I'd like to recycle iPad 1. How do I clean all personal info? The battery is dead, I tried to recharge it for an hour.

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    If it won't charge then you have two choices, replace the battery or physically destroy it, cut it in half. drill holes in it, etc. Jan 25, 2018 at 20:25
  • Thanks for the comment, Steve. Destroying it seems easier. Jan 26, 2018 at 23:43

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open the ipad and smash the motherboard. dissasembly instructions online at ifixit.com.

they can't recycle circuit boards anyway!

  • If you're going to go through the trouble of disassembling the iPad, why not do the job right and replace the battery? This seems awfully shortsighted to destroy it.
    – Allan
    Jan 25, 2018 at 23:43
  • because if op wants to recycle it, why pay for a new battery? It's just going to get scrapped.
    – 4D Neuron
    Jan 26, 2018 at 1:30
  • Yes, Neuron. Makes sense. I will destroy it. Jan 26, 2018 at 23:45

Be sure to use a 2.1amp/5V charger or the iPad won't recognize the charger at all.. My old original iPad is picky about its power supply, whereas the cube and computer only produce 1amp/5V and won't work for actual charging.

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