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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.