iPad is disabled after entering the wrong password / passcode

iPad Help, Tips & Tricks
// August 22, 2012

Setting a password or passcode on your iPad is a great idea for security, but it can be a pain if you forget it. Don’t worry, even if you can’t remember your password you can reset it after restoring the device.

You will get six attempts to enter the correct password, then you will get the following message: “iPad is disabled try again in 1 minute.”

iPad is diabled
The simplest solution is to enter the correct password after waiting one minute, if you continue to enter the wrong password you will get this dreaded message: “iPad is disabled connect to iTunes.”

Connect to iTunes

At this point you will need to plug your iPad into your computer and open iTunes to restore the iPad, which will also remove your password. If you have previously synced the iPad in with iTunes on your computer, you can restore it from your most recent backup (backups are created every time you sync.)

If you have never synced the iPad with iTunes you may get the foloowing message: “iTunes could not connect to the iPad because it is locked with a passcode. You must enter your passcode on the iPad before it can be used with iTunes.”

To restore it you will need to do the following;

Step 1. Disconnect it from the USB cable from the iPad.

Step 2. Turn off the iPad by Pressing and holding the Sleep/Wake button until the red slider appears, then slide it to turn off the iPad.

Step 3. While pressing and holding the Home button, reconnect the USB cable to the iPad. Continue to hold the Home button until you see the “Connect to iTunes” screen, then release the Home button.

Step 4. You should get a popup telling you that the device is in recovery mode, click OK and then restore the device.

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