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Forgot iPad Passcode? How to Unlock Disabled iPad 2024

by Jenefey Aaron   Updated on 2024-04-08 / Update for  iPad

It happens that you enter the wrong passcodes too many times and get the iPad disabled. After your iPad is locked, what do you do? Normally when you get locked out of your iPad, you have to erase your disabled iPad and remove the forgotten passcode. Here you will know how to unlock disabled iPad with 4 ways.

Note that before iPadOS 15.2, the lock screen shows iPad is disabled try again in 15 minutes or iPad is disabled connect to iTunes, while it says iPad Unavailable or Security Lockout after being updated to iPadOS 15.2 and later. The following ways cover both of them.

Method 1: How to Unlock Disabled iPad without iTunes

iPad is disabled how to unlock? You can consider to reset disabled iPad with Tenorshare 4uKey. This professional iPhone unlocking tool is designed to help remove passcode from all iPhones, iPads, and iPods, and can easily unlock a disabled iPad without iTunes. To get started, free download Tenorshare 4uKey on your computer.

  • Run 4uKey program. Connect your locked iPad to the computer by using a suitable cable. Click Start to begin 4ukey ipad disabled.

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  • If the program detect your iPad, click Next to go on.

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  • Click on the Download button to download the firmware package matching for your iPad.

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

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Method 2: How to Factory Reset iPad with Buttons

When your iPad shows "iPad is disabled, connect to iTunes", the typical way is to connect it to iTunes. Then factory reset iPad with buttons by putting your iPad into recovery mode. The following is how to unlock disabled iPad with iTunes and buttons.

  • Open iTunes on your computer, and connect your disabled iPad to it.
  • Then you need to put the iPad into recovery mode. Here's how to factory put iPad in recovery mode with buttons:

    *For iPad with Home button: press and hold iPad home button and power button at the same time.
    * For iPad without Home button: press the volume up button, then the down button. Then press and hold iPad power button

    Keep holding the buttons until you see the recovery mode screen.

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  • iTunes will detect the device and pop up a messages that asks you to restore the iPad. You can restore your iPad now.

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Method 3. How to Unlock Disabled iPad with iCloud

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

  • Open a browser on your computer and log into iCloud website. Go to the Find iPhone section.

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  • Click on All Devices at the top and choose your iPad from the list.
  • Click Erase iPad and follow the on-screen instructions to enter your Apple ID password to erase.

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Method 4. How to Unlock a Disabled iPad without iTunes or iCloud or Computer

Using iCloud website above needs another device. If you are looking for a method to unlock disabled iPad without iTunes or iCloud or computer or other device, using Erase iPad option works for you. It requires your Apple ID and password, meanwhile, you iPad should has upaded to iPadOS 15.2.

  • After too many passcode attempts, you will see iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout screen.
  • Keep entering until you see the Erase iPad option. Tap on it and then tap it again on next screen.

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  • Enter your Apple ID password and you iPad will be erased and unlocked.

FAQs about iPad Unlock

1. What does "support.apple.com/ipad/restore" means?

support Apple com iPad restore screen usually appears disabled due to too many incorrect passcode attempts, you will need to retore your iPad with iTunes or iCloud, you can also use Tenorshare 4uKey to bypass support.apple.com/ipad/restore on your iPad without password.

2. How many attempts before iPad is permanently disabled?

The exact number of attempts before this lockout isn't definitively stated by Apple, but it's generally around 6 or more consecutive incorrect passcode entries.

3. Can you unlock disabled iPad without losing data?

No matter what way you try, you data will be erased after factory reset. But you can restore your data with iTunes if you have backup before.


And that is all for how to unlock disabled iPad today. Here we recommend using Tenorshare 4uKey to unlock your disabled or unavailable iPhone/iPad without passcode. Hey, once you get into it again, you can set a new passcode to unlock your iPad. Maybe write it down on a piece of paper this time.