How to unlock an iPad if you don’t remember the passcode, or if it’s disabled

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It’s possible to unlock your iPad if it’s disabled, but you’ll have to reset it.

  • To unlock an iPad if you forgot the password or it’s been disabled, you can restore it with iTunes.
  • You can also unlock your iPad by doing a system restore using the Find My iPhone app.
  • You’ll need a recent iPad backup to get your data back after you restore and unlock it.
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If you lock your iPad using a passcode (and for your privacy and security, you should) you can rest assured that it’s highly secure.

But if you can’t remember the passcode – or you’ve entered it wrong so many times that the iPad is disabled and won’t accept the passcode anymore – you can still unlock it.

Unfortunately, you’ll need to reset the iPad to its factory-default settings in the process. Afterward, you can replace your data from a recent backup. Here’s how to do it.

How to unlock your iPad using iTunes

If you have a recent backup, you can restore your iPad with iTunes. This will erase all the data along with your passcode, allowing you to unlock your iPad, and then replace the data from a backup.

1. On your computer, start iTunes and then connect your iPad to the computer using a USB cable.

2. Force your iPad to enter recovery mode.

  • If you have an iPad with Face ID, quickly press the Volume Up button, press the Volume Down button, and then press the Power button until you see the recovery mode screen appear on the iPad.
  • If you have an iPad with a Home button, press and hold both the Home and the Power buttons at the same time until you see the recovery-mode screen.
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A locked iPad can be reset by connecting it to iTunes and pressing the right button combination.

3. On the computer, you’ll see a dialog box that says there was a problem with your iPad. Click “Restore.”

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If you can’t unlock your iPad, you can reset it to factory settings and then click “Restore” to use data from a backup.

How to unlock your iPad using Find My iPhone

If you don’t have iTunes installed on your computer, you can use Find My iPhone as long as you’ve previously enabled this feature.

1. Go to the Find My iPhone website. Or if you have another iOS device like an iPhone, you can open the Find My iPhone app on that device.

2. Log in to your iCloud account, if you aren’t already.

3. If you’re using the Find My website, click the “All Devices” link and select your locked iPad from the list.

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Select your iPad from the Devices dropdown menu.

4. Now, select Erase iPad.

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Click the Erase My option in the device menu that appears in the top right.

5. A window will appear, confirming that all your iPad’s content and settings will be erased. To complete the restore, click “Erase.”

6. If you’re using the Find My iPhone app, select your iPad from the visible list of devices and then tap Actions.

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Select your iPad from the list of Apple devices.

7. Now choose “Erase iPad,” and confirm the choice by tapping the red “Erase Mac” button.

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Select Erase iPad to restore your device to factory settings.

After the iPad is erased and restarts, you can then restore your iPad with a recent backup.

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How to find out in 2 easy steps if your data was exposed in an online breach

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  • Check if your email account or password is compromised in two easy steps on
  • Billions of online records have been exposed in the past decade through breaches, hacks, or leaks.
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A website called “Have I been pwned” can help internet users determine if their data has been exposed in an online breach.

Maintained by security analyst Troy Hunt, the database on, lets you check if one of your email addresses or passwords has been compromised, or “pwned,” in internet speak.

After typing the website into your browser, you just have to type in the address of the email account you wish to check for breaches. The site cross-references that email address with more than 10 billion accounts compromised in past breeches.

Here’s an example:

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Then, just click the “pwned?” button next to the search bar.

If your account is in the clear, you’ll get a green page that says “Good news,” with references for how to increase security.

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If your account details have been leaked, you’ll see a red screen that says, “Oh no — pwned!” It will tell me how many data breaches the email has been found in and where it may have been “pasted” to a publicly facing website.

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Read more: A data breach is exposing Big Law firms who were using a 20-year-old system for handling sensitive documents. Here’s what we know so far.

Over the weekend, more than 500 million Facebook users’ phone numbers, full names, locations, email addresses, and biographical information were leaked online, Insider reported. That adds to the more than 4 billion online records that have been stolen or accidentally leaked in the last 10 years, according to data from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.

If affected, consumers should take steps to secure their accounts by changing a password and setting up two-factor authentication.

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A guide to network security keys, the password for your Wi-Fi network

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A network security key is essentially a password designed to unlock a Wi-Fi network.

  • A network security key is basically your Wi-Fi password – it’s the encryption key that protects your internet.
  • There are three different kinds of network security keys: WEP, WPA, and WPA2, each more secure than the last.
  • The type of security key you choose, along with how strong your password is, determines how safe your network is from hackers.
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If you’re new to setting up or troubleshooting your Wi-Fi connection, you might be wondering what a network security key is. Luckily, it’s not as confusing as it sounds – your network security key is essentially just your Wi-Fi password.

Of course, it’s not actually that simple – if it were, we wouldn’t need another word for it. A network security key is a specific type of password that allows your Wi-Fi router to talk to the device you’re using, and allows you to use the internet securely.

What to know about network security keys

Network security keys have become more sophisticated over time, and there are now a few different kinds that work a few different ways. Knowing what kind of network key your router uses can be important for setting it up and solving issues.

There are three common types of network security keys.

How to find your network security key

Depending on which security key you go with, your password might be located in a couple different places – most of the time, default WEP keys can be found on a piece of paper given to you by the network owner with the router. Default WPA/WPA2 keys are usually printed somewhere on the side of your router, often on a sticker.

While setting up your router, you should create a new password so that you can remember it more easily. You can also go in and change your Wi-Fi password at any time.

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When setting up a new router, always change the password.

If you’ve forgotten your Wi-Fi password, it’s not the end of the world. As long as your computer is already connected to the router, you can pull the password up that way instead – this works on a Mac or on a PC. You can also share access with others across Apple devices, whether you’re using a Mac or an iPhone.

How to create a strong password

Network security keys are an important part of keeping your network protected – and in a world where we do most of our business online, that protection is more important than ever.

Making sure you select the highest security network you can is part of that, but another part is selecting a good password. Experts say that a strong password has as many of the following qualities as possible:

  • Is 12 characters or longer (the longer the better)
  • Uses a mix of numbers, letters, and symbols
  • Doesn’t use common substitutions (like zero for “O,” $ for “S,” et cetera)
  • Doesn’t use an easy keyboard path (like “asdfjkl,” “qwerty,” or 123456)
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Picking a proper password is incredibly important.

One of the most highly recommended ways to create a secure password is to make it a random combination of words that one might not usually find together, or else a simple sentence. For example, security experts would likely say that “PeanutButterManPants” and “PutThatDownJordan” are both strong passwords. Add some numbers or symbols and you have one of the best possible defenses against hackers.

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