Have you got locked out of your iPad? If you forget the password to the lock screen of your iPad, you may want to use iCloud to remove the lock screen.

In this article, we will explain how to unlock iPad with iCloud from scratch. Besides, we will introduce a few other ways to help you unlock iPad without password. Let's explore it now!

Part 1. How to Unlock iPad with iCloud When Forgot Password

iCloud is not only served as a cloud-based service to back up and store files but also helps you find your iPhone and erase all the data that is stored on your iPad when you lost it. As a cloud service, iCloud also enables you to transfer photos from iPad to iPhone for backup if you enable iCloud Photos on your iPad.

When you forget your iPad password, you can use iCloud to erase all the data that is previously on the device (including the password of the lock screen). Before proceeding with iCloud, make sure that you transfer files from iPad to computer for backup to avoid data loss and that the Find My feature is enabled on your iPad. If you didn't turn on Find My from Settings, then this method is not available to erase your device.

When you are ready, follow the steps below to learn how to unlock iPad with iCloud step by step:

Step 1. Go to iCloud.com and on your computer. And sign in with the same Apple ID as used on your iPad.

Step 2. Click Find My > Apple Device on the top of the map to select your locked iPad from the dropdown menu.

Step 3. Then select Erase iPad.

Step 4. Follow the on-screen instructions to confirm all the information. Then select Erase to start the process.

unlock iPad via iCloud

Part 2. Alternatives to Unlock iPad Without Password or iCloud

It is time to consider other ways to unlock your iPad when you forget the password if you didn't enable the Find My feature previously. In fact, you can use a lot of other ways to unlock your iPad without password apart using iCloud. In the following, we will introduce additional ways to help you address that issue perfectly.

1. EaseUS MobiUnlock

Have you ever tried a piece of third-party iPad unlocker software? If not yet, today we will will share with you a powerful and versatile iOS unlocker tool - EaseUS MobiUnlock.

With EaseUS MobiUnlock, you can unlock the iPad lock screen and change Apple ID on iPad without password. Besides, you can use it to reset Screen Time passcode if you turn on the Screen Time setting and forget the passcode. In a word, this unlocking software is a perfect all-in-one solution for lock screen removal of iPad. You are welcome to download it here to get the trial version of this application.

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

2. iTunes/Finder

In addition to a third-party unlocker tool, you can also use iTunes or Mac Finder to restore your iPad to its original factory settings. Make sure the Find My feature is disabled on your locked iPad since this feature will stop the device from resetting.

In addition, if your computer is a Windows PC or a Mac running macOS Mojave or earlier, you are able to use iTunes to restore your iPad. While if you have a Mac running macOS Catalina or later, it is recommended to use the Finder service on your Mac to erase data from your iPad.

Here we will take iTunes as an example. To restore your iPad via iTunes to unlock the lock screen, follow the steps below:

Step 1. Download and install iTunes on your computer. Launch iTunes and sign in.

Step 2. To put your iPad in recovery mode, long press the Home and the top (or side) buttons at the same time. Release the buttons until the recovery mode screen appears.

Step 3. Connect your iPad to the computer via a USB cable.

Step 4. In iTunes, click the iPad Device icon.

Step 5. Under the Summary tab, click Restore iPad.

Step 6. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the remaining operations.

restore iPad via iTunes

If your Mac is macOS Catalina or later, just open the Finder app, select your iPad, and follow the similar steps above to erase your iPad.

3. The Find My App

If you just happen to own another iOS device, you can erase your iPad device via the Find My app directly and you don't even connect both of these two devices. The prerequisite is that the two Apple devices have signed in with the same Apple ID. Only in this way, can the Find My feature identify them.

Now we will take an iPhone as an example. Follow us to learn how to unlock iPad using the Find My feature on your iPhone:

Step 1. Get your iPhone which is signed in with the same Apple ID as your locked iPad.

Step 2. Go to the Find My app on your iPhone.

Step 3. Under the Devices menu, select your locked iPad.

Step 4. On the next screen, scroll down to the bottom and select the last option: Erase This Device to start the erasing process.

erase iPad via Find My

4. The Built-in Erase iPad Feature

When you forget your password of your iPad's lock screen, you can use your Apple ID and password to bypass the lock screen. Make sure your iPad is running iPadOS 15.2 or later. Also, make sure you have a backup of your iPad.

When you're ready, follow the steps below to unlock your iPad with the Erase iPad option:

Step 1. Enter possible passwords on your iPad until Security lockout appears on the screen.

Step 2. Then tap Erase iPad and tap again on the pop-up window for confirmation.


Step 3. Then you will be required to type your Apple ID password to sign out of this iPad device.

Step 4. When you sign out, elect Erase iPad and follow the on-screen instructions to start the process.

tap Erase iPad


In this article, we have explained how to unlock iPad with iCloud step by step and we also shared other four ways to unlock your iPad when you forget your password without iCloud.

Among these methods above, EaseUS MobiUnlock for iOS is strongly recommended and it is 100% working and efficient to solve this problem with a few minutes. Click the download button below to use it unlock your iOS device now!

FAQs on How to Unlock iPad with iCloud

For more information on how to unlock iPad using iCloud, check the Frequently Asked Questions below now!

1. What is the default passcode for iPad?

Actually there's no default passcode for iPad. If you forget your password of your iPad lock screen, it is recommend to use iCloud, EaseUS MobiUnlock or other ways mentioned in this article to unlock iPad without password.

2. How to put your iPad in recovery mode?

To put your iPad in recovery mode, long press the Home and the top (or side) buttons simutaneously. Release them until the recovery mode screen appears. If there's no Home buttom that comes with your iPad, press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Then do the same for the Volume Down button. Finally, press and hold the top button which will be released until the recovery mode appears on the screen.

3. How to back up iPad?

The easiest way to back up iPad is using iCloud. On your iPad, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup to turn on the iCloud Backup feature.

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Updated by Daisy

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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Gorilla 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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