You have enabled the screen passcode on your iPad to protect it against unauthorized users. It is good until you forget the new passcode you recently changed or your kid is playing with your iPad lock screen and taps the wrong passcode many times. Then you will get a message of iPad is disabled and says connect to iTunes or "iPad is disabled try again in x minutes". 

It is frustrating when your iPad is locked. If you have never synced to your iPad on iTunes or somehow iTunes failed to get you into the device, how to unlock a disabled iPad without iTunes? Don't fret. This article puts together 4 methods to help you figure out how to get your iPad out of the disabled mode without iTunes and enable you to regain full access. 

How to Unlock Disabled iPad Without iTunes Directly

Given that iTunes can't unlock your disabled iPad, an easy way to unlock a disabled iPad without iTunes is through an iOS screen lock unlocker. EaseUS MobiUnlock, as its name implies, can quickly remove any type of screen lock on any iOS mobile device including iPhone and iPad. It can bypass forgotten screen passcode, Touch ID, Face ID, and even Apple ID, allowing you to reset a screen lock and access your iPad successfully in a few minutes. 

Follow these simple steps to have your iPad unlocked:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to your PC with a USB cable and launch EaseUS MobiUnlock. From the home page of EaseUS MobiUnlock select "Unlock Screen Passcode."

connect your device to computer

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

start the unlock process

Step 3. Click "Next" to download the firmware for your device. If you have firmware available on your computer, click "Select" at the bottom of the window to select the package manually.

Download or select firmware

Step 4. After you download or select the firmware, click "Unlock Now" and then you will see a waring window. Enter the information required in the box and click "Unlock" again to unlock your disabled iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

Unlock the device

Step 5. Wait patiently for the tool to erase and unlock your device. When it has done, set up your iPhone, iPad, iPod and create a new password.

Wait for the process to complete

How to Unlock Disabled iPad Without iTunes for Free

Professional iPad screen lock removers are all paid services to prevent your device from being unlocked by anyone. If you don't want to use a third-party tool to unlock your disabled iPad at a cost, it is a good idea to use iCloud, a cloud-based service provided by Apple, to unlock a disabled iPad for free. 

With the "Find My" feature that Apple has added to iCloud, you may locate, lock, and reset any of your iDevices that are associated with the same Apple ID.

Steps to unlock disabled iPad without iTunes for free via iCloud:

Step 1. Open a browser and go to

Step 2. Login with the Apple ID account that has been logged in on your disabled iPad. 

Step 3. Click Find My on the home window.

Step 4. Click All Devices at the top of the Find My window to expand a connected device list.

Step 5. Select the disabled iPad to open a menu. 

Step 6. Click Erase iPad and follow the onscreen instructions to factory reset your iPad. 

erase ipad

Your iPad will start with the Hello page. You can follow the setup steps on your iPad screen to get your iPad ready for use. If you have a recent iCloud backup, use it to restore your iPad. 

How to Unlock Disabled iPad Without iTunes via Find My App

You can't restore your iPad with iTunes if iTunes is unable to recognize your iPad on a computer. Another effective way to unlock disabled iPad without iTunes is through the Find My app. The Find My app is designed to help an Apple product owner track and remotely wipe a stolen or lost device, but this requires your device has turned on the Find My feature beforehand. 

Steps to unlock a disabled iPad without a computer:

Step 1. On your iPhone or another iPad, open the Find My app. If you are using an Android phone, you can download the app from Google Play.

Step 2. Make sure you log in to the Find My app with the same Apple ID on your disabled iPad and tap Devices at the bottom of your iPhone screen.

Step 3. Tap on the disabled iPad from the list and select Erase This Device. 

erase this device

Your iPad will be reset to factory defaults shortly. After your iPad boots up, the "iPad is disabled" message will be gone and you can reset a screen passcode. 

How to Unlock Disabled iPad Without iTunes via Erase iPad

It's possible that you don't have access to a computer or another mobile device needed to use iTunes or iCloud to unlock a disabled iPad. You might inquire if the disabled iPad can be undisabled using the device itself. Fortunately, if you have an iPad running iPadOS 15.2 or higher, the answer is yes.

Steps to unlock a disabled iPad without iTunes via Erase iPad feature:

Step 1. Continue entering the wrong passcode on your iPad screen a few more times until an Erase iPad button shows up at the bottom of the screen.

Step 2. Tap on Erase iPad and tap it again on the next screen to confirm.

Step 3. Enter your Apple ID password and click Erase.

erase ipad button

FAQs on How to Unlock a Disabled iPad Without iTunes

The above parts are about how to unlock a disabled iPad without iTunes. The following part gives answers to some questions that people frequently ask when trying to unlock a disabled iPad. 

1. How do I unlock an iPad that is disabled?

You need to use a computer to put your iPad into recovery mode. 

  • Make sure you have a Mac or PC (Windows 8+) and have iTunes installed. 
  • Turn off your iPad, and then press down the Lock button or Home button while connecting the iPad to the computer.
  • Let go of the button until you see a recovery mode screen.
  • Open iTunes and click the Restore button on the pop-up window.

2. How do you bypass a disabled iPad without iTunes?

You can bypass a disabled iPad without iTunes using iCloud. Find an internet-enabled device and open a browser to go to Then log in with the Apple ID and password on your disabled iPad, click Find My, and then select Erase iPad in the menu. 

3. How do I reset my iPad to factory settings without the passcode or computer?

If your iPad has enabled Find My, it is easy to remotely factory reset it on another iPad, iPhone, and even Android phone using the same app. 

  • Open the Find My app on another device. The device has to have an internet connection.
  • Log in with the same Apple ID information on your locked iPad.
  • Find the iPad in the device list and choose to Erase This Device.

The Conclusion

How to unlock a disabled iPad without iTunes should be easy after you follow the approaches in this article. Most methods described are about how to unlock a disabled iPad without iTunes for free. EaseUS MobiUnlock is the best option if you're looking for a solution that can automatically unlock an inaccessible iPad because it is simple to use and has a lot of functionality.

After unlocking the iPad, don't forget to secure your iPad with a new, simple-to-remember passcode and keep it away from your children in case it is ever accidentally disabled in the future.

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Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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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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