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How to Unlock a Disabled iPad

Myra updated on Feb 03, 2023 | Home > iPhone Unlocking Tips

When Will You Get a Disabled iPad

Your iPad will get disabled after you enter the wrong lock-screen passcode at least six times. The difference is, if you try the wrong password six to nine times, you still have a chance to unlock your iPad with the correct passcode. While if you unlock the device with the wrong passcodes ten times in a row, you will finally get a completely disable iPad and see the notification "iPad is disabled. Connect to iTunes."

What Can You Do with the Disabled iPad

That depends.

If you see the notification - "iPad is disabled. Try again in XX minutes," you still have a chance to fix the disabled iPad by unlocking your device with the correct passcode.

However, if your iPad is disabled and says "connect to iTunes," you will need to factory reset the iPad to remove the lock-screen passcode so that you can unlock your device.

Thus, if it's impossible for you to recall the correct passcode of your device, you will have to unlock the disabled iPad by erasing or, in other words, resetting it.

How to Unlock a Disabled iPad

To fix a disabled iPad, it's inevitable that you will lose almost all data and settings on the device. The only situation in which you can unlock a disabled iPad without losing data is that you have made a backup of your iPad before.

With the backup you made, you can restore your device from it after you reset the locked iPad. If you don't have any backup, unfortunately, you will lose data on the device for sure.

Method 1. How to Fix a Disabled iPad with an iPhone Unlocker

With the iPhone unlock software - EaseUS MobiUnlock, you can easily unlock a disabled iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It will help when you forgot the passcode on your iPhone, want to get into a locked iPad, or reset a locked iPod touch.

With this iPhone unlocker, you can remove the lock-screen passcode, including 4-digit code, 6-digit code, Touch ID, and Face ID on an iDevice successfully.

To unlock a disabled iPad:

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

Launch EaseUS MobiUnlock

Step 2. Once EaseUS MobiUnlock recognizes your device, click "Start" to proceed.

connect your device to computer

Step 3. Make sure your device model is the one you wish to unlock and then click "Next" to download an appropriate firmware for your device. (If the firmware has been downloaded already, select it instead.)

Download or select firmware

Step 4. Once the firmware verification comleted, click "Unlock Now." Then, enter some needed information in the new pop-up warning window. Once you're done, proceed by clicking on "Unlock."

Unlock the device

Step 5. After a few second, your disabled iPhone or iPad will be unlocked successfully.

Wait for the process to complete

If you lose your data, don't hesitate to grow a habit of backing up your iPhone from now on. With the iPhone backup software - EaseUS MobiMover, you can manage, transfer, and back up your iPhone and iPad with ease.

Method 2. How to Reset a Locked iPhone with iTunes

As the notification "iPad is disabled connect to iTunes" indicates, you can also use iTunes to help when your iPad is disabled. iTunes helps to unlock an iPad without a passcode by putting your device into recovery mode. Afterward, you can reinstall firmware on your device and set it up again. By doing so, you can remove the passcode set on the iPad so that you can use it again.

To fix a disabled iPad using iTunes:

Step 1. Connect the iPad to a computer with a USB cable.

Step 2. Press and hold the Home button and the Top button (or Top button only if there is no Home button) until you see the recovery mode screen.

Step 3. When you see the window that tells you there is a problem with your device, choose "Restore".

Step 4. Select "Restore and Update" and wait for the process to finish.

Step 5. Wait for your iPad to restart automatically.

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

If you have an iTunes or iCloud backup available, choose to restore your device from the backup in the Apps & Data screen during the setup process.

How to unlock a disabled iPad with iTunes

Method 3. How to Unlock a Disabled iPad with iCloud

Using iCloud to unlock a disabled iPad is only workable when the Find [device] feature is enabled on the locked iPad. Besides, you need to remember the Apple ID and password used on the device. If you do meet the requirements, you can use iCloud to fix a disabled iPad wirelessly.

To unlock a locked iPad via iCloud:

Step 1. Visit on another device and sign in with the Apple ID account you use on the iPad.

Step 2. Choose "Find iPhone" and expand "All Devices".

Step 3. Choose the disabled iPad and click "Erase iPad".

Step 4. Click "Erase" to confirm.

How to unlock a disabled iPad with iCloud


To unlock a disabled iPad, you have to erase the device so that you can remove the passcode on it. This, however, will cause data loss without a doubt.

After an experience of fixing a disabled iPad, you should be reminded of the importance of data backup. Backing up your precious data is really a necessary thing if you want to keep your precious data secure. Don't hesitate. Do it right now!



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