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[5 Ways] How to Factory Reset iPad without Passcode or Computer

Your iPad's passcode is your device's best bet at security. Most people have set their iPad to automatically lock when they are not using it. The passcode increases the level of security, ensuring that the device will remain inaccessible to any person without the passcode.

The flipside of course comes in when you forget your passcode or lose the iPad. If at any time you need to reset the iPad and you've forgotten the passcode, the process can seem daunting and almost impossible.

In this article, we are going to look at the various solutions to factory reset iPad without passcode or computer.

Part 1. Factory Reset iPad without Passcode or Computer

In the event that your iPad is lost, you may need to reset it to protect the data on the device. If you don't know the passcode and you don't have access to a computer, you can use the Find My iPad feature to reset the iPad. It is important to note however that this method will only work if Find My iPad was enabled on the iPad.

If you had enabled "Find My iPad" on the iPad you want to reset, follow these simple steps;

  1. On any other device, go to the iCloud official website and log in using your iCloud username and password.

  2. Once logged in, go to "Find My iPhone" section and when you click on it, a map will open.

  3. Click on "All Devices" and from the list of devices, select the iPad you would like to reset.

  4. Click on "Erase iPad" and then confirm the action. If you need to, log in again and your iPad will be erased and therefore reset to factory settings.

reset ipad without password or computer

Part 2. Wipe iPad to Factory Settings without Passcode Using a 3rd-Party Tool

The other way to reset an iPad when you don't have a passcode is to use a third-party tool that can help you gain access to the iPad and reset the device without having a passcode. One of the most common tools for this purpose is FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker. This program is highly recommended by CNET, Software.Informer, Filehorse, JustWebWorld, iGeekPhone and many other media sites. Here's how you can use this powerful iPhone Unlocker tool to reset iPad without passcode:


Step 1: Download FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker and install it on your computer. Launch the program after successful installation and then connect the iPad to the computer using an USB cable. The program should detect the device automatically.

unlock screen passcode

Step 2: Click on "Unlock Screen Passcode" and when the program presents the firmware for the device, select a download location and then click "Download".

download firmware

Step 3: Once the firmware has been successfully downloaded, click on "Start Unlock" and the program will begin resetting the iPad.

start to unlock

Once the procedure is complete, the passcode will be removed and you will be able to have access to the device. It is important to note however that this process will erase all data on your device and reset it.

Part 3. Reset iPad without Passcode Using a Trusted Computer

If you had previously synced your device in iTunes, you can very easily factory reset the locked iPad without having to enter your passcode. Here's how to do it:

Step 1: Connect the iPad to the computer and then open iTunes if it is not already opened.

Step 2: if iTunes requests a passcode, you may need to connect the iPad to a computer you have previously synced with or put it in recovery mode.

Step 3: iTunes should detect the iPad and sync the device, making a full backup of the current data. You may need to restore the device from this backup later, so don't interrupt the process.

Step 4: Once the syncing is complete, click on "Restore iPad" and the iPad will be reset to factory settings and you can then set it up again.

restore ios system

Part 4. Reset Disabled iPad to Factory Settings via Recovery Mode

If your iPad has not been trusted with a computer, you can put the iPad into Recovery Mode and factory reset disabled iPad with iTunes. However, this will wipe out passwords, data and settings.

Step 1. Connect iPad to your computer and run iTunes.

Step 2. Get iPad into Recovery Mode by following these steps:

If your iPad has home button

  • Keep pressing down the Top and Side button to turn off iPad.
  • Hold down the Home button and connect the device to pc at the same time.
  • When "iTunes has detected an iPad in recovery mode" appears on the screen, release the Home button.

If your iPad is set with Face ID

  • Keep pressing down the Top and Side button to turn off iPad.
  • Hold down the Top button while connect the device to pc.
  • Release the top button until the iPad enters the recovery mode.

Step 3. iTunes will allow you to restore iPad when it detects that the iPad enters the recovery mode. Click on "Restore" or "Update" to proceed.

ipad recovery mode

Part 5. Factory Reset iPad without Computer

Apart from using iCloud, you can also reset iPad without computer using the Settings app on the device. This method will only work if you know the passcode and can therefore unlock the device.

Step 1: Open the settings app on your iPad and tap on "General".

Step 2: Tap on "Reset > Erase all Contents and Data".

erase all content and settings

Step 3: When prompted, enter the device's passcode to complete the process. This will erase all the data on your iPad and you will need to setup the device again.

Final Words

The above solutions will help you reset an iPad which could come in handy when the device is encountering some problems that are difficult to fix. You may also need to reset the device when you want to re-sell it, as this will allow the new users to set up the device using their own information. Whatever the reason you need to rest the iPad, you now know several ways to reset iPad without passcode or computer.

Joan J. Mims

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.

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