Factory Reset iPad without iCloud Password? Try the Effective Methods!

“I have an iPad that is connected to a really old email address which i have forgotten the password and have no way to access my emails anymore. I have tried to factory reset the iPad but it makes me use the login that it was last used logged into. Surely there is a way around this?” From an Apple User

Are you running into the same difficulty to factory reset your iPad? Don’t worry. You are not alone. To factory reset iPad without password, simply follow the instructions in this article and you will find it quite easy.

Part 1: How to Factory Reset iPad When It is Locked/Disabled

If your iPad has been locked or disabled, that means that you will need to to factory reset iPad without password. Here are the best 3 solutions to factory reset iPad without password.

Solution 1. Factory Reset iPad with Recovery Mode/DFU Mode

The Recovery Mode or DFU mode should be working when the software problem happens to your iPad. Under these circumstance, factory reset iPad with Recovery mode via iTunes would be your go-to option.

To factory reset iPad with Recovery mode:


  • 1. Find My iPad is disabled on your iPad.
  • 2. Perform this method using the computer that you used to sync your iPad.
  • 3. Ensure the latest iTunes has been installed in your computer.

Step 1: Launch iTunes on your computer. Then connect your iPad to your computer via the USB cable.

Step 2: Boot your iPad into the recovery mode. You can press and release the Volume Up button, and then the Volume Down button, and press and hold the Sleep/Wake button at the top of your iPad, and keep holding the Sleep/Wake button until it goes into the recovery mode.

factory reset ipad in recovery mode

If you want to try DFU mode, follow these steps:

  • 1. Ensure the iDevice is power off.
  • 2. Press and hold the Power button for 3 seconds.
  • 3. While you are still holding the power button, press and hold and Volume Down button. Then hold the two buttons for 10 seconds.
  • 4. Release the Power button and continue holding the Volume Down button for 5 seconds. If the screen is black, then it is in DFU mode.
factory reset ipad in dfu mode

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

factory reset ipad via itunes

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.

Solution 2. Factory Reset iPad with 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.

To factory reset iPad 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. Launch PassFab iPhone Unlocker.

Step 2: Click "Unlock Lock Screen Passcode" on the program interface.

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Step 3: Connect your iPad with computer with a USB cable, and ensure to tap Trust on your iPad if prompted. Click Start button.

start remove iphone passcode in passfab iphone unlocker

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

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Step 5: Simply wait for the process to complete. And you should see ‘Passcode has been removed successfully” after finishing.

factory reset ipad without password in passfab iphone unlocker

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

Solution 3. Still Failed to Factory Reset? Ask Apple Support

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 When It is Unlocked

If your iPad is not locked, then there are two methods to factory reset iPad.

Solution 1. Reset iPad to Factory Settings via Settings App

The first method is to factory reset iPad via the Settings app inbuilt in iPad.

Step 1: Launch the Settings app in your iPad.

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

erase ipad to factory settings via settings app

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.

Solution 2. Factory Reset iPad via iTunes

The other method to reset iPad is via iTunes. This method is also working for factory reset iPhone without password.

Step 1: Launch iTunes in your computer. Ensure you have installed the latest version of iTunes.

Step 2: Connect iPad with computer using a USB cable.

Step 3: Tap Trust the computer if prompted on your iPad screen.

Step 4: Select your iPad on iTunes, and click Restore your iPad.

factory reset ipad via itunes

Step 5: Click Restore again to confirm.Then iTunes will starting resetting your iPad.

Part 3: Factory Reset iPad By Asking Previous Owner for iCloud Password When It is A Second-hand iPad

Additionally, if it is a second-hand iPad, and it has logged in with the iCloud password of the previous owner, you will need to ask the previous owner for iCloud password before factory reset. Once you have the password, you can factory reset iPad by doing this:

Step 1: Head to http://icloud.com/ in your browser. Sign in the iCloud account of the previous owner.

Step 2: Click Find My iPhone > All Devices.

factory reset ipad in icloud

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

erase ipad in icloud to factory settings

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

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 password, and the other is to factory reset iPad when you know the password. 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
  • Unlock Touch ID and Face ID
  • Unlock Apple ID/iCloud without password
  • Bypass MDM without username and password
  • Support iPhone/iPad and latest iOS 14.4 version

Updated on / Posted by Shirley Howard to iPad Tips / Follow @Shirley Howard

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