We all know that iPad will disable itself after many passcode attempts. This is a security feature of the device, which is both useful and frustrating at the same time. If your iPad is stolen and someone tries to open it, the device will disable itself to prevent further attempts from happening. But what if the device is disabled accidentally?
Initially, the device will be locked for a minute and if the wrong passcode is entered again, the device will be disabled for five more minutes. If the passcode is entered wrongly again after five minutes, the device will be disabled completely. However, there are a few things that you can do to make the device working again.
What to Do
If you see that your iPad is disabled, someone must have typed the wrong passcode to disable the device. Sometimes, it might be a kid, who typed the wrong passcode without knowing what would happen to the device. Usually, this will lead to temporary disabling, but with much persistence, anyone can lock the device completely.
If your iPad is permanently disabled, your only choice will be to reset the device to its factory settings. This is the state of the device when you laid your hands on the device for the first time, out of the box. You may feel that this is a punishment, but the feature is provided for the protection of your own data.
If your iPad is stolen and someone tries to open it, the device will be disabled permanently after repeated attempts to open it. This will keep the person from accessing your precious data stored in the device.
If you have set up the Find My iPad feature in your device, the easiest way that you can follow to reset the device is via iCloud. Moreover, the Find My iPad option also offers a way to the users to reset the iPad remotely. This method can be used to rest the iPad when it is disabled, without resorting to iTunes. You just need to log into your iCloud account and click on Find My iPhone, select your iPad and then click on the Erase iPad link.
If you have not set up Find My iPad, the next best thing that you can do is to restore the device from the computer that you used to set up the device or you use to synchronize the device to iTunes. You can take a backup of all the stuff stored in your iPad and then choose to restore the device. This will help you make the disabled iPad work again.