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Locked out of iPad? Here's how to get back in without passcode

Getting locked out of your iPad (mini, Air, Pro) is distraught. Though, resetting the locked iPad to get back in without passcode is easy, once you know how.

Rob Parsons Updated on Jun 21, 2023 2:33 PM

What to know:

  • When you get locked out of your iPad (mini, Air, Pro), you need to reset it to unlock.
  • Whether you forgot the iPad passcode or it becomes disabled, Apple grants you to restore the tablet to factory settings with iTunes (or Finder) or Find My iPhone feature.
  • If they fail, iPhone Unlocker can get around the issue of how to reset a locked iPad.
  • After you restore and unlock your iPad, you can get data back with a previous backup.

When it comes to how to unlock a locked iPad if you forgot the password, the solution is doing a system restore.

Like any iPhone, Apple prioritizes the 4-digit or 6-digit passcode format to lock an iPad for balancing security versus usability. Even with Apple endeavoring to make unlocking an iPad as pain-free as possible, forgetting lock screen passcode and getting locked out may still happen to you. When it does, you can always reset locked iPad to unlock and regain access to it. The options range from Apple-approved solutions to a 3rd-party lock removal tool.


  • You can employ the same guide of how to get into a locked iPad to fix an Apple tablet that gets disabled after you input the passcode incorrectly multiple times.
  • After restoring the iPad to its factory conditions, restore data and apps with existing backup. If you don't have one, the content will be gone for good.

Use iTunes to unlock locked iPad

If you have already attempted this way but it brings you to a standstill, jump to the next trick.

Apple's response to how to restore a locked iPad when the passcode is forgotten or the disabled screen shows up is to restore the tablet from recovery mode. The process of resetting the tablet can be done in iTunes or Finder to unlock after being locked up, with each one following the similar steps below.

Make sure you've unplugged the cable or anything else from your iPad. Then, the procedure of restoring iPad with iTunes to unlock when it's locked up can be divided into two steps. iTunes can be used to unlock an iPhone with unavailable message.

Step 1: Put iPad into recovery mode to remove the passcode

  • In an iPad with Face ID, hold the Top button and one of the Volume buttons. When the power off slider shows up, release the buttons and turn off your iPad with the slider. Then, connect the locked tablet to the computer while holding the Top button. When you see the recovery mode screen, let go of the button.
  • In an iPad with Home button, keep holding the Top button until you see a red slider. Power off your iPad by dragging the slider. When the screen turns black, attach the tablet to the computer, while keep holding the Home button until the recovery mode screen appears.

To connect an iPad to iTunes, place it into recovery mode first if it's locked by passcode you've forgotten.

Step 2: Restore your iPad

Click your tablet in iTunes or Finder, then a window will appear with Update and Restore options. As you can't unlock your iPad Unavailable screen, opt to "Restore" button to reset it to factory settings.

Repeat the steps to put iPad into recovery mode again if it exits during the process of unlocking the tablet.

After you complete the following onscreen instructions, iTunes or Finder will download the latest software firmware and then restore your iPad to factory defaults.

Apply a tool to factory reset locked iPad

Restoring iPad through the iTunes software with everything piled up in its main page to unlock the passcode locked screen can be exhausting, but you don't have to put up with it. iPhone Unlocker comes with a straightforward interface enabling you to figure out how to reset locked iPad in seconds. It also makes it straightforward to bypass the passcode, remove the iCloud Activation Lock or unlock Screen Time passcode in iPhone or iPod touch.

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We've outlined how to factory reset a locked iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pro below.

Step 1: Launch the tool and connect your iPad to the computer.

Step 2: Go with "Wipe Passcode" panel and click the "Start" button.

Step 3: Verify your iPad information and click "Start" button again.

Step 4: The tool will then connect to Apple's server to download the firmware that matches your iPad model. Wait until it finishes.

Step 5: After downloading, use the text bar in the pop-up dialog box to enter 0000 and click the "Unlock" button to reset an iPad that is locked.

Step 6: Now you should unlock your iPad without entering any passcode. Set up your tablet to activate it. If needed, see how to view content backed up in iTunes or how to access backup in iCloud to restore your iPad.

Video Guide: How to Factory Reset iPad If Locked

How do you reset a locked iPad without a computer

For those who don't have a computer handy, a workaround to remove the passcode-locked screen and unlock your iPad is using the Find My app or Find My iPhone in iCloud website.

As long as the switch next to Find My iPad being toggle on before the tablet locks up or becomes disabled, you get a chance to erase the data there remotely. If you are uncertain whether the function is enabled, take a few seconds to check it out:

  • In another iOS device, open Find My app and log in with your iPad's associated Apple ID and password. Then, select the bottom "Devices" tab.
  • Or you can access Find iPad in iCloud and sign in with the Apple ID and password activated in your iPad. Then, open the top "All Devices" drop-down menu

If your locked tablet appears in the list, it means that the feature has been turned on and now you can continue the following steps to erase locked iPad. If not, go back the solutions above.

In Find My app, choose your iPad from the list.

iPad will appear on the list even though it's locked by password.

Scroll up and you'll see an "Erase This Device" option. Tap it and when ask, choose "Erase iPad" and enter the password again to restore your tablet to factory settings.

It only takes a couple of taps to erase an iPad remotely.

If you're in iCloud page, select your locked iPad from the drop-down device list.

If you use the same Apple ID in different iOS devices, you'll see other linked devices showing up on the list.

Next, choose "Erase iPad" option. It'll prompt you that all your iPad's data will be wiped out after the restore. Just click "Erase" and enter password to confirm.

If your iPad is offline, it'll be erased the next time it gets connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network.

Once everything is erased from your iPad, it'll restart and then you can restore it with a recent backup. For solutions on unlocking a locked iPhone, check out our dedicated guide.

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