“How do I reset an iPad to factory settings without an iCloud password?” From Quora

Are you running into the same difficulty to factory reset your iPad? Are you in any of these situations like:

  • You bought a second-hand phone with the previous owner's iCloud account.
  • You want to send/sell the old iPad to others but forgot iCloud password.
  • You want to login a new iCloud account but forgot password of the old iCloud account.

Don’t worry. You are not alone. To factory reset iPad without iCloud password, simply follow the instructions in this article and you will find it quite easy.

Part 1: How to Factory Reset iPad without iCloud Password When It is Locked/Disabled

If your iPad has been locked or disabled, which means that you will need to to factory reset iPad without password. Here are the best 4 solutions to factory reset iPad without password.

Solution 1. Factory Reset iPad without iCloud Password with Recovery Mode

When your iPad is disabled/locked, the first method you can use to factory reset iPad is put iPad in Recovery mode and restore it by iTunes.

Requirements:

  • Find My iPad is disabled on your iPad.
  • The buttons of iPad can be normally used.
  • Ensure the latest iTunes has been installed in your computer.

How to reset iPad to factory settings without iCloud password in Recovery Mode:

Step 1: Launch iTunes on your computer.

Step 2: Boot your iPad into the recovery mode.

  • If your iPad has face ID, you need to press and hold the Top button and any Volume button and release them when you see the Power Off screen. Turn off iPad by dragging it. Then press and hold the Top button to connect iPad to computer and enter recovery mode.

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  • If your iPad has Home button, you need to press and hold the Top button until you see the Power Off screen. Then turn off iPad and press and hold the Home button to connect iPad to computer and enter the recovery mode screen.

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Step 3: iTunes will detect the iPad status and pop up a window for you to Restore or Upgrade the iPad. Click Restore.

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Step 4: Now iTunes will start factory resetting your iPad. It may take about 15 minutes. Wait patiently.

Once finished, your iPad will get rid of the recovery mode, which means that the factory reset has been done successfully.

Note: Before putting iPad into recovery mode to wipe iPad without iCloud password, you need to make sure that the iPad has no hardware problem. Otherwise, your iPad will stuck in recovery mode or Apple logo screen and can't get out.

Solution 2. Factory Reset iPad without iCloud Password Using PassFab iPhone Unlocker

If you are not familiar with tinkering with iPad/iPhone, or you would like to factory reset iPad without any hassle, it is inevitable to do it with a third-party program. In this case, PassFab iPhone Unlocker is a great one whenever your iPhone/iPad is locked or disabled, or when it is a second-hand device.

It is a great software which can help you reset iPad without ANY password, unlock iPad without passcode, remove someone's Apple ID, get rid of screen time...within minutes, 100% working.

How do I factory reset my iPad without passcode with PassFab iPhone Unlocker:

Step 1: Download PassFab iPhone Unlocker in your Windows PC or Mac if it is the first time to try this software. Then launch PassFab iPhone Unlocker.

Step 2: Click "Start" on the program interface.

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Step 3: Connect your iPad with computer with a USB cable, and tap "Next" to continue.

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Step 4: Click "Download" button, and the program will start downloading your firmware package.

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Step 5: Click on "Start Remove" and simply wait for the process to complete. And you should see "Screen Lock Removed Successfully" after finishing.

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Voila! It would be much easier to factory reset iPad through PassFab iPhone Unlocker.

Solution 3. Factory Reset iPad by Asking Previous Owner to Erase iPad Remotely

Additionally, if it is a second-hand iPad, and it has logged in with the iCloud password of the previous owner, you can ask the previous owner to erase iPad remotely. You can ask him/her to do as these:

Step 1: Head to the official website of iCloud in the browser. Sign in the iCloud account of the previous owner.

Step 2: Click Find iPhone > All Devices.

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Step 3: Select your iPad device, click on "Erase iPad", and click "Erase" again to confirm.

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Step 4: Enter the password again to confirm.

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Then your iPad will be removed from the iCloud account, and you can set up your iPad with a new Apple ID.

Solution 4. Still Failed to Reset iPad without iCloud Password? Ask Apple Support for Help

Your problem still persists after the solutions above? It is time to seek for help from Apple Support. You can take your iPad to the local Apple store, and consult the Apple support team for help. If, unfortunately, there is no store nearby, try the online support. Simply click the Apple iPad Support page, and choose the problem you have, and then contact the expert. Good luck!

Part 2: Erase iPad without iCloud Password on iPad When It is Unlocked

If your iPad is not locked, then you can completely wipe iPad without iCloud password on Settings panel.

Here is how to reset iPad on Settings:

Step 1: Launch the Settings app in your iPad.

Step 2: Go to General > Reset, and tap Erase All Content and Settings.

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Step 3: You will be prompted to enter your passcode to continue.

Step 4: Tap Erase iPad again to confirm. If you have Find My Phone to turned on, you will be prompted to enter your Apple ID and password.

Step 5: Tap Erase again to confirm. Then your iPad will start factory resetting.

FAQ About iPad Factory Reset

Q1. How do I remove previous owner's Apple ID from an iPad?

You will need to ask previous owner’s iCloud ID and password, log into icloud.com, go to Find My Phone > All Devices, locate the iPad you want to remove, and then erase iPad from the iCloud account.

Q2. How to factory reset iPad without computer?

If you want to factory reset iPad without computer, you can go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. This will factory reset your iPad without computer. However, if your iPad is locked or disabled, there is no other way but to reset it with a computer.

Q3. How do I factory reset my iPad without passcode?

Generally speaking, you will be asked to enter your passcode before factory resetting iPad. However, if you have forgotten the passcode, you will need to factory reset iPad with recovery mode, or through a third-party software like PassFab iPhone Unlocker.

Wrap It Up

Simply put, this article introduces two circumstance to factory reset iPad. One is the guide to factory reset iPad without ANY password, and the other is to factory reset iPad when you know the screen passcode. More importantly, we have introduced a wonderful application to unlock iPhone/iPad - iPhone passcode Unlocker from PassFab.

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  • Unlock 4-digit/6-digit screen passcode
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  • Unlock Apple ID/iCloud without password
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  • Support iPhone/iPad and latest iOS 14.4 version