How to Fix A Disabled/Unavailable iPad without iTunes

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

When an iPad is disabled or unavailable, the first solution that pops into our brain is always iTunes, the official Apple device assistant. However, due to the “Trust This Computer” restriction, we can’t just connect the locked iPad to iTunes. Also, if you’re not around a computer, iTunes is a total waste.

To get the unavailable iPad function again, we have to fix it without the help of iTunes or a computer. Read on for 4 practical methods.

How to Unlock A Disabled iPad Without iTunes or Computer

Method 1 to Unlock A Disabled iPad without iTunes & Computer: Find My

To begin with, the first method we use to unlock your disabled iPad is the Find My app.

Do you have an iPhone or another iPad? If you do, this method is of great help and you can continue the reading. Otherwise, skip this and check other methods.

On your iPhone or iPad, you can find this Find My app. Within this app, you can keep track of all your Apple devices registered to the same Apple account. Other than tracking their locations, you can also do remote controls like:

  • Turn on Lost mode;
  • Make the device to be sound;
  • Erase this device.

Apple Find My App

Here, we will use the remote erase feature to help us unlock the disabled iPad. Find My will erase all settings and errors for us including the lock screen, disabled screen, and Face/Touch ID. However, it will erase all data on this iPad too. So, do a backup on your disabled iPad before you let Find My do its work.

After a backup, let’s start to fix your iPad with Find My app on your iPhone/iPad.

Step 1

Launch the Find My app on your iPhone or iPad. Then, tap on the Devices tab.

Step 2

On the Devices tab, find the name of your disabled iPad and hit its icon. Next, scroll down and tap on the Erase This Device option.

Erase This iPad or iPhone Via Find My

The app might ask you to enter your iCloud password to confirm the erase. Enter it anyway and tap Erase one last more.

Your disabled iPad will be erased in a few minutes and booted into a White Apple screen. Once the erase is done, your iPad is unlocked completely and you can set it up again.

Method 2 to Unlock A Disabled iPad without iTunes & Computer:

If you don’t have another Apple device, don’t worry. As long as the Find My iPad is activated on your iPad, we can unlock your iPad remotely without the help of a computer or iTunes.

Here, we will use to fix your iPad easily. Check this out:

Step 1

Sign in to iCloud Find My with the same iCloud account that’s logged in on the disabled iPad.

Next, the website will ask you to verify the login. However, you can’t do the verification when the iPad screen restricts your access. In this case, click on the Didn’t get a verification code? Option on the login page. Then, choose to send via phone number or email.

Sign In iCloud Verify

Apple will send the 6-digit code to your phone number or email now. Enter the code on the login page to complete the step.

Step 2

Browse and navigate to your iPad on the map. Click on it and choose Erase iPad from the pop-out window. Click Erase to start the unlock.

Erase This iPad via Find My on iCloud

Then, iCloud will start to fix your disabled iPad remotely and boot it into factory reset mode. In a few minutes, the process will be done and you can access the iPad without any lock or disabled screen.

4uKey iPhone Unlocker

1-Click iPhone Unlocker

Remove Lock screen, Apple ID, and MDM restrictions in one tool

  • Fix locked, disabled, unavailable iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch
  • Remove Apple ID/iCloud account without password
  • Bypass Mobile Device Management (MDM) with clicks

*Compatible with iOS 16 & iPadOS 16

Method 3 to Unlock A Disabled iPad without iTunes & Computer: Security Lockout

If your iPad is running iPadOS 15.2 or newer, you can try to activate the Security Lockout screen. This is a new security feature of Apple. It’s designed to help iPad owners to unlock their locked iPad directly via the disabled screen.

Note that this Security Lockout feature will come into effect when you’ve entered 7 wrong passcodes on the iPad. You will see that “iPad Unavailable (or Security Lockout) try again in 15 minutes” screen. Also, make sure this iPad is connected to a Wifi network.

iPad Unavailable

  • Once you see this, check out the bottom-right corner of the iPad screen and tap on the Erase iPad option.
  • Then, on the iPad screen, it will prompt you that all content and settings will be removed.
  • Tap Erase iPad again to proceed.
  • Lastly, enter the Apple account credentials on the corresponding input boxes.

The unlocking feature will start to erase the disabled restriction as well as all content on your iPad. When it’s done, reactivate your iPad and start to use it.

Method 4 to Unlock A Disabled iPad without iTunes: 4uKey iPad Unlocker

To use any Apple official unlocking feature to fix your disabled iPad, the Apple ID credentials are the indispensable keys. But it’s quite normal for us to forget them when there’re so many passwords to remember now.

In this case, we can use a third-party iPad unlocker to help us get rid of this embarrassing situation.

4uKey iPad Unlocker will be our go-to solution. This program is so handy and considerate. With it, you can unlock your disabled iPad in minutes without any password or passcode. In just a few minutes, the disabled screen, Face/Touch ID, pattern, or pin code will be erased completely. You’re available to get in with an easy swipe.

4uKey iOS Unlocker Interface

Also, this iPad unlocker is so compatible that you can connect any iPad to this app despite the models and OS version. Even if you are using the old iPad/iPad Mini/iPad Air 1st Gen with iOS 10, 4uKey will bring your disabled tablet back to normal. Let’s not mention the latest iPad Pro, iPad Air, or iPad 10th Gen on iPad OS 16.

Now, download it on your Windows or Mac computer and start to fix your disabled iPad.

4uKey iPhone Unlocker

1-Click iPhone Unlocker

Remove Lock screen, Apple ID, and MDM restrictions in one tool

  • Fix locked, disabled, unavailable iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch
  • Remove Apple ID/iCloud account without password
  • Bypass Mobile Device Management (MDM) with clicks

*Compatible with iOS 16 & iPadOS 16

Step 1

On your computer, run the 4uKey application and click on the Start button in the middle of the screen.

Step 2

Use a valid USB lightning and connect the disabled iPad to the computer as prompted. When the software detects your iPad, click on Next to proceed.

4uKey iOS Unlocker Connect Device


There’re chances that the software cannot find your disabled iPad. In this case, you can boot the iPad into Recovery mode to enable the connection.

Power off your iPad first, then, press and hold the Wake/Sleep button (plus the Home button if your iPad has one). Release the button when you see the Recovery mode screen.
4uKey iOS Unlocker Prompt Recovery Mode

You can also follow the on-screen instruction of 4uKey.

Step 3

On the next screen, 4uKey will prompt you to download the firmware that will be used to unlock your iPad.

You may click on the Browse button and replace the default folder with a new one. Click the Download button to start the process.

4uKey iOS Unlocker start to Download

Step 4

As the download is complete, simply click the Start Remove button to enable 4uKey to unlock your disabled iPad.

4uKey iOS Unlocker Remove Successfully

In a minute or two, your iPad will be fixed. The disabled screen is now gone for good. Launch your iPad and enjoy it like before.


The unlock on 4uKey is like other official Apple unlocking methods. It will erase all data while fixing the disabled iPad. Remember to back up your iPad before unlock.


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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