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What to Do If I Forgot My iPad Password?

“ What to do if I forgot my iPad password? ”

Forgot the password set for iPad and locked out of the device? Probably because you have recently changed your password (especially when drunk). Then, you can’t remember your new iPad password.

If you forgot your iPad password, no matter how it happened, can you regain access of the device? Of course, although you can’t recover your forgotten password, it’s possible for you to remove the forgotten iPad password and use it as a brand new one.

This article will introduce 3 solutions to help if you forgot iPad password. The methods are detailed step by step. Please choose the most suitable solution according to your specific situation.

Part 1. The iPad Password You Forgot: Screen Lock or Apple ID?

Forgot Screen Lock Password: Unable to unlock your iPad (4-digit or 6 digit). Multiple failure attempts will cause iPad disabled. You need to restore the device to factory settings.
(But please pay attention that after restoring, you need to set up the iPad with Apple ID. If you don’t have your Apple ID, then it won’t work. In this case, you are recommended to firstly check what to do if forgot Apple ID in Part 3.)

Forgot Apple ID password: You can no longer download apps or purchase items from iTunes.

Part 2. What to Do If I Forgot iPad Screen Lock Password?

When forgetting the iPad password, of course, you can’t easily reset the device’s lock screen because of Apple’s privacy policy. So, please follow the instructions below.
(Please know: no matter you use iTunes or Find my iPhone to remove screen lock password, all the data and settings will be erased. Because both will factory reset your device.) And so far, there’s no way to unlock iPad without losing data.

Way 1. Restore Forgotten iPad Password if You Use iTunes
The steps to restore our iOS device using iTunes are not complicated. Please follow this guide if you have forgotten your password on iPad. (If the normal reset does not unlock your iPad, please boot device into recovery mode and connect to iTunes, and then try again.)

Commonly used reset iPad via iTunes
1. Please make sure iTunes is upgraded to the latest version, or else, it may not detect your device.
2. Launch iTunes on your computer. Then, connect iPad to the computer with a USB cable.
3. Select your iPad device and click Summary.
4. Click the “Restore iPad” button and confirm it.

Reset iPad via recovery mode

1. Again, you need to update iTunes to the latest version.
2. Put the iPad in recovery mode: Press the Home and Power buttons simultaneously for at least 10 seconds. When the Apple logo appears, please release the power button but still hold down Home.
3. Launch iTunes and connect your iPad to your computer.
4. When iTunes detects that the iPad is in recovery mode and prompts “You must restore this iPad before it can be used with iTunes”, please click the “OK” button and start to restore iPad to factory resettings.

Way 2. Erase iPad Password via iCloud Find My Device

This method requires “Find My iPad” is enabled on the iPad. If your iPad is not enabled before it is locked, you will not be able to erase your device. Although this is often played around when the device is lost or iPhone is broken, it is also suitable for remotely wiping device when forgetting iPad lock screen password.

Step 1. Make sure your disabled iPad is connected to WiFi.
Step 2. Open the iCloud website, log in to the account, and click on the “Find iPhone” option.
Step 3. Click on “All devices” and select the locked iPad if there are multiple devices in your account
Step 4. Click the “Erase” button.
Step 5. Confirm and Wipe your iPad.

Part 3. What to Do If I Forgot iPad Apple ID Password?

Forgetting the Apple ID password is probably because you haven’t downloaded the app from iTunes for a while. The official website is your primary source of help because Apple has a website dedicated to managing Apple ID accounts.

Step 1. Open the official website
Step 2. Under Manage your Apple ID field, click Forgot Apple ID or Password
Step 3. Fill in the email address (associated with the Apple ID) and Continue.


The above methods are practical and effective, for the case of forgot iPad password. Confirm which password you have forgotten, screen lock or Apple ID password, and then choose the right solutions depending on your specific problem. You can fix it via iTunes, recovery mode, iCloud and Apple official site. Why not Give it a try?

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