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How to unlock disabled iPad: Have you entered your iPad unlock code by mistake several times in a row, the message “iPad disabled” appeared on the display of the Apple tablet and now you can no longer use it? Do not worry, this is an easily resolvable question, you just need to have a minimum of patience and a few moments of free time. In fact, this is a condition that occurs systematically when the incorrect unlock code for the device is entered more than six times in a row, but which fortunately can be dealt with without too much difficulty, provided, of course, to be the legitimate owners of the tablet.

So if you are really interested in the matter I can explain, step by step, how to unlock disabled iPad . Before giving you all the explanations of the case, it seems to me, however, necessary to make a small clarification: since that in question represents a security measure undertaken by Apple to prevent unauthorized third parties from putting their hands on the reference device, unless you do not has created a backup of the contents of your device, all the data on it will be inexorably lost once you have re-enabled the iPad. I’m sorry, that’s the way it is.

Having said that, if you want to know more about what to do I can not help but advise you to get comfortable, to grab your Apple-branded tablet and to read very carefully the information on the subject that you find right below. I sincerely hope that in the end you can feel very happy and satisfied with what you have learned. Happy reading and good “work”!


How to unlock disabled iPad without computer

The first system you can adopt to unlock disabled iPad is to go and act without a computer , directly from the device itself, from the screen visible after entering the incorrect unlock code several times in a row and indicating that the iPad has been disabled. , taking advantage of a special feature made available by Apple to deal with such circumstances.

What you have to do, therefore, is to double-tap the Initialize iPhone item in the lower corner of the screen, type the Apple ID password to log out of your account and press the Initialize iPhone item again . When the device restarts, follow the proposed wizard to set it up again, restore data and settings from a backup and set a new code . I have explained everything to you, in detail, in my tutorial on how to configure iPad.

Keep in mind that you can only carry out the steps I have just indicated if your iPad is updated to iPadOS 15.2 or later and if it is connected to the Internet (via Wi-Fi or data connection).

How to unlock disabled iPad with iTunes

How to unlock disabled iPad

If you want to find out how to unlock a disabled iPad, what you need is a computer with iTunes , the Apple software for managing multimedia files as well as iDevices. If you have a Mac with macOS 10.14 Mojave or earlier versions, iTunes is already available “as standard”, while if you are using a Windows PC you should have it downloaded and installed first, as I also pointed out in my article on how to install iTunes. To use it for the purpose in question it is also essential that you have used iTunes at least once to synchronize the device.

Having made the above premises, then connect your iPad to a USB port on your computer using the appropriate Lightning cable, wait a few moments for the iPad to be recognized by iTunes and for the software to open automatically (if this does not happen, provide you to open it) then wait for the iPad synchronization procedure to start and complete (it should take a few minutes).

Then click on the icon depicting an iPad that you see at the top left of the iTunes window, then make sure that the Summary tab is selected,  which is always on the left side of the program (if not, select it yourself) and click on the Restore iPad … button  on the right. Then accept the terms of use of iOS by clicking first on Restore / Restore and Update , then on Next and on Accept .

Once this is done, the download of the latest version of iOS available for your device will start (the duration of the procedure depends on the speed of your Internet connection). When the download is complete, a message will appear warning you that the iPad has been restored to its factory state.

At this point you will have to decide, by selecting the relevant option on the tablet screen, whether to configure your iDevice as a new one  or whether to restore your data, apps and settings from a previously made backup.

Note:  If after connecting your iPad to iTunes in the software window you see a warning appear asking you to type a code, try to carry out the procedure in question on another computer or switch to recovery mode, which you find always indicated in my guide, in the final part.

How to unlock disabled iPad without iTunes

IPad Finder

If you are using a Mac with macOS 10.15 Catalina or later you must act without iTunes , as it has been withdrawn from that version of the operating system. To be able to unlock disabled iPad in this case you can then take advantage of the Finder .

So, connect the iPad to the computer via the cable, authorize the connection between your devices if necessary, open the Finder by selecting the relative icon (the one with the smiling face ) on the Dock bar  and click on the iPad item found in the Positions section in the left sidebar.

In the screen you now see, select the General tab , click on the Restore iPad button and confirm your intentions by pressing the Restore button . The rest of the operations to be performed are similar to those I have already indicated to you in the previous step on the use of iTunes .

How to Unlock Disabled iPad from iCloud

How to unlock disabled iPad

You do not have a computer at hand or in any case do you prefer to take an alternative route to the one mentioned above? Then you can unlock your disabled iPad using Find my iPad , the anti-theft system that Apple has made available for all its devices and which, as easily understood from the name itself, also allows you to identify lost iDevices on the map.

Obviously, in order to use Find my iPad for the purpose in question, it is essential that the function has been previously activated on the tablet, otherwise… nisba ! For your information, I would like to point out that to enable the Find my iPad function on the device you need to access the iOS home screen, tap on the Settings icon , press on your name at the top of the screen subsequently displayed, then on iCloud and then on Find My iPad . Finally, you need to turn ON  the switch present in correspondence of the item Find my iPad .

If you comply with the above requirement, the first thing you need to do in order to unlock your disabled iPad is to connect to the home page from a computer, other tablet or smartphone with an active and working Internet connection. Then log in to your Apple account by typing your username and password in the fields on the screen and then pressing the  arrow symbol on the right. If two-factor verification or two-step verification is enabled on your account, please also authenticate as indicated.

On the Internet page that you will later see appear, set the language and the time zone (only if it is the first time you connect to the service via the Web) then press the  Save button  and select the Find iPhone icon . Re-type the password for your Apple ID and press  Login .

Within a few moments you will find yourself in front of a map with the geographical position of the iPad and that of any other devices of the “bitten apple” connected to the same Apple ID. Then select the words  All devices  in the upper right part of the web page, then select the name of your iPad (eg  Salvatore’s iPad ) from the list that appears and, from the box that appears on the side, choose the option  Initialize the iPad .

Finally, enter your Apple ID password and choose whether to receive a message at the end of the operation and / or display a personalized message on the device screen. Once this is done, your iPad will be immediately restored to its factory state and on the iCloud web page you will see a warning indicating that the tablet has been initialized and therefore the entire procedure has actually been successful.

Continuing from the iPad screen you will then have to decide whether to configure the device as a new one  or whether to restore data, apps and settings from a previously made backup.

Other solutions to unlock disabled iPad

How to unlock disabled iPad

Have you never synchronized your iPad and iTunes and / or have not configured Find my iPad on on your positive, so it is not possible for you to carry out the procedure indicated in the previous step? Then to succeed in your intent there is nothing left to do but take advantage of the recovery mode (you need a computer and iTunes). By doing so, the iPad and its code will be initialized and then you can start using the tablet again as if nothing had ever happened.

To put the iPad in recovery mode, to begin with, use the Lightning cable to connect the Apple tablet to one of the USB ports on your computer and then wait a few moments for iTunes to start. If you are using a Windows computer – and therefore unless you have already installed it, iTunes is not pre-installed – you can download and install the program following the instructions contained in my guide on the subject that I pointed out to you at the beginning. item.

While the device is connected, you must then force restart it. To do this, press and hold the Standby / Restart and Home buttons simultaneously . Keep holding both keys even when the Apple logo appears. Only release them when you see the recovery mode screen appear.

Once this is done, you will see a window appear on the computer desktop indicating that there is a problem with the tablet and therefore you need to update or reset the device. You respond to the alert by pressing the Reset button .

At this point, the download via iTunes of the latest version of iOS compatible with your iPad will start and when the download is complete (the duration of the procedure depends on the speed of your Internet connection) a message will appear on the desktop indicating that the device has been restored to factory state.

Finally, decide, by selecting the appropriate option on the tablet display, whether to configure the device as a new iPad  or whether to restore data, apps and settings using a previously made backup.

Note:  If downloading the latest version of iOS compatible with your iPad takes more than 15 minutes, the device will exit recovery mode and you will need to repeat the procedure described in this step all over again.

In case of doubts or problems

Photo of the Apple Store in Bologna

Despite having followed the instructions on how to unlock a disabled iPad that I have given you in the previous lines, you have not succeeded in your intent? While you were practicing one or more of the procedures described above, did any other problems arise and you could not complete everything? Then I strongly recommend that you get in touch with Apple Support so that we can try to resolve the matter with them.

Based on your very personal preferences as well as the means in your possession, you can get in touch with Apple by choosing one of the following systems.

  • By phone – Call the toll-free number  800 915 904  directly from your smartphone or landline and follow the instructions of the voice guide. The call is free and the number is active from Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 19:45.
  • Online – Connect to  the appropriate page  for online support located on the official Apple website, select the iPad icon  and follow the on-screen wizard to indicate the type of problem encountered and get the help you need .
  • Apple Support App – Download the Apple Support app on iOS (it doesn’t have to be the iPad), launch it, connect to your Apple iPad, select your iPad from the list of devices you want to get help for and you will see a list that contains numerous items. Then tap on the one you are interested in and proceed following the instructions on the screen.
  • Twitter – Visit the verified account  @AppleSupport , and send him a tweet or a direct message indicating what are the problems you encountered. In a short time you should receive an answer.
  • Apple Store – Go directly to one of the various Apple Stores on the Italian territory (and not) asking for support “in person”. To find out where the closest Apple Store is located, you can refer to the list on the appropriate Internet page .

For more details on what to do, I strongly suggest you read my article dedicated, precisely, to how to contact Apple through which I proceeded to talk to you about the matter in great detail.