"How can I unlock an iPad that I bought from someone else but is locked and requires the old iTunes credentials?" - From a Quora user

It happens that you bought a second-hand iPad from someone else but don't know its password. Or You may wonder "How to unlock an iPad I found?" Thus, you are locked out of iPad and can't get into it to use the device normally.

When such a case occurs, there is no choice but to erase the device. Via a factory reset, you can remove the lock screen password set on the device. Afterward, you can set up the iPad again and use a new passcode if you want to. Although you will lose all data and settings on the device, you can get into the locked iPad by doing so.

Now, follow one of the ways below to unlock a locked iPad or iPad mini within minutes.

How to Get Into a Locked iPad with an iOS Unlocker

When you encounter a situation like "I bought a used iPad. How do I reset it?" or "I forgot my iPad passcode," don't hesitate to try the iOS unlocking tool - EaseUS MobiUnlock. It helps to unlock iPhone, iPad, or iPod without a passcode. With this reliable software, you can unlock iPad passcode without restore easily.

It is applicable in the following situations:

  • You bought a second-hand iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch but you don't know its password.
  • You forgot the passcode on your own iDevice.
  • You entered the wrong passwords on your device and you want to fix a disabled iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  • There is something wrong with your device, and you need to update the firmware on it to solve the problem.

Thus, this iPhone unlocking tool will help you get into a locked iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch without the password and fix issues that are caused by forgetting the password.

EaseUS MobiUnlock supports all lock screen types, including 4-digit code, 6-digit code, Touch ID, and Face ID. In addition to lock screen passwords, it also works to remove Apple ID without its passcode, bypass screen time passwords, and more.

To get into a locked iPad with EaseUS MobiUnlock:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS MobiUnlock, connect the iPad to the computer, and then select "Unlock Screen Passcode" from the home page of EaseUS MobiUnlock. 

connect your device to computer

Step 2. Once your device is connected, click "Start" to proceed.

start the unlock process

Step 3. Click "Next" to download the appropriate firmware for your device. If the firmware has been downloaded already, select the package manually.

Download or select firmware

Step 4. Wait for the firmware verification to complete. After that, click "Unlock Now". In the warning window, enter the information required and click "Unlock" again to unlock the iPad without password.

Unlock the device

Step 5. Wait for the tool to remove your iPad password. When it has done, set up your device and you can use it again.

Wait for the process to complete

How to Unlock a Locked iPad with iTunes

Does Apple provide a solution for you to unlock a locked iPad? Of course. For users who forgot their iPhone, iPad, or iPod password, Apple's solution is to use iTunes to restore the device.

By manually putting the device into recovery mode, you can factory reset the locked iPad with iTunes, achieving the goal of erasing all data and settings on the iOS or iPadOS device.

To unlock an iPad with iTunes, download and install the latest version of iTunes on your computer and prepare a USB cable. Once you are ready, follow the steps below to get into the locked iPad.

Here's how to get into a locked iPad with iTunes:

Step 1. Disconnect the iPad and the computer.

Step 2. Turn off the iPad.

Step 3. Connect the iPad to the computer and simultaneously hold and press the Top button (for iPad models that don't have a Home button) or the Home button until you see the recovery mode screen on the locked iPad.

Step 4. Go to iTunes and choose the locked iPad.

Step 5. Now you can see there is a new window asking you what to do with the iPad, choose "Restore" and wait for the process to finish.

Step 6. Set up the iPad and then you can use it as usual.

Enter Recovery Mode on iPad

If you want to refer to the official guide, go to Apple.com to learn what to do if you forgot your iPad passcode. If you are looking for multiple ways to unlock iOS passcode without iTunes, you can refer to the following:

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Unlocking an iPad passcode without a computer or iTunes

How to unlock an iPad Without a Password via iCloud

Compared with the first two methods, iCloud is more convenient to get into a locked iPad without passcode since it doesn't require a computer or a USB cable. It helps to get into a locked iPad without a computer.

However, using iCloud is not suitable for all situations. If you ensure:

  • The Find My Device feature is enabled on the locked iPad.
  • You remember the Apple ID and password used on the iPad.
  • There is a Wi-Fi network connection on the device.

Then iCloud will be a workable way for you to wirelessly unlock iPad with iCloud when forgot password.

To open a locked iPad via iCloud:

Step 1. Visit iCloud with any device and sign in with the Apple ID account used on the iPad.

Step 2. Select "Find iPhone" among the options.

Step 3. Click "All Devices" and choose the locked iPad in the list.

Step 4. Click "Erase iPad" and confirm.

Step 5. When the erasing process completes, set up the iPad, and then you can get into the device.

Choose Find iPhone in iCloud

That's all it takes to unlock iPad with iCloud. It's really a good option to get into a locked iPad without iTunes.

How to Open a Locked iPad via Siri

Using Siri to get into a locked iPad is only practical when the iPad is running a version between iOS 8 and iOS 10.1. Via a bug in these versions, you can unlock an iPad without losing data.

However, since most iPad devices are running a later version, this way to open a locked iPad is only workable for a minority of users.

To use Siri to get into a locked iPad without resetting it:

Step 1. Double-click the Home button to arouse Siri.

Step 2. Ask Siri to open an app that you don't have on the locked iPad.

Step 3. When Siri gives you access to the App Store.

Step 4. Click to go to the App Store and download or upgrade an app.

Step 5. Preview it and you will be able to get into the locked iPad without a password.

How to Unlock iPad FAQs

There are problems you may also encounter. Read on to get the answers if you need to.

1. Can you bypass the iPad lock?

If you forgot your iPad password, you can bypass the iPad lock by erasing the device. To erase a locked iPad without a password, you can use a professional iPhone unlocker, iTunes, or iCloud to help. The first two methods need a computer and a USB cable to work. While the last doesn't. You can choose one of them to bypass the iPad lock.

2. How do you manually unlock an iPad?

To manually unlock an iPad, prepare a computer and a USB cable, and then download and install iTunes on the computer. Enter recovery mode manually and then restore the device. By doing so, you can reset the iPad to factory settings and thus unlock the device.

3. Can you reset a stolen iPad?

If your iPad is stolen, you can reset it remotely using iCloud. As long as you have enabled Find My iPad feature on your device. Just go to iCloud.com on another device, sign in with the Apple ID used on the iPad, and then choose Find iPhone. Select the stolen iPad and then erase it.

4. How to unlock an ipad I found?

It is recommended to use the EaseUS iPhone unlock tool described above to unlock a second hand ipad when you are required to unlock the Activation Lock or remove the passcode that you forgot.

The Bottom Line

The cost of forgetting the passcode to your device is losing all data and settings. It's important to remember the password you set, especially when it comes to your lock screen passcode, Apple ID password, and iTunes backup password.

If you have an iTunes or iCloud backup available, you can restore your device when you see the Apps and Data screen during the setup process. That's the only way to minimize your data loss.


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Updated by Gloria

Gloria joined EaseUS in 2022. As a smartphone lover, she stays on top of Android unlocking skills and iOS troubleshooting tips. In addition, she also devotes herself to data recovery and transfer issues.

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Written by Myra

Myra joined EaseUS in 2017. As a big fan of Apple products, she mainly focuses on iOS data transfer and iOS troubleshooting tips. Meanwhile, she is expanding her knowledge and skills in other fields like data recovery and disk management. Myra is open-minded and likes both extensive and intensive reading. Other than reading and writing, she is also fond of mobile games and K-pop stars.

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