How to Unlock iPad without Apple ID

Having trouble unlocking your iPad without an Apple ID? Learn how to solve this problem in this article.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Aug. 24, 2021

When you set up an Apple device, using your Apple ID and password to sign in is always required. This is a security measure that Apple takes to prevent others from accessing your devices, such as your iPad.

Unlock iPad without Apple ID

Unlock iPad without Apple ID

However, either you are getting a second-hand iPad from a friend or family, or you simply forget your Apple ID and its password, it is not feasible to sign in with your Apple ID. But no worries, in this article, you will be able to learn four ways to unlock your iPad without an Apple ID.

Is It Possible to Unlock iPad without Apple ID?

The answer is YES. But it’s certainly not easy to do so. Apple ID and password are used by iPad to identify its users and therefore are security measures that can’t be bypassed easily.

Unlocking an iPad without Apple ID usually means that you need to restore it and thus erase all contents from your iPad. Such action may be troublesome if you do not have a backup for your iPad. Thus, it’s highly recommended that you remember your Apple ID and password and unlock your iPad with them.

4 Ways to Unlock iPad without Apple ID

Nevertheless, there are still methods to unlock an iPad without an Apple ID, either by resetting your iPad or resetting your Apple ID password. You will see four methods to unlock an iPad without Apple ID below.

Set DFU Mode to Unlock iPad

The first method to unlock your iPad without an Apple ID password is to set it to DFU Mode, which basically means erase all contents on it and reset it to factory default settings. If you still remember the screen passcode for your iPad, you can access the Settings App and set your iPad to DFU Mode there.

Set DFU Mode to Unlock iPad

Set DFU Mode to Unlock iPad

Here’s how to unlock your iPad by setting DFU mode:

  1. Go to “Settings” > “General” > “Reset”.
  2. Tap “Erase All Content and Settings”.
  3. Enter your iPad screen passcode to confirm that you want to erase your device.

This method will erase all content from your iPad. Please make sure you have a backup of your iPad before proceeding with the above steps. Otherwise, you will not be able to recover the data from your iPad.

Factory Reset iPad Using iTunes

If, unfortunately, you forget your iPad screen passcode, don’t worry! You can still factory reset your iPad using iTunes. But to use this method, you will need to connect your iPad to a computer and the iTunes on that computer needs to be up to date.

Factory Reset iPad to Unlock It

Factory Reset iPad to Unlock It

This method will erase all content from your iPad. Please make sure you have a backup of your iPad before proceeding with the following steps. Otherwise, you will not be able to recover the data from your iPad.

See the following steps on how to factory reset iPad using iTunes:

  1. Put your iPad into recovery mode(see tips below) and connect it to your computer.
  2. Go to “iTunes” and locate your iPad under the iPhone-like icon on the top-left corner in iTunes. Click your iPad.
  3. When you see a window pop-up saying: There is a problem with the iPad that requires it to be updated or restored, click “Restore”.

1. If your iPad doesn’t have a Home button: Press and hold the Top button and either one of the volume buttons to turn it off. Keep holding the top button while connecting the iPad to your computer until your iPad goes into recovery mode.

2. If your iPad has a Home button: Press and hold the Top button to turn it off. Release the Top button and press the Home button. Keep holding the Home button while connecting the iPad to the computer until the iPad is in recovery mode.

Unlock iPad without Erasing Data

The two methods above all will erase content from your iPad, which is pretty inconvenient. If you don’t want to lose any data, you may use a third-party application. As a one-stop iOS password unlocker, AnyUnlock – iPhone Password Unlocker can unlock iPad without erasing previous data when you can’t unlock iPad with the password of Apple ID. Not just unlock iPad from Apple ID password, AnyUnlock can unlock or bypass almost all the passwords.

AnyUnlock – iOS Device Password Unlocker

  • Remove Apple ID and iCloud account password.
  • Unlock the iPhone screen with easy steps.
  • Remove encryption settings in iTunes/Finder.
  • Bypass Screen Time/Restrictions passcode.

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The following is how you use AnyUnlock to unlock your Apple ID:

Step 1. Download and install AnyUnlock on your computer. Connect your iPad to the computer with a USB cable.

Step 2. Launch the app and click on the “Unlock Apple ID” panel.

Unlock your Apple ID with AnyUnlock

Launch AnyUnlock and Choose Unlock Apple ID

Step 3. When your iPad is detected by AnyUnlock, click on the “Unlock Now” button.

Click Unlock Now to Start

Click Unlock Now to Start

Step 4. The app will immediately start unlocking your Apple ID and you will see the live progress on your screen.

AnyUnlock is Unlocking Your iPad

AnyUnlock is Unlocking Your iPad

Step 5. The following will appear when the Apple ID password is successfully unlocked.

Apple ID Successfully Unlocked on Your iPad

Apple ID Successfully Unlocked on Your iPad

Reset Apple ID Password

If you are lucky enough to have access to another Apple device, such as a Mac or an iPhone, and that device is signed in to the same Apple ID as your iPad, you can reset your Apple ID password there.

If your Apple ID is logged in on your Mac:

  1. Go to the Apple Menu, which is the Apple icon on the top left corner of your Mac, and click “System Preferences”.
  2. Go to “Apple ID” > Click “Password & Security” > Click “Change Password”.
  3. When prompted, enter your Mac screen password, and then click “Allow”.
Reset the Apple ID Password on Mac

Reset the Apple ID Password on Mac

These steps are compatible with macOS Catalina.

If your Apple ID is logged in on your iPhone:

  1. Go to “Settings” > Tap your name > “Password & Security” > “Change Password”.
  2. When prompted, enter your iPhone passcode. Then you can reset your Apple ID password.
Reset the Apple ID Password on iPhone

Reset the Apple ID Password on iPhone

The Bottom Line

Did the article above help you unlock your iPad? Hope you can enjoy your iPad without any problems now. The four methods we offer you can unlock your iPad when you can’t unlock it with the Apple ID password. However, if you don’t want to lose data during the unlocking process, AnyUnlock is your best option. Download it and unlock iPad right now. If you still have any relevant questions, please feel free to comment below.

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* 100% Clean & Safe

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Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.

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