How to Factory Reset iPad Mini/Pro Without Passcode in iOS 11

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Cedric Grantham Posted on Nov 03, 2017 to iOS & Mac Topics | How-to Articles

“I got an iPad mini from a friend who has forgotten to told me the passcode and I can't wipe the iPad as my friend is out of the country at the moment. Can I reset the iPad without passcode? If yes, how can I do it?” For most of the iPad or iPhone users, forgetting the passcode is something happens a lot. If you can't unlock your iPad but want to reset it without a passcode, don't fret. This post shows you two easiest ways to factory reset iPad without passcode in iOS 10 or iOS 11. Read on to learn details.

How to use an iTunes backup to factory reset iPad without passcode

iTunes is not only the tool to listen to music but also can be used to back up iPhone/iPad and restore the device with ease. If you have synced your iPad previously with iTunes, you can reset the iPad from a backup on the computer. Follow instructions below.

1. Connect your iPad to the computer with the USB cable. 

2. Launch iTunes and click the iPhone button in the left column of iTunes. If iTunes can't recognize your iPad, fix it with proper methods. If iTunes asks for iPad passcode, plug out iPad and move to section 2.

3. Click "Back Up Now" in the right-side panel. And click "Restore Backup..." when the backup finishes.

4. Choose your iPad and click “Restore” to reset iPad now.

reset iPad with a backup

How to factory reset iPad without passcode in recovery mode

If you don't have any iTunes backup, you can still reset the iPad without passcode in its recovery mode. Do it as following guides.

1. Hold down the "Sleep/Wake" button on your iPad for several seconds until a red slider appears. Swipe right to turn off the iPad.

2. Hold down the "Home" button to turn on the iPad and keep holding while connecting the iPad to the computer with a USB cable.

3. Release the "Home" button when you see a pop-up says "Connect to iTunes." This means your iPad is in recovery mode now (quick fixes on iPad stuck in recovery mode). 

4. Run iTunes. And you will see an alert from iTunes says it detects a device in Recovery Mode.

iTunes detects iPad in recovery mode

5. Click "Restore" to reset the iPad to the factory settings. 

factory reset iPad