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How to Unlock iPad without Computer [iPadOS 17 Supported]

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“I locked my iPad Air but forgot the password, now I can't get back in it. How do I unlock iPad without using my computer because I don't know what wires to hook up. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!”

Have you ever forgotten iPad passcode? This would essentially mean that you have been locked out of the iPad and you won't be able to do anything with the device. This problem can be further compounded if you don't have access to a computer.

If you are in the same situation, don't worry, there are still several methods to unlock iPad without computer. In this article, we will show you how to unlock iPad Pro/Air/mini/iPad with or without computer. Read on and find the solution right away.

unlock ipad without computer

Part 1. How to Unlock iPad without Computer

Supported iPadOSKeep DataOperating Steps
SiriSupport iPadOS 8.0 to iPadOS 10.1No date lossVery complex
iCloudSupport all iPadOSAll data will be erasedComplex
Previous Auto Erase SetupSupport all iPadOSAll data will be erasedComplex

1.1 Unlock iPad with Siri

If Siri can still recognize your voice, you can use it to bypass the iPad lock screen without using a computer. Here's how to do that:

This method only works for iPad running iOS 8 to iOS 10.1. The device must be connected to stable network and Siri should be enabled.

Step 1: Activate Siri on your iPad by pressing the Home button and ask "Hey Siri, what time is it?" to continue. Siri will display you the clock, simply tap on it.

unlock iphone via siri

Step 2: In the opened world clock, click the "+" icon to add another clock.

unlock iphone via siri

Step 3: Enter any place and choose "Select All" to get more options.

unlock iphone via siri

Step 4: Now choose the "Share" option to proceed.

unlock iphone via siri

Step 5: In the pop-up windows, tap on the message icon to share clock time.

unlock iphone via siri

Step 6: Type somethine in the "To" field and tap on the Return button.

unlock iphone via siri

Step 7: Your text will be highlighted in green. Just tap on "+", then choose "Create New Contact" in the next interface.

unlock iphone via siri

Step 8: Now tap on the photo icon and choose the option of "Add Photo > Choose Photo".

unlock iphone via siri

Step 9: This will open your iPad's gallery. After that, press the Home button to enter the home screen of your iPad. Your iPad is unlocked now.

1.2 Unlock iPad with iCloud

If Find My feature is enabled on your iPad previously, you can make use of this feature to unlock the device via iCloud remotely. Follow these simple steps to do that:

This method won't work for you if you forgot your Apple ID and password. In such case, you cannot log into the iCloud official website to erase the iPad and its password.
  1. Navigate to https://www.icloud.com/ on another iOS device or your computer and login in with your Apple ID and password.
  2. Click on "Find iPhone" and then select the iPad in "All Devices".
  3. Click on "Erase iPad" and this will erase all the data on the device along with the passcode, allowing you to access the device.

erase ipad in icloud

1.3 Unlock iPad with Previous Auto Erase Setup

If you had set up the Auto Erase option on your iPad, then you may be able to unlock iPad using this feature. Essentially, this feature allows the device to be erased when you enter the incorrect passcode for 10 times. Here's how to enable the Auto Erase feature on your iPhone/iPad:

This method will only work if Auto Erase had been enabled in Settings before your iPad is locked.
  1. Head to Settings and tap on "Touch ID & Passcode".
  2. Scroll down to find "Erase Data" and enable it.

enable auto erase

The next time you forgot the passcode, enter the wrong passcode 10 times and the iPad will be erased and restated as a brand new device.

Part 2. How to Unlock iPad with Computer

Supported iPadOSKeep DataOperating Steps
FoneGeekSupport all iPadOSNo data lossEasy
iTunesSupport all iPadOSAll data will be erasedA little complex
Recovery ModeSupport all iPadOSAll data will be erasedVery complex

2.1 Unlock iPad without Passcode from Activated Device

If the Siri method not work for you or you hadn't enable Find My or Auto Erase feature on your iPad, your only option to unlock the iPad is using third-party unlocking tools on a computer. One of the best choice to remove iPad password is FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker. This tool is designed to easily remove screen lock from iPad without password.


FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker - Unlock iPad without Passcode in Minutes

  • Unlock iPad from various kinds of screen locks like 4-digit/6-digit passcode, Touch ID, Face ID, etc.
  • Remove Apple ID and iCloud account associated with iPad without knowing password.
  • Very easy to use, the whole process can be done in a few simple steps.
  • iTunes is not required and you don't need to log into iCloud account.
  • Fully compatible with the latest iOS 17/iPadOS 17 and all iPad models, including iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro, etc.

To use FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker to unlock the iPad, download and install the program on to your PC or Mac and then follow these very simple steps below:

Step 1: Launch the program on your computer and choose "Unlock Screen Passcode", then connect the iPad to the computer using USB cable.

unlock screen passcode

Step 2: Once the program detects the device, click on "Start" and you will be prompted to download the latest firmware package. Choose the save patch and click "Download" to proceed.

download firmware

Step 3: When the firmware is successfully downloaded to your computer, click "Start Unlock" to begin removing screen passcode from the iPad.

start to unlock

Also, you can choose the "Unlock Apple ID" option from the main interface and then follow the on-screen instruction to remove Apple ID/iCloud account from your iPad.

This method will erase all data and settings on your iPad after unlocking. And your device version will be updated to the latest one.

2.2 Unlock iPad with iTunes Restore

If your iPad has synced to iTunes before, another simple way to unlock the iPad is to restore it in iTunes. Here's how to do it:

This method only works on condition that you've synced your iPad with iTunes before and it will result in total data loss.
  1. Connect the iPad to the computer using USB cable and then launch iTunes.

  2. When the iPad appears in iTunes, click on "Restore iPad".

  3. Click "Restore" in the pop-up box that appears to confirm the action.

  4. iTunes will erase the device and install the latest iOS version.

restore ipad in itunes

When the restore process is complete, the iPad will be erased including its passcode and you can then set up the device as new and even set up a new passcode.

2.3 Unlock iPad with Recovery Restore

If none of the solutions mentioned above works, you can try to unock iPad by putting it into Recovery mode. Here's what you need to do:

This method requires you to install the latest version of iTunes on your computer. Similar to iTunes restore, it will also wipe out data and settings on your iPad.

Step 1: Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your computer.

Step 2: Turn off your iPad and put it into recovery mode based on the device model.

  • For iPad with Face ID: Press and release the Volume Up button. Press and release the Volume Down button. Then keep holding the Top button until your iPad goes into recovery mode.
  • For iPad with Home Button: Press and hold the Home button and the Top button at the same time until your iPad enter into recovery mode.

recovery mode ipad

Step 3: iTunes will detect your iPad and provide you the option to "Restore" or "Update" the device, choose "Restore".

itunes recovery mode ipad

After the restore process is complete, your iPad will be unlocked and you can set up the device as new.

Part 3. Tips to Protect iPad from Being Unlocked by Thieves

As you can see, it is quite simple to unlock a locked iPad with or without a computer. What if your iPad has been lost or stolen? How can you protect your iPad from being unlocked by thieves? Below are some useful tips you can follow:

  • Disable Siri from Lock Screen: On your iPad, navigate to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode and in the section of "Allow access when locked", toggle off Siri.

disable siri suggestions on lock screen

  • Enable Find My iPad Feature: Ensure that the Find My featture is enabled on your iPad. Go to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPad and turn on it. Also, turn on the option of "Send the last location".

turn on find my iphone

  • Set Strong Screen Password: It is always recommended to add a strong alphanumeric password to secure your iPad. To do this, go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode > Change Passcode. Select "Custome Alphanumeric Code" and set a strong password.

change iphone password


Now you've learned how to unlock iPad passcode with or without computer. Some of these ways may not only remove iPad password, but also erase all contents on the device, so you'd better make sure that you have backed up the iPad before. Then after unlocking, you can restore iPad from backup.

If you want to recover data from backup selectively, we suggest you try a professional data recovery tool - FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery. This programs can help you recover data from iPhone/iPad, or from iTunes/iCloud backup. Why not have it a try?

Fay J. Melton

Fay J. Melton has explored the area of technology and software for more than 5 years and he is enthusiastic about helping users solve various technology issues.

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