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Locked Out of Your iPad? Here’s How to Unlock It

Forgot your iPad passcode? Got locked out of your iPad because you (or your kids) input the wrong passcode too many times? Here are three methods you can use to unlock your disabled iPad.

Method 1: Unlock your disabled iPad with iCloud/Find My iPhone

If you’ve enabled Find My iPhone, you can factory reset your iPad by accessing iCloud on another device. This will erase all your data, which could be an issue if you don’t have a backup.

  1. Make sure your iPad is turned on and charged
  2. Log in to iCloud with your Apple ID and password (forgot your Apple ID? Recover it here)
  3. Find your iPad and select ERASE IPAD
  4. Your iPad will be reset to factory defaults. You can set it up new or restore a backup

Method 2: Unlock your iPad with iTunes

With a trusted computer
If you’ve previously connected your iPad to a trusted computer with iTunes, you might be able to sync or restore your data without a factory reset. You’ll probably still need to know your passcode to access it, so this method works best if your iPad was disabled by someone else for too many failed login attempts.

  1. Connect your iPad to your computer
  2. Open iTunes; it should sync to your iPad. If it doesn’t, click Back Up Now
  3. Once the sync or backup finishes, select RESTORE and choose Restore from iTunes backup
  4. Select your most recent backup
  5. Your iPad should restore
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Without a trusted computer
If you have not previously connected your iPad to your computer, it won’t be recognized as a trusted device, so you’ll need to enable Recovery hMode first. You won’t be able to sync your data after the factory reset, but you can restore a backup if you have one.

If your iPad has Face ID:

  1. Press and hold the Top button and one of the Volume buttons until the “power off” slider appears. Turn your iPad off
  2. Hold the Top button while you connect your iPad to your computer
  3. Keep holding the Top button until the Recovery Mode screen appears
  4. In iTunes, click the Restore button
  5. Your iPad will be reset to factory settings. You can set it up new or restore a backup

If your iPad does not have Face ID but has a Home button:

  1. Press and hold the Home button until the “power off” slider appears. Turn your iPad off
  2. Hold the Home button while you connect your iPad to your computer
  3. Keep holding the Home button until the Recovery Mode screen appears
  4. In iTunes, click the Restore button
  5. Your iPad will be reset to factory settings. You can set it up new or restore a backup

Method 3: Bypass your iPad passcode

Here are various methods people have used to trick iPads into bypassing the passcode, which allows you to set up a new one. None of these methods are guaranteed, but if you don’t have a backup and want to keep your data they might be worth a shot before you hard reset your iPad.

  • Siri commands: Give Siri a command and your iPad might bypass the passcode. Ideas include:
    • Ask Siri to open an app you don’t have, tap the App Store icon, then tap the Home button twice and swipe the screen
    • Ask Siri to open your iPad World Clock, then tap the clock to view alarm ringtones, then tap “buy more tunes” to visit the iTunes store. Finally, tap the Home button
    • Ask Siri to display your Cellular Data. Turn off Cellular Data, then access your settings and change your passcode
  • Attempt an iTunes backup: Connect your iPad to your computer and open iTunes. Select your iPad in iTunes, then click Back Up Now (you might need your Apple password). If the backup begins, your iPad should unlock. Cancel the backup and change your passcode
  • iPad unlocking software: Several programs claim to be able to unlock iPads without passcodes, including iMyFone LockWiper and Tenorshare 4uKey. Both offer free trials and cost $35 to $40 for the full versions

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