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[iPadOS 17] iPad Unavailable How to Fix 2024

by Anna Sherry   Updated on 2023-12-29 / Update for  iPad

After entering the wrong passcode several times on your iPad, iPad Unavailable message will be displayed on the lock screen, which prevents unauthorized access to your iPad. But in some cases, this feature may work against you, especially when you have forgotten your own passcode.

So, what can you do if iPad says “iPad Unavailable or Security Lockout”? How to fix iPad Unavailable and get into your iPad again? The top 4 solutions are listed below.

Before Read. How Long Does iPad Unavailable Screen Last

iPad Unavailable message appears after failed passcode attempts to unlock your iPad. For 5 wrong passcodes, you will see iPad Unavailable try again in 1 minute. More times you try wrong passcodes, the longer you will need to wait before iPad Unavailable screen disappears. It will last for 5 minutes, 15 minutes and even 8 hours longer.

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Way 1. How to Unlock iPad Unavailable on Lock Screen

Like what we have said, after inputting the wrong passcode several times, you will be locked out with iPad Unavailable. For an iPad that runs on iPadOS 15.2 and later, take advantage of erasing iPad directly on iPad Unavailable lock screen. Two more requirements: Apple ID has been signed in and network has been connected to on your iPad before it is locked.

  • Continue entering the wrong passcode until “Erase iPad” or "Forgot Passcode" appears on your screen. Tap on it.

  • Tap on Erase iPad again or Start Reset to confirm erasing all contents and settings including the forgotten passcode.
  • Then enter your Apple ID password. The erase process will start automatically and your iPad will be unlocked soon.

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Way 2. How to Fix iPad Unavailable with iPad Unlocker (Super Easy)

If there is no iPad unavailable erase iPad option or no Apple ID on your iPad, the above way will not work for you. But this doesn’t mean that you cannot get into your unavailable and locked iPad. Try Tenorshare 4uKey.

4uKey iPad unlocker is a powerful tool for unlocking 4 or 6-digit passcode, Face ID, Touch ID on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Using 4uKey, you don’t need any technical skill to bypass iPad Unavailable black screen at home. And it is compatible with all iPadOS versions including the latest iPadOS 17.

  • Download, install and launch Tenorshare 4uKey. Once you have launched the program, hit the “Start” button to start the process.

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  • Use a USB cable to connect your unavailable iPad to the computer with 4uKey. The iPad should be detected automatically by the program.

  • If your iPad is undetected by Tenorshare 4uKey, you have to put it into “Recovery Mode” or “DFU Mode”. This will ensure that it is detected.

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  • Download the latest firmware file. Just select your preferred save path and click “Download” to continue the process.

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  • After downloading the firmware package on your computer, the passcode removal process will start automatically.

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  • Tenorshare 4uKey will start bypassing the iPad unavailable screen without passcode immediately.

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Way 3. How to Fix iPad Unavailable with iTunes Recovery Mode

You can also try iPad Unavailable fix with iTunes. In case iTunes cannot detect your locked iPad, you should put your iPad into recovery mode and then restore the locked iPad with iTunes:

  • Run iTunes on a Windows PC or open Finder on Mac. With the help of a USB cable, connect your unavailable iPad to the computer.
  • Unlike directly restoring iPad when iTunes detects your iPad, the next step is to put unavailable iPad in recovery mode.
  • After you see this pop up, click “OK” and then "Restore iPad" to start the process.

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  • It will take around 15 minutes to complete. After that, restart your iPad and set up the iPad like a new device.

Way 4. How to Reset iPad Unavailable in iCloud Find My

The last way to erase your unavailable iPad without a computer via Apple ID is through the Find My feature. This option works the same way for both iPad and iPhone. To reset iPad Unavailable, you get two options to follow:

  • First Option: go to Find My app on another iOS device that has been signed in with the same Apple ID on your iPad. Select the unavailable iPad from device list, and then erase this device.

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  • Second Option: Signing in to https://www.iCloud.com on another device's browser. Select Find iPhone/iPad, and choose the locked iPad from the All Devices menu . Afterward, click “Erase iPad”.

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After you have done everything above, the iPad will be reset, set up your iPad and set a new password to start using it without any hassle.

More FAQs on iPad Unavailable Message

1. What do I do if iPad says iPad Unavailable?

iPad Unavailable messgae means that you have been locked out of your iPad due to too many wrong passcode attempts. If you have forgotten the passcode, you have to reset your iPad. And the top 4 methods for iPad Unavailable fix have been explained above.

2. How to unlock an unavailable iPad without losing data?

Although we take data on our iPad or iPhone very seriously, it is impossible to keep our data while unlocking an unavailable iPad if forgot passcode. The only way you can get data back is via a backup. That's why we say a regular backup is important.

2. How do I fix Apple Unavailable?

To unlock any unavailable iOS devices such as iPhone, iPad and iPod without iTunes or passcode, you can try Tenorshare 4uKey on your computer.


As shown above, there is no difficulty to unlock a disabled or unavailable iPad as long as you have the right tools. You can just follow the instructions in this post to bypass iPad unavailable black screen or get iPad out of Security Lockout. Out of the aforementioned solutions, Tenorshare 4uKey is the most dependable and effective iPad unlocker.

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