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How to recover a disabled iPad that you’re locked out of

It’s actually easier than you think.

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Are you used to using a fingerprint to unlock your iPad? What if one time your fingerprint check does not work? At this point, if you forgot your password, your iPad will become useless and be rendered as an expensive paperweight. 

We all have several passwords to remember and forgetting one of them, such as the password to unlock your device can happen to anyone. Eventually, the tablet will be disabled if you enter the wrong password a certain number of times, so here comes the question: what should you do if you forgot your iPad passcode?

How to recover a disabled iPad that you’re locked out of

If, before the deactivation, you synced your iPad to iTunes, you can restore your data with a backup. To sync your device, connect your iPad to the computer on which iTunes is installed. From there, wait while iTunes syncs and backs up your iPad. Once this is done, click Restore.

When the settings screen appears, click Restore iTunes Backup. Select your iPad in iTunes and select the backup you want to restore. After restoring, you can access your tablet again.

However, if your iPad is disabled and you have never synced it to iTunes, you will need to use recovery mode to restore your tablet. In this case, the code deletes itself, and your content will be lost because you can not restore it.

After downloading and installing iTunes, connect your tablet to your computer. Then press the On/Off and Start buttons simultaneously until the recovery mode screen appears. A window with the Restore and Refresh buttons appears, click Restore. iTunes will download and install the software on your device. After that, you can configure your tablet to use it again.

There are other options too

Alternatively, you can also use a specific software to help. Dr.Fone is a dedicated software that makes it super easy to unlock screen passwords in iOS-based devices, like iPhones and iPads, even compatible with the latest Apple devices and iOS 12. In addition, it requires no technical knowledge at all.

Getting locked out of our own devices is surely annoying but, if you know what to do, it really becomes way more easy and manageable.

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