how to undisable an ipad

How to Undisable an iPad with video guides and tips

This post explains how to undisable an iPad that’s locked. It will give you step-by-step guides so that you can easily follow them. For someone who prefers a video guide, I also included a YouTube video. Let’s get started!

How to Undisable an iPad

If you enter the wrong passcode more than the allowed limit on your iPad, your device will be locked (or disabled). If you fail to remember your passcode, you will have to delete your iPad, which will remove all of your data and settings. If you have made a backup before you forgot your passcode, you can still go back to the state when you made that backup. Otherwise, there is not a way to restore the data on your iPad. It is Apple’s policy.

Follow the steps to remove your device and restore it with your backup.

  1. Prepare your computer. If you don’t have one at the moment, you can borrow from someone else.
    • Don’t connect your iPad to the computer yet.
  2. Enter into the Recovery screen by following a different step by your iPad model:
    • If you have the recent iPad that uses Face ID: Press and hold the Top button AND one of the volume buttons until the power off slider shows. Move the slider to power off your iPad. Now, connect your iPad to the computer WHILE holding the Top button. Keep holding it until you see the recovery screen.
    • If you have the iPad with the Home button: Press and hold the Side (or Top) button until the power-off slider shows. Move the slider to power off your iPad. Now, connect your iPad to the computer WHILE holding the Home button. Keep holding it until you see the recovery screen.
  3. Now you need to find your iPad on your computer. The way to find it also differs from your Mac OS version (if you are using Mac, not PC) and iTunes version. If you want to know how to check your Mac OS version, check this section below.
    • If you use macOS Catalina or above, your iPad will appear in the left sidebar on the Finder window. Once you find it, click it.
    • If you have an earlier Mac OS version, start iTunes.
      • If your iTunes version is 12 or above, find the iPad icon (like the image below) at the top left corner of the window. If your iTunes version is lower, it will be in the upper right corner.
  1. Once you locate the icon, click it.
  2. When the Restore or Update window appears, choose Restore, which will start downloading software for your iPad. If the download takes more than 15 minutes, the iPad will leave recovery mode. You will have to repeat steps 2 – 6.
  3. Wait until the process is completed. After that, you can set up and use your iPad.
Undisable your iPad and use it again.
Undisable your iPad and use it again.

How to check your Mac OS version

Checking your Mac OS version is easy.

  • Go to the top left corner to find the small apple icon.
  • Click the icon and select “About This Mac”.
  • A new window will pop up. In the default overview tab, you can find your OS version name in the biggest bold font.
    • FYI, The version number of Catalina starts from 10.15 (Wikipedia) So, the version below is lower than Catalina.
This Mac OS version is Sierra
This Mac OS version is Sierra

How to back up your iPad

As you could see, making a backup of your iPad data is a great way to protect your data and prepare for emergencies. This section will explain how to back up your iPad data.

There are mainly two ways to back up your iPad – using iCloud or computer.

Backup using iCloud

Compared to backing up using a computer, iCloud provides a simpler way.

  1. Go to Settings > [your name] at the top > iCloud > iCloud Backup.
  2. Turn on iCloud Backup to automatically back up your iPad every day when it is connected to power, locked, and on Wi-Fi.
  3. If you want to back up now manually, tap Back Up Now.

Since it is easy, make sure you back up your data to prevent you from having to delete all your data.

Backup using computer

For Mac

  1. Connect your iPad to your computer using USB cable.
  2. Select your iPad in the Finder sidebar or iTunes depending on your Mac OS version.
    • If you can use the Finder window,
      • click “General” at the top.
      • Select “Back up all of the data on your iPad to this Mac.”
      • In order to encrypt your backup data and protect it with a password, select “Encrypt local backup.”
      • Click “Back Up Now.”
    • If you use iTunes,
      • find the iPad icon as explained above.
      • Click Summary.
      • Click Back Up Now below Backups.

For PC

  1. Connect your iPad to your computer using USB cable.
  2. In the iTunes app, click the iPad icon near the top left of the window.
  3. Click Summary.
  4. Click Back Up Now below Backups.
  5. In order to encrypt your backup data and protect it with a password, select “Encrypt local backup.”

Video Guide

If you prefer a video guide, watch the below video.

ALL iPADS FIXED: “iPad is disabled connect to iTunes”

Conclusion

If you follow the steps, I believe you should be able to undisable your iPad and reuse the device. I hope that the steps above are straightforward and easy-to-follow. If you want to watch another video that explains how to back up your iPad, check the link below.

If you are looking for how to undisable your iPhone or other tips, check my other posts.