How to unlock your iPad if you forgot your iPad passcode

Lisa Parker | Jun 20, 2022

An ex-Apple customer service representative, serving thousands of customers in her career for various iPhone-related queries in the most friendly way, be it battery, display, hardware, or software issues.

Did you accidentally forget your iPad passcode? Since it is locked, I'm guessing you made too many wrong attempts, correct? Don't trouble yourself. It is a common occurrence. The good news is that it is fixable. This article is a comprehensive guide, providing five workable solutions to unlock your iPad. It is suitable for all, including people with little technical skills. Keep scrolling.

Things you should know before unlocking an iPad

If you forget your iPad passcode, do not make multiple random guesses. When you make numerous consecutive wrong passcode attempts, your iPad is disabled. Even worse is the more times you try entering the wrong passcode, the longer you will be locked out. Once it is disabled, you can only regain access by erasing the whole device and then resetting it. You must clear all data and settings so you can use your iPad normally.

Resetting works because it wipes all content and settings on the device. Among the content it erases is the screen passcode locking you out. You can then login into the iPad and set a new passcode. Resetting is the only way to clear the old passcode.

Method 1: Use Mobitrix LockAway to unlock your disabled iPad if you forgot your iPad passcode (The Fastest and Easiest Way)

Mobitrix LockAway is a robust and dedicated unlocking tool. It is the simplest and fastest way to remove the passcode of a disabled iPad. It works in twenty minutes, providing an easy way to regain access to your iPad without a passcode.

Mobitrix LockAway's R&D team has 10+ years of experience in iOS cracking. You can be sure of 100% privacy and security while unlocking your device. Furthermore, LockAway is easy to handle and doesn't require any technical knowledge.

Scenarios where you could use Mobitrix LockAway:

  • If you fail to remember your screen passcode
  • Multiple consecutive incorrect passcode attempts have resulted in “iPad is disabled connect to iTunes.”
  • You acquired a used iPad
  • Your Face/Touch ID is defective
  • You have a cracked iPad screen

Steps:

  1. Download and install Mobitrix LockAway
  2. Go to the main menu and tap “Unlock Screen Passcode.”
  3. To begin removing the iPad passcode, click Start. The Keyfile will then be detected automatically.
  4. Proceed to download and install the Keyfile package
  5. Tap on "Start to extract" once the Keyfile download is successful
  6. Click Start to unlock as soon as extraction is concluded
  7. The unlock procedure is accomplished

Advantages:

  • You can remove the forgotten passcode without iTunes
  • It only takes a few clicks and is friendly to non-technical users
  • LockAway gives a 99% success rate
  • It is fast and only requires about 20 minutes to unlock your iPad.
  • It offers excellent privacy protection.
  • LockAway provides full support for iPadOS 13 to 15. You can use it on iPad (2 to 9), and all iPad Air, iPad Pro, and iPad mini models.

Your iPad will restart as soon as the unlocking process is finalized. You will then be redirected to the setup screen. You may restore your data if you backed up your iPad on iTunes or iCloud before the device was locked. You can use a Mac or PC to restore the backup contents to your iPad. If you had not backed up your iPad, set it up as a new device.

Method 2: Unlock an iPad without a computer by erasing from the lock screen

"Erase iPad" is an Apple feature that lets you access a locked iPad without a computer. This option is found on the locked screen of a disabled iPad in iPadOS 15.2 or later. It wipes all the data on your device, including the passcode, enabling you to set it up as a new device.

The "Erase iPad" option is found on the "iPad Unavailable" screen or "Security Lockout" interface. These two interfaces replaced "iPad is disabled" in iPadOS 15.2 or later. It can be seen at the bottom of the locked iPad screen.

Requirements for erasing an iPad from the lock screen:

  • The locked iPad must be operating on iPadOS 15.2 or later
  • You are logged into the iPad with your Apple ID. If you were not logged in to the iPad before it was locked, you most likely wouldn't see the "Erase iPad" option.
  • Find My has been enabled on the locked iPad
  • You have to know your Apple ID and Password
  • The locked iPad must be connected to the internet

Steps:

  1. You need to make seven wrong passcode attempts. After the seventh attempt, you will see the “Security Lockout try again in 15 minutes” screen. The 'Erase iPad' option is on at the bottom center of the screen.
  2. Tap Erase iPad
  3. Click Erase iPad again. You will come across a “Sign out of Apple ID ” interface. Key in your Apple ID password to erase your iPad
  4. The locked iPad will display the erase progress alongside the white Apple logo.
  5. Once the entire process is done, your iPad will restart automatically.

Method 3: Forgot your iPad Passcode? Use Find My to Unlock it

Find My is a location-related app that makes it easier for Apple users to keep track of their Apple devices. It helps locate stolen or misplaced gadgets. Besides its location functions, it also features an "Erase" function. This feature provides an easy way to reset a locked iPad or other Apple device.

The "Erase" function helps wipe all your iPad's data, including your screen passcode. This means that it effectively removes the passcode locking you out. The removal allows you to regain access to your iPad and reset it. You can carry this procedure on any browser by visiting icloud.com.

Requirement for using Find My to erase locked iPad:

  • Find My must have been enabled on the iPad before it got locked
  • The locked iPad must still be signed in to your iCloud account
  • The locked device must be connected to the internet through a cellular or Wifi network
  • You should know your Apple ID & password

Situation 1: How to use Find My iPad (iCloud.com) to erase a locked iPad

Steps:

  1. Go to icloud.com on any browser. You may use a cellular or computer browser.
  2. Key in your Apple ID & Password
  3. Once you have logged in successfully, tap on "Find iPad." Input your Apple ID password once again and Sign in
  4. Find and click "All Devices," then select your iPad.
  5. Click "Erase iPad" and tap "Erase" again once prompted to confirm the erasing process.
  6. Provide your Apple ID password to continue
  7. A verification code is then sent to your trusted device. Enter the code to proceed.
  8. Enter your phone number and select "Next."
  9. The iCloud web page will show you the Erase has started. Your iPad will also display the erase progress with the white apple logo.
  10. Your iPad will reset as soon as the process is done. Swipe up, enter your Apple ID and password, and then create a new passcode.

Situation 2: How to use Find My (App) to reset a locked iPad

If you have another Apple device or are around someone who has an iOS, you can reset your iPad with no computer. You may use the Find My app to unlock an iPad.

Steps:

  1. Run the Find My app on any iOS device
  2. Enter your Apple ID and password to log in to your Apple account
  3. Go to the devices list and select the iPad you want to restore
  4. The resulting interface will display its current location and other options
  5. Tap on the "Action" button and choose “erase iPad”, then confirm this choice when prompted. Wait for the erase process to complete.

Method 4: Use iTunes to unlock your iPad if you forgot your iPad passcode

Apple originally released iTunes as a multimedia app. Later, 1n 2011, Apple users were allowed to back up their data on iTunes. The app also lets you regain access to your iPad if you forgot your iPad passcode. But, you need to put your iPad into recovery mode first and connect it to iTunes via a USB cable.

Recovery mode is an in-built troubleshooting function. It lets you use Finder or iTunes to identify and fix issues on your iPad. Recovery mode grants you access to a locked iPad and allows you to set it up afresh.

Preparations:

  1. You will need a computer (Mac or PC)
    1. For PC users: install the latest version of iTunes and ensure your PC is running on Windows 8 or newer versions.
    2. For Mac users:
      1. Open a Finder window if you are on macOS Catalina or later versions
      2. If you are using macOS Mojave or older versions, install and run the latest version of iTunes
  2. You will need a compatible USB cable

Steps: (For Windows Users)

  1. Turn off your iPad
    1. If your iPad is connected to a computer via cable, disconnect it
    2. Turn it off as per the appropriate method for its model
      1. If your iPad has no home button, press and hold any volume button and the top button. Hold until the power slider is visible.
      2. If your device has a home button, press and hold the top button until the power slider comes up.
    3. Drag the slider to power off the device. Wait for a minute after dragging the slider to ensure the iPad turns off completely.
  2. Set your iPad to recovery mode
    1. Get ready by identifying the button you will be required to hold down in the next stage:
      1. Use the top button if your iPad model has no home button
      2. Use the home button if your iPad model has a home button
    2. Press and hold the right button and immediately connect your iPad to the computer. Keep holding the button.
    3. Hold the button until the recovery mode interface comes up on your iPad.
  3. Restore your iPad
    1. Open iTunes on your computer and identify the locked iPad.
    2. When prompted to restore or update, choose Restore.
    3. Click Restore and update.
    4. Your computer will then proceed to download iPad software update for your iPad. After that, it will start the restoration process.
    5. Your iPad screen will show the restoration process bar with the white apple logo. Wait until the process is over.
    6. Disconnect your iPad from the computer and set it up afresh.

Method 5: Use iPhonePass to unlock your iPad Without Losing Data

People with a locked iPad often wonder how to unlock it without the restore function. This is because, despite 'restore' being efficient, it leads to data loss. Thankfully, iPhonePass doesn't. This free unlocking tool is a Mobitrix product that can unlock your iPad without losing any data.

iPhonePass supports specific Apple devices. These devices have a CPU chip vulnerability that allows one to use jailbreaking on them. Jailbreaking helps you gain super authority, which lets you delete and modify the passcode.

iPad models supported by 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)

Requirements:

  • You will require a compatible USB cable

Preparations:

  • A Mac running on any system version
  • Download and install iPhonePass on your Mac
  • Download and install the Checkra1n jailbreaking tool

Steps:

  1. Open Checkra1n and click Start to jailbreak your iPad
  2. Checkra1n will then proceed to install a jailbreaking program. You should disconnect your iPad until this procedure is over.
  3. After jailbreaking, do not operate or set up your device at once
  4. Wait for a while and then connect the iPad to your MacBook
  5. Wait for your iPad and Mac to establish a network link, then open 'Terminal' on the Mac. Enter the command "sudo iproxy 22 44" into 'Terminal.'
  6. Next, remove the screen lock and double-click to erase the script "deliphonepass.sh".

At this point, your passcode is removed successfully without erasing other data. You may now access your iPad normally and reset the passcode.

If your iPad model is not among the above models and you are not tech-savvy, there's a faster and easier solution, Mobitrix LockAway. It can help you unlock your iPad within 20 minutes. Why not have a try?

How to Avoid Getting a Disabled iPad again

Steps:

  1. On your iPad, open Settings > Accessibility > Touch > disable “Tap to Wake.”
  2. Next, find and go to “Display and Brightness,” then turn off “Raise to Wake.”
  3. Create an easier-to-recall password. You may use a four-digit passcode rather than a six-digit-passcode
  4. If someone else locked your device after failing to guess your password, wipe the iPad. This is especially essential if your device has data you cannot risk falling into the wrong hands.
  5. Remove your passcode or Face ID if another person is using your iPad

FAQs

1.How can I fix my iPad if it is disabled and won't connect to iTunes?

To unlock a disabled iPad that won't connect to iTunes, you may unlock it using Find My. You can use the icloud.com website to access Find My on any browser. Alternatively, you can use the Find My app on another iOS device. If this method doesn't work, you may use a professional iOS unlocking tool like Mobitrix LockAway.

2.My iPad automatically deleted all its data after I entered the wrong passcode more than ten times. Why did this happen?

This happened because 'Erase data' is enabled on your iPad. 'Erase data' is a function that sets your iPad to erase all contents after ten failed passcode attempts. It is a security feature that gives Apple users advanced protection on their iPad. You can disable it by going to Settings > Face ID & passcode > Erase data.

3.Does using iTunes or iCloud to unlock a disabled iPad result in data loss?

Yes. Unlocking your iPad via iTunes or iCloud erases all the data on your iPad. These apps have to erase all data to remove the forgotten passcode. After wiping your device and unlocking it, you can restore your data if you took a backup. Else, you have to start afresh.

Summary:

A locked/disabled iPad can be frustrating, but this article has provided five multiple ways to unlock it. Having read this post, I hope it helps you access your disabled iPad in no time.

In addition, if you want a straightforward way to unlock your iPad, use Mobitrix LockAway. It ensures you save valuable time and maintain data security. Alternatively, you may use iPhonePass, which guarantees zero data loss when unlocking. So, what are you waiting for? Try these tools to have a first-hand experience!