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What If You Have Forgotten the iPad Password

"My husband set passcode lock on my iPad Air 2 without telling me the password. Now he's travelling abroad for work and has his phone in airplane mode. I can't contact him right now but I have urgent work to be coped with my iPad. What can I do if I the iPad password is forgotten?"

That's a common issue for iOS users. Apple has a higher security guarantee of your privacy so as to prevent your iPad data from illegal use. But it's still easy to be solved.

iPad Disabled for Password Forgotten

Below are three different ways to cope with the iPad password forgotten issue, just choose the most suitable one according to your own situation:

Part 1: iTunes Backup Has Been Done – Restore Using iTunes

As long as you've done iTunes backup before, you can follow the below step:
1. Connect your iPad to the computer you synced your device with.
2. Open iTunes on your computer.
3. Have your iPad synced and backed up by iTunes. You just need to simply set and apply it.
4. After that, you just need to click "Restore iPad…".

Click to Restore iPad

5. Then, you will enter a Set Up iPad screen on your iPad. Tap "Restore from iTunes Backup".

Set Up iPad or Restore

6. Lastly, select the latest backup of your iPad and that's it.

Choose Latest Backup for iPad

Note: Check How to backup and restore iPad to know more about the backup/restore issue.

Part 2: iCloud Backup Has Been Done – Erase Using Find My iPhone

If you have enabled "Find My iPhone" through iCloud, you can follow the below steps.
1. Go to iCloud webpage: iCloud.com.
2. Then, sign in your Apple ID as it's required.
3. Choose "Find My iPhone" and you will see the below interface. Click "All Devices".

Choose All Devices on iCloud

4. Choose the device you want to erase.
5. Click "Erase iPad" to erase your device including your passcode.

Choose Erase iPad

6. You can either restore from a backup or set your iPad up as a new device as you wish now. (As the 5th and 6th step in Part 1 show)

Part 3: No Backup Has Been Done – Restore Using Recovery Mode

If you don't have a habit of backing up iPad data and have no iTunes backup or iCloud backup at all, you can still get your iPad back to work as well by using recovery mode (But you should know beforehand that data on your iPad might be erased during this).

1. Connect your iOS device to your computer and launch iTunes on it.
2. Restart your iPad when it is connected to your computer by pressing the "Power" and "Home" button simultaneously. Don't let go when you see the Apple logo and continue holding till the below window shows.

iPad Stuck into Recovery Mode

3. After that, there will be a pop-up asking you to update or restore your iPad. Click "Restore". And that's it.

Restore iPad

Note: After that, iTunes will start downloading software for your iPad. If it takes more than 15 minutes, iPad will exit recovery mode and you have to repeat the 2nd and 3rd step again.

After the steps above, I am sure that you've successfully having your iPad back into work. If you have other issues on the iPad basic settings, please feel free to let us know, we will try our best to help you through it.

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