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How to Unlock Disabled iPad without iTunes 2022

Have you had the problem that your iPad is disabled when you updated it to iOS 15? Then this article will help you unlock iPad passcode without iTunes.

Part 1. Back Up iPad in Advance If Possible

The methods we introduce may involve in erasing all the data and files on iPad. Thus if possible, you can connect the disabled iPad to a computer that you have previously trusted and ensure that you can sync the iPad data to iTunes.

To tell the truth, there is no other way to backup a disabled iPad except for this method.

  • First of all, open iTunes on your computer that you have ever trusted.
  • Plug the iPad into computer and iTunes may recognize the device.
  • Click on ‘Backup Now’ and iTunes will immediately backup to iPad data to computer.

backup ipad with itunes

Part 2. Which Method Is Best for Me?

The methods you should select depends on the status of your iPad:

  • If your iPad is not disabled permanently, you don’t need to do anything. Just wait until you can enter the correct passcode to unlock the device.
  • If your iOS system version is within iOS 8 – iOS 11, you can use Siri method.
  • If your iPad is permanently disabled, you can unlock iPad with FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker. This method will eventually removes the passcode as well as the device data. Your device will then be reset and you can restore the device from iTunes or iCloud backup.
  • If you have enabled ‘Find My iPad’ and happen to remember the Apple ID and password, you can unlock iPad without iTunes through iCloud.

Part 3. Unlock iPad without iTunes Using Siri

If you have already enabled Siri on your locked iPad, you can use this trick to unlock your disabled iPad without iTunes.

Siri should be enabled first before starting to unlock iPad. And this way will not work without internet connection.

Step 1. Keep holding the Home button to activate Siri on iPad.

Step 2. When it is activated, you just need to say "Hey Siri what time is it?".

ask siri what time it is

Step 3. Siri will tell you the date and time as well as showing you the clock on the home screen.

Step 4. If you cannot open the clock via Siri, you can then click on Control Center to find and open Clock.

Step 5. The World Clock will pop up. Then hit the "+" icon.

click the clock icon

Step 6. Enter any letters and keep pressing the letters, then click Select All > Share.

share the texts

Step 7. Select Message or Mail app on the pop up interface.

share via message app

Step 8. Enter random letters in the space box and click on "Return".

cick return button

Step 9. Select "Create New Contact" on the next screen and tap on "Add Photo" to choose photo from the photo library.

create new contact

Step 10. When you are back to the home screen, you will notice that the iPad has been unlocked.

choose photo

Part 4. Unlock iPad without iTunes via a 3rd-Party Tool

You are also not alone when you failed to unlock your iPad via Siri. After all, no one can guarantee that they always enabled Siri. In such a situation, FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker will be your best solution.


Step 1. Download and install the unlocking tool on your Windows or Mac computer. Open the program and then select "Unlock Screen Passcode".

unlock screen passcode

Step 2. Connect the locked iPad to the computer and put the iPad into DFU mode if the iPad is not recognized.

connect ios device

enter dfu mode

Step 3. Your iPad will be detected after it has entered the DFU mode. You now need to click on "Download" icon to install the latest firmware package to the disabled iPad.

download firmware

Step 4. Then click on "Start Unlock" and your iPad will get unlocked after the unlocking process.

start unlock

Why Choose FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker:

  • Remove screen passcode for your disabled and locked iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.
  • Besides 4-digit/6-digit passcode, Face ID/Touch ID could able be removed.
  • Remove iCloud account on all activated iOS devices without inputting the password.
  • Fix all iOS system issues that you may enchanter on your iOS devices, including iPhone screen not working, iPhone is disabled connected to iTunes, etc.
  • Fully works with all old and new iOS versions and iOS devices, including iOS 15 to iOS 14.

Part 5. Unlock iPad without iTunes via iCloud

If the iPad gets permanently disabled, there will be no other way but reset the iPad to factory settings. If the "Find My iPad" feature has already been enabled on your iPad, you can remotely unlock the disabled iPad using iCloud.

  1. Open the official site of iCloud and log in to iCloud on your laptop or iPhone that you have access to.
  2. Select "Find My iPad".
  3. When the iCloud remote connects to the iOS device, it will display its location on the map, then click on "Erase iPad" in the upper right corner.

erase ipad

Part 6. Unlock Disabled iPad in Recovery Mode

If the reason that you are unable to unlock iPad with iTunes is that you have never trusted your iPad with iTunes, you can still do that with iTunes by putting the device into Recovery Mode. . Here are the steps:

Step 1. First you need a computer that can be connected to the Internet, and you need to install iTunes on your computer.

Step 2. Then press and hold the Power button to turn off the iPad.

Step 3. Then connect your iPad to your computer and open the iTunes.

Step 4. Next, following the steps below to get the iPad into recovery mode:

  • Press the power button to turn on the device, the Apple logo will appear on the screen, do not release the power button;
  • Then press and hold the Home button until the screen is black.
  • Release the Power button when the iPad screen goes black, and continue to hold the Home button until iTunes detects an iPad in recovery mode.

put ipad into recovery mode

Note: You may not successfully put iPad into recovery mode for the first operation. Try a few more times.

Step 5. Then click the "Restore iPad" button and tap on the "Restore and Update" button in the pop-up window.

itunes recovery mode

You will then see that iTunes is currently downloading the firmware system to restore the iPad from the Apple Update Server. After the download is complete, it will automatically restore your iPad system.

When the iPad system is restored, follow the step-by-step guide on the home screen to activate the device.


You must have learned how to unlock iPad without iTunes in this article. If you have forgotten the iPad passcode, FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker cab be your first choice. As you can see in part 2, it is user friendly to use if you are having this sort of problem. And we wish that this problem could be settled with the methods in this article.

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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