After your iPad was wiped out….

[January 2017 update]

Sometimes your iPad has to be wiped clean of all your data….here is a list of everything you need to make sure everything gets setup and recovered.


  1. AppleID/iCloud
  2. Google Drive
  3. Email
  4. Notability
  5. Other Accounts
  6. Kindle, iBooks, eTexts [may not apply to everyone]


  • Settings –> iCloud
  • do NOT create a new AppleID – just sign in to the existing one.

 Google Drive

  • Fire up the app and login.


  • Settings –> Mail/Contacts/Calendars
  • Add Account    >
  • Select GMAIL account
  • Type in your info.
  • Email Address is your FULL email address, including the part
  • For Description don’t leave it at the default.  I suggest MDS.
  • Click NEXT
  • If you get 4 checkmarks, go to the next step.
  • If there’s a problem, doublecheck your typing. It is very common to misspell, to add an extra space at the beginning or end, or to mistype your password.


This is a bit tricky, so pay attention!

  • Fire up Notability. All of your notes are gone – but you have a backup on Drive, right? 
  • Setup your Dividers and Subjects [also known as the lines and folders] in Notability. Remember you should have a “Divider” for each class, and several “Subject” folders inside each divider. The exact list will change depending on the class.
    • Fire up the Drive app.
    • Navigate to the folder “Notability”
    • You should see a bunch of folders there – each folder in Drive = a folder in Notability…. but the Dividers don’t exist in Drive, so I hope your folder titles give you a clue to what’s inside.
    • Write down what folders you’ll need, and inside which Divider/Class
  • Get to the main screen in Notability [the Library].
  • Setup the connection between Drive and Notability by clicking on the gear icon [bottom left] –>Manage Accounts, and click the LOGIN button next to Google Drive. DON’T SETUP AutoBackup yet!
  • Exit out of Settings.
  • You’ll have to download your backups one folder at a time
  • In Notability, select a folder to start and click it.
  • Then click the IMPORT button [looks like a rectangle with an arrow point INTO it].
  • Click Google Drive
  • Click the folder you want to import. You should see a list of docs inside.
  • At the top right is a link that says “Import foldername“. Click it.
  • All the documents in that Drive folder should import into the Notability folder you selected.
  • NEXT, select a different notability folder, then download the documents from Drive…. keep downloading until you get all of them you need.
  • NOW, setup autobackup.
    • Get to the Library/opening screen,
    • click the Gear icon on bottom left,
    • click Auto-Backup,
    • then Google Drive.


You’ll also have to setup any other app accounts [eTexts, kindle, ibooks, etc]

 iBooks [optional for most students]

  • Some students will want to setup an account for iBooks, for a variety of reasons. MOST of the time you’ll want to use your PERSONAL AppleID [not your school one].
  • Settings –> iTunes & App Store
  • If you already have a personal AppleID, then use it.
  • If you don’t, you COULD use your school one, but remember that any material connected to that AppleID will disappear once you leave this fine institution.
    •…. or you could create a new AppleID using your personal email address.

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