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Forgot iPad Passcode? How to Unlock Disabled iPad

by Jenefey Aaron   Updated on 2020-05-06 / Update for  iPad

It happens from time to time, someone taps in the wrong passcode too many times and you get the This iPad is Disabled message. Maybe your kids were playing with it, or somebody thought they knew the right number, or maybe they thought you said 5 when you said 9. Either way, your iPad is locked, what do you do?

Normally when you get locked out of your iPad for too many wrong passcode logins, it's a relatively easy matter to recover it. You wait for a while and you try again. But what if the person trying to get in tried again and got it wrong again. It might be you have to go back to iTunes to fix it.

Method 1: Unlock Disabled iPad without iTunes

If you have never synced to your iPad with iTunes, you can consider to reset disabled iPad with Tenorshare 4uKey , a professional iPhone passcode unlocker tool. It can easily restore your disabled iPad without iTunes. To get started, free download Tenorshare 4uKey on your computer.

  • Download and launch the software on your computer. Connect your locked iPad to your computer using a suitable cable.

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  • Click on the Download button to download the firmware package matching for your iPad. It will take some time since the firmware package is around 2.5 GB.

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  • After downloading, click "Start Repair" to unlock disabled iPad without passcode. The whole process will be done in several minutes.

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Method 2: Unlock Disabled iPad with iTunes

There are a few ways you might be able to get it back. The usual way is to connect to iTunes and set the device into recovery mode and restore a previous backup. But this only really works if it was the machine you originally backed the machine up on. For starters the backup wont be on any other computer, and also you authorised the device on that computer so it will allow you to get in.

Turn off the iOS device, press and hold iPad home button then connect it to the USB wire and connect to your computer. You will see Apple logo which will turn into recovery logo shortly.

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iTunes will recognise the device and off you go. You can restore your iPad now.

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The down side of that of course is that you may restore an older version of the machine than you currently have. Any new data won't be on the backup. Also what if you are away someone and have a computer but it's not the one you backed the machine up on? 

Method 3. Unlock Disabled iPad with iCloud

If you previously turen on "Find My iPhone/iPad" feature on your iPad, then you can easily fix disabled iPad with iCloud. Here's how to unlock iPad passcode using iCloud:

  • Launch a browser on your computer and head over to the Find My iPhone/iPad iCloud webpage. Log-in to your account.

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  • Once you're logged in to your account, click on All Devices at the top and choose your iPad from the list.

  • Your iPad Settings will open. Click Erase iPad and follow the on-screen instructions.

And hey, once you get it back, you can set a new passcode to unlock your iPad using your Apple ID. Write it down on a piece of paper this time, eh? 

  Updated on 2020-05-06 / Update for  iPad

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