How to Reset Locked iPad without Password

Nicole Campbell
January 5, 2021
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    This article shows you 4 ways to help you reset your locked iPad when you forgot the password. While there are many options to reset the iPad when you’ve lost the passcode, the solutions outlined below are the only ones proven to work.

    Let’s get started.

    Why You’ll need to reset Your iPad if you lose your passcode

    The passcode feature is designed to keep your personal data and information from being easily accessed. The reason the device is disabled when you enter the wrong passcode too many times is to prevent someone else from trying to infiltrate the device by using different combinations until the device is unlocked.

    Despite the numerous benefits, it means that you will be unable to access the device if you forget the passcode.

    A comparison of the 4 solutions

    Solutions Prerequisite Suitable Scenario Ease of use
    UnlockGo No prerequisites
    • Forgotten the password
    • iPad disabled, locked
    • iPad broken screen
    • Erase everything on the iPad
    Easy to operate
    iTunes
    • iPad must have been synced in iTunes before
    • Find My iPhone should be disabled
    • Forgot the password
    • Erase everything on the iPad
    Difficult to operate
    iCloud Find my iPhone must be enabled on the iPad
    • iPad is lost
    • Erase the device remotely
    Difficult to operate
    iPad Settings Must have access to the device’s settings If you want to erase everything on the iPad Easy to operate

    That is unless you know how to reset an iPhone without a passcode, which is what we talk about here.

    Before we get to the solutions to reset the iPad without a passcode, here’s a snapshot comparison of the four methods we will be looking at:

    1. Use UnlockGo to reset iPad without password

    One of the best ways to reset an iPad without the password is UnlockGo iPhone unlock tool. This solution allows you to unlock the device and then easily reset the iPad once you have access to the device.

    What is UnlockGo?

    UnlockGo is a third-party iOS unlock tool that can be used to unlock an iPad under certain circumstances, such as when you forget the passcode. It is very easy to use and very fast, allowing you to unlock the iPad in just a few minutes and a few simple steps. The following are some of the program’s most useful features:

    • Unlock the password if your iPad is disabled, locked or even if the screen is broken.
    • Bypass the various locks on the device including Face ID, Touch ID, 4- or 6-digit passcode.
    • Remove the Find My iPad activation lock without passcode easily.
    • Compatible with the various iOS device models and all versions of the iPadOS including iPadOS 14.

    How to Use UnlockGo to Reset iPad without the Passcode

    To use this program to reset an iPad without the passcode, follow these simple steps;

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

    Step 2: Run the program after successful installation and connect the iPad to the computer using USB cables. The program should detect the iPad once it is connected. Click “Start” to begin the process.

    connect the iPad to the computer

    Step 3: To fix the device, the program will need to install the latest firmware on to the device. Just click on “Download” to begin downloading the necessary firmware.

    install the latest firmware

    Step 4: When the firmware download is complete, click “Unlock Now” and UnlockGo will begin unlocking the device.

    Keep the device connected to the computer until the process is complete. Once the device is unlocked, you can then setup a new passcode or reset the device in settings.

    begin unlocking the device

    2. Reset iPad in iTunes

    You can also reset a disable iPad without the passcode in iTunes. To do that, you would have to put the device in recovery mode. Follow these simple steps to do it:

    Step 1: Open iTunes on your computer, but don’t connect the device just yet.

    Step 2: You will then need to put your iPad in recovery mode. The process to put the device in recovery mode will depend on the iPad model. Here’s how to do it:

    Pad with a Home Button: Press and hold the “Side” and “Top” button until the power off slider appears on the screen. Drag the slider to turn of the device. Now hold the “Home” button while connecting the iPad to the computer. Only release the Home button when you see the recovery-mode screen.

    iPad with Face ID: Press and hold the “Home” and “Power” buttons and drag the slider to turn off the device. Hold the “Top” button as you connect the device to the computer. Let go when you see the recovery-mode screen.

    put your iPad in recovery mode

    Step 3: In the popup that appears in iTunes, select “Restore” and wait while iTunes restores the iPad to factory settings.

    restores the iPad to factory settings

    3. Reset iPad using iCloud

    If you had enabled Find my iPhone on the device, then you can use this very useful feature to remotely reset the device. Follow these simple steps to do it:

    Step 1:  Go to iCloud on any browser and sign in with the same Apple ID and password on the device. If you have another iOS device, you can also use the Find my iPhone app on it instead.

    Step 2: Find the locked iPad under “Devices” and click on it to select it.

    Step 3: Click on “Erase iPad” to rest the device. You may need to re-enter the Apple ID password to confirm that you want to erase the device.

    All data and settings on the iPad will be erased and the device will restart. You can then restore the device from an iCloud or iTunes backup.

    Reset iPad Using Find my iPhone

    4. How to reset iPad from settings

    Once the password has been removed and you are now able to access the device, you can choose to erase the device from the settings. Here’s how to do that:

    Step 1: Open the Settings app on your device and then tap “General”.

    Step 2: Tap “Reset” and then select “Erase All Contents and Settings”.

    Step 3: When prompted, enter the Apple ID to confirm that you want to erase all data on the device.

    Reset iPad from Settings

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

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