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iPad is Disabled Connect to iTunes How to Fix?

Are you eager to swiftly resolve the “iPad is disabled, connect to iTunes” issue that’s rendered your iPad unusable?

This ipad disabled message on a black screen signifies an alarming situation, blocking your access to the entirety of your iPad, including vital apps, contacts, messages, photos, and more. It’s a tangled problem that puts all your precious data at risk.

In this article, we’ll provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to tackle the “iPad is disabled, connect to iTunes” error and reclaim control of your device.

iPad is disable connect to iTunes fixed
iPad is disabled Connect to iTunes Fixed

What Does it Mean and Why “iPad is disabled, Connect to iTunes”?

When you enter too many incorrect passcode entries to your iPad, your iPad will show you the message saying “iPad is disabled, try again in X minutes”, after 10 failed passcode attempts, the iPad will show you “iPad is disabled, connect to iTunes”.

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How Did It Happen? Possible Reasons.

Someone has reported their iPad was disabled by the children when playing with it. Some people may forget their passcode and have many wrong tries. Some people even disable their iPad without knowing it. Some people also disable it when the iPad is not properly put away or unintentionally enter the passcodes.

iPad is disabled, connect to iTunes but I Know the Passcode.

Can I enter my correct passcode? I remember it.

You may be thinking to yourself: “Wait! I remember my passcode” after I see the “iPad is disabled, connect to iTunes screen”. Unfortunately, you are unable to enter the passcode at this moment. You need exactly a factory reset to enable it. Thus you may lose your data on the iPad. It is a consolation that you can restore from your previous backups later. Apple has designed the feature for every iOS user for security.

Is It Too Late to Back up My iPad when “iPad is disabled connect to iTunes“?

Yes. There are many users leaving comments on our websites to seek help saving the data of a disabled iPad. Like, a disabled iPad with many precious baby photos she won’t want to lose. A disabled iPad with important documents he wants to keep. Unluckily, there is no way to back up the disabled iPad. You have to restore it to factory settings to enable the iPad. Absolutely a hard lesson for people who do not have a regular backup habit.

How to Fix “iPad is disabled, connect to iTunes“?

If you won’t do anything, your iPad will be stuck in disabled mode. The only prospect is to reset the disabled iPad to factory settings by deleting all apps and data.

Note that hard restart won’t fix when iPad is disabled connect to iTunes. Here we guide you with three methods to fix iPad is Disabled, connect to iTunes.

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If Method 1 or method 2 is not working for you, try method 3.

Method 1: Erase your iPad using iTunes.

Connect your disabled iPad to the computer with iTunes or Finder.

The normal situation is to put your iPad in Recovery Mode or DFU mode to let the disabled iPad connecting to iTunes/Finder.

Then a prompt with Restore iPad option screen shows up. iPad disabled connect to iTunes not showing up the restore button? Check your cable or unplug it, then plug it to try again. If failed, skip method 1, go to method 2 directly.Restore disabled iPhone iPad without iTunes with Finder

Method 2: Unlock your iPad using iCloud.

This method works only when you have these conditions:

  • Know your Apple ID and password.
  • Find My iPad is on.

On any of your browsers, open Sign in with your Apple ID credential.  Find your iPad on the Map and Click Erase iPad. Confirm Erase and enter your Apple ID password again and click Done.

iPad is disabled connect to iTunes erase with iPad

Method 3. Fix your iPad using the SD iOS Passcode Unlocker.

SD iOS passcode Unlocker software is smart and neat to use, helping millions of people to unlock their disabled iPad.

To get started, free download it on your computer, install it and launch the app on your PC or Mac.

Step 1. Run the app on your PC or Mac. Choose Wipe Passcode section.

Step 2. Click Start on the next page. Then connect your disabled iPad to the computer with a well-connected USB cable.

Turn off your iPad and connect it to your computer, while putting in recovery mode.

For iPad with a Home Button

Press and hold the Top button until the power off slider appears. Drag the slider to turn off your iPad. Then connect your iPad to your computer while holding the Home button. Keep holding the Home button until you see the recovery mode screen.

For iPad that has Face ID

Press and hold the Top button and either volume button until the power off slider appears. Drag the slider to turn off your iPad. Then connect your iPad to your computer while holding the Top button. Keep holding the Top button until you see the recovery mode screen.

Step 3. Download firmware online.

Step 4. Click Start to Unlock and wait.

Later, your iPad will restart and you’ll need to set it up.

Things to Do After You Reset your Disabled iPad – Re-Setting up and Restoring.

When you see the screen showing Apps & Data, choose one of the best ways for you.

Restore from iCloud backup (Entire Restore).

Restore from iTunes backup (Entire Restore).

You can also back up & restore your data selectively from SD iOS Data Backup and Restore(third-party software). It’s important to keep a good tool for daily backups.

Free Download and install it on your PC or Mac computer, restore your data through the iPhone Data Recovery module, which can let you choose to selectively restore your data from iTunes or iCloud backup. This app is mainly designed for iPhone data recovery, but you can do more. ios data backup and restore start(You can choose Selectively Restore from iTunes Backups or Restore from iCloud Backups)

For more details about backup and restoration with this third-party software, refer to How to Back Up Your iPhone/iPad.

We hope this article helped you learn how to fix “iPad is disabled connect to iTunes”.You may also want to see our guide on iPhone is Disabled Connect to iTunes How to Fix, iPad is Disabled and Won’t Connect to iTunes, How Many Failed Passcode Attempts on iPhone/iPad, iPhone Security Lockout, and How to Reset iPhone without Computer.

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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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