Forgot Your iPad Passcode? Do This.

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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.

ipad passcodeIf you’re okay with erasing the data on your iPad, there’s a super easy way to recover the device.

  1. Plug your iPad into your computer and open iTunes.
  2. With the iPad initially turned on, restart it in “recovery mode” by holding the power key and the home key at the same time.
  3. Hold down both keys continuously until you see the recovery mode image: an iTunes icon, plus an iPad charger on a black screen.
  4. When your iTunes prompts you to either Recover or Update your iPad, select Recover.
  5. 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!

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