How to Remove and Replace iPad Tablet Data

After you know what you’re doing, syncing contacts, calendars, e-mail accounts, and bookmarks to your iPad or iPad mini is a relatively bulletproof procedure that should happen without a hitch each time. Of course, this is technology you’re dealing with, so hitches do happen every now and then. As a result, you might end up with corrupt or repeated information on your tablet.

Perhaps you’ve been syncing your tablet with a couple of different computers, and you decide to cut one of them out of the loop and use a single machine for all of your syncs.

In both of these scenarios, you need to replace the existing information on your iPad or iPad mini with a freshly baked batch of data. Fortunately, iTunes has a feature that lets you do exactly that. Follow these steps to replace data on your tablet:

  1. Connect your tablet to your computer.

  2. In the iTunes Devices list, click the iPad or iPad mini.

  3. Click the Info tab.

  4. Select the Sync check boxes for each type of information with which you want to work (contacts, calendars, e-mail accounts, bookmarks, or notes). If you don’t select a check box, iTunes won’t replace that information on your tablet. For example, if you like your bookmarks just the way they are, don’t select the Sync Safari Bookmarks check box.

  5. In the Advanced section, select the check box beside each type of information you want to replace. This figure shows five check boxes: Contacts, Calendars, Mail Accounts, Bookmarks, and Notes.

  6. Click Apply. iTunes replaces the selected information on your tablet.

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If a check box in the Advanced section is disabled, it’s because you didn’t select the corresponding Sync check box. For example, if the Sync Safari bookmarks check box is deselected, as shown, the Bookmarks check box is disabled in the Advanced section.