If you own an iOS device like an iPhone or iPad, being locked out of your device is one of the things you wouldn’t want to happen. Being locked out of your iOS device is definitely a raw deal since the process of restoring the device is indeed tedious. Performing an iOS restore is by far the most effective solution to unlock a disabled iPhone or iPad. But doing so can also mean losing of critical data stored on the device. Even if you are using Find My iPhone or iTunes, restoring iOS would still end up erasing data in the process. Unless you’ve had taken a timely backup of your data on the cloud, you will have no choice but to lose your files as it matters more to access your device again.
Fortunately, there’s always a way for you to unlock a disabled iOS device without restoring its system, thus you won’t lose any critical data in the process. And highlighted below are some of the effective methods used by others who have been trapped in the same situation. Read on to find out how to unlock an iPad without restoring it.
Using Siri to unlock your iPad without restoring
Siri is a voice recognition system patented by Apple. It is basically an application that serves as personal assistant with both speech input and output functions. This means you can speak to it and it can speak back to you. It’s built into Apple’s mobile devices from the iPhone 4s onwards. But there’s more Siri can offer and one of these is unlocking your iOS device without having to restore it. Here’s how the Siri tweak works.
- Activate Siri on your iPad by pressing the Home button successively.
- When Siri is activated, speak and ask a question like Hey Siri, what time is it? Siri will then respond and show the clock on the screen.
- When you see the clock on your iPad screen, click the icon of the clock. Doing so will open the world clock.
- Tap the Plus (+) sign on the upper-right edge of the World Clock screen to add more clocks.
- You can type a bunch of random words on the search bar and then select the option to Select All.
- Next, select the option to Share and then tap on the icon for messages.
- Type anything in the To: field and then press the return key. Select all the highlighted text and then press the Add option.
- Alternatively, you can tap the Create New Contact (+) icon to add new contact. Doing so will open a new pop-up screen where you can fill in all the new contact details.
- Tap on the Add Photo icon then select the option to Choose Photo. You will then be routed to the phone’s photo library.
At this point, you should be able to press on the Home button and access other features of your device. Hence, your iPad passcode has been bypassed.
Unlocking iPad without restoring via third-party unlocker software/apps
Another way to unlock an iPad without restoring through third-party iOS unlock and recovery tools. These tools or apps can be downloaded and installed on your computer and then use it to access your iOS device like iTunes does. Among the widely used iOS unlock/recovery apps are iMyFone LockWiper and Dr. Fone, to name some. To use any of these tools, here’s what you need to do.
Get a computer ready then download and install the iOS unlock software you want to use. For the purpose of this guide, we’ll use iMyFone LockWiper. Here’s how it works:
- Then launch the iMyFone LockWiper on your computer and click on the Start button.
- Connect your iPad to your computer using the Apple-supplied USB or lightning cable.
- Then boot your iPad in DFU mode by turning it off. Then press and hold the Volume Down button and the Power button simultaneously for 10 seconds. Release the Power button after 10 seconds but keep holding the Volume Down button until the phone screen goes entirely black. If the screen stays black and the program proceeds to the next step, it means your device has successfully entered DFU mode. If not, try to put your iPad in recovery mode instead.
- Confirm your iPad information including device number and iOS version.
- Then click the Download button to download the latest iOS firmware package for your device.
- Click the Start to Verify command button to verify the firmware package.
- Then click the button to Start Unlock.
- When prompted to confirm, enter six 0’s (000000), read the information then click Unlock.
Follow the rest of the onscreen prompts to unlock your iPad. Just be sure not to disconnect your iPad while the process is still going on. Once the unlock process is complete, you will see a notification prompt saying that the lock screen has been removed completely.
For further assistance and more recommended solutions on how to unlock your iPad without restoring system data, you can contact Apple Support or your device carrier’s technical support.
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