How to Factory Reset iPad If You Forgot Password

There are various conditions when the iPhone/iPad users want to factory reset their device. Generally speaking, you can reset iPad easily without computer, but there are special circumstances that you forgot iPad passcode or iPad is locked/disabled. So, in this article, we are going to learn how to factory reset iPad if you forgot passcode. We have gathered up the four most effective and reliable methods to factory reset iPad without passcode.

Way 1. Factory Reset iPad If You Forgot Password without iTunes

The best method to do this without iTunes is to use third party software.Any iOS System Repair is recommended as the most reliable and efficient method to factory reset iPad without password or iTunes.

Follow the below-mentioned steps to factory reset your iPad without iTunes:

Step 1. Begin with downloading and installing the software on your system. Then connect your iPad and from the top menu bar select Factory Reset iPhone (iPad also). This will factory reset iPad Pro/iPad Air/iPad Mini/iPad with simple steps.

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Step 2.Click Fix Now to continue. All data and settings will be erased after reset. factor reset ipad without itunes

Tips: If your iPad runs into an iOS problem, like iPad won't turn on, iPad black screen, or iPad frozen, you can choose "Repair Operating System" from the main interface. This feature will fix your iPad issues without data loss.

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Step 3. In the next screen, you will be prompted to download the firmware package. The software will automatically detect the iOS and provide you a suitable firmware package file for the iOS version. Tap on the download button and wait for it to finish.

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Step 4. As soon as the download is complete, tap on the Start Now option to initiate the repairing process.

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The process will take some time to finish. Your iPad has been restored to factory settings with passcode and all data erased.

Way 2. Factory Reset iPad without Password using iTunes

The iTunes is the most obvious and preferred method to fix many kinds of issues in iOS devices. The prerequisite to restore iPad in iTunes is that your iPad has synced with iTunes before, so that it won't ask you to enter passcode again.

Step 1. Launch iTunes on your computer and ensure that you have the latest version. Then connect your iPad with the computer and iTunes will detect it automatically.

Step 2. Now select the device and open the Summary tab. In the Summary tab, first, tap on the Backup option to create the latest backup of your device data. Then tap on the Restore iPad option to reset iPad to factory settings without passcode.

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This will remove the entire settings and data from your device and you will be directed to the Setup screen. You can restore iPad from backup if you've created backup beforehand.

Way 3. Factory Reset iPad using Recovery Mode

In case you have never synced your iPad with iTunes, this will be an issue. iTunes will ask you to enter passcode to sync or restore iPad. And since you forgot the iPad password,you can put your iPad in recovery mode first.

Step 1. Launch iTunes on your computer and first put your iPad in recovery mode and then connect it with iTunes. To put your iPad in recovery mode, press and hold the Home button and Power button for 10 seconds until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

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Step 2. The iTunes will detect the iPad in recovery mode and will notify you immediately. You will be asked to restore your iPad before you can access it. Tap on the restore button and your iPad will be reset to factory settings.

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Way 4. Erase iPad to Factory Settings without Password from iCloud

One other method that you can try is to use the iCloud service. If you have activated the Find My iPhone/iPad service on your device then you can remotely erase the data and settings and reset it to default settings. So, follow the steps below to find out how to factory reset iPad without password using iCloud:

Step 1. Visit the link and enter your iCloud ID and password. Then from the main interface, select the Find My iPhone option and you will be directed to another screen like a map.

Step 2. There you will find a device icon, which has the list of the device in which your ID is logged in. Tap on the iPad name, and iCloud will give your three options. Tap on the Erase option and iCloud will remove all the content and settings from your device.

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This method will also delete everything from your iPad without allowing you to create a backup.


We discussed the possible methods to reset iPad to factory settings when forgot passcode. iTunes is the traditional method but it is flawed. Any iOS Data Recovery offers the best way to factory reset iPad/iPhone without iTunes or password. It is professional iOS recovery tool for resolving iOS issues with high success rate.

/ Posted by Jerry Cook to iPad Follow @Jerry Cook