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6 Ways to Fix iPad Is Disabled Connect to iTunes in 2022

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“My son entered the wrong password for too many times and now the iPad is locked, it only shows a message...iPad is disabled connect to iTunes. What do I do if my iPad is disabled and says connect to iTunes?” - From Apple Community

Many people may have experienced the issue of iPad disabled connect to iTunes. If you entered the wrong passcodes for 6 times, you will get the message saying "iPad is disabled. Try again". If you still entered the incorrect passwords for more times, the error message of "iPad is disabled connect to iTunes" will come up.

In this scenario, most users do not know how to do next. Don't worry. In this article, we'll explain why your iPad is disabled and show you how to fix the issue with ease.

ipad is disabled connect to itunes

Part 1. Why Is Your iPad Disabled?

As we mentioned above, you'll end up with a disabled iPad if you enter the incorrect passcode too many times. Here' how the error messages tie into the number of wrong passcode attempts:

  • 6 incorrect attempts: iPad is disabled. Try again in 1 minute.
  • 7 incorrect attempts: iPad is disabled. Try again in 5 minutes.
  • 8 incorrect attempts: iPad is disabled. Try again in 15 minutes.
  • 9 incorrect attempts: iPad is disabled. Try again in 60 minutes.
  • 10 incorrect attempts: iPad is disabled. Connect to iTunes.

Once your iPad has been disabled, you will have to connect the device to iTunes and restore it, which deletes your data and settings including the passcode. Below, we will show you a couple ways to unlock and fix disabled iPad.

Part 2. Unlock Disabled iPad with iTunes or Finder

If you have synced your iPad with iTunes or Finder previously, you can connect your disabled iPad to iTunes/Finder to restore the device. Here's how to do it:

  1. Connect your iPad to your computer with a USB cable. Open iTunes or Finder and it will start syncing the device.
  2. Once the backup and sync is complete, click on "Restore iPad" to restore the device.

restore ipad with itunes

The restore process will take a few minutes. After that, you can set up your device and choose to restore from an iTunes backup.

Part 3. Reset Disabled iPad in Recovery Mode

Putting your iPad into recovery mode is a well-trodden technique to wipe all the data and settings on the device, including the screen password. It is worth to have a try if you have never synced iPad with iTunes or Find My iPad is disabled. Follow the steps below to unlock disabled iPad in recovery mode:

1. Using the USB cable to plug the disabled iPad into the computer and launch iTunes or Finder.

2. Perform a force restart with buttons introduced in Tip 1 to put your iPad into Recovery mode.

  • If your iPad has the Home button or Touch ID, turn off the iPad and connect the device to computer. Keep holding the Power button until the device is put in Recovery mode.
  • If your iPad has set with Face ID, keep holding the Power button and volume down button to turn off the device. Connect the device to computer while pressing the power button until the device is put in Recovery mode.

ipad recovery mode

3. iTunes/Finder will detect your iPad being in Recovery mode and provide you with the options to Restore or Update.

4. Choose "Restore" and iTunes or Finder will download software for your iPad.

NOTE: If the process to download the new system takes up to 15 minutes, the device will exit Recovery mode automatically. You can repeat the steps in step 2 to put the device in Recovery mode again.

Wait for the restore process to complete, then you can set up and use your iPad.


  • If you have the backup for iPad, you can retrieve the device data or fix most iPad issues by restoring the backup.


  • You must own a computer to execute this method. Or, this method will not be feasible for you.
  • If unfortunately, you didn’t back up the iPad with computer, you will lost all the device data after the process.

Part 4. Unlock Disabled iPad with iCloud "Find My iPad"

If your iPad is lost or stolen, or you forgot the screen passcode, iCloud "Find My iPad" feature allows you to erase all the contents and settings on iPad remotely only if this feature is enabled. Now take the actions below to unlock disabled iPad using iCloud:

  1. Go to iCloud.com/find on your browser and login in with your Apple ID and password.
  2. After signing in, click on "Find My iPad" and choose your iPad from the device list.
  3. Now click on "Erase iPad" and all the iPad information including password will be wiped completely.

erase ipad on find my

Your iPad will reboot and you can now access to the device now.


  • You can use this method even though there is no computer in hand.
  • The whole process is simple and effective.


  • No one can guarantee that this method is 100% useful.

Part 5. Hard Reset iPad

Hard resettig the iPad will resolve most problems coming large or small. And according to the users from Apple Community, this way could be helpful to fix the iPad disabled problem with ease. To hard reset your iPad, ensure the device isn't connected to a computer and then follow the steps below:

  • For iPad with Face ID: Press and hold the Top button and either the Volume Up button or Volume Down button until the power off slider appears. Drag the slide to turn off your iPad. Then press and hold the Top button to turn your iPad back on.

force restart ipad with face id

  • For iPad with Home Button: Press and hold the Top button until the power off slide appears. Drag the slide to turn off your iPad. Then keep holding the Top button to turn on your iPad.

force restart ipad with home button


  • There is no need to use a computer to perform this method.
  • Quick and easy.


  • No one can guarantee that it always works.

Tip 6. Unlock a Disabled iPhone without iTunes or iCloud

Indeed, here is the last way that I highly recommend to you to fix "iPad is disabled connect to iTunes" without iTunes or passcode. Generally, it is more efficient to fix this kind of iPad issues with a 3rd-party tool. FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker provides easy and fast way to unlock disabled iPad without the assistance of iTunes. And its user-friendly interface will not require you to have professional skills to operate. Following are the main features of this iPhone unlocking tool:

  • This software can unlock disabld or locked iPhone/iPad/iPod touch without passcode or iTunes.
  • It can help to remove Apple ID/iCloud account from iPhone or iPad without password.
  • It supports to remove all kinds of screen locks, including 4-digit/6-digit passcode, Touch ID and Face ID.
  • The unlocking process is very easy and smooth. You will not have any problems when using this program.
  • It works well with all models of iPad and iPhone, including iPad Pro, iPad Air 4/3/2, iPad mini 4/3/2, iPhone 14/13/12, etc and iOS 16.
  • It is highly recommended by iLounge, JustWebWorld, iGeekPhone and many other media sites.


Now understand the software by learning step-by-step guide on how to unlock disabled iPad with FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker.

Step 1. You need to have this program installed on your computer. Then run it and opt for "Unlock Screen Passcode" feature.

unlock screen passcode

Step 2. Get the disabled iPad connected with your computer and follow the on-screen instructions to put the device into Recovery/DFU mode.

enter dfu mode

Step 3. When the iPad is recognized, all available iOS firmware package will be loaded on the interface. Choose the matching one and then click on "Download".

download firmware

Step 4. When the download completes, click on "Start Unlock" to begin the unlocking process. Your iPad will restart and the screen password will also be removed.

start unlock

Part 7. Contact Apple to Unlock Disabled iPad

It is also advisedly to contact Apple Store for technique support if the above solutions don't work. But you'd better make sure whether your iPad is under guarantee or not. If it is under guarantee, the Apple tech support will help you unlock disabled iPad for free. Or it could be costly.

The Bottom Line

Have you ever tried any other effective methods to solve the "iPad is disabled contact to iTunes" issue? You're welcome to share you tutorials in the comments below.

Edwin J. Parke

As a professional writer who is interested in technology, Edwin J. Parke has helped thousands of users by offering various tips to solve their problems.

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