We hate numbers especially when we need to enter several numbers as the passcode to pass through the iPad lock screen. That 4 or 6-digit passcode is the only key for us to enter the tablet when Touch ID or Face ID is not functioning. Things get so much worse if you forget that iPad lock screen passcode.
To get into the iPad and have fun with it, you need to unlock the device either by entering the correct passcode or through unusual unlocking methods. When you don’t have the passcode, we need to explore some handy and quick solutions that can let us enjoy the iPad soon.
Read on and let’s try iCloud, iTunes, or Find My to unlock your iPad without using the passcode again.
Method 1: Use iTunes/Finder to Unlock iPad Without Passcode
According to Apple Support, the best way to get into a locked iPad is by using iTunes or Finder on a computer.
- iTunes is the official iDevice assistant on Windows and early Mac computers. With it, iPhone, iPad, and iPod users can easily back up, update, and restore their iDevices.
- And in 2021, Apple Inc. removed iTunes from macOS 10.15 (Catalina). They transferred all iTunes features to Finder, the default file manager of Macintosh OS.
Both iTunes and Finder can get you an unlocked iPad. Indeed, it would help if you had a computer to unlock your iPad. If you don’t, check on other methods.
Now, let’s take a look at how iTunes and Finder help unlock your iPad.
Step 1: Sync iPad to iTunes/Finder
First of all, take out a USB lightning and connect your iPad to a computer, Windows or macOS.
It’s a usual thing that iTunes or Finder cannot detect your locked iPad. Since you don’t have the passcode to unlock the tablet, you need to put the iPad into Recovery mode, a built-in system restore option for Apple devices. And most importantly, iPad under Recovery mode can be detected and synced by iTunes and Finder without a passcode.
So, if your iPad is not recognized by your computer, try this:
Turn off your iPad first.
- When your iPad has a home button: long press the home and sleep keys together
- When your iPad has Face ID: press and hold the sleep key.
Release the key(s) when you see the Recover mode screen. And connect your iPad to your computer now.
Step 2: Start to restore the iPad
iTunes/Finder will then detect your iPad and activate a window for you. It suggests you update or Restore your iPad to fix the problem. You need to click the Restore button to proceed.
Next, iTunes will start to download the firmware that’ll later be applied to factory reset your iPad. When the download is done, iTunes will start to reset your iPad automatically.
As it’s complete, your can launch your iPad and get into it without any restrictions. However, you need to note that all data will also be gone. You can restore your iPad from previous backup files.
Method 2: Use Find My to Unlock iPad without Passcode
Apple has released a security feature named Find My iPad, a feature that will be activated when iPad owners choose to log in to a valid iCloud account on the tablets.
As Find My iPad keeps on functioning, the owner can remotely track the location of the registered iPad if ever it’s lost.
Besides finding the location, the Find My iPad offers a remote erase function to avoid data leaks once the chance of retrieving it is low. iPad owners can reset the whole iPad remotely without touching it. Through the reset, the lock screen on the iPad will be gone for sure.
To use Find My iPad to unlock your iPad, there’re two ways of doing it. Read on:
Option 1: Unlock iPad with iCloud Password
For the first option, you need to sign in to your iCloud account on any browser with any device.
After login, locate the icon of your locked iPad from the digital map. Choose Erase iPad and enter your iCloud password for validation.
Option 2: Unlock iPad with iPhone (or iPad)
Do you have an iPhone that shares the same iCloud account as your locked iPad? If you do, launch the iPhone and locate the Find My app.
Into the app, locate and tap the Devices tab at the bottom of the screen. Next, from the digital map, navigate to your locked iPad and choose it.
Then, scroll down and find the Erase option. Tap on it to complete the reset.