Sound, Lost Mode, and Erase iPad. Play Sound tells your iPad to make an alert sound to help you find it if you're in its general location but don't know exactly where it is. Lost Mode will lock down your device without erasing it. You can also display a message on the screen with your phone number so that the person who finds it can contact you. To reset your device to the same state as when you purchased it with all of your data erased, click Erase iPad. After you confirm your choice, the iPad will reset the next time it's connected to the internet, if it isn't already. How to Erase Your iPad Using an iPhone or Another iPad Make sure the device you're using and the iPad you want to reset are signed in to the same Apple ID, and then follow these steps: Launch the Find iPhone app and enter your Apple ID password. Choose your iPad from the list of devices displayed on the screen. Tap Actions at the bottom of the screen, and then tap Erase iPad and confirm your request. The iPad will reset if it has access to the internet. Otherwise, it will reset the next time it connects.