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Forgot iPad Passcode – How to Unlock your iPad without Passcode

With the prevalent of Touch ID and Face ID, it becomes easier to forget a lock screen passcode of an iPad, whether it is iPad Pro,iPad Air, iPad mini or iPad. If you have a tendency to forget the passcode, it is highly recommended to write the passcode down and put it away to a safe place. Because forgetting the iPad passcode is a very inconvenient and troublesome thing. Even you have the risk of losing all your data on your iPad. Read on about what is going on here if your iPad is disabled and how to fix it.

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Forgot iPad passcode-how to unlock iPad

What’s going on here when “iPad is disabled”?

If you enter the wrong passcode 5 times in a row, your iPad says “iPad is disabled, try again in 1 minute”.
If you enter 7 incorrect entries in a row, your iPad says”iPad is disabled, try again in 5 minutes”.
8 incorrect entries in a row – “iPad is disabled, try again in 15 minutes”.
9 incorrect entries in a row – “iPad is disabled, try again in 60 minutes”.
10 incorrect passcode entries – “iPad is disabled, connect to iTunes”. When you see this message on your iPad, it is locked completely. And you have no chances to key your passcodes then.

Before the last lockout, you still have chances to remember and key your passcode correctly.

The first solution to overcome the “iPad is disabled” is to try again to recall your passcode.

But when “iPad is disabled connect to iTunes” messages prompted, your need to perform a factory reset to erase your iPad, and then restore it from your backups if there is one, or set up as new. In the resetting process, the passcode will be also removed. Here we give four methods about how to reset locked iPad with or without a computer. Read on to find what to do if your iPad is disabled. If you are finding resolutions about what to do if your iPhone or iPod is Disabled, how to factory reset your device, move to the linked page here. Note that the following four methods support unlocking your iPad models including iPad Pro,iPad Air, iPad mini or iPad.

 Part 1: Keep calm and recall your 4-digit or 6-digit passcode.

 When you first see the “iPad is disabled” message on your iPad Pro,iPad Air, iPad mini or iPad, stop and think for a while to recall your passcode. What are your frequently-used 4-digits passwords? What are your Apple Devices related passcodes? Breathe deeply in a silent space, or go out for a walk or listen to music to help remember your passcodes. The fastest way is to ask your family members if they should know that.

Part 2: Reset your iPad with iTunes or Finder with Recovery Mode.

You can reset your iPad without passcodes by putting your iPad in recovery mode.

Recovery mode is effective to troubleshoot the problems of your iPad. Follow these steps to re-enable your iPad.

01. Connect your iPhone to your computer with a USB cable.

02. Open iTunes (update it to the latest version) on your computer.

03. Set your iPad to the recovery mode.

ipad recovery mode

On your iPad with Face ID (iPad Pro): Press and hold the Top 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.

On your iPad with Home button(iPad Air, iPad mini or iPad ): Press and hold the Side (or Top) button until the power off slider appears. Drag the slider to turn off your device. Connect your device to your computer while holding the Home button. Keep holding the Home button until you see the recovery mode screen.

04. Click the Restore button when iTunes (Finder) prompted a message. Then click Restore and Update button in the pop-up window.

iPad requires to be restored itunesconfirm restore and update ipad to factory settingsWait for a while, when it completed, you can set up your iPhone from a recent backup on iCloud or your computer if there is one. Set up your iPad as a new iPad from scratch if there isn’t any backup.

Part 3: Unlock your Disabled iPad via SD iPad Unlocker(without Passcode).

If part 1 & 2 methods are not viable options, you can always settle for third-party software like SD iPad Unlocker. We pick this software because it is verified to be effective to unlock your iPad or iPhone without a passcode. This software can unlock your iPad/iPhone passcode, screen passcode, and Apple ID on your PC or Mac computer.

Free download it on your computer and install it.

Watch Video Tutorial:

01. Open SD iPad Unlocker and connect your iPad to your computer with a USB cable.

02. Head to Unlock Screen Passcode.


03. Confirm your iPad information and Click Download button. Here you go downloading the firmware. Waiting for a few seconds.

Downloading firmware04. Click the Start Unlock button when the firmware download finished and extraction complete.

Extraction-complete05. Enter “000000” to confirm to wipe your passcode, as it will erase your iPad.

You’re done. Later, you can set up your iPad from a local or cloud backup if you have one. If there is no backup anywhere, you should set up your iPad as new.
SD iPad Unlocker supports the following all iPad models:

  • iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad 9.7in (2017), iPad 9.7in (2018), iPad 10.2in (2019)
  • iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Air (2019)
  • iPad mini, iPad mini 2 with Retina display, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4, iPad mini (2019)
  • iPad Pro 12.9in (2015), iPad Pro 9.7in (2016), iPad Pro 10.5in (2017), iPad Pro 12.9in (2017), iPad 11in (2018), iPad 12.9in (2018), iPadiPad Pro 11in(2020).

Part 4: Reset your Disabled iPad via Find my App on iCloud(Without Computer).

You can reset your iPad without passcodes in the method. Even you can erase your iPad without physically accessing it in this way. But more conditions are needed if you apply this way.

Check if you have these options enabled: your iPhone connected to Wi-Fi before the lockout. Find My app is enabled on your iPad before it locked. And You need to know your iCloud ID signed into the iPad.

  • Step 1: Go to and sign into your same iCloud account as the locked iPad on your computer or your iPhone.(Tap Trust your computer or device when prompted, and enter the two-factor authentication passcode appeared on your other iOS devices with the same Apple ID when required).

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  • Step 2: Click Find My and then click all devices to locate your iPad.
  • Step 3: Click Erase iPad. Input your Apple ID passcode if you are required to do so.

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  • Step 4: Confirm Erase in the prompted message.

Afterward, you can set up and enable your iPad again. Likewise, you can restore your iPad from a backup or set up your iPad as new.

Keep a regular iPad backup is important. You never know when the “iPad is disabled” problem will happen. Even if you know the passcode when “iPad is disabled connect to iTunes”, you can’t enter it with a locked-down iPad. Reports news and forums covered lots of examples that children disabled the parents’ iPhone or iPad or people locked their iPhone or iPad unconsciously and became furious. Even some folks turned to android Phones or tablets after the “iPad or iPhone is disabled” data loss. Although it is really a frustrating problem, Apple folk have designed the feature to avoid hacking your data for lost iPhone or stolen iPhone. The only way you can to save your data is to back up your data before an accidental lockout. Move to How to back up your iPad on a computer or iCloud.

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.

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