Over time and heavy use, school iPads can get cluttered, bogged down with outdated software, and contain an abundance of apps installed by well-intentioned, overzealous teachers. If this sounds familiar, a relatively simple, free solution does exist that will make your iPads feel like they did when they first arrived in your school.
- Select a host iPad to create an image to be pushed out to all iPads that you wish to restore. This image will include all the apps that you’d like on your iPads, perhaps placed into subject-specific folders (this is a good time to do a little housekeeping). On the same iPad, also configure any desired settings, i.e., restrictions, wallpaper, iTunes and App Store settings, iCloud settings, etc. Here are some suggestions:
- Once the image is created on the host iPad, initiate a backup to iCloud in the iCloud settings.
- The next thing to do will be to copy this image to all desired iPads. On each iPad, go to Settings/General/Reset/Erase All Content and Settings. Enter the required security information, and the iPad will restart.
- Since all content and settings were erased, you will be prompted to enter some information during the initial setup. Once you get to the Restore from a Backup screen, select the iCloud backup option, enter your school’s account information, and choose the backup that was completed on the host iPad.
- It will take some time to restore each iPad with the backup image, and it may be necessary to tap app icons to initialize app downloads.
I hope this helps with the maintenance of your school’s iPads! Please share any feedback in the comment section below.