How to Recover Data from Locked iPad

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If you have locked your iPad and somehow lost or don’t remember the passcode, there are ways you can get your device working again. More importantly to you, we can guess, there are many ways you can get the data on the locked iPad back.

This article will share with you several ways you can do that. But we must point out that you can only recover data if you had backed up your device on iTunes or iCloud. This is because you have to erase the device completely to get it working again and this usually means all the data not included in an iTunes or iCloud backup will be lost.

Note

1. Unless you have made a backup via iCloud or iTunes before you forgot your passcode, there isn't a way to save your iPad's data.

2. If you had never synced your iPad with iTunes or set up Find My iPhone on iCloud, you will need to use recovery mode to restore the device. This will erase the entire device even the passcode.

Part 1 Erase and Recover Data on a Locked iPad via iTunes

If you have an iTunes backup of the data on your iPad, you can easily erase the device and then restore the data from the backup. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1: Connect the iPad to your computer and then launch iTunes.

Step 2: Once iTunes is done syncing with the device, click “Restore iPad.” You can then just follow the instructions on the Set up Screen and choose “Restore from iTunes” to select an iTunes backup file you want to restore to.

Erase and Recover Data on a Locked iPad via iTunes


Part 2 Selectively Recover Data from Locked iPad via iTunes

Using a third-party tool like iMyfone D-Back iPad data recovery for Win or iPad data recovery for Mac you can selectively recover data from your iTunes backup files. This gives you more control and chose. Follow these simple steps to do it.

Windows version Mac version

Step 1: Download and install iMyfone D-Back to your computer and from the main window, choose “Recover from iTunes Backup.” Select the type of data you want to recover and then click “Next” to continue.

Selectively Recover Data from Locked iPad via iTunes

Step 2: All the iTunes backup files on that computer will be displayed on the next window. Select the one that contains the data you want to recover and then click “Next.”

Select one iTunes backup

Step 3: Select the data you wish to recover in the next window and then click “Recover” to save the data.

Select the data you wish to recover


Part 3 Erase and Recover Data on a Locked iPad via iCloud

You can also erase the iPad via iCloud if you had set up Find My Phone. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1: On another device, go to https://www.icloud.com/find and sign in with your Apple ID.

Step 2: At the top, click on “All Devices” and then select the iPad you want to erase. Click on “Erase your Device.” You can then choose to restore the device from a backup or set up the device as new and select an iCloud backup to restore the device to.

 Erase and Recover Data on a Locked iPad via iCloud


Part 4 Selectively Restore Data from Locked iPad via iCloud

You can also use iMyfone D-Back iPad data recovery for Win or iPad data recovery for Mac to selectively recover data from an iCloud backup in much the same way you can from an iTunes backup. Follow these simple steps to do it.

Windows version Mac version

Step 1: Launch the program and then from the main menu choose “Recover from iCloud Backup.” Click “Start” and then select the type of data you want to recover from the resultant window.

choose “Recover from iCloud Backup.”

Step 2: Sign in to your iCloud account using your Apple ID and password and all of the iCloud backup files on that account will be displayed in the next window. Select the backup file that contains the data you want to recover and click “Next” to allow the program to scan the iCloud backup file for the data you selected.

scan the iCloud backup file

Step 3: Once the scan is complete, select the files you want to recover from the results page and then click “Recover” to save them.

select the files you want to recover from icloud

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