“iPad is disabled connect to iTunes ” not a very happy moment when you are greeted by your iPad this way. Well, you come back home after a long day of work and thought of watching some Netflix on your iPad, but when you switch it on, there is that message again.
You might be wondering how come my iPad is disabled and probably wondering how to fix it. After reading this article you will be able to fix the error easily.
You don’t have to worry about it, as we have carried out the following article to help you in solving this issue related to the iPad. In this article, we have discussed and explained how the problem generally occurs and suggested all possible methods solve a particular problem. Just follow up on the different methods stated in the article, to get the desired result.
So, Let’s get started.
- 1 Why Is The iPad Disabled?
- 2 Is There Any Way To Unlock Your Disabled iPad Or If You Can Still Back It Up?
- 3 How to Fix “iPad Is Disabled Connect To iTunes” Error
- 4 Final Thoughts
Why Is The iPad Disabled?
The reason behind the iPad being disabled is because of entring incorrect password too many times, so if you find that your iPad is disabled when you were out working, there is someone who tried to open it, Although if you were the one to disable the iPad well, you already know the reason behind it getting disabled.
Therefore, listed below are the different stages of iPad getting disabled, look at it once:
- 1 -5 attempts of entring passcode, the iPad is safe and not at all get disabled.
- Although, the 6th attempt is responsible for it to get disabled for about 1 minute.
- The 7th attempt and your iPad is disabled for 5 minutes.
- 8th attempt well, iPad gets disabled for 15 minutes straight.
- 9th attempt and it’s disabled for about 1 hour.
- Well, the 10th attempt and your iPad will show the message stating “iPad is disabled connect to iTunes “, meaning that iPad is disabled permanently.
Well, the above-stated context explains the different time period your iPad gets disabled for and on how many attempts, but there is one note to keep in mind, that if you enter the same incorrect password, the iPad won’t get disabled at all. for example, if your iPad’s passcode is “4335” then you can enter the passcode “8554” about 15 times your iPad won’t get disabled at all.
If you are thinking that how it might if you are not the one to disable it or you don’t think anyone will break in just to check your iPad, well, in that case, it might be the kids, since they are the ones who just love tapping random buttons or if that’s not the case, maybe your dear friends who just want to read your messages and emails.
Is There Any Way To Unlock Your Disabled iPad Or If You Can Still Back It Up?
Unfortunately, if your iPad is disabled and you’re thinking that wether you can unlock your iPad or not well there is no way that the disabled iPad is going to get unlocked. Hence, giving you the answer to the question.
Although, apart from the topic of unlocking disabled iPad, many people think that geeks present there at the Apple store have certain software, which can unlock your disabled iPad without even erasing any data from it, well keep in mind that geeks at Apple store will also restore your iPad to its factory settings, meaning that they will also erase the data present on the iPad, but will surely help you set up the iPad from the beginning.
Although, the same work can be carried out at the home itself by connecting your iPad to the iTunes and restoring it, and on top of that you’ll be free from the hassle of taking a visit to the Apple store as well as will be able to save some extra bucks.
Now for the question “can you backup your disabled iPad?” again the answer is no you can’t. You simply cannot back up your iPad at this moment since the iPad won’t allow you to access the iPad’s feature, so if your iPad is permanently disabled than probably its too late for you to back up your iPad, and the only way to enter the device is to restore it to its factory settings.
Although, people on the Apple forum confirms that there is a way to remove the “iPad disabled connect to iTunes” error simply by the “hard resetting” method and as per the video tutorial, the method seems to work, but the suggested method is to restore your iPad to its factory settings.
How to Fix “iPad Is Disabled Connect To iTunes” Error
Listed below are some of the methods, one can simply follow the listed steps in a particular method. You can simply try all of them to see which one will be able to fix the problem.
Method 1 Try Utilizing The Hard Resetting Your iPad
As suggested on the Apple forum, this method lets you fix the problem without even restoring the iPad in the first place, which means that you simply don’t have to worry about the data, if you haven’t done the back up before, Although according to me the step is not suggested mainly because apple itself confirms that ion order to unlock the disabled iPad you have to do a restore. But if it is said that this method can help you resolve the problem then you should follow up this method first.
Listed below are the steps for you to hard reset the iPad:
- The first, thing to do is simply press down the home button and lock button simultaneously.
- Keep on pressing both the button until the device turns off and turns back on.
- Release the buttons when the Apple logo appears on the screen.
- Your device will restart and the iPad disabled message should be gone.
But, for some reason, if the methods don’t work, you can simply follow up on the next method stated in the article, although keep in mind that the next methods will require you to restore your iPad to factory settings.
Method 2 Erasing Your iPad Using iTunes (DFU restore)
There is the next method which is called DFU restore. But before, proceeding with this step you might want to keep in mind that this will set your iPad to its factory settings or in other words you’ll be going down with a full DFU restore of your iPad.
Although, if you are wondering what people at the Apple store might be able to fix it without erasing your data, well you are wrong, every iPad which are generally found to be disabled, the geeks at Apple store themselves will restore your iPad to its factory settings since there is no other way to unlock the device. Although, they might assist you in setting up a new iPad later on.
Therefore, you will, later on, be pretty disappointed with yourself as they will charge a hefty amount for a fix that you might have been able to do at home yourself.
So, simply save some bucks by performing the DFU restore of your iPad by yourself. Just, follow the 5 simple steps listed below:
1. First, plug in your iPad to your computer and open iTunes doesn’t matter whether the iPad is switched on or off.
2. Now, Press and hold the power button and home button of your iPad for about 8 seconds.
3. Once the 8 seconds are done, release the power button but make sure to keep holding the home button. Keep the hold on the home button until you see the iTunes displaying a message “iTunes has detected an iPad in a recovery mode”.
4. Simply, let go of the home button now, your iPad’s screen should be completely black meaning that now you are in a DFU mode (If it’s not, you have to try again the whole method from the beginning).
5. Now, there is a restore iPad option in the iTunes window, simply click on that and now your iPad will be restored to its factory settings.
And that’s that, this method will let you restore the iPad to its factory settings and once it’s restored you can set up the iPad the same way you first bought it.
Keep in mind that the DFU mode restore is the deepest type of restore one can perform on either of their Apple products running iOS. This particular restore will erase every line of code present there on your iPad and reinstall the new firmware and codes all over again restoring your iPad to its factory settings.
Method 3 Restoring Your iPad Using iCloud Services
There is one more method of restoring your iPad to its factory settings. Although this, in particular, will require your Apple ID and Password. Simply follow up the steps listed below to restore your iPad using iCloud services. First, you have to visit the iCloud.com then follow up the steps stated below:
- First, simply sign in to the site using Apple ID and passcode.
- Once, logged in, simply click on “Find my iPad”.
- Now, tap on the all devices button located at the top of the screen.
- After that, choose which of the displayed devices you want to “Erase” using the iCloud account.
- Simply, click on the “Erase iPad” present in front of the desired iPad connected to the particular iCloud account.
- And, That’s that you’re done with it, your iPad will be erased.
As of the above step, you can simply erase your iPad by clicking on the erase iPad button, this will keep you from indulging yourself in the hassle of connecting your iPad to the computer although you should be aware of your Apple ID and its Credentials in order to erase your iPad using iCloud services.
Method 4 Contact Apple
Well, for some reasons if your iPad is still showing the disabled error and is unable to get restored to its factory settings, well you have no other option to spend those saved bucks for you to make a visit to Apple store and get your iPad checked by the geeks present there., they will fix the device for you but in return might charge a hefty amount (classic Apple).
As it is explained earlier in this article, that the iPad gets disabled message mainly because of 1 reason which is that the passcode has been entered incorrectly a number of times ultimately disabling the iPad, although in order to fix them are in general 4 different steps you can follow (Stated above).
Apart from that, among the 2 steps (iTunes and iCloud) it is recommended for you to use the iTunes step as it is comparatively easy and can be used for any type of iPad other than iCloud services which can only erase the data of the iPad of a particular account holder.
Therefore, simply follow up the methods explain in the article if you ever again face the same problem, but keep in mind to have a backup of your iPad the next time.