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 iPad Unavailable How to Fix – 3 Ways

Are you seeing the “iPad unavailable” screen or message, and want to know how to fix it?

On iPadOS 15.2 Or later, when you enter many wrong passcode attempts to your iPhone, it will show you “iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout, try again X minutes”.

In this article, we will show you how to fix the iPad Unavailable/Security Lockout Screen.

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How to fix iPad Unavailable//Security Lockout message or screen

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

Maybe It’s not fresh for you to see the “iPad is disabled” 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 escalating security measures.

  • 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.

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 among 1 to 60.  When the time is up, you can try another passcode attempt.

These messages mean you cannot use your iPhone at that moment. Meanwhile, you can’t access all your data and content on your iPhone.

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”.

Part 1. Connect your iPad to Your Computer to Fix it.

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 the 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.

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

Part 2. 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.


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.

Part 3. “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.
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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.

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 Apple ID or iCloud Sign Out is Greyed OutHow to Transfer Photos from Window PC to iPad.

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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