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How to unlock disabled iPad without iTunes? My iPad got disabled, and I can’t use it. – Daniel asked our support for help. May 25th, 2022
Are you looking for workarounds to unlock a disabled iPad without iTunes？You are right here. It’s annoying when you got a message showing “iPad is Disabled, connect to iTunes”, or “iPad is Disabled, try again in a number of minutes”, or iPad Unavailable Security Lockout disabled messages. Maybe it’s not convenient for you to go to the local Apple Store to fix it. Actually, if you can’t unlock a disabled iPad with iTunes, you still can apply the third-party software or other ways to enable your iPad without any hassle.
In this article, we will show you how to easily unlock a disabled iPad without iTunes in three ways.
All the iPad models of iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad, iPad 2/3rd/4th/5th/6th/7th/8th generations are supported by the following methods.
Why “iPad is Disabled” message happen.
The “iPad is Disabled” or iPad Unavailable issue is caused by the wrong passcode attempts when you unlock your iPad screen. A disabled iPad may cause by forgotten passcode, or lost iPad, or failed passcode being entered without knowing by you or other people, such as your children. Even there are some people who won’t know the reasons why the iPad got disabled except for the above reasons. You got at most 10 tries to unlock it when you forgot the iPad passcode.
If your iPad got disabled by showing iPad Unavailable or Security Lockout on iPadOS 15 or later, you can also deal with it with these methods.
Learn more about iPad Unavailable or Security Lockout and how to Fix It.
Here we’ll show our picked three solutions.
Part 1. Unlock a disabled iPad without iTunes with SD iPhone Passcode Unlocker.
SD iPhone Unlocker is a comprehensive iPhone passcode bypass software. It lets you unlock your disabled iPad in a few clicks. The app can reset your disabled iPad to factory settings and remove your passcode and data simultaneously.
The software has helped millions of people to recover their disabled iPad. And we prove it worked perfectly and it’s better and better with the company’s technology and algorithm update.
You can restore your data from iTunes backups, iCloud backups, or other third-party or cloud service backups later when you set it up. If you never backed up your iPad before you forgot your passcode or before it’s disabled, you won’t be able to save the data on your iPad.
Free download the SD iPhone Passcode Unlock on your PC or Mac. Install it and launch it.
Video Tutorial on how to unlock a disabled iPad without iTunes.
Step 1: Run the app and Head to the “Unlock Screen Passcode” section.
Make sure your iPad has enough power. On the next page, you can see that the app warning you that the app will unlock and erase data on your iPad and update it to the last iOS version.
Step 2: Put the disabled iPad in recovery mode and connect it to the computer.
- Put your disabled iPad in recovery mode. Follow the onscreen directions to put your iPad in recovery mode.
- Connect your iPad to the computer with a USB cable. And click start.
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.
Make sure your USB connection is good. Using a stable cable is very important.
Step 3: Start to download the firmware package.
Make sure your computer has a good ethernet or Wi-Fi connection. It depends on the internet speed when you finish downloading the software packages. Usually, it only takes a few minutes.
If it takes more than 15 minutes, your iPad will exit recovery mode and access the disabled screen and you’ll need to repeat the steps to put your iPad in recovery mode.
Step 4: Unlock and confirm to unlock it.
The software will automatically finish the package extraction process. Enter “000000” to confirm erasing it. Wait for a few moments.
When unlocking the iPad is done, the software shows you an “Unlock is complete” screen. Later, your iPad bursts to life with a hello screen in multilingual languages.
Hooray. You can reset your iPad up and use it freely.
Part 2: Unlock Disabled iPad without iTunes with iCloud.
To use this method, check if your iPad meets the requirements.
Make sure you have your Apple ID and password.
You’ve turned on Find My iPad.
Your iPad is connected to Wi-Fi.
Step 1: Open iCloud.com with any of your browsers: icloud.com/find.
Step 2: Click All Devices. And select the iPad you want to erase. If it is already your device name, click the top middle name to switch devices.
Step 3: Click Erase iPad.
Step 4: Enter your Apple ID and password. If you’re not using a trusted browser, answer your security questions or enter the verification code sent to your other devices. If you’re using your own computer and want to skip the verification step in the future, click Trust. If you choose Don’t Trust, the process will be interrupted.
Step 5: Confirm erase and proceed.
Part 3: Undisable your disabled iPad without iTunes with an iPhone.
You can use this method to erase your disabled iPad with your iPhone. You should know your Apple ID & passcode.
Option 1: Use Find My App.
If you are using your friend’s iPhone to unlock your disabled iPad. or if you are helping a friend to unlock his/her device.
- Open the Find My app.
- Tap help a friend.
- On the opened iCloud page, enter the same Apple ID as the disabled iPad, repeat the steps in Part 2.
If you are using your own iPhone to unlock your disabled iPad.
- Sign in to your iPhone with the same iCloud account as your iPad.
- Click Devices tap at the bottom and middle of the screen.
- Choose your iPad via tapping it. Scroll down to the bottom and Tap Erase This Device.
- Do as the onscreen directions show.
- Tap Continue and Next. You can skip the steps to enter your phone number or text messages. These steps are designed to be used when your iPhone is lost and the message will show your iPhone or iPad when someone recovers it.
- Tap Erase This Device.
Option 2: Open iCloud.com with your safari or other browsers.
Some people may not find the Find My app on their devices. Maybe your iOS system is older. Apple has merged the app since iOS 13 and iPadOS from Find My Friends and the Find My iPhone/iPad.
You can update your system to the latest version or only open the address: icloud.com/find on your browser. And repeat steps 1 to 5 in Part 2.
How to unlock a disabled iPad with iTunes?
Put your disabled iPad in recovery mode and connect to iTunes or Finder.
Click Restore and wait.
Set up your iPad when the restoring process is finished. check the details about how to fix disabled iPad with iTunes.
How to unlock a disabled iPad for free?
You can unlock a disabled iPad for free with Recovery Mode and connect to iTunes with a computer or laptop, either PC or Mac.
When you are a Mac Catalina or later user, use Finder to restore your disabled iPad (no iTunes since Catalina MacOS).
How to backup up a disabled iPad before resetting it?
You will ask how to back up my disabled iPad before unlocking it? You’ll learn a hard lesson here you won’t save your data with a disabled iPad. However, you can restore your iPad from the previous backups after unlocking it. Apple has designed the function here to protect your data to prevent the brute force of your passcodes. Also, this has brought trouble for users who lock their own iPads.
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