It’s no surprise that Apple is great with security and has measures set in to protect your iPads and iPhones at all costs. But what happens if you end up forgetting your Passcode and have no Face or Touch ID methods set up? Well, in that case, you would be stuck with a locked device and would need to find a way to get it back up again.
So, let’s get to the main topic we’re all here for. How can you bypass the Passcode on your lock screen? Well, there are many ways to do so, and we’ll be taking a comprehensive look at all of them to get you the best options that you can have.
Method 1: use the official Apple method to bypass the Passcode
This is the safest method of bypassing the lock screen and is one of the only two methods recommended by Apple. However, do note that you will be losing all your data on the iPad, and you should only do so if you have a backup handy or don’t have any essential data left on the device. Oh, and also, you’re going to be needing a desktop with iTunes installed on it. Follow the steps below to get your iPad’s Passcode removed.
Download and install iTunes if you haven’t done it already and put your iPad in recovery mode.
For newer iPads: You can do so by holding down the top power button and any of the volume up/down buttons. A power off slider will appear, and after doing that, hold down the power on button on the top and connect it with your computer to enter the recovery mode screen.
For older iPads: You can get to the recovery mode screen by holding down the top button to power off the device and then connect your iPad to a computer while holding down the home button. This will get your iPad to boot into the recovery screen, and you can then proceed to the next step to remove the Passcode.
Now, you can jump back to Finder or iTunes on your desktop computer, and you’ll see a screen similar to the above screenshot. You have to click on the “Restore” or “Update” button, and this will help you factory restore your iPad without a Passcode.
Finally, you’re done, but before you leave and disconnect your iPad, you can also restore any backups you have or transfer in data from your computer to have a better and seamless experience overall.
Method 2: use iCloud to remove Passcode
You can also use iCloud to restore and erase your iPad to how it once was, but it would require you to have your Apple ID and password handy for the iCloud account. If you can get back to iCloud, then follow the steps below to reset your iPad and remove the Passcode.
Head on to the iCloud webpage linked here and sign in through the same Apple ID as your iPad.
Look for all your devices, as shown from the screenshot above and click on the iPad you want to reset. Finally, click on the Erase iPad button, and the iPad will be factory reset without the Passcode.
[ Related: How to Bypass iCloud Activation Lock On iPad? ]
Method 3: use Siri to bypass the Passcode
This method uses the Siri bug that gets you back on your device’s home screen by bypassing the lock screen. However, this will not reset your Passcode, and you’ll need to reset your device to set a new password. Oh, and it only works for iOS and iPadOS 8/9/10 devices. So, if you have any other device without the required version of OS, then stay away from this method.
Tap and hold the power button for newer iPads or the home button for older iPads to summon Siri on your lock screen and ask Siri “what time is it” to open the iOS clock functionality and give you the current time.
Next, tap on the clock icon and open the “World Clock” tab from the bottom left corner and add a new clock on “World Clock” by tapping on the “+” button on the top right section.
Now, search for something via the search bar, look for the share option, and select the “Message” option. In the “To” section, type in random characters and hit the “+” button to add a new contact. Finally, tap on “Create a New Contact” and add a new photo which will take you to the “Photos” app. Choose an album and hit the home button or swipe up to go to the home screen. Congratulations, you have successfully bypassed your iPad.
Note: For this to work, you need to have already enabled Siri on the lock screen and remember that the iPad would still retain the same password after the bypassing process.
Method 4: use third-party tools to bypass the Passcode
Finally, you can use a third-party tool to unlock your iPad. These tools have a lot of functionality, and one such functionality is the bypass the lock screen process, which requires you to connect your iPad with a desktop or laptop and use the tool to bypass the lock screen. These are some tools that we found to be working with the latest generation iPads:
We’ll be testing out Tenorshare 4uKey today, but the other two also follow the same steps and process, essentially making this guide viable for all the tools.
Download and install the respective tool from the link here and click on the “Unlock Screen Passcode” option.
Now, let the tool scan your device, search for the available iOS/iPadOS version, and click on the “Download” button.
Let the download complete, which can take anywhere from 15 to 30 mins depending on your internet connection and click on the “Start Unlock” button as shown in the screenshot above.
Finally, the unlock process will complete, and you will have an unlocked iPad with no Passcode, and all your data will be erased. However, you can recover it later from a backup or through iCloud sync.
However, if none of the methods above worked for you, which is highly unlikely, or you just don’t have the technical understanding of how to follow or use the techniques listed, you can use the last resort specified below.
Method 5: unlock iPad via contacting the local Apple Store
Finally, this should be your last resort if everything fails, and all you have to do is get your iPad to an Apple Store, give them your details and ask them to unlock your iPad. This will, however, need you to prove that you are, in fact, the owner of the device, which will cost you if you’re not in the warranty period and can take up more than a day of time.
Is it safe for you to bypass or remove your forgotten password?
Yes, it is safe for you to bypass or remove your forgotten password, but Apple has never been a fan of that. Hence, if you are going to use the Apple specified method, then be sure to have a backup as you will be going to lose all the data on your iPad or iPhone.
However, we do have some other methods that may prove helpful to you and won’t end up deleting your data. These methods specifically require a bug to be active, and Apple hates that, and we recommend you to get into it if you’re entirely sure about what you’re going to do.
Can current iPads be hacked?
Yes, all iPads can be hacked, but Apple’s security features are not easy to crack and requires a lot more work than other Android devices. However, no device is hackproof, and you should always remain positive sources and follow reliable security procedures.
How do you unlock an iPad If you forgot the Passcode?
You can follow various methods to unlock your iPad if you forgot the Passcode, and we have covered all the details above. However, if you are still facing issues, you can take your iPad to an Apple Store and get them to unlock your device and fix the problems you’re facing.
How do I reset my iPad?
You can either reset your iPad through the “Settings” app on your device or through your desktop or laptop. iTunes, Finder and iCloud are all reliable methods to look for if you want to reset your iPad without any issues and have a seamless experience all around.
With this, we come to the end of the guide on how to bypass your iPad’s lock screen, and we hope that the guide will help you get your device back to normal. The methods listed above are all tried and tested, and you can rest easy that we have also scanned all the apps for all kinds of malware and haven’t found any.
So, do follow the processes listed above with utmost precision to have a seamless and comfortable experience unlocking your iPad. However, do note that some of these methods will erase your data, and you would need to restore that back again.