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: how to unlock iPad if I forgot passcode? Therefore, this post is written to help those in need to unlock an iPad without a password or unlock the disabled iPad. The methods can be used to get into locked iPad Pro, iPad 2/3/4, iPad Air 1/2, iPad Mini 1/2/3 without the passcode.
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Before removing passcode from the iPad Pro/Air/Mini, there are a few facts you should know about the 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 how to retrieve/reset the iPad password for Apple ID (opens new window).
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 the iPad and ask you to enter the 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 Unlocker (opens new window). The program can remove the passcode from your iPad by wiping the locked iPad. After the passcode has been removed, your iPad will be unlocked. You can then set up the device again and restore the iCloud backup to get back all your data.
Follow the following steps to restore disabled/locked iPad, iPad Pro/Air/Mini on iPadOS 13, iOS 12, or earlier without iTunes.
STEP 1. Free download FonePaw iOS Unlocker on a PC or Mac.
STEP 2. Connect your iPad to the computer via USB cable and open FonePaw iOS Unlocker (opens new window).
STEP 3. Choose Wipe Passcode from the three options and it will detect your device automatically.
Please check and ensure the information is absolutely correct about your iPad. Click Start and it will download the firmware package for the device.
STEP 4. When the firmware package is downloaded, FonePaw iOS Unlockerwill ask you to enter "0000" to confirm the unlocking.
You should be aware that removing the lock screen will erase all data and settings.
You'd better make sure that Find My iPad is disabled before, or else the unlocking might be failed.
If Find My iPad is enabled and you unlock it successfully, you will need to enter the iCloud password to reset the device.
STEP 5. When you confirm the unlocking, the program will begin unlocking your iPad.
When the process bar goes to 20%, you will be asked to put your device into the Recovery Mode. Follow the prompt to put the iPad into Recovery Mode.
STEP 6. Wait till the unlocking process continues. When it finishes, your iPad will be unlocked successfully.
Again, before you try to remove the screen passcode with FonePaw iOS Unlocker (opens new window), you should know that:
- Remove your lock screen will erase all the data and settings. If you have backed up in iCloud before, you can restore data from iCloud.
- How to Restore iPad from iCloud Backup (opens new window)
- How to Download iCloud Backup Files (opens new window)
It would be better to turn off Find My iPad in advance. Or else the unlocking might be failed. If Find My iPad is enabled, you will need to enter iCloud passcode to reset the device.
Your device will be updated to the latest iOS version after the unlocking.
Remember to register before unlocking.
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.
You may know that you can unlock and undisable iPad by restoring the iPad, however, if you don't have a backup, all data on the iPad will be lost after restore. Therefore, you may want to know how to unlock the iPad passcode without restore.
Unfortunately, there is no way to unlock the iPad without restore if you have forgotten the passcode. But if you suddenly remember the passcode and would like to unlock the disabled iPad without restore, there is one trick you can try.
STEP 1 Launch iTunes on your computer and connect your iPad to the computer.
STEP 2 Select your iPad and choose "Back Up Now". You'll be asked to enter the passcode.
STEP 3 Enter your passcode and cancel the backup. You can fix the disabled iPad immediately.
For those who have totally forgotten passcode, you can still reset locked iPad Pro/Air/Mini without losing data by managing to create a backup before the restore. The following methods will show you how to do so.
If your iPad has been synced to iTunes before, you can reset disabled iPad 2/3/4, iPad Pro, iPad Mini 1/2/3/4, iPad Air 1/2/3 with iTunes when you forgot iPad lock code. Restoring the iPad with iTunes will remove all data (including passcode) of your iPad. But you can recover the data if you have an iTunes 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.
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 setup screen, choose Restore from iTunes backup.
STEP 5 You can then get into your iPad without passcode.
If you cannot access to a computer right now, you can use Find My iPad to unlock iPad passcode without a computer.
STEP 1 Go to icloud.com and log into the iCloud account of your iPad.
STEP 2 Click Find My iPhone, choose your iPad, and click Erase iPad.
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 the passcode for your iPad.