How to Reset a Locked iPad with 3 Actionable Ways

Nicole Campbell
October 19, 2020

    When you enter the wrong passcode too many times thereby getting locked out of your iPad, the only option you have is to reset the device.

    But since you will not be able to reset the device via the settings, you have few options. In this guide, we share with you the three methods that you can use to reset the locked iPad.

    Let’s jump right in.

    1. Use UnlockGo

    UnlockGo is a third-party iOS unlocking tool that can be very useful when your device is disabled or when it is locked and you don’t know the passcode. It has numerous features aimed at helping you easily unlock the device in minutes. These features include the following:

    • It can be used to remove the 4-digit/6-digit passcode, Touch ID and Face ID from the device in minutes.
    • It is also useful when you want to remove iCloud Activation Lock from the device and gain access to the device.
    • It can fix a disabled device without iTunes or iCloud.
    • It is compatible with the latest iPhone 12 & iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 and more.

    If using iCloud or iTunes are not viable ways to reset the device, follow these simple steps to use iToolab UnlockGo:

    Step 1: Download and install UnlockGo on to your computer.

    Step 2: Run the program and in the main window, click on “Unlock Screen Passcode” to begin.

    main interface of unlockgo

    Step 3: Connect the iPhone to the computer and when the program detects the device click “Start” to begin.

    Unlock Screen Passcode

    Step 4: You will need to download the latest firmware onto the device in order to unlock it. Just click “Download” to begin downloading the necessary firmware.

    Download Latest Firmware

    Step 5: When the download is complete, click on “Unlock Now” and the program will begin unlocking the device. Keep the device connected to the computer until the process is complete.

     passcode removal process

    2. With iCloud/Find my iPhone

    If you had enabled Find my iPhone on the iPad, you can easily reset the device by erasing it remotely. This method will erase all the data on the device, which might mean you lose some data if you don’t have a recent backup. Here’s how to do it:

    Step 1: Ensure that the iPad is turned on and charged.

    Step 2: On any browser, go to and sign in with your Apple ID and password. If you have forgotten you Apple ID, go to to recover it.

    Step 3: Once signed in, locate the iPad and select it before choosing “Erase iPad”.

    Erase iPad

    This will restore the device to its factory settings and you can then restore it from a recent backup.

    3. With iTunes

    The same process can also be accomplished in iTunes. But the method you choose will depend on whether you had synced the device with that computer before or not. Let’s take a look at both options.

    With a Trusted Computer:

    Step 1: Connect the iPad to the computer and open iTunes.

    Step 2: iTunes should detect the device and begin syncing with it. Click “Back up Now”.

    Step 3: When the backup is complete, select “Restore iPhone” and then choose “Restore from iTunes Backup”.

    Step 4: Choose the most recent backup and keep the device connected until the restore is complete.

    Restore iPhone

    Without a Trusted Computer:

    In this case, you will have to put the iPad in recovery mode before you can restore it in iTunes. Here’s how to do it:

    Step 1: Press and hold the Top and one of the Volume buttons until the “Power Off’ slider appears on the screen. Drag it to turn off the device.

    Step 2: Now while pressing the Top button, connect the iPad to the computer. Keep holding the top button until the recovery mode screen appears.

    put ipad in recovery mode

    Step 3: In iTunes, click “Restore” and iTunes will restore the device to its factory settings. Keep the device connected until the process is complete.

    restore iPad in recovery mode

    Nicole Campbell
    Nicole is the chief editor of She has been writing about Apple, software, and computer for over 10 years.

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