How to Wipe An iPad to Factory Settings Without Password/iTunes/Passcode/Computer

Last Updated on September 25, 2023 by Joanna Lake

Factory resetting an iPad will erase all contents on an iPad, including data and settings, and it will make your iPad look like a brand new one.

Therefore, resetting the iPad will be helpful in multiple situations, such as iPad is stuck in recovery mode or restore iCloud/iTunes backup. Maybe you want to erase it before you sell the used iPad, even to clear cache to free up memory space.

Also, you may get a used iPhone from someone else with a very pleasing price or just get it free.

Normally, when you reset your iPad, you can choose to do it on iTunes or on Settings app, both of them requiring you to enter the passcode or iCloud password. If you forget one of them, it can be very difficult to complete that.

Yet, there’re still some possible methods that can help you out. Let’s drive in.

Method 1: How to Reset Locked iPad to Factory Settings without iTunes

If you can’t unlock your iPad and want to reset it, the assistance of iOS System Recovery will help you perfectly. Compatible with all iOS versions, it has a desktop application for Mac and Windows.

Furthermore, except for erasing all your iPad data, iOS System Recovery provides a data-preserve option for you. Suppose you are unable to back up your iPad in advance, the standard mode will help you prevent data-loss.

Besides resetting your device, it also helps to resolve some serious issues like reboot loop, white screen of death, and more. What’s more, this program simplifies the steps to make it so user-friendly that you can reset your iPad with a few clicks.

Steps to Reset iPad without iTunes:

Step 1: Install iOS System Recovery – download and start to reset iPad without password.

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Step 2: Click the iOS System Recovery option on the main screen

Step 3: Connect your iPad to the computer with a USB cable and click the Start button.

Step 4: After connecting your iPad, there will be a pop-up window asking you to “Trust This Computer” on the screen of your device, tap Trust to continue.

Step 5: When the download is completed, click the Fix button. Tick the circle of Advanced Mode if you want to delete all the data on iPad, then click the Confirm button. (Whereas, suppose you want to keep iPad data, directly select the Confirm button.)

Step 6: Choose the Next button, and it will download the latest iPadOS for your device. The program will start to factory reset the iPad when the iPadOS file is downloaded.

Step 7: It will take some time to reset your device and erase data. Finally, you will find “Fix progress is finished!”, select the OK button. At the same time, your iPad will be reset and set up and you’ll be able to use the iPad again.

Method 2: How to Reset iPad to Factory Settings without Password (iCloud Password/Apple ID Password)

As mentioned before, Apple ID is vital for resetting the iPad to factory settings.

If you forget your Apple ID password/iCloud password or buy a used iOS device which is locked by previous Apple ID, and want to wipe an iPad, you can definitely use iPad unlocker to remove previous Apple ID.

iPad Unlocker is an unlock software that is able to delete the Apple ID on iPad. Furthermore, the iPad Unlocker is compatible with all the firmwares of iPad and all iPad models. Besides, the removal process will reset the iPad to factory settings.

Here’s how to factory reset an iPad without an iCloud password. Please follow the instructions below:

Step 1: Install iPad Unlocker on your computer. When it ends, run the program and connect your iPad to the PC with a USB cable.

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Step 2: Click Unlock Apple ID.

Step 3: Select the Start Remove button.

Step 4: Make sure you have set up a passcode on iPad, then click Yes.

While if the iOS on your devices is 11.4 or earlier, the program will ask you to reset your iPad Settings. Once you do it, the program will remove your Apple ID, it will end in a few minutes. Then skip to Step 7 to go on.

Step 5: Make sure the Two-factor Authentication is turned on, and choose Yes. Then it will ask you to confirm again, select the Confirm button.

Step 6: Then click the Download button to get the iPadOS file. After that, choose the Start Remove button to remove Apple ID.

Step 7: When you find “Apple ID Removed Successfully”, click the Done button.

Then set up your iPad, and choose use passcode to pass Activation Lock.

After removing Apple ID from your iPad, you can switch to a different Apple ID or create a new one. You can also update to the latest iOS version wirelessly without losing your newly acquired Apple ID.

Method 3: How to Reset iPad to Factory Settings without Passcode

Forget your passcode? Stop entering it since your iPad will get locked after entering the wrong passcode for more than 6 times.

“So. How do I factory reset my iPad without a passcode?” You may ask. Don’t worry. You can still factory reset locked iPad with the iPad Unlocker mentioned above.

Aside from “Unlock Apple ID”, iPad Unlocker can also remove iPad Passcode, Touch ID, Face ID, Screen Time passcode and so on.

The operation of removing the iPad passcode is pretty simple, after a few clicks, the passcode will be removed. And it will also reset the iPad to factory settings. To keep the data on your iPad safe, you’d better back up your iPad before resetting it.

Here’s how to wipe an iPad without passcode:

Step 1: Download and Install the iPad Unlocker to your PC/Mac

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Step 2: Then open the program and click on the Start button on your computer.

Step 3: Connect your iPad to the PC with a USB cable and click the Next button.

Step 4: Confirm the device information in the interface and click Download to get the firmware on your PC. After the firmware is downloaded, click the Start Remove button to start removing Apple ID.

Step 5: You will find “Screen Lock Removed Successfully” when it ends. Click the Done button, and you can disconnect your iPad and computer. Now you have successfully reset the iPad to factory settings without iPad passcode.

Method 4: How to Reset Disabled iPad to Factory Settings with Activation Lock Blocker

Generally, you need to turn off Find My iPad before resetting it to factory settings or you will be forced to activate your iPad with the previous Apple ID.

Thus, removing the Apple ID would be the first choice. Assuming that your iPad is disabled and unavailable to remove Apple ID, are there any other solutions to factory reset your iPad?

Of course, here, you can use Activation Lock Blocker — 4MeKey to factory reset your iPad.

4Mekey is originally designed as a perfect tool for bypassing Activation Lock (an iOS security feature that requires the Apple ID password to unlock), which is also helpful to factory reset your iPad without an iCloud password due to its special and powerful working system.

4Mekey will jailbreak your iPad to shut off the connection between the Apple server and Find My iPad on your tablet, therefore, you can factory reset the iPad without the restriction from Find My iPad.

Now, let’s see how to factory reset your iPad with 4Mekey:

Step 1: Download 4Mekey on your PC.

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Step 2: Launch the Program and Jailbreak Your iPad.

Launch it on your computer and connect your tablet to your PC with a USB cable. Then click the Start to Remove button.

Then, you need to jailbreak your device with the on-screen instructions.

Step 3: Start Resetting Your iPad

After the jailbreak is successfully done, you can now start to bypass Find My iPad and factory reset your iPad.

Open the program, click Start to RemoveStart Remove, your iPad will be reset in minutes.

Once it is completed, click Done. Now, you can power on your tablet and set it up like a new one.

There’ll be no Apple ID or data on the device anymore. You can use it or sell it as you wish.


Using 4MeKey to rest your device comes with some consequences.

  • If this iPad is available to use SIM and Cellular before, after the reset, the device will no longer detect the SIM card and therefore, you cannot use the Call, Message, and Cellular services on this iPad, but WiFi is still available to connect.
  • iCloud is not available to log in on the tablet. But you can still log in to a new ID on the App Store or other Apple services.

Method 5: How to Reset iPad to Factory Settings without Passcode with Find My iPhone

Besides iOS System Recovery, you can consider some other alternatives as well. For instance, Apple’s official Find My iPhone is a good choice to reset your iPad.

The technique is available to reset your iPad without a passcode remotely. Follow these steps and learn how to reset iPad without passcode:

Step 1: Go to iCloud official website and select Find iPhone section. Click the All Devices option and find the iPad that you wish to reset.

Step 2: Here come various options related to your iPad. Select Erase iPad and confirm your choice. Then you can reset the iPad without a passcode.

Method 6: How to Reset iPad to Factory Settings without Password with iTunes

However, using iTunes is one of the easiest ways to reset your iPad without a password. Besides listening to your favorite tracks, iTunes can also be used to backup or restore your iPad.

Before connecting to iTunes, you need to set your iPad to recovery mode. Follow these instructions and learn how to reset the iPad without password.

Step 1: Launch an updated version of iTunes/Finder app on your computer and connect your iPad and computer with a USB cable.

Step 2: Boost the Recovery mode on your iPad

On an iPad with a Home button: Press and hold the Home button and power button, until the connected to iTunes/desktop sign shows on the screen.

On an iPad without a Home button: Press the volume up button, then switch to press the volume down button, keep pressing the power button till you see the connected sign.

Step 3: Then iTunes will automatically identify your device with the following prompt. Click the Restore button.

Alternative Solution: How to Restore iPad without iTunes.

Method 7: How to Reset iPad to Factory Settings without Passcode with a Trusted Computer

Not all iPad users are aware that if their iPads connect to the computers that they have trusted, they can reset the iPad without passcode.

Follow these steps and learn how to reset iPad without passcode with a trusted computer:

Step 1: Connect your iPad to your trusted computer and launch iTunes/Finder. Visit the Summary page on iTunes. Find and click the Restore Backup button in the part of Backups.

Step 2: Here follows a pop-up message. Click the Restore button and your device will be restored. Furthermore, it can be used to restore your backup.

If the next second you want to learn how to recover iPad data from iTunes after factory reset, please turn to How to Recover Lost iPhone Data with iPhone Data Recovery.

Method 8: How to Reset iPad to Factory Default

If your iPad is accessible, you can reset your iPad to factory settings with the built-in option. Click to learn more.


Resetting the iPad to factory settings will erase all the content and settings on your iPad, which is often widely used to fix errors or reuse iPad. Plus, the passcode and Apple ID password are key to smoothly factory reset iPad.

For those who forget the passcode or password, we have listed the practical methods of resetting the iPad in different cases. Choose a method based on your situation, and follow the steps. A few minutes later, you will get a new iPad.

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1How do you unlock an iPad that is disabled and says connect to iTunes?

Keep entering the wrong passcode and make the iPad disabled? iPad unlocker will remove the passcode for you, go to method 3 and follow the steps, you will unlock the iPad.

2Is it possible to reset the iPad to factory settings without a password?

Yes, you will need a tool to help you. When you are able to unlock your iPad, then use 4UKey to delete the Apple ID.

Assuming you fail to activate your iPad on the Setup screen at the beginning, the 4Mekey is available to bypass the activation lock, with this program, you will get the most feature of iPad.