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Forgot iPad passcode reset with 3 methods

If you still remember your iPad passcode, resetting it is very easy. You just need to unlock your iPad with the passcode, go to Settings → Passcode (or Touch ID & Passcode) → Change Passcode, enter your old passcode and then enter the new passcode to change your iPad password.

However, if you have forgotten your iPad Pro/Air/mini password, how to reset it? Here will show you 3 methods to reset your iPad passcode when forgot it.

Reset iPad with iTunes

If you have synced your iPad with iTunes on a computer, and have made a backup of your iPad, you can reset your iPad and then restore it with iTunes backup.

1. Open iTunes, and connect your iPad to the computer with USB cable.

2. Sync and make a up-to-date backup for your iPad.

If the iCloud Backup is turned off on your iPad, your iPad will be synced with iTunes automatically once you connect it to the computer you have synced before. If it doesn't sync automatically, you can click on "Sync" (or Apply) button to begin the sync process. Wait for your iPad to sync, and click on "Back Up Now" to make an up-to-date backup for your iPad.

If it is the first time to connect your iPad to this computer, you are required to enter passcode on your iPad screen. Connect your iPad to another computer that you have synced before, or go and see the other methods below.

3. Click on "Restore iPad", and follow the on-screen instructions to reset your iPad to factory settings.

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4. After resetting, swipe "Slide to set up" to open your iPad. On the Set Up screen, tap on "Restore from iTunes backup".

If don't want to restore your iPad, select "Set Up as New iPad", and follow the on-screen instructions to set a new passcode and set up your iPad.

5. Go back to iTunes and select your iPad, and choose the latest backup to restore your iPad. If you also forgot itunes backup encrypted password, get iTunes Password Tuner to help to you recover your iTunes backup password.

6. After restoration, go to your iPad, tap on Settings → Passcode (or Touch ID & Passcode) → Turn Passcode On, and enter your desire passcode to reset a new passcode on your iPad.

Reset iPad from iCloud.com

If "Find My iPad" is turned on in your iPad, you can go to iCloud.com to erase the data and passcode from your iPad. And then you can unlock your iPad without passcode.

1. Open the web site iCloud.com/find and sign in with your Apple ID and password on a computer. Connect your iPad to this computer with USB cable.

2. Click on "All Devices" on the top of web page, and select your iPad.

3. Click on "Erase iPad" to clear the data and passcode on your iPad.

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4. After erasing, your iPad reach to the "slide to set up" screen, swipe to unlock your iPad without security code.

5. If you have backed up your iPad to iCloud before, select "Restore from iCloud backup". After the restoration, go to Settings → Passcode (or Touch ID & Passcode) → Turn on Passcode to set a new passcode on your iPad.

6. If do not want to restore your iPad, select "Set Up as New iPad", and follow the set up instructions to set a passcode on your iPad.

Hard reset iPad from Recovery mode

If the two methods above don't work for you, you may need to hard reset your iPad from Recovery mode. This method will erase all data and settings including passcode from your iPad, and can't help you to restore your iPad from backup. But with an iPad as new is better than an iPad as a brick.

To hard reset you iPad from Recovery mode:

1. Power off your iPad and connect it to computer with USB cable, and then open iTunes.

2. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Home button at the same time until you see the Recovery mode screen.

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3. Go to iTunes, you will see the dialog box with Restore and Uptade. Click on "Restore", and follow the dialog to restore your iPad.

4. Wait for the restoration process to finish. When your iPad reach the set up screen, select "Set Up as New iPad", follow the guide to set up your iPad, and set a new passcode for your iPad again.

 

Resetting your iPad will clear your passcode, allowing you to unlock your iPad without passcode and access it. And then you can reset a new passcode on your iPad.

Tips: When you reset a new passcode on your iPad, please enter a passcode that is easy for you to remember, but hard for others to guess. In case of forgetting your iPad passcode again, make a note of the new password. Or sync and backup your iPad with iTunes.

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