How to Unlock iPad Pro/Air Without Password

By Carrie Murray, Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Many users forgot their iPad passcode/pin after they haven't used the iPad for a long time. We have received such requests from time to time: what to do if I forgot iPad passcode? Therefore, this post is written to help those in need to unlock iPad without password or reset disabled iPad. The method can be used to get into locked iPad Pro, iPad 2/3/4, iPad Air 1/2, iPad Mini 1/2/3 without passcode.

iPad is Disabled

Before removing passcode from the iPad Pro/Air/Mini, there are a few facts you should know about iPad passcode.

  • After entering the wrong password on your iPad for 6 times in a row, your iPad will be disabled for a certain time. As the incorrect password attempts increase, the interval will become longer.  

  • After too many unsuccessful attempts, the iPad will be completely disabled and need to connect to a computer.

  • If you have enabled Erase data in Settings > Touch ID & Passcode, the iPad will automatically delete all data on it after 10 wrong attempts. You'll be able to use the iPad again but all data are gone.

If you forgot the password for Apple ID/iCloud account, read this to retrieve/reset iPad password for Apple ID.

How to Unlock Disabled/Locked iPad Without iTunes

Apple suggests us to restore the disabled/locked iPad with iTunes when we cannot remember iPad passcode/pin code. However, if your iPad has not been synced with the iTunes before, iTunes won't let you restore iPad and ask you to enter password (which you forgot) on the iPad.

Fortunately, there is another way for you to reset the locked/disabled iPad without iTunes: using FonePaw iOS System Recovery. The program can remove passcode from your iPad by wiping locked iPad. After the passcode has been removed, your iPad will be unlocked. You can then set up the device again and restore iCloud backup to get back all your data.

Follow the following steps to restore disabled/locked iPad, iPad Pro/Air/Mini without iTunes.

Step 1. Free download iOS System Recovery on a PC or Mac.

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Step 2. Put your locked/disabled iPad into DFU mode. Follow these steps to enter DFU mode on iPad/iPhone if you don't know how to do so.

Step 3. Open iOS System Recovery and connect your locked/disabled iPad in DFU mode to the program. Click Start.

Step 4. The program will report that your iPad is in the abnormal status. Click Confirm to continue.

Click Confirm

Step 5. The information of your locked/disabled iPad will be displayed. Please check and ensure the information is absolutely correct about your iPad. Then click Repair.

Check iPad Information

Step 6. The program will begin to factory reset your iPad without a password. When it is done, your iPad will reboot and can be accessed without passcode or pin.

Unlock iPad

Now you can set up your iPad and restore everything from iCloud backup. You won't lose your data if you have an iCloud backup.

How to Restore Locked/Disabled iPad with iTunes

If your iPad has been synced to iTunes before, you can restore iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Mini, iPad Air with iTunes when you forgot iPad lock code. Restoring iPad with iTunes will remove all data (including passcode) of your iPad. But you can recover the data if you have an iTunes or iCloud backup.

Step 1. Open the computer that you have synced the iPad with. Launch iTunes on it and connect the locked/disabled iPad to the computer.

Restore iPad to Unlock without Passcode

Step 2. When your iPad is detected, make a backup of your iPad with iTunes or sync your iPad to iTunes.

Step 3. After you have a backup, click Restore iPad. The iTunes will factory reset the locked iPad.

Step 4. When reaching the set up screen, choose Restore from iTunes backup.

Step 5. You can then get into your iPad without passcode.  

That's what you should do when you are locked out of your iPad. After you have unlocked the iPad, don't forget to set up an easy to remember passcode for your iPad.


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