[5 Powerful Ways] What To Do When Your iPad Is Disabled?

Lisa Parker | Sep 15, 2022

An ex-Apple tech support representative, serving thousands of customers in her career for various iPhone locks queries in the most friendly way.

Are you a loyal iPad user? In that case, we can understand your pain if your iPad is disabled. Take a deep breath as we got you covered. If your iPad is disabled, here is a new hands-on approach to solving the issue easily. This is a comprehensive guide that lists 5 proven and useful methods. You can use the one that suits you the best.

Remember all the methods listed below are user-friendly and do not require any technical knowledge.

Wondering why is my iPad disabled?

It is important to know why your iPad is disabled to fix the problem. “iPad is disabled” occurs when:

  • When you forgot your passcode and had been intentionally trying to get your passcode right. After a few wrong attempts, your iPad will show “iPad is disabled” to prevent foreign entry.
  • When your kid randomly enters a passcode and gets it wrong six times or more, the screen will show ‘iPad is disabled, try again in 1 minute”. If 10 wrong passcodes, it will show “iPad is disabled, connect to iTunes”. Or after 10 failed attempts, all the data will be erased automatically if you have set your iPad to erase data after 10 incorrect passcode attempts.

For iPad users with iOS 15.2 or later, the message displayed is “iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout try again in X minutes”.

In short, the iPad is disabled as a security measure by Apple to protect users’ data from unsolicited entry.

Method 1 Fix "iPad is disabled" Error via Mobitrix Lockaway - The Fastest and Easiest Way

Designed specifically to deal with iPhone screen lock issues, Mobitrix LockAway is a professional unlocking tool that helps you unlock disabled iPad effortlessly. All you need are 20 minutes and the tool will make your iPad back to a working condition.

The 99% success rate of Mobitrix LockAway is all thanks to the 10-year experienced R&D team. After studying iOS in-depth, the experts have come up with Mobitrix Lockaway, allowing you to unlock your disabled iPad in a few simple steps.

Scenarios when you may need Mobitrix LockAway:

  • You forgot the iPad screen passcode
  • To unlock a second-hand iPhone/iPad
  • Your Face/Touch ID can’t work precisely
  • To unlock when the iPad screen is cracked
  • To unlock the disabled iPad after it shows “iPad is disabled try again in X minutes/ connect to iTunes’

Steps:

  1. Download and Install Mobitrix LockAway
  2. Click “Unlock Screen Passcode” in the main menu
  3. unlock screen passcode home

    Unlock screen passcode home

  4. Click "Start" to remove the iPad Passcode.
  5. Mobitrix LockAway- unlock ipad screen passcode-product

    Remove iPad Passcode

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    Removing screen Lock

  6. The iPad Unlocking is complete!
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    Unlock is completed

You can get more detailed steps and instructions in the user guide.

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  • Do not require connecting to iTunes
  • Best for non-technical users and beginners
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  • Takes only 20 minutes to unlock
  • Fully supports various iPad iOS versions iPad ( 2 -9 ), all iPad Air, all iPad Pro models, and iPadOS 13-16.
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This is a sure shot method that is majorly automatic. You just need to perform a few clicks here and there, and everything is performed on its own. This makes it simple to use and faster.

Method 2 Unlock a disabled iPad via Erase iPad Option without Computer

If your iPad runs on iPadOS 15.2 or above, you can use the “Erase iPad” option to unlock your disabled iPad.

The idea here is that after entering the passcode wrongly up to 7 times, your iPad screen at this time would show “Security Lockout try again in 15 minutes” or “iPad Unavailable try again in 15 minutes”. Thereafter, you will find the ‘Erase iPad’ option visible in the bottom center of the screen.

Requirements:

  • Your disabled iPad should run on iPadOS 15.2 or above.
  • Your Apple ID should be logged in before the iPad goes disabled.
  • Find My should have been enabled.
  • You should remember your Apple ID and password which would be required later
  • Your disabled iPad should be linked to Wi-Fi or the internet

Steps to follow:

  1. To see the “Erase iPad” option, you need to first enter the wrong password at least 7 times. Then you can see the “Erase iPad” option in the bottom center of the Security Lockout screen.
  2. Click on Erase iPad.
    erase-ipad

    Erase iPad

  3. Click on it again to sign out of your Apple ID. You must enter your Apple ID password to sign out of your Apple ID and erase the iPad.
  4. You will see the white apple logo with a progress bar on your disabled iPad.
  5. Once the process is complete, the iPad will restart automatically.
  6. Now, your iPad will be unlocked, and you can create a new passcode.

Method 3 Forgot iPad Passcode? Unlock it via Find My (iCloud.com)

Find My is an app on Apple devices to sort out all location-based issues. Got your iPad stolen, lost, or misplaced? Find My can let you know provided the feature was turned on.

It also has an “Erase it with ease” function to protect user data from misuse. This feature allows users to erase their iPad data remotely. Users can take advantage of this feature to unlock their disabled iPad.

Requirements

  • Find My should have been enabled before the iPad got disabled
  • The iCloud account should have been logged in on the disabled iPad
  • The locked iPad should be connected to Wi-Fi or a cellular network
  • You should remember your Apple ID and password

Steps to follow

  1. Visit iCloud.com on a laptop/computer or mobile device
  2. Log in with your Apple ID and password.
  3. After successful login, click on Find iPhone, input your Apple ID password again, and click Sign in
  4. click Find iPhone

    Click Find iPhone

  5. Click All Devices and choose your locked iPad. Once you select your iPad, you will see three options in the box, Play Sound, Lost Mode, and Erase iPad. Click on Erase iPad > Erase.
  6. click erase ipad

    Click erase iPad

  7. Enter your Apple ID and password again.
  8. You should know your trusted device at this point. A trusted device acts as a secondary device on which a verification code is sent when your device is not functional. Enter the verification code as soon as possible.
  9. Note: A verification code expires after a while. There should therefore be no huge gap between the two steps. If the code doesn’t work, you must enter the Apple ID and password again and repeat the process.

  10. Next, put in your phone number that can be reached. Click on Next.
  11. “Erase started” will be displayed, and your iPad will show the erasing progress.
  12. The iPad will restart after the process is completed. Swipe up on the screen to reset it. Enter your Apple ID and password when prompted.
  13. You can restore your backup data and set a new passcode now.

Method 4 Unlock a disabled iPad via iTunes

A disabled iPad can also be reset by putting it into Recovery Mode. This is done with the help of iTunes.

What is Recovery Mode?

Recovery Mode is an iOS troubleshooting mode that puts the iPad in a state where the iTunes or Finder app can detect and restore it.

Recovery Mode can be used for several situations, like when you get a blank iPad screen, when your iPad is disabled, or when you forgot the iPad passcode. Through Recovery Mode, you can erase your iPad and set it again.

Preparations:

  1. A PC or A Mac
  2. If you are using Windows PC: Windows 8 or later should be installed, and iTunes should be updated to the latest version

    If you are using Mac:

    if the MacOS is Catalina or newer, use Finder

    if the macOS is Mojave or earlier, use iTunes

  3. A compatible USB cable

Steps: (For Windows users)

  1. Turn off your iPad
  2. iPad should be unplugged from any power source

    Turn off your iPad

    If it has a Home button: Press and hold the top button until the power off slider appears. Drag the slider to turn it off.

    If it does not have a Home button: Press and hold either volume up or down button with the top button until the power off slider appears. Drag the slider to turn the iPad off.

  3. Put iPad in Recovery Mode
  4. If iPad has a Home button: Use the home button and press and hold it

    If iPad does not have a Home button: Use the top button and press and hold it

    Keep the desired button pressed while you connect your iPad to the computer.

    Keep holding the button until you see the Recovery Mode screen. A black screen with the logo of the USB cable and computer on the iPad. Let it go now.

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    Recovery Mode

    Note: If you don’t see the black screen, you can retry steps 1 and 2 mentioned above.

  5. Restore your iPad
  6. Open iTunes on the computer. iTunes will pop up with a message “There is a problem with the iPad that requires it to be updated or restored”. Click Restore.

    restore ipad via itunes

    Restore iPad via iTune

    Click Restore and Update.

    Next, the “iPad Software Update” window will pop up. Click Next, and then click Agree on the terms.

    When the “ iPad software update” is downloaded, iTunes will pop up “iTunes will erase and restore your iPad to iPadOS 15.4.1 and will verify the restore with Apple. ” Then click Restore.

    On your iPad screen, you will see the restoration progress bar with the white apple logo. When the restoration is finished, your iPad will restart automatically.

    After your iPad restarts, you can reset your iPad. You can create a new passcode if you want.

    Method 5 Fix a Disabled iPad via iPhonePass Without Data Loss

    iPhonePass is a free unlocking tool by Mobitrix that unlocks Apple devices when they are disabled or locked. You can unlock your iPad if you forgot your passcode without worrying about losing data.

    Jailbreaking is a lengthy process difficult to achieve manually. With iPhonePass, you could do this safely. Since the compatible iPad devices have a CPU chip vulnerability, it is possible to obtain super authority over them by jailbreaking. So you can delete and modify the iPad screen passcode.

    What iPad models support iPhonePass?

    • iPad 5-7
    • iPad Air (1-2)
    • iPad mini (2-4)
    • iPad Pro 12.9 (1-2)
    • iPad Pro 9.7 (1)
    • iPad Pro 10.5 (1)

    Preparations:

    • A Mac with whichever version
    • Download the lock removal tool iPhonePass on Mac
    • Download the jailbreaking tool checkra1n on Mac
    • A Compatible USB cable

    Note: Sceptical about using a jailbreaking tool? Checkra1n is a perfect jailbreak tool that is easy to operate and widely trusted. I recommend you use it to jailbreak your iPhone. Remember that it only works with macOS.

    Steps

    1. Now, launch the downloaded Checkra1n on Mac and click Start to Jailbreak your iPhone.
    2. launch checkra1n

      Launch Checkra1n

    3. Checkra1n will now start installing a jailbreak program. Do not disconnect your iPad during this process until finished.
    4. Do not operate and set up the iPad for the time being after jailbreaking.
    5. Connect your iPad to your MacBook.
    6. Now, let your iPad and Mac establish a network link. Open your “Terminal” and input the command “sudo iproxy 22 44”
    7. enter proxy 22 44

      Enter “iproxy 22 44”

    8. Remove the screen password. Double-click to delete the script “deliphonepass.sh”.
    9. Delete “deliphonepass.sh” file

      Delete “deliphonepass.sh” file

    At this point, your iPad screen passcode has been removed, but any other data has not been deleted. You can go into your iPad normally and reset your new passcode.

    Turn off the jailbroke state of the iPad once the new iPad passcode is set. Jailbreaking will make your iPad no longer safe. You can remove the jailbreak state using the repair software Mobitrix Perfix. It has an option of “Standard Repair” that will turn off the jailbreak state without affecting your data.

    Note: If your device is not in the supported models, this method will not work!!

    How do I stop my iPad from being disabled again?

    Set up an additional Touch ID or Face ID

    To set up a Touch ID, follow the steps given below:

    1. Start by ensuring that your finger and the Touch ID sensor are clean
    2. Head on to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode, and enter your passcode
    3. Now, you are required to register your fingerprint. To do so, tap Add a fingerprint.
    4. Touch the sensor with your finger so it can register your fingerprints.
    5. Follow the on-screen instructions until your Touch ID is configured.

    To set up a Face ID with the steps below:

    1. Head on to Settings > Face ID and Passcode > Set up Face ID
    2. Position your face such that it accommodates the frame properly
    3. Tap Done.

    Do a regular backup as a proactive method

    Back up your data regularly to avoid data loss in case you forget your iPad passcode in the future. Here are the steps on how to back up your iPad with iCloud:

    1. Connect your iPad to WiFi.
    2. Open Settings > Your Name > iCloud > iCloud Backup
    3. This will kick-start the backup process and ensure your data remains safe.

    Use Guided Access with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

    You can also set up Guided Access with your iPad by temporarily restricting your iPad’s access to just one app. Follow these steps to set up Guided Access:

    On your iPad, go to Settings > Accessibility > Guided Access

    Summary

    If your iPad is disabled, you can unlock it using Mobitrix LockAway, Find My, iTunes, iPhonePass, and an iOS 15.2 trick that we discussed exclusively. However, if you ask me, I will recommend going for Mobitrix Lockawat. It is swift, easy, and automatic. Get started now.