How to Reset A Disabled iPad with or without iTunes/PC

Last Updated: October 20th, 2023By Categories: Unlock Apple Device

Having your iPad disabled does not mean the end of the world. We can easily enable your disabled iPad with a factory reset. It will put your iPad back to factory settings and help you get rid of any bugs on your iPad.

However, many people may confuse about how to reset a disabled iPad when the screen blocks your access and you can’t launch the Settings app to complete a factory reset. The on-the-tablet option is a big no.

In this case, iTunes, the official assistant for Apple devices, is surely a big helper. But iTunes needs a computer to run and some iPad owners don’t have a computer around. Don’t worry. There’re methods to reset your iPad without iTunes and a computer. Stay tuned.

How to Reset A Disabled iPad with or without iTunes/PC

Method 1: How to Reset A Disabled iPad with iTunes

iPad is disabled Connect to iTunes”, some people may see this on their iPad after they’ve failed to unlock it 11 times. This sign suggests that the disabled screen will not vanish like before. Only if you connect the disabled iPad to iTunes and run a reset will it be fixed.

iPad Is Disabled Connect to iTunes

So, if you have a disabled iPad, take out a USB lightning and connect the tablet to a computer that’s installed with the latest iTunes. For a Mac computer, just plug the iPad into your iMac or Macbook, Finder will run by itself.

How to Connect A Disabled iPad to iTunes/Finder

When there’s a screen lock set on an iPad, any connection via USB accessories will be rejected after the iPad is locked for an hour. This is a default security setting designed by Apple to protect the owner’s privacy and data in case of an unauthorized connection.

That’s why when most of us connect the disabled iPad to a computer, nothing will happen. iTunes cannot find our iPad via the USB cable and therefore won’t sync.

Unlock iPhone to Use USB Accessories

To enable the connection, we need to boot our disabled iPad to Recovery mode, a troubleshooting utility that every Apple device is planted. iPad under Recovery mode will be recognized by iTunes 100% and you can restore your iPad to factory settings afterward.

Let’s see how to enable the Recovery Mode on your iPad and reset it via iTunes.

Step 1:

Unplug your iPad from the computer and power off the tablet. Next press and hold the Power button. Release it when you see the Recovery mode screen.


For older iPad models that have a Home button, you need to press and hold both the Home button and Power button.

iPad Recovery Mode

Step 2:

Connect your iPad to a computer with a valid USB cable now. iTunes will detect the status of your iPad and launch automatically.

You will see a popup on iTunes saying that there’s a bug on your iPad, you can either restore or update the iPad to fix the bug.

Here, the Restore option means restoring your iPad to factory settings. This is exactly what we need, click the button to proceed.

Update Restroe iPhone Under Recovery Mode via iTunes

Step 3:

iTunes will then start to download the firmware that’s used to reset your iPad. It might take 30 minutes or so. When it’s done, iTunes will launch the firmware and start to reset your iPad.

You will see a White Apple screen, the symbol of Apple factory reset on your iPad. When the reset is complete, your iPad is no longer disabled.

Boot it and set it up like it’s a new tablet.

Method 2: How to Reset A Disabled iPad without iTunes

iTunes is not perfect, it has bugs that stop us from resetting the disabled iPad. Worse still, even if you put your iPad to Recovery mode, iTunes may still have the change not detecting your iPad.

When iTunes is still incapable of detecting your iPad and resetting it, try a third-party iPad unlocker, 4uKey.

This is a powerful and handy program that can unlock your iPad despite the disabled restriction. 4uKey is capable of erasing all locks on your iPad including

  • a Pin code,
  • Face ID on newer iPad,
  • Touch ID on older iPad,
  • or a pattern lock in minutes.

When your iPad is disabled, don’t worry, 4uKey will help you get rid of it without extra effort.

4uKey iOS Unlocker Remove Successfully

Also, during the unlock process, 4uKey will reset your iPad to its default settings. In this case, no bugs or malware will exist on your iPad anymore. And also, you won’t have to worry about having the disabled screen anymore.

Now, download the program, and let’s start to reset your iPad with 4uKey.

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iOS Data Recovery

Save iPhone & iPad Data to Windows & Mac in A Minute

  • One-click or selective data backup to computers
  • Highly flexible restore process: preview and select
  • Recover WhatsApp, Photos, Videos, and Audio to iPhone/iPad

*Compatible with iOS 16 & iPadOS 16

Step 1:

Launch 4uKey after the installation. Then, click the Start button on the initial interface to begin the whole process.

4uKey iOS Unlocker Interface

Step 2:

Next up, connect your device to the computer via a USB cable. Also, look down and you will notice some notes that 4uKey wants users to know.

  • Data will be erased after the unlock is complete and you can restore them via a backup (note that iTunes and Find My that we will introduce on Method 3 will also erase your iPad. So, no matter which tool you pick, back up your iPad);
  • The iPad will be updated to the newest iPadOS version;
  • Make sure your iPad has enough power.

Click the Next button to continue.

4uKey iOS Unlocker Connect Device

Step 3:

4uKey will then ask you to download the firmware for a factory reset. Click on the Download button to initiate the process.

4uKey iOS Unlocker start to Download

Step 4:

4uKey will finish the download in minutes. After that, you can hit the Start Remove button and 4uKey will start to unlock and reset your disabled iPad.

4uKey iOS Unlocker download Firmware

Wait for a while and your iPad will get back to normal soon. Lastly, launch your iPad when the reset is done. Set it up again and have fun.

iOS Data Recovery

iOS Data Recovery

Save iPhone & iPad Data to Windows & Mac in A Minute

  • One-click or selective data backup to computers
  • Highly flexible restore process: preview and select
  • Recover WhatsApp, Photos, Videos, and Audio to iPhone/iPad

*Compatible with iOS 16 & iPadOS 16

Method 3: How to Reset A Disabled iPad without iTunes & Computer (via Find My)

If you don’t have a computer around, there’s still a method that we can use to reset your disabled iPad – use the Apple Find My.

This is the security feature of Apple. It’s designed for iPad and iPhone owners to monitor the locations of their Apple devices. Also, if the iPad or iPhone is lost or stolen, owners can erase the missing device remotely to make sure nobody will access the data on this device.

For a disabled iPad, the Apple Find My is surely helpful. It will reset your disabled iPad and make it function again. However, to use it, you need to make sure the Find My iPad is enabled on your iPad.

When this option is on, let’s proceed to reset your iPad.


If you have an iPhone, you can skip the complex steps below and go straight to the Find My app on your iPhone. There, find your iPad from the Devices tab and hit the Erase This Device button. This will reset your disabled iPad too.

Step 1:

Viste the Apple Find My dashboard. There, you need to log in to your Apple account.

To sign in, you will have to pass the verification with a 6-digit passcode. When your iPad is disabled, you can’t get it from your iPad screen. In this case, you can try to click on the “Didn’t get a code” option on the login page. Then, choose to send the code to a phone number or email depending on your choice.

Two Factory Authentification iCloud Login

Lastly, type in the 6 digits to the login page to complete.

Step 2:

After login, find your disabled iPad from the digital map. Next, click the Erase iPad option on the floating window to complete.

Erase This iPad via Find My on iCloud


If you’re talking about factory resetting your iPad with just the home, volume, and power buttons, to be frank, it’s impossible.

You can either reset your iPad through the Settings app on the tablet or use iTunes/iCloud to reset your iPad.

On your iPad, unlock the screen, and open the Settings app. There, go to General – Reset – Erase All Content and Settings. Enter your Apple password to start.


When your iPhone is locked, disabled, or bugger, we can connect the iPad to iTunes under Recovery mode. This is a system utility designed by Apple that aims to let owners fix some easy bugs by themselves.

To boot your iPad to the Recovery mode is easy. However, depending on different models, we have different ways of entering the mode.

First of all, power off your iPad.

If your iPad has no home button and is equipped with Face ID, you need to long-press the Sleep/Wake button.

When there’s a home button on your iPhone and you use Touch ID, press and hold the home and Sleep/Wake buttons.

Release the button(s) when you see the Recovery mode screen on your iPad. Next up, take out a USB cable and connect the iPad to a computer that’s installed with iTunes (Windows) or Finder (Mac).iPad Recovery Mode


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