"I have an iPad used in a school setting. A student no longer at this school signed in with her iCloud account. Now I'm unable to reset this iPad and remove this iCloud account. I cannot sign out of iCloud account without password. Please help me get out of this loop."
Resetting your iPad is a simple way to fix some of the problems that could be caused by software issues. However, you may run into the same situation like Jimmy posted on Apple Forum. Don't worry. It can be difficult to reset an iPad without the iCloud password, but that doesn't mean it is impossible.
Regardless of how you lost your iCloud password, the following 5 ways can help you factory reset iPad without iCloud password.
You can easily reset the iPad without the iCloud password in the Settings. This process is quite easy and works most time. Follow these simple steps to do it:
Open the Settings app on your iPad and then tap on General > Reset.
Now tap on "Erase All Contents and Settings" to begin the process of resetting the device to factory settings.
Confirm the action by tapping "Erase Device" and then tap "Erase Now".
Once the device has been completely erased, the iPad will restart, allowing you to set it up as a new device.
If for some reason you are unable to access the iPad’s settings, you can reset it using iTunes. Follow these simple steps to do it:
Open iTunes on your computer and then connect the iPad to the computer using USB cables. If you are using a Mac run on macOS Catalina 10.15, launch Finder
Tap on the iPad icon as soon as it appears in iTunes or Finder and then click on the "Summary/General" tab. Click on "Restore iPad".
If you are unable to access the iPad in any way when the device is locked or disabled, the only viable way to unlock the device would be using an iPhone Unlocker tool. One of the best is FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker. This tool is the most ideal solution for resetting a locked iOS device since it will allow you to remove the Apple ID or iCloud account. The following are some of the tools most useful features:
Here's how to reset an iPad without the iCloud password:
Step 1: Download and install the iPhone Passcode Unlocker tool on your computer. Once it is installed successfully, open it and in the main interface, select the "Unlock Apple ID" to begin the unlocking process.
Step 2: Now connect the iPad to the computer using USB cable.
Step 3: When prompted, "Trust this Computer" on the iPad to allow the program to easily detect the device. You should know the lock screen password of the device to use this unlocking function. Once it is detected, the program will begin scanning the device's data.
Step 4: Once the device has been detected, click on "Start Unlock" and the program will immediately begin unlocking the device. A progress bar on the screen will help you keep track of the unlocking process.
When it is complete, a pop-up will appear notifying you that the process is complete. You can now check if the device has been unlocked.
You can also easily reset the iPad by putting it in recovery mode. This is an effective solution especially if you haven't synced the device with iTunes. Here's how to do it:
Connect the device to the computer using USB cable and then launch iTunes if it doesn't automatically open.
Then force restart the iPad by pressing the Sleep/Wake and the Home buttons at the same time until you see the "Connect to iTunes" icon appear on the screen.
When a message pops up in iTunes indicating that a device in recovery mode has been detected, click "OK". Click on "Restore" and once the restore process is complete, set it up as new.
If the reason you don't have the iCloud password is because the iPad is a second hand device and the owner neglected to give you the password, the easiest way to reset the device would be contacting the previous owner and ask them to provide the password. You can also ask them to reset the iPad for you remotely. The following are the steps they can take to do that:
Go to iCloud.com and then use their credentials to sign in to iCloud.
Click on "Find My iPhone" and then click on "All Devices".
Select the iPad and then click on "Erase iPad" button. Click on "Erase" to confirm the action.
The iPad will be erased and you can now set it up as new using your own Apple ID and password.
If the previous owner of the device gives you the password, then you can easily reset the device using the settings as described in part 1 above. It is also worth noting that factory resetting the device using any of the methods above will result in data loss. You may therefore need to back up the data on the iPad before starting.
Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.