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 iPad Unavailable Security Lockout? How to Fix It – 4 Ways

Are you seeing the “iPad unavailable” security lockout screen or message, and want to know how to fix it? Even if you see the iPad “Security Lockout” error black screen, it’s actually the same issue as the iPhone Unavailable lockout error with the newly updated iOS 15.2 or later.

On iPadOS 15.2 Or later, when you enter many wrong passcode attempts to your iPhone, it will show you the “iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout, try again X minutes” error, with or without “press home to unlock” on a locked or black screen.

In this article, we will show you how to fix the iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout. All iPad models’ unavailable messages including iPad, iPad mini, iPad Pro, and iPad Air can be resolved in this tutorial.

iPad Unavailable How to Fix
How to fix iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout message or screen, with press home to unlock or not on the screen, or Emergency/Erase iPad Option.

iPad says iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout Message on Screen, What does it Mean?

These messages mean you cannot use your iPhone at that moment. Meanwhile, you can’t access all your data and content on your iPhone. And the only way to unlock the “iPad Unavailable” is to reset and wipe all content and settings on it. All solutions to solve the problem must reset the iPad, including Apple ways and third-party software ways. As to iPad data recovery, people can restore it from the previous backups.

It’s too late to back up a locked-out iPad saying “iPad Unavailable” or “Security Lockout”.  If you’ve learned a hard lesson, I mention this as a strong word of warning: Always back up your iPad or iPhone.

Even if you see the iPad Unavailable with the “press home to unlock option”, it actually won’t work when you press the home to unlock it.

Luckily, when you can remember your passcode, the problem will be resolved by entering the correct passcode when the “try again” time is up. The iPad will become normal, getting rid of the locked screen immediately.

When your iPad is unavailable/security lockout after a reset, recovery mode, restore or update, don’t be anxious. You are not alone here. It’s also caused by the password security measures on iOS devices. you can also follow our tutorial to solve it.

Maybe it’s not fresh for you to see the “iPad is disabled connect to iTunes” screen. iPad unavailable message or screen is the updated version of iPad disabled message or screen in iOS 15.2 or later.

The more wrong passcode attempts you enter in a row, The longer time you’ll need to wait before your next try.

Check these messages of Apple’s escalating security measures.

  • 5 incorrect passcode entries in a row, iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout, try again in 1 minute.
  • 7 incorrect passcode entries in a row, iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout, try again in 5 minutes.
  • 8 incorrect passcode entries in a row, iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout, try again in 15 minutes.
  • 9 incorrect passcode entries in a row, iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout, try again in one hour.
  • 10 incorrect passcode entries in a row, iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout.

The meanings of these messages:

How long before another passcode try? The try again in X minutes is actually a countdown timer. It means you’ll need to wait for the number X minutes, and the screen will show you the live countdown time. That’s why you will see the numbers between 1 to 60.

  • 1 minute; you need to wait for 1 minute before inputting another passcode.
  • 5 minutes; you need to wait for 5 minutes before seeing the entering passcode screen again.
  • 15 minutes; you need to wait for 15 minutes before inputting another passcode.
  • 1 hour; you need to wait for 1 minute before inputting another passcode.
  • No timer; you are completely locked out.

There are a total of 10 times for you to unlock your iPhone with the correct passcode. Once you grasp any one of it to input the correct pin code. The black lock screen will disappear.

As there are other versions of iPadOS 15.2, you may also see the Security Lockout Messages on iPad, such as the following sayings on screen. Both are the same type of problems caused by failed passcode attempts with the same solutions. But it’s with different sayings.

And the “try again in X minutes” time will decrease later as time goes by. Thus, you’ll find the messages such as”iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout, try again in 4 minutes”, “iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout try again in 13 minutes”, “iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout try again in 58 minutes”, “iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout try again in 38 minutes minutes” etc. Try again in X minutes, X is from 1 to 60.  When the time is up, you can try another passcode attempt(You can’t speed up the time).

This security measure aims to avoid brute-force cracking of the iPhone passcode. While it also stops many people who forgot their passcodes from using their personal iPhones. Take it easy when you remember your iPhone passcode, it’s just an alert to remind you to enter your passcode carefully.

Luckily, you won’t be so sad if you forgot the Passcode. you can refer to the following solutions to fix “iPad Unavailable” or “Security Lockout”.

Tap Erase iPad on the “iPad Unavailable try again in 15 minutes” or subsequent screen – Apple Created New Way.

Apple has updated the security-locked iPhone resetting process a lot easier than before with Erase iPad option directly on the device. After entering 8 failed passcode attempts in a row, it will show you the iPad Unavailable Try again in 15 minutes with Erase iPad option. However, through the tests, the Erase iPad option is not always there for everyone for the slightly different iPadOS 15 or later versions.

This is a reverse think solution that works for some people, but not for everyone. However, you can try to check if it works for you. It’s an easy and free way to erase a locked iPad(It’s an updated option released by Apple since iPadOS 15.2, but not widely released to l people for different iOS versions or iPhone models. The specific reason is unknown).

If you only see the iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout in 1 minute or 5 minutes when you forget the passcode, just enter more wrong passcode attempts to arouse the iPhone Unavailable try again in 15 minutes screen. There is a possibility that you will see the Erase iPad option there on the iPad screen directly.

There are some people who will see an “Erase iPad” button on the unavailable black screen when the try again time is up to 15 minutes, if you still do not see the “Erase iPad” option when the iPad says “iPad unavailable try again in 15 minutes”, you cannot use this solution. The Security Lockout or iPad Unavailable message shows up alternatively in a group of lockout screens, it’s very common. Don’t worry, Erase it on the device using Erase iPad whatever the sayings are.

iPhone unavailable or security lockout try again in 15 minutes screen with Erase iPad option.

Steps for unlocking the iPad Unavailable Screen when there is the Erase iPad option.

  • Tap Erase iPad. Then tap Erase iPad again to confirm.
  • Enter your Apple ID password to sign out of your Apple ID on the iPad.
  • Tap Erase iPad to delete all of your data and settings.
  • When your iPad restarts, follow the onscreen instructions to set up your iPad again or restore the data from your backups. And set a new passcode.
iPad Unavailable with Erase iPad
iPad Unavailable with Erase iPad
The iPad is in security lockout remind. you can try your passcode later or Erase all content and settings now.
The iPad is in security lockout remind. you can try your passcode later or Erase all content and settings now.
Erase iPad now by entering the Apple ID & password.
Erase iPad now by entering the Apple ID & password.

Connect your iPad to Your Computer to Fix it. – Apple Way

To fix an unavailable iPad for free, you can plug your iPad into your computer with a USB cable. Why does nothing happen when you connect your unavailable iPad to your computer? It actually is. The lockout iPad won’t be detected by your computer Finder or iTunes until you put it into recovery mode. For recovery mode button operations, read the following steps:

  • recovery modeOn your iPad with Face ID (Such as 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(some 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.

When you put your iPad successfully to recovery mode, click the Restore option on the pop-up window of your Finder or iTunes app. Soon, the Finder or iTunes app will download and install the latest iOS version for you.

If the downloading process takes longer than 15 minutes and your iPad will exit the recovery mode, you simply need to put it into recovery mode again before clicking the restore option.

Restore iPad with FinderWhen your iPhone restart set it up again. then you can retrieve your data by restoring it from iTunes backup or iCloud backup.

Install and Use Third-Party Software on Your Computer to Unlock it.

The SD iPhone unlocker software is our Pick to fix the iPad unavailable lockout problem.

Free download the Windows version or macOS version of the software for preparation.

1. Open the app. Click Unlock Screen Passcode.

Unlock Screen Passcode - Start2. Connect your unavailable iPad to your computer with a USB cable.

Follows Snapshot directions on the Screen to put in your unavailable or security lockout iPad to recovery mode.

put your device into DFU recovery mode3. Download The firmware package to fix The app will show you your iPad information. Confirm it and download the proper version for your iPad. The Algorithm of the app will automatically match the Firmware and verify it.

download firmware package iPhone4. Unlock it.

Click unlock add enter 000000 to confirm it. Wait for the iPad to restart. then set up your iPad later.

Unlock

There are not any available measures to back up a disabled or unavailable iPad. The only way to recover your data is to restore it from backups. The iPad unavailable messages or issues are Probably the severe problems threatening your data safety. Keeping a good habit of data Backup is significantly important to everyone.

Video Tutorial:

 “iPad Unavailable”?Erase the Unavailable iPad on Your iPhone.

When your iPad says iPad unavailable, check if the lockout iPad meets the following requirements.

Before iPad lockout, you’ve turned on Find My iPad on it. And make sure the iPad is online.

Don’t worry If you forgot about those two requirements. If you can check if your iPad is on the map of the Find My app on your iPhone or on the devices list. If it’s there, then you can erase it via Find My.

  1. Grab the iPhone that signed in to the same iCloud account as your unavailable iPad. Locate Find my app on the iPhone and open it.
  2. Tap Devices. Tap your iPad. Scroll down on the page, and tap Erase this device. Enter your iCloud password. Next and the next. Done.
find my app
Find My app
erase Unavailable iPad from Find My app
Open Find My app, tap Devices. Find your iPad, and scroll down. Tap Erase This Device.

Hooray. You should fix your unavailable iPad successfully.

We hope you learned how to fix the iPad Unavailable or Security Lockout iPad. Remembering your password and keeping regular backups are two hard lessons for anyone if you care about your data. You may also want to read our tutorials on iPhone Unavailable, Security Lockout on iPhone, Apple ID or iCloud Sign Out is Greyed OutiPhone Disabled BypassHow to Reset iPad without Passcode or Computer, and How to Transfer Photos from Window PC to iPad.

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.

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