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The best way to do this is to erase all the iPad’s
contents and settings so your friend can set it up
as a new device. Before you begin, make sure
you know your iPad’s passcode, your Apple ID and
password, and your restrictions passcode, if you set
one. Then open the Settings app and follow these
First, make a backup of the device contents so you
don’t lose any of your data . To do this, tap your
name at the top of the Settings menu and then tap
iCloud. Go to iCloud Backup, make sure it’s turned
on, and then tap Back Up Now. Once the backup is
complete, log out of iCloud and i Tunes. To do this,
tap your name at the top of the Settings menu and
then tap Sign Out.
Finally, go to General > Reset > Erase All Content
and Settings. Enter any passcodes requested. Once
the device is erased, you can hand it over to your
friend, worry free.
How can I remove all my info from my old
iPad in order to give it to a friend?
Give It Away Now
Whether you have enabled iCloud Photo Library or are
simply storing photos locally (in which case they’d still be
included in your iCloud Backup), you can’t delete photos
from your iPhone without deleting them permanently.
However, you still have options for freeing up space on
your iPhone while keeping your photo collection intact.
First, if you’re using iCloud Photo Library, go to Settings
> Photos and select Optimize iPhone Storage. This will
make it so the full-resolution images are stored in the
cloud, while smaller, low-res versions are stored on your
iPhone. This is a quick, low-effort way to save a lot of
iPhone storage space. Another option is to move your
photos to a non-Apple cloud service and then delete them
from your iPhone. They will no longer be on your iPhone
or iCloud, but you can still access them from any device
with internet access. You can also move the photos onto
a computer or external storage device and then delete
them from your iPhone.
You can also optimize your iPhone storage: If you’re an
Apple Music subscriber, go to Settings > Music and turn
on Optimize Storage in order to auto-delete downloads of
songs you haven’t listened to recently. If you use Apple’s
Podcasts app, you can limit the number of episodes that
download to your device and set podcasts to auto-delete
once played. In your General settings, tap iPhone Storage
to see which apps are using the most storage and view
suggestions for reducing that number.
Can I free up storage on my iPhone by deleting
photos without deleting them from iCloud?
Sarah Kingsbury is the senior web editor of iPhoneLife.com. She goes almost
nowhere without her iPhone and is a contributor to the site’s Tip of the Day
column. She has over a decade of experience writing and editing for online
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