I have an older generation iPad that hasn’t powered up in about a year. Recently, though, we discovered our newborn son LOVES music and I thought I’d put the iPad to use and set up some baby-friendly music on it. When I finally charged and turned on the old device it requested my passcode to access it. I swear I have never had a passcode on this iPad! I tried all my go-to four digit combinations with no luck. Either I lost my mind and forgot my iPad passcode or something weird happened in its year of hibernation. Either way, I was locked out.
If you’re okay with erasing the data on your iPad, there’s a super easy way to recover the device.
- Plug your iPad into your computer and open iTunes.
- With the iPad initially turned on, restart it in “recovery mode” by holding the power key and the home key at the same time.
- Hold down both keys continuously until you see the recovery mode image: an iTunes icon, plus an iPad charger on a black screen.
- When your iTunes prompts you to either Recover or Update your iPad, select Recover.
- Set up your newly recovered iPad from the Hello screen.
This recovery isn’t ideal if you have a ton of applications or data stored on your iPad. However, I was able to reload all of my music and movies via iTunes so it was not a big deal for me.
Anyone else have a great iPad tip? Please share!