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How to Unlock iPad Passcode without Restore [2024 Update]

If you forgot the passcode on your iPad, or you've entered the wrong password so many times that the iPad is disabled, you will have no choice but to perform a restore either using iTunes or iCloud to unlock your iPad.

However, restoring iPad would end up erasing all the existing data and settings. Is there a way to unlock iPad passcode wtihout restoring? In this article, we will share several solutions to unlock iPad passcode without restore.

Part 1: Is It Possible to Unlock iPad Passcode without Restoring?

Unfortunately, currently there is no official solution to unlock iPad passcode without restoring its system. Restoring  using iTunes or iCloud is the only way to get into a locked/disabled iPad. Luckily, if you have synced your iPad with iTunes before, you still have a chance to back up your data before restoring your iPad.

Steps to Backup Locked iPad with iTunes:

  • Open iTunes and update it to the newest version.
  • Plug the locked iPad into computer using your original lightning cable.
  • Once the locked  iPad is detected by iTunes, tap on "Back Up Now" button to make a backup.


Part 2: How to Unlock iPad Passcode without Restore

Although there is no official way to unlock iPad passcode without restoring, that doesn't mean it is impossible. Below are two methods you can follow to unlock an iPad without restoring it.

2.1 Using Siri to Unlock iPad Passcode without Restore

With the help of Siri, there is a great possibility to unlock iPad passcode without restore its system. However, it is a loophole in iOS and the  weak point of Sifi is that it is only compatible to unlock passcode for iPad running on iOS 8.0 to 10.1. Follow these steps below:

1. Activate Siri by long pressing the Home button on your iPad.

2. After activating Siri, ask the question of "Hey Siri, what time is it? Siri will respond and show the clock app on the screen.


3. On the main interface of the clock app, click the icon to open the world clock.


4. Tap the "+" icon to add more clocks, you can enter anything in the search barand then select the option "Select All".


5. Click on "Share" and in the sharing options, tap on the "Message" icon to proceed.



6. On the interface of the new message's info, write anythine in the "To" filed and tap on "Returen". Select the highlighted text and tap on "Add".


7. Now select "Create New Contact" and click on "add photo" icon, theN tap "Choose Photo" to import photos from the album on your iPad.


8. After opening the photo app on iPad, click on the Home button and the iPad will be unlocked without restore.

Cons of this method:

  • It is only compatible to unlock passcode for iPad running on iOS 8.0 to 10.1.
  • You must turn on the option of ‘Siri’ on your iPad.
  • This method will not remove your iPad passcode.

2.2 Unlock iPad Passcode without Restore Using FoneGeek

Since the method to unlock iPad without passcode using Siri is only workable on limited iOS devices, we are delighted to tell you that FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker is capable of unlocking iPad/iPhone without restore. And it is workable for all iPhone models and iOS versions, even the latest iPhone 14/14 Pro (Max) and iOS/iPadOS 16.


Main Features of FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker:

  • Better than iTunes: It is much more simple to use than iTunes. The passcode can be easily unlocked in a few clicks.
  • Unlock All iPad Passcodes:  You can instantly bypass the 4/6-digit passcode, Face ID, Touch ID on disabled or locked iPad with FoneGeek.
  • Remove Apple ID on iPad: No password is required to remove Apple ID from iPad using FoneGeek. The iPad will then be disconnected with the previous iCloud account.
  • 100% Trustworthy: This program is 100% trustworthy and has been recommended by several authoritative media sites.
  • Cheapest Price: Compared with other tools with similar features, the price of this program is $10 cheaper.

How to Unlock iPad Passcode without Restore Using FoneGeek

Step 1. Firstly, you have to install FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker and launch it on your computer. Once it is finished, click on "Unlock Screen Passcode" on the welcome interface.

unlock screen passcode

Step 2. After the selection of the unlocking mode, get the iPad connected to the computer and FoneGeek will detect the iPad.

connect ios device

Step 3. The new window will pop up requiring you to get the most appropriate firmware downloaded onto iPad. You need to click on "Download" to proceed.

download firmware

Step 4. You have to wait for a while until the firmware is downloaded. When it is completed, press the "Start Unlock" tab to unlock the iPad.

start unlock

You will soon be notified when the unlock process is finished.

Part 3: Other Ways to Unlock iPad without Passcode

The above 2 tips will help you unlock iPad passcode without restore, while the 2 tips below will help you simply bypass the screen passcode with restoring.

3.1 Unlock iPad Passcode with iTunes in Recovery Mode

Suppose that you fail to remember the iPad passcode and couldn't access to iPad anymore, an effective way to get into the locked iPad is to restore iPad with iTunes.

Step 1. Open iTunes and connect your locked iPad with an USB cable.

Step 2. Once your iPad has been detected, put the device into Recovery Mode.

  • For iPhone X to iPhone 12: Press and quickly release the Volume+ button. Then press and quickly release the Volume- button. Then press the Side button until you see the ‘Connect to iTunes’ icon on the screen.
  • For iPhone 7/7 Plus: Press the Side and Volume- buttons together until you see the ‘Connect to iTunes’ icon on the screen.
  • For iPhone 6s and earlier: Hold the Power and Home button together until you see the ‘Connect to iTunes’ icon on the screen.

Step 3. You can then click on "Restore" to restore iPad system. After the restore is finished, the passcode will be removed.

restore ipad in itunes

3.2 Unlock iPad Passcode with iCloud

You can also consider using iCloud to unlock disabled iPad without passcode as long as Find My iPad  is turned on.

  • On the iCloud site, log into your iCloud account using your Apple ID and password.
  • Select "Find iPhone" from the main menu.
  • After loading the page of Find My iPad, hit "All Devices" and choose the locked iPad.
  • Choose "Erase iPad" from the main options and type the Apple ID passcode to confirm before erasing. The iPad will soon be remotely erased afterwards.

unlock ipad with icloud

Cons of this method:

  • This method is not feasible if you don’t know the credentials of your Apple ID and password. And you need to have access to a trusted device.
  • ‘Find My iPhone/iPad’ feature should be turned on in advance.

Get Professional Help from Apple

You can always trust that you can get help fro professional team on Apple store. They can crack your disabled iPad and make your iPad operate normally. However, the data saved on iPad will be wiped out and you will be charged a lot to unlock your iPad if the device is not under guarantee.


For more methods to unlock iPad passcode without restore, you can ask for the technique support from Apple or the device carrier. And we will appreciate it a lot if you could share this article with your friends or colleagues.

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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