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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: how to unlock iPad if I forgot passcode? Therefore, this post is written to help those in need to unlock iPad without password or unlock 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 passcode.


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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 how to 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. Run the program and open iOS System Recovery.

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iOS System Recovery Homepage


STEP 2. Connect your locked iPad to computer. Long press the off/on button to power off your locked iPad. Then press and hold Home + Power button until the iPad enters recovery mode (in which iPad shows connect to iTunes logo). 


iPad Connect to iTunes Screen


STEP 3. Click Start on iOS System Recovery. Then you have two options: Standard Mode and Advanced Mode. To fix locked or disabled iPad, select Advanced Mode.


Select Standard Mode or Advanced Mode


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 Unlock iPad Passcode without Restore

You may know that you can unlock and undisable iPad by restoring 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 to how to unlock iPad passcode without restore. 

Unfortunately, there is no way to unlock 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 passcode.

STEP 3 Enter your passcode and cancel the backup. You can fix the disabled iPad immediately.


Connect iPhone to iTunes


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 restore. The following methods will shows you how to do so.

How to Restore Locked/Disabled iPad with iTunes

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 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.


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.

How to Unlock iPad Passcode without Computer

If you cannot access to a computer right now, you can use Find My iPad to unlock iPad passcode without computer. 

STEP 1 Go to icloud.com and log into iCloud account of your iPad.

STEP 2 Click Find My iPhone, choose your iPad and click Erase iPad.


Erase iPhone

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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