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How to Factory Reset iPad without Passcode or Computer

Are you looking for how to factory reset an iPad without a passcode or computer? That means you want your iPad or locked iPad like a brand new one with factory default settings. In this article, we’ll walk you through how to reset an iPad to factory settings without a passcode or computer under different possible conditions.

Factory Reset iPad without Passcode or Computer

There may be many reasons causing you to do this.

  • When your iPad is disabled or damaged, 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, you need to erase all the data. Or before transferring your old iPad to other people, you’d like to keep your private data safe by wiping it.
  • You prefer a factory reset to rearrange your iPad, for full storage or other your liking.

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/9th 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. When you force restart your iPad, 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 without losing data, read Part 5.

Part 1: Factory Reset your iPad via Settings on Devices without a Computer.

This is the easiest way to factory reset your iPad without a computer on your iDevice. To use this method, your iPad 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 iPhone via settings

On iPadOS 15.2 or later, iPadOS 16 or later, or iPadOS 17,  Tap General > Transfer or Reset iPad > Erase All Content and Settings.

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

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

If you have synced your iPad 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 with iTunes under most conditions.

For Windows users with iTunes, or users with Mac and iTunes, Open iTunes;

For Mac users with macOS Catalina 10.15 or later(macOS Big Sur), 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.

Reset on iTunes steps.

  • 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. Confirm Restore. When prompted by clicking Restore and Update. Click Restore and Update.
Choose restore iPad on iTunes on the summary page.
Choose Restore iPad on iTunes on the summary page(on iTunes).
confirm restore and update ipad to factory settings
Choose Restore and Update to reset iPad to factory settings on iTunes pop-up screen.(on iTunes)

Reset On Finder steps.

  • Locate your iPad from the left sidebar.
  • Click Restore iPad on the right screen under the general tap.
restore iPad with Finder
Locate iPad and Click Restore iPad, wait for the Finder to reset it (on Finder).

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

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

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

This app is also capable of resetting the screen time passcode on your iPad 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. Afterward, launch it.

Step 1: Open the App.

Step 2: Head to “Wipe Passcode”. And connect your iPad to your computer.

Go on next if your screen is not locked with the password. if you want to reset your iPad without knowing the passcode or when the iPad is disabled, follow the on-screen directions to check if you need to put your iPad in Recovery Mode.

Step 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 download is complete, enter “0000” to confirm and unlock your passcode. Removing the lock screen passcode will erase all your data and your iPad will be updated to the latest iOS version.

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

Video Tutorial on How Do I Reset My iPad to Factory Settings without the Passcode with Software.

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

Option 1: Erase the forgotten iPad passcode via on the browsers.

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


  • Know your Apple ID and password.
  • If you turn on the two-factor authentication on your iPad, 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.
How to reset ipad without password or computer - reset via on browsers
How to reset iPad without password or computer – reset via on browsers

Steps to reset your iPad without password or computer via the iCloud Find My on the webpages.

  1. Open You can use your iPhone or your family’s or friends’ iDevice.
  2. Enter it with your Apple ID credentials, and authenticate it following the on-screen directions.
  3. Tap Find iPad on the device.
  4. Tap All Device and locate your iPad.
  5. Tap Erase iPad and then confirm Erase.

Option 2: erase iPad without passcode or computer or iTunes on iOS app – Find My.

You can also erase your iPad to factory settings if you forgot the password without a computer or iTunes via the Find My app on your iDevices on iOS 13 or later. Erase your iPad on your other iPhone or iPad if you’ve signed them into the same iCloud.

find my app
Find My app
  1. Sign in to the same iCloud account with the locked iPad on your other iPhone or iPad.
  2. Make sure the Find My feature is both turned on the devices.
  3. Tap Find My on the active iPhone or iPad.
  4. Locate your locked iPad on the screen and Tap Erase this device. Follow the screen next, next and all is done.
how to unlock my ipad if i forgot the password without a computer or itunes - erase via Find My app.
How to unlock my ipad if i forgot the password without a computer or itunes? – Erase via Find My app.

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 data from Backups after a Factory Reset.

Step 1. Back up your iPad before a Factory reset.

If you don’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 iPad: Methods to back up your iPhone/iPad with iCloud iTunes or Apps.

Step 2: Restore iPad 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 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 which your iPad is 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.

Before factory resetting your iPad by erasing all data on it, you may also try to fix it with a force restart or a recovery mode.

Force Restart iPad.

For iPad models with FaceID or with Touch ID in the top button. (No Home button)

  1. Press and quickly release the volume button nearest to the top button.
  2. Press and quickly release the volume button farthest from the top button.
  3. Press and hold the top button. When the Apple logo appears, release the top button.

For iPad models with the Home button.

Press and hold the top button and the Home button at the same time. When the Apple logo appears, release both buttons.

iPad Recovery Mode.

For all iPad models, you can put it in recovery mode with our tutorial: How to Put iPad in Recovery Mode.

You can also just turn off and turn on your iPad again to fix minor software crash issues etc.

Reset iPad to Factory Settings on Device with Erase All Content and Settings option.

Password Needed Reset. And you’ll need to unlock your iPad and enter the Settings app.

Tap Settings.

Tap General.

Then tap Reset. Or if your device runs iPadOS 15 or later, tap Transfer or Reset iPad.

Tap Erase All Content and Settings. Confirm Erase it and Enter your passcode.

Wait for a while, your iPad will be wiped and reset to the factory setting after the whole process is finished.

We hope this article helped you learn how to reset your iPad without passcode or computer. Try to erase your iPad on the device, or iCloud or the Find My app if you don’t have a computer. But if those failed, you should try to reset it with iTunes or third-party software on the computer. The third-party software way is a good choice if your device restoring on iTunes is not working. It’s an easy, effective, and time-saving solution.

Amanda Lee

I am the chief editor of 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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