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How to Wipe an iPad Without Passcode in 4 Methods

Sofia Albert updated on Sep 21, 2020 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

"Is there any way to wipe my iPad without the passcode? I do not care about anything that may be on the iPad, I want a clean slate. Thank you for any help."

- Question from Apple Community

Have you ever run into a similar problem as the case we introduced above? Perhaps you have encountered the same case in the past or are experiencing it currently. Actually, in addition to the above case, there are many other occasions that you may need to wipe your iPad without passcode. For whatever reasons, we can get you out of the loop. Now, you can refer to this guide to wipe the iPad without a hassle.

Method 1. Wipe an iPad with EaseUS MobiMover - One in Fit All
Method 2. How to Wipe a Disabled iPad without Passcode
Method 3. Wipe an iPad without Apple ID Password via DFU Mode
Method 4. Remotely Erase an iPad without Passcode via iCloud Website

Method 1. Wipe an iPad with EaseUS MobiMover - One in Fit All 

In fact, you can erase your iPad directly via Settings on your device if your iPad performs fine. But if you forget the password, you will have to wipe the device by using some third-party software like the iPhone data transfer tool - EaseUS MobiMover. As a reliable iOS data manager, EaseUS MobiMover can help you manage iPad data efficiently by transferring, editing, deleting data, and unlocking the iOS screen.

With its eraser tool, you can completely remove all data on the iPad, whether you have a passcode or not. The process won't take long, and soon you'll have yourself a good-as-new iPad. By the way, if you want to delete certain files on the iPad, like contacts, messages, photos, videos, or apps, you can also do it with MobiMover.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS MobiMover and connect the iPad to the computer.

connect the iPad

Step 2. Select an iOS version for your device and click "Download Firmware". If the firmware has been downloaded already, select the package manually.

Choose the firmware to download

Step 3. Patiently wait for EaseUS MobiMover to download and verify the firmware.

Download and verify firmware

Step 4. When the downloading process has done, click "Unlock" to remove the password and unlock the iPad.

Remove iPad password

Step 5. When it has completed, your iPad password is successfully removed and your device is reset.

Unlock iPad successfully

Method 2. How to Wipe a Disabled iPad without Passcode

If your iPad or iPhone has been disabled, then you can fix it by performing a hard reset to unlock your iPad and then wipe it thoroughly via the Settings app. Before starting, please:

  • Back up your information first, either by backing it up to iTunes or physically exporting it to a computer.
  • Make sure you have signed into iCloud and disabled the "Find my iPhone" feature.
  • Connect your iPad to the internet.

Once you're done, you can wipe your iPad by following the instruction.

Step 1. Unlock the iPad by performing a hard reset.

1. iPad with Home button: Simultaneously press and hold the Power button and the Home button > Wait for the device to reboot and then release the buttons once the Apple logo appears.

2. iPad with no Home button: Press and release the Volume Up button > Press and release the Volume Down button > Press and hold the Power button to restart your iPad.

Step 2. Erase iPad from Settings.

1. Make sure your iPad is fully charged.

2. Go to your Settings > General > Reset.

3. Select Erase All Content and Settings. (Depending on the version of iOS you have installed on the iPad, you may be prompted to enter your Apple ID password to disassociate the iPad with your account. If you forget your Apple ID password, you can try to find your Apple ID password back or refer to Method 3 to erase the iPad without needing Apple ID password.)

Erase All Content via iCloud

Method 3. Wipe an iPad without Apple ID Password via DFU Mode

For users who forget their Apple ID password, is it possible to wipe an iPad without remembering the Apple ID password? The answer is YES! You can make your iPad run into DFU mode (Device Firmware Update) and use iTunes to do a factory reset. Follow the steps that are shown below:

Step 1. Install the latest version of iTunes on your Mac or PC and run it.

Step 2. Plug your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad into your Mac or Windows PC.

Step 3. Hold down both the Sleep Button (on top of your device) and the Home Button (on the front underneath the screen).

Step 4. Keep them both held down from about 10 seconds. (If you see the Apple logo, that means you've held them too long and will need to start again.)

Step 5. Let go of the Sleep Button but keep holding the Home Button for about 5 seconds. (If you see the "Plug into iTunes" screen, which means that you held it too long and will need to start again)

Step 6. If the screen stays black, that means your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad should now be in DFU mode. ( Quick fixes on iPad stuck in recovery mode)

Step 7. Run iTunes, and you will see an alert from iTunes says that your device has been detected > Click OK.

Restore iPad via iTunes

A window will prompt up for you to cancel the process or restore your iPad > Click "Restore" to erase your iPad with ease.

Restore iPad via Recovery Mode

Method 4. Erase iPad without Passcode Remotely via iCloud Website

If your iPad gets lost or stolen, you'd better erase everything on it by performing an erasing via iCloud Service. But you need to make sure you have had "Find My iPhone" enabled on the iPad. To know how to erase the iPad without passcode remotely, follow these steps:

Step 1. Go to iCloud.com and visit its Find My iPhone section.

Step 2. Click on the "All Devices" option and select the iPad that you want to wipe.

Step 3. Various options will prompt for you to choose from. Select the "Erase iPad" feature and confirm your selection.

Step 4. It will wipe the iPad without a password.

Erase iPad Remotely via iCloud Service

The Bottom Line

If you intend to give your iPad to others, the above stated 4 solutions can quickly help you wipe the iPad without a hassle. Among these solutions, solution 1 is the most recommended since it can completely remove all data on the iPad without limits. And solution 2 is tricky and requires multiple steps to make it, but it doesn't need you to download any software on the PC. And solution 3, obviously, can be applied for people whose iPad get stolen or lost. Now, you can choose one of the solutions based on your needs.