Have you experienced "iPad Unavailable" or got stuck on iPad Security Lockout page? Are you trying out to unlock iPad with iCloud or other methods? Don't worry. Whether you forgot your iPad passcode or iCloud credentials, we will guide you through all the possibilities.
You need to make sure of these requirements to unlock iPad with iCloud:
- You must have previously enabled the Find My iPad feature on your device.
- You must remember your Apple ID credentials associated with your locked iPad.
- The locked iPad must be turned on and connected to the internet.
If you meet these requirements, you can unlock your iPad by following the steps mentioned below.
To unlock your iPad with iCloud, you need to connect your iPad to a computer and turn on recovery mode on your iPad.
Step 1. Make sure that your computer or PC has iTunes installed and that it is running on Windows 10 or 11. Keep a cable close by to connect the iPad to the computer.
Step 2. Turn off your iPad. Press and hold the power button till the slider appears. Slide it to turn off your iPad.
Step 3. Put your iPad in recovery mode following the steps.
- Press and hold the home button as shown.
- If your iPad does not have the home button, use the top button.
- Keep holding the button till you see the recovery screen on your iPad. While pressing the power button, connect the iPad to the computer. (without letting go of the button)
Step 4. Restore your iPad.
Step 5. Find your iPad in iTunes on the computer. When you get the prompt to Restore your iPad, click on it.
Step 6. Then the downloading process will commence. Allow the process to finish, and disconnect your iPad from the computer. Now, you can use your restored iPad.
You can unlock your iPad in multiple ways. These include the use of Find My App in general. For newer models, you can directly use the Erase iPad feature to unlock it. Some lower iOS versions do not have this feature. If this happens to you, go to this guide to search for solutions: iPad unavailable, no erase option.
1. Unlock iPad with Find My App
If you have enabled Find My App on your iPad and activated the feature of remote locking, then you can use iCloud to unlock your iPad. Here's how you can do it:
Step 1. Browse iCloud.com on any computer or device.
Step 2. Sign in using your Apple ID and your password.
Step 3. Click on "Find iPhone" and then select "All Devices."
Step 4. Choose the iPad you want to unlock from the list of devices.
Step 5. Click on "Erase iPad" and confirm that you want to erase the device.
Step 6. Wait for the process to complete. This will remove all the data from your iPad, including the passcode.
Step 7. Set up your iPad as a new device, and restore any backups.
Note: This method will erase data on your iPad, including your photos. That is why maintaining a backup is necessary so that it can be restored easily via your iCloud.
2. Unlock iPad via Erase iPad
If your device uses iOS 15.2 or iPadOS 15.2 or later, you can reset your device. You won't need an external device or a computer for that.
Step 1. From your device's Lock Screen, try to enter your passcode five times until the "iPad Unavailable" and further till the "Security Lockout" screen appears.
Step 2. Tap Erase iPad on the bottom of the screen.
Step 3. You will be prompted to enter your Apple ID password. This will sign you out of your Apple ID on your device.
Step 4. Now, tap Erase iPad to reset your device completely.
Step 5. Upon completion, your device will restart, and you can restore data from a backup and set up a new passcode.
Note that you can only reach the "Security Lockout" screen if you have an active cellular or Wi-Fi connection.
If you have not activated remote unlocking and the "Find my" App feature is disabled on your iPad, you can use a third-party software tool - EaseUS MobiUnlock to unlock your iPad without iCloud. Before starting, choose the unlocking software of your choice.
If you have downloaded EaseUS MobiUnlock, follow these steps:
Step 1. Launch EaseUS MobiUnlock, connect the iPad to the computer, and then select "Unlock Screen Passcode" from the home page of EaseUS MobiUnlock.
Step 2. Once your device is connected, click "Start" to proceed.
Step 3. Click "Next" to download the appropriate firmware for your device. If the firmware has been downloaded already, select the package manually.
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.
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.
Many third-party software can unlock an iPad without a passcode, but you have to be careful in choosing the right tool for your iPad.
FAQs on How to Unlock iPad with iCloud
Frequent queries that people ask when their iPad is locked are answered here:
1. How to unlock iPad without a passcode or computer?
Passcode is an essential security feature of your iPad. If you do not remember your passcode, you have to use your iCloud credentials to unlock your iPad. You can use any device to browse iCloud for that purpose.
For iPadOS 15.2 or later, you can unlock your iPad by entering your iCloud password without going to any other device or computer.
2. How to unlock iPad with iTunes?
Follow these steps to unlock your iPad with iTunes:
- Connect your iPad to a computer with iTunes installed.
- Turn off your iPad and open iTunes on the computer.
- Activate recovery mode on your iPad by pressing the home button or the top button till the screen displays recovery mode.
- Once in recovery mode, you will be given the option to restore your iPad. Choose the "Restore iPad" option to erase all data on your iPad.
- Now, you have your iPad unlocked. Sign in using your Apple ID and restore any available backups.
3. How to unlock iPad without iTunes?
- If you want to unlock your iPad without iTunes, you can just use the Find My App on another device to remotely erase your device and remove the passcode.
- Alternatively, you can use a third-party tool such as EaseUS MobiUnlock to erase your iPad and unlock it.
First of all, try to enter the correct passcode to unlock your iPad. If that can't be done anymore, Follow the steps mentioned in this guide, and you can easily unlock your iPad.
Verify if the Find My feature is enabled on your device. If it is, then you can simply use the iCloud to unlock your iPad. Otherwise, there are other ways to access your iPad, such as an external software tool. In this way, your iPad will be reset, and you can set up a new passcode.
In case none of the above works, contact Apple Support for help. However, you would have to present proof of ownership.
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