I am going to sell my iPad to someone else. However, my little boy reset the password by accident and forgot it. Now it's locked and I can't get in. How can I reset the locked iPad? Please help, your suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!

It is a common issue that people forgot their iPad screen password. We all do it from time to time and if you need to reset locked iPad, we can help you out. This article will show you some of the best ways to reset locked iPad or disabled iPad and we will be walking you through the methods that will help you to do so 鈥 so, let's jump right in.

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How to Reset iPad When Locked/Disabled without Password?

Before we show you the methods, you have to determine which method is best for you to use. To do this, use the criteria below.

Solutions Prerequisite Suitable for Internet Required Ease of Use Time Needed Success Rate
iMyFone LockWiper No prerequisite Forgot password & second-hand iPad No Simple Short High
iTunes iPad should be synced before Forgot password Yes Complex Long Low
iCloud Find My iPad should be enabled Forgot password Yes Medium Long Low
Recovery Mode iTunes is involved Second-hand iPad No Complex Long Medium

1. Best Tool to Reset Locked/Disable iPad without Password

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Are you searching for ways to reset your iPad lock without a passcode? Don't let a forgotten passcode or password keep you from using your iPad. iMyFone LockWiper is a powerful tool that can help you to reset your locked iPad in few clicks without a passcode. Besides, this software supports to remove Apple ID from activated iPad and set a new ID.

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LockWiper Resets Locked iPad without Passcode

  • Enter iPad that is locked, disabled or has a broken screen easily.
  • Reset locked iPads with a 4-digit passcode, 6-digit passcode, Touch ID and Face ID.
  • Unlock Apple ID/iCloud account on any activated iPad.
  • Support all iOS versions and latest models of iPad, including iPad Pro, iPad Mini, iPad Air, iPad, etc.

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Steps to Reset Locked iPad without Passcode:

Step 1: Download, install and launch iMyFone LockWiper on your computer, select "Unlock Screen Passcode" mode.

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Step 2:聽Click "Start" and connect your locked iPad to your computer using Apple lightning cable.

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Step 3:聽Click "Next" to continue if your locked iPad is successfully connected to the computer.

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Step 4: The software will detect your iPad model and iOS version automatically. Then you can confirm your iPad device information. Click "Download" to download the firmware package.

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Step 5: Wait a few minutes to download and verify the firmware package.

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Step 6: When the process completes, click "Start to Extract" and then double confirm to start resetting your locked iPad.

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Step 7: It will finish within minutes. Just wait in patient untill it's done.

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If you want more details about how to reset locked iPad step by step, you could check on this video:

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2. Reset Locked/Disabled iPad without Password through iTunes

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If your iPad has been synced with iTunes before, you can use that iTunes to reset your locked iPad and remove the lock screen without a password. But if the iTunes that was previously synced can't be accessed, or you've never synced your iPad, try to reset the locked iPad with recovery mode.

Here are the steps to reset a locked iPad without password through iTunes:

Steps to Reset a Locked iPad without Password through iTunes:

Step 1. Launch iTunes on a computer where your iPad has synced before and connect your locked iPad to it using a USB cable.

Step 2. iTunes should by default begin to sync your device. If it doesn't, click on the "Sync" button at the bottom of the program.

If you are asked to enter your device's passcode, either try recovery mode or syncing your iPad on another computer you've synced with.

Step 3. After the locked iPad has been synced and backed up, click on the "Restore iPad" button.

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Step 4. Your iPad will then be reset and on the setup menu, you will be given the option to "Restore from Mac or PC". Tap on this option.

Restore iPad from Mac or PC

Step 5. On iTunes, select your iPad's name and select the most recent backup that you want to restore.

Step 6. After a few minutes, the data of your locked iPad will be restored. The screen lock will also be removed.

If you don't want to reset or reset locked iPad without restoring, you can check on this: How to Bypass iPad Passcode without Restoring >>

3. Reset Locked/Disabled iPad without Password through iCloud

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If your locked iPad is signed in to iCloud and has Find My iPad enabled, you can reset it without password with iCloud. Please follow the steps below:

Steps to Reset a Locked/Disabled iPad without Password through iCloud:

Step 1. Go to the through a browser. You can do that on a computer. Or if you want to unlock iPad without computer, you can go to the website via another smartphone. Sign in the website with your Apple ID and password.

Step 2. Click "Find iPhone". At the top of the screen, click on "All Devices" and select your iPad from the list.

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Step 3. Click "Erase iPad" to reset your locked iPad without password..

Reset locked iPad without password through iCloud

Step 4. The iPad will then be remotely reset and wiped and after a few minutes, you will be able to set it up from its factory state.

Step 5. When setting up the device, select the "Restore from iCloud Backup" option and select the most recent backup which you had taken with iCloud.

Restore from iCloud backup

1. Your locked iPad should be connected to Wi-Fi or cellular network. If you have slow Internet speeds then your backup will be downloaded slowly and it may take a long time to complete.

2. The process to reset your locked iPad will start immediately if it is connected to the Internet. However, if there is no Internet connection for your locked iPad, then the reset process will start the next time it is online.

4. Reset Locked iPad without Password through the Recovery Mode

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If you never synced iPad to iTunes or had Find My iPad enabled, then using the recovery mode is an available option to reset your locked iPad without password.

Steps to Reset Locked iPad without Password through the Recovery Mode:

Step 1. You need a computer to follow these steps. If you don't have a computer, borrow one from your friend or use one from the public place such as a library or a net bar.

Step 2. Make sure that your locked iPad isn't connected to your computer, and then take the following steps to get it into recovery mode.

Put iPad into recovery mode

  • Press and hold the "Top button (Power button)" and either volume button until the power off slider appears.
  • Drag the slider to turn off your device. Connect your device to your computer while holding the Top button. Keep holding the Top button until you see the recovery mode screen.

If you can't get into recovery mode due to broken or stuck buttons, you need to contact the Apple Store nearby for help.

Step 3. Connect your iPad to a computer with iTunes using a lightning cable. When you are asked to select Restore or Update, tap "Restore".

Reset locked iPad through recovery mode

Step 4. iTunes will download the latest iOS for your iPad. (Please note that, if it takes more than 15 minutes, your iPad will exit the recovery mode. Then you need to repeat Step 2 and Step 3. It's not recommended to use this way as it may take much time and still fails.)

Step 5. Wait for it to finish, then you can set up and use your iPad.

Or you can refer to this video which shows you how to reset your iPad in recovery step by step:

Method 5: Reset Locked/Disabled iPad with Previous Auto Erase Setup

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Auto Erase is a good option for unlocking iPad without computer. You can turn this option on when setting up your passcode, and it works when you enter the wrong passcode for 10 times. So, to unlock your iPad, all you need to do is to enter the wrong passcode 10 times, and Auto Erase will start to wipe away your iPad data and passcode. When your iPad restarted, it will like brand new.

Requirements for Auto Erase method
"Auto Erase" feature has been enabled previously.

Steps to Reset Locked iPad with Previous Auto Erase Setup :

To enable Auto Erase on your iPad in case you are locked out of iPad, follow these steps:

Step 1: Click "Settings > Touch ID & Passcode".

Step 2: Scroll down to enable "Auto Erase" from Erase Data tab.

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6. More Tips: Tips for Locked iPad

Access Features and Information from the Locked iPad Screen

Getting stuck on a locked iPad is annoying. However, you can still use some of the iPad features such as the camera with gestures even while it is locked. Here are some gesture tips that let you quickly access the features and information you need most from the Lock screen.

Open Camera: Swipe left.

Open Control Center: Swipe down from the top-right corner.

See earlier notifications: Swipe up from the center.

See Today View: Swipe right.

Start drawing and taking notes: Tap Apple Pencil on the Lock screen. Whatever you create is saved in Notes.

Access locked iPad with Apple Pencil

Tips to Prevent iPad from Being Unlocked by Thieves

So by using the above solutions, your iPad can be unlocked easily. However, what if your iPad has been lost or stolen by accident, how can you avoid your device being unlocked by others? Here are useful tips for you.

1. Turn Off Siri: Many still doubt that they can use Siri to bypass iPad screen lock when it is disabled. In fact, this is just a trick that works if Siri recognizes your voice. Here is how it works.

The thieve can use Siri method to unlock your iPad if you have disabled Siri from lock screen. To turn off Siri, you just have to go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode, toggle off Siri in the section of "Allow access when locked".

Turn Off Siri

2. Set A Strong Screen Password: Make sure that the password can not be easily guessed. Remember to use a more complicated password, but can be easy for you to remember. You can go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode > Change Passcode. Choose "Custom Alphanumeric Code", and set a strong passcode to improve security.

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3. Enable Find My iPhone: If Find My iPhone has been turned on, the activation lock will show up when unlocking iPad screen passcode. This will protect your iPad private information. You can go to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone to enable Find My iPhone. Meanwhile, remember to enable "Send Last Location".

Enable Find My iPhone

Final Words

You don't need to worry if your iPad is locked or enabled as there are ways to unlock the iPad without a password. Apple provides 3 entrances to reset locked iPad without a password. But if you want to quickly reset iPad as you plan to get rid of it, you can try iMyFone LockWiper because it promises high unlock and reset rate of your iPad. Moreover, the amazing software can also remove the previous Apple ID and let you log in with a new one. Go ahead and try it, your problem will be solved in minutes!

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