7 Ways to Unlock a Disabled iPad with or without iTunes 2023
Looking for effective ways to unlock your disabled iPad with/without iTunes? We will walk you through the practical guide to enable your locked iPad. Read on!
A disabled iPad may be caused by occasional touches in your pocket, wrong attempts by children, or wrong attempts by yourself (forget your iPad screen passcode).
Anyway, it means you are locked out of your iPad and can't do anything with it.
So how to unlock your disabled iPad with/without iTunes? Is there any effective way that works? Find out the answer below!
Why Is Your iPad Disabled?
Your iPad may be disabled for multiple wrong passcode attempts. And the more wrong attempts, the longer time you have to wait. And after 10 times of wrong attempts, you are permanently locked out of your iPad.
Here are the wrong attempt times and matched waiting time:
- For iOS 15.2 earlier
Incorrect passcode 7 times in a row: iPad is disabled. Try again in 5 minutes.
Incorrect passcode 8 times in a row: iPad is disabled. Try again in 15 minutes.
Incorrect passcode 9 times in a row: iPad is disabled. Try again in 60 minutes.
Incorrect passcode 10 times in a row: iPad is disabled. Connect to iTunes.
- For iOS 15.2 and later
Incorrect passcode 7 times in a row: iPad Unavailable. Try again in 1h.
Incorrect passcode 8 times in a row: iPad Unavailable. Try again in 3h.
Incorrect passcode 9 times in a row: iPad Unavailable. Try again in 8h.
Incorrect passcode 10 times in a row: iPad Unavailable.
How to Unlock Disabled iPad with iTunes
The first method you can try is to follow the on-screen instruction: connect to iTunes. It is suitable for users who are used to iTunes. And what you need are as follows:
- A USB cable.
- A computer.
- A cellular or Wi-Fi network.
Unlocking iPad with iTunes is further divided into two cases: in recovery mode and in standard mode. If your iPad has been synced with your computer before, then you don't need to get into recovery mode. If it has not been synced, you need to enter recovery mode.
How to unlock iPad using iTunes in recovery mode and standard mode are introduced below.
Restore iPad with iTunes in Standard Mode
If your iPad has trusted and synced with your computer before, then you don't need the iPad screen passcode to connect to iTunes. In this case, you can also back up your iPad so that you can restore the backup after restoring your iPad.
Follow the steps below:
- Use a USB cable to connect your disabled iPad to your computer.
- Open iTunes (for Windows)/Finder (for Mac).
- Click your iPad icon on the top-left (for Windows)/ on the left sidebar (for Mac).
- Click Restore iPad and wait for the restore process to be completed.
- When finished, set up your iPad.
Restore iPad with iTunes in Recovery Mode
If your iPad has never synced with your computer before, then connecting to iTunes requires you to enter your iPad screen password. This is not possible for you who have forgotten the passcode. So you need to connect to iTunes with the help of the recovery mode.
And here is how:
- Use a USB cable to connect your disabled iPad to your computer.
- Put your iPad into Recovery Mode.
For iPad with Home button:
Press the Home button and the Power button, and don’t let go. Release all buttons when your iPad shows Connected to iTunes screen.
For iPad with Face ID:
Quickly press the Volume Up button, then quickly press the Volume Down button, then keep pressing the Power button and don’t let go. Release the Power button when your iPad show Connected to iTunes screen.
- iTunes will detect your iPad is in recovery mode, then click Restore.
- Wait for the restore process. When finished, set up your iPad.
How to Unlock Disabled iPad without iTunes via BuhoUnlocker
How to unlock your iPad without downloading iTunes or iTunes is not working? Actually, there are many ways to unlock your iPad besides iTunes. Professional unlocker software can help you achieve the same unlock effect as iTunes.
And BuhoUnlocker is one of the best alternatives to iTunes for unlocking iPad. It is a powerful unlocking software for iOS devices. And it has solved the iPad disabled and iPhone disabled problem for many Apple users successfully.
And here is how to unlock disabled iPad with BuhoUnlocker:
- Free download, install, and launch BuhoUnlocker.
- Use a USB cable to connect your iPad to your computer.
- Click Unlock Screen Passcode ＞Start.
- Follow the on-screen tutorial to get into recovery mode.
- Download the latest firmware and then click Start Unlock.
How to Unlock Disabled iPad without Computer
What if you don’t have a computer? Is there a way to unlock iPad without using a computer? The answer is yes. If your iPad is iPad OS 15.2 and later, the option to erase iPad will be displayed on your screen after 7 incorrect passcode entries.
But this method requires that your Find My is on and your iPad has an internet connection. It will also ask you to sign in to your Apple ID.
You can try this method if your current situation is compatible. Tap Erase iPad on your screen and follow the on-screen instruction to enter your Apple ID. Then tap Erase iPad and set up your iPad.
How to Unlock Disabled iPad with Another iOS Device
You can also unlock your iPad using the Find My feature. But note that you will need the help of another iOS device. Use the Find My app on your iPhone or Mac to unlock your iPad. Or you can borrow a friend or family member's iOS device if convenient. This method also requires that your Find My feature is on.
Follow the tutorial steps below:
- Open the Find My app on your another iOS device.
- Sign in with your Apple ID / Click Me ＞ Help a Friend ＞Sign in＞Use a different Apple ID and sign in with your Apple ID.
- Tap your iPad icon and then Erase iPad.
How to Unlock Disabled iPad without iTunes via iCloud
Using iCloud to unlock disabled iPad is also an effective way. All you need to do is open icloud.com. Then follow the on-screen instructions to sign in with your Apple ID. You will then be able to see all the devices under your Apple ID account. Just click your disabled iPad icon. And then click Erase iPad.
How to Bypass iPad Passcode via Siri
There is a clever way for you to bypass your iPad passcode. Check if your iPad is iPad OS 8.0 to 10.1. If yes, you can bypass your iPad passcode via Siri. What’s more, this method won’t erase any of your iPad data.
Perform this with your iPad:
- Press and hold the Home button to activate Siri.
- Ask Siri to open a program.
- Ask Siri to close the program and your iPad will turn to Home screen.
We understand how you feel when your iPad is locked and how urgent you want to unlock it. Hope this post will successfully help you to solve your iPad-disabled problem. After unlocking your iPad, remember to set an easy-to-remember password or write it down in case you forget it again. Go ahead and unlock your iPad using the methods mentioned above now!
Clare Weaver has been captivated by the world of Apple products since the launch of iconic iPhone in 2007. With a wealth of experience, Clare is your go-to source for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and all things Apple.