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Are you looking for the iPad is Disabled/Unavailable for 1 hour or try again in X minutes how to bypass it if you forgot the Passcode?
Note: The new iPadOS 15.2 or later says "iPad Unavailable, try again in X minutes", it is the same pattern issue as the iPad is disabled, just a new saying instead. The iPadOS system prior to iPadOS 15.2 says iPad is Disabled try again message.
Update: Besides iPad Unavailable try again in 1 hour, The newer iPadOS 16 or later also says, iPad Unavailable, try again in 3 hours and iPad Unavailable, try again in 8 hours before the complete lockout "iPad Unavailable" security lockout. That's why you see the countdown timer for try again in 7 hours, or 6 hours, 5 hours, or fewer hours. That is to say, your iPad is running on iPadOS 16 or later.
With the prevalence 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. Maybe you have been there "iPad is Disabled/Unavailable, try again in 1 hour(60 minutes)", "iPad is Disabled/Unavailable, try again in 15 minutes" or "iPad is Disabled/Unavailable, try again in 5 minutes or 1 minute" or "iPad is Disabled, connect to iTunes" "iPad Unavailable" and was distraught after that. If you have a tendency to forget the passcode, it's highly recommended to write the passcode down and put it away in 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/unavailable for 1 hour, or 3 hours, or 8 hours, or iPad is disabled/unavailable try again in 5/15/60/X minutes, and how to bypass your lockout iPad without a passcode.
Why is your iPad saying "iPad is disabled/unavailable", "locked for 1 hour(minute)", and "try again in 5/15/60/X minutes", 3 hours, 7 hours, 8 hours, and you forgot the iPad passcode?
In iPadOS Prior to iPadOS 15.
- 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 1 hour(60 minutes)". There is the last chance to enter your correct password when you see the message that iPad is Disabled, try again in 1 hour.
- 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 chance to key your passcodes then.
In iPadOS 15 or later, before iPadOS 16.
iPad says "iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout, try again in X minutes", with the same issues but new saying patterns.
- iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout, try again in 1 minute.
- iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout, try again in 5 minutes.
- iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout, try again in 15 minutes.
- iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout, try again in one hour.
- iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout. For 10 total failed passcode attempts.
In iPadOS 16 or later.
- 4 failed passcode attempts in a row, iPad Unavailable, try again in 1 minute.
- 5 failed passcode attempts in a row, iPad Unavailable, try again in 5 minutes.
- 6 failed passcode attempts in a row, iPad Unavailable, try again in 15 minutes.
- 7 failed passcode attempts in a row, iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout, try again in 1 hour.
- 8 failed passcode attempts in a row, iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout, try again in 3 hours.
- 9 failed passcode attempts in a row, iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout, try again in 8 hours.
- 10 failed passcode attempts in a row, iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout.
Before the last lockout of 10 wrong password attempts, you still have chances to remember and key your passcode correctly. Once you saw the "iPad is disabled, connect to iTunes" screen, the iPad won't accept entering a passcode anymore, even if you know the password after that. How to unlock an iPad without a passcode?
The first solution to overcome the "iPad is disabled/iPad Unavailable Try again in 1 hour" is to try again to recall your passcode, then enter the correct passcode. You'll regain access to your iPad.
But when "iPad is disabled connect to iTunes" and "iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout" with no timer messages are 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 it up as new. Even if you have the password, the iPad won't accept entering it at this point. In the resetting process, the passcode will be also removed. Here we give four methods about how to unlock and reset a locked iPad with or without a computer. Read on to find out how to unlock your iPad without a password if your iPad is disabled. Note that the following four methods support unlocking your iPad passcode, models including iPad Pro,iPad Air, iPad mini, or iPad.
What Happens after iPad is Disabled/Unavailable for 1 Hour.
When 1 hour is up, entering the correct passcode on the iPad, you will bypass it successfully(last chance to enter the passcode).
On devices before iPadOS 15, When 1 hour is up, entering the wrong passcode, you'll find "iPad is disabled, connect to iTunes". That is to say, your iPad won't be enabled until you reset it.
On devices running iPadOS 15 or later before iOS 16, you should get the iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout with no timer after iPad is locked for 1 hour.
On iPadOS 16 or later, you should get the iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout try again in 3 hours after iPad is unavailable try again in 1 hour. Later, try again in 8 hours. Finally iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout no timer.
What to do when the iPad is Disabled/Unavailable for 1 Hour or Try again in alerts showing on the screen?
Part 1: Keep Calm and Recall Your 4-digit or 6-digit Passcode to Bypass the Screen & Unlock your iPad with the Correct Password.
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-digit passwords? What are your Apple devices' related passcodes? Breathe deeply in a silent space, 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. Enter your correct password after waiting for the trying minutes, and you will undisable your iPad, get rid of that "iPad is Disabled" message, and get into your iPad again.
Part 2: Reset your iPad with iTunes or Finder via 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 iPad to your computer with a USB cable.
02. Open iTunes (update it to the latest version) on your computer.
03. Set your iPad to 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 the 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.
Wait for a while, when it is completed, you can set up your iPad 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 the app and install it on your PC or Mac.
01. Open SD iPad Unlocker and connect your iPad to your computer with a USB cable.
02. Head to Wipe Screen Passcode.
03. Confirm your iPad information and Click the Download button. Here you go downloading the firmware. Waiting for a few seconds.
04. Enter "0000" and Click Unlock 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), iPad/iPad Pro 11in(2020).
In a word, it supports resetting all disabled iPad models: iPad mini, iPad, iPad Air, iPad Pro, no matter if it is iPad 2/3/4/5th/6th/7th/8th generations.
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Part 4: Unlock your Disabled iPad via Find My App on iCloud(without Computer).
You can reset and wipe 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 it.
Check if you have these options enabled: your iPad is connected to Wi-Fi before the lockout. Find My app is enabled on your iPad before it is locked. And You need to know your iCloud ID that is signed into the iPad.
Step 1: Go to iCloud.com and sign in to 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 that appeared on your other iOS devices with the same Apple ID when required).
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.
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.
Part 5. iPadOS 16 or later update: the Erase iPad option.
On iPadOS 15.2 or later, even on iPadOS 16 or later, you can erase it with the Erase iPad option if it's available.
Enter more wrong passcode attempts until the Erase iPad appears. Tap Erase iPad. Tap Erase iPad and enter your Apple ID and password. It will erase the iPad.
How to Bypass My iPad with the "iPad is disabled for 1 hour" or "iPad is disabled try again in 1 hour or 3 hours, 7 hours, 8 hours error if I forgot the password, or for no reason？ You got these solutions that work for people who have encountered the problem before. Cherish the last chance to remember your passcode. Even if you forgot your iPad passcode, the app is of great significance to help you immediately to reset your iPad. Later, you can set it up or restore it from the previous backups.
Keeping 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 their parents' iPhones or iPad or people locked their iPhones or iPads unconsciously and became furious. Even some folks turned to android Phones or tablets after the "iPad is disabled" data loss. Although it is really a frustrating problem, Apple folk has designed the feature to avoid hacking your data for lost iPhones or stolen iPhones. The only way you can save your data is to back up data before an accidental lockout. Move to How to back up your iPad on a Computer or iCloud.