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How to Factory Reset Your iPad without Passcode or Computer

How do I reset my iPad to factory settings without the passcode or computer? by Lily.

Many people have asked in the community like Lily that how to reset an iPad(or locked iPad) without a passcode or computer? That means you want your iPhone/iPad like a brand new one with factory settings.

There may be many reasons causing you to do this.

  • When your iPad/iPhone is disabled or damaged, or if you forgot the iPad password, or when there are some other problems, you want to reset your iPad to factory settings to fix it.
  • Before selling or after buying an old iPad or iPhone, you need to erase all the data. Or before transferring your old iPad or iPhone to other people, you’d like to keep your private data safe by wiping it.
  • You prefer a factory reset to rearrange your iPhone or iPad, for full storage or other your liking.
How to Factory Reset iPad iPhone without passcode and Computer
How to Factory Reset iPad iPhone without passcode and Computer

The methods we covered on resetting iPad to factory settings without password or computer in this article support all iPad models of iPad Pro(1st/2nd/3rd/4th/5th), iPad Air(1st/2/3rd/4th), iPad mini(1/2/3/4/5) and iPad, iPad 1/2/3rd/4th/5th/6th/7th/8th generations.

However, it’s worth mentioning that sometimes you only need a soft reset to troubleshoot common problems. With a force restart, you won’t lose any data. Unlike the hard reset (factory reset), which will factory wipe all the data from the iPad/iPhone/iPod. When you force restart your iPhone, the whole iOS system and the apps will be restarted and minor errors should be probably fixed.

Let’s work through the four main methods to factory reset your iPad without a passcode or computer. To save your data, we advise you to back up your iPad with iCloud iTunes or apps before a hard reset.

If you need to restore a disabled iPad/iPhone without losing data, read Part 5.

Part 1: Factory Reset your iPad/iPhone via Settings.

This is the easiest way to reset your iPad(iPhone) only with your iDevice. To use this method, your iPad/iPhone shouldn’t be disabled. And you can normally use the apps on it.

  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Scroll all the way down and choose Reset.
  • Tap Erase All Content and Settings.
  • Tap Erase Now.

factory reset your iPad iPhone via settingsLater, your iDevice will be reset to factory settings and restart. You can set it up meticulously from scratch or restore it from a recent backup either from iCloud, iTunes, or other desktop apps.

If your iPad requires you to enter the screen time passcode during the process, refer to this article:

How to Reset an iPad without Screen Time Passcode?

Part 2: Reset your iPad/iPhone via Finder/iTunes (without passcode).

If you have synced your iPad/iPhone with iTunes on your PC or Mac before, it will not ask you for a passcode when it’s plugged into the computer. Then you can restore the iPad or iPhone with iTunes under most conditions, either it is disabled or not.

For Windows users with iTunes, or users with Mac and iTunes, Open iTunes; For Mac users with macOS Catalina 10.15 or later, open Finder.

The difference between locating devices on Finder with macOS Catalina and on iTunes on a computer is that it’s easy for you to locate your iPad in the sidebar of the Finder windows.

  • Open iTunes and plug your iPad into the computer with the lightning cable.
  • Click the iPad icon near the top left corner. Go to Summary Page.
  • Hit Restore iPad or Restore iPhone/iPod. Confirm it when prompted by clicking Restore and Update.

iPad requires to be restored itunes

confirm restore and update ipad to factory settings

With a disabled iPad/iPhone, after connecting to the computer, you are required to put your iPad/iPhone into Recovery Mode. And then restore it when the pop-up window gives you Restore directions.

Part 3: Factory Reset your iPad/iPhone via the SD iPhone unlocker (without passcode).

SD iPhone unlocker is a light app to remove Apple ID, remove forgotten passcode, etc. By removing the Apple ID of the iPad/iPhone or Passcode, it will erase all content and settings on your iPad/iPhone.

This app is also capable of resetting the screen time passcode on your iPad/iPhone without data loss if you’d like to remove the screen time passcode.

Whether you remember your passcode or not, you can use this software to factory reset your iPad by wiping the screen lock passcode.

Firstly, free download and install this SD iPhone unlocker on your PC or Mac. Afterwards, launch it.

Video Tutorial:

Step 1: Open the App and connect your iPad/iPhone to your computer.

Step 2: Head to “Unlock Screen Passcode”. Go on next if your screen is not locked with the password. if you want to reset your iPad or iPhone without knowing the passcode or when iPad/iPhone is disabled, follow the on-screen directions to put your iDevice to Recovery Mode.

Unlock-StartStep 3: Confirm your iPad information(make sure it’s accurate) and download the firmware. if you are unable to download the firmware on the app, just copy the link to your browser and download it. Then select the firmware folder from the app.

Step 4: After the extraction complete, enter “000000” to confirm unlock your passcode. Removing the lock screen passcode will erase all your data and your iPad will be updated to the latest iOS version.

Extraction-completeMake sure your iPad is connected during the resetting process. Wait for a while, your iPad or iPhone will reopen. Re-setup your iPad/iPhone, if your Find My is turned on, you will be asked to enter your Apple ID passcode during the setup process.

Part 4: Erase your iPad/iPhone to factory settings via iCloud Find My app (without a computer).

With this method, you can reset your iPad/iPhone with your other iPhone/iPad or do it when you don’t physically access your iPad/iPhone.

Requirement:

  • Know your Apple ID and password.
  • If you turn on the two-factor authentication on your iPad or iPhone, you still need another iDevice or Mac to receive the authentication code or Trust authentication.
  • Turn Find My iPhone/iPad on.
  • Your iPad or iPhone is connected to the Wi-Fi or cellular network.

Steps to reset your iPad/iPhone via the iCloud Find My app.

  1. Open iCloud.com use your iPhone or your family or friend’s iDevice. Then enter it with your Apple ID credentials, and authentication it following the on-screen directions.
  2. Tap Find iPad/iPhone on the device.
  3. Tap All Device and locate your iPad or iPhone.
  4. Tap Erase iPad or Erase iPhone and then confirm Erase.

There are the above options to factory reset your iPad/iPhone without a passcode or computer. Choose the best for your convenience. If you got a transferred iPad or iPhone without passcode or without knowing Apple ID and password. The SD iPhone unlocker software is your ideal choice.

Part 5. Recover the iPad/iPhone data from Backups after Reset without Data Loss.

Step 1. Backup your iPad/iPhone before a Factory reset or Reset.

If you won’t want to lose your precious photos, contacts, emails, videos, chat messages, and other important app data, etc. on your iPad, the most important thing to do is to back up your iPad before the reset. You can opt for iCloud backups, iTunes backups, or third-party software backups.

Check these detailed steps for backing up an iPhone or iPad: Methods to back up your iPhone/iPad with iCloud iTunes or Apps

Step 2: Restore iPad/iPhone from iCloud backup, iTunes backup, or local backup data from third-party software, even other cloud services backup.

Option 1: Restore iPad from iCloud backup.

When you set up your iPad or iPhone after a reset, once on the Apps & Data Screen, choose Restore from iCloud Backups. Make sure to find a place with a strong Wi-Fi network signal and fast network speed to do the restoring backup.

Restore from icloud backup to set up a new ipad

Option 2: Restore iPad from iTunes or Finder Backup with computer/laptop.

Restore iTunes backups from iTunes or Finder on the computer or laptop your iPad or iPhone synced with.

After Plugging your iPad into the computer or laptop, Launch iTunes or Finder. Then choose Restore Backup and pick the most recent backup to proceed.

Option 3: Restore iPad from local computer backup of SD iOS Data Backup and Restore software.

Once you have backed up your iPad/iPhone data with SD iOS Data Backup and Restore Software, it is easy to restore from the local computer backup from your PC or Mac.

While your iPad or iPhone is disabled, read this How to Restore Disabled iPhone/iPad without Losing Data.

The above solutions work well for all the iPad models of iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad, iPad 2/3rd/4th/5th/6th/7th/8th generations, and all the iPhone models like iPhone 4,5, SE, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus,  iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone X, XR, XS, Xs(Max), iPhone 11,11 pro,11 Pro Max, or iPhone 12(mini), 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max.

You may also want to read: Factory Reset iPhone 11/11 Pro (Max) without Passcode or Computer.

Amanda Lee

I am the chief editor of softwaredive.com. I have been engaged in software and computer gadgets fields for over 10 years, offering proven guides, tips, and software solutions in data recovery, and multimedia field.

This Post Has 4 Comments

    1. Have you tried the method in “Part 4: Erase your iPhone to factory settings via iCloud Find My app” on your iPhone? Or you can factory reset your iPad via an authorized computer. Or try to reset it on a borrowed computer. You can also make a Genius Bar reservation at your favourite Apple Store and get help from an Apple expert.

  1. Please help, my sister gave me her Ipad mini, and she don’t remember her password. It shows only activation lock screen, when we power it on. (she don’t remember her Apple ID and password on it.) How can we factory reset the Ipad w/o a password or computer?

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