How to change or reset your iPad's passcode, even if you don't know what the passcode is


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  • If you know your iPad’s password, you can change it easily in the Settings menu.
  • If you’ve forgotten your passcode, you’ll have to reset the iPad by either logging in at, or by connecting it to a computer with iTunes.
  • If you have access to the iPad via Touch ID or Face ID (which expire), make sure to backup your device and reset it.   

Whether you’ve forgotten your iPad password for the umpteenth time, or need to change it ASAP now that your annoying older brother knows the code, it’s easy to update your iPad password once you know how.

Here are the steps you need to follow to reset your passcode:

How to reset your passcode if you know what the passcode is

If you know your current passcode but for one reason or another want to reset it, then you should do the following:

1. Log in to your iPad using your current passcode or, depending on your iPad model, use Touch ID or Face ID.

2. Go to the Settings app, which looks like a gray gear.

3. Scroll down to “Passcode,” which on newer devices may be called “Touch ID & Passcode”


4. Enter your current passcode and scroll down to “Change Passcode.” You will have to enter your current passcode again.

5. You can now enter your 6-Digit Numeric passcode, or click on “Passcode Options” to set a Custom Alphanumeric Code, Custom Numeric Code, or the classic 4-Digit Numeric Code.


6. Enter your passcode twice and voila, you’re done!

How to reset your iPad’s passcode if you forget it

If you have an iPad that supports Touch or Face ID, you might not think that this is a big issue. But to access certain security settings, you’ll need your passcode.

Additionally, if your iPad ever turns off you’ll need to use your passcode once it turns back on before you can use Touch ID or Face ID again.

The only way to fix this issue is to fully reset your iPad to its factory defaults. If you have a newer model and are still able to access your device using Touch ID or Face ID, login and backup the iPad to the iCloud or a computer before resetting.

If you cannot access your iPad, you’ll unfortunately have to say goodbye to your data.

You have two options for resetting your iPad: connecting it to a computer you’ve previously synced it with, or by logging into your iCloud account online. Once your device has been wiped and is reset, you’ll have the opportunity to restore a previous backup or set it up as a new iPad.

How to use a synced computer with iTunes to reset your iPad

If you have previously synced your iPad with iTunes on your computer and given your computer access to your device, you’ll be able to use this method.

1. Plug your device into your computer and open iTunes. If possible, make sure your computer is connected to the internet.

2. You will now be able to access your iPad. If you are unable to access your iPad or it asks you to unlock your device, then you haven’t previously used this computer and you will not be able to continue with this method.


3. Open the device in iTunes and click “Restore iPad.”


4. It will ask if you’re sure and warn you that doing this will wipe all your data from the iPad. Click “Restore.”


5. Your iPad will be erased and restart as if it were a brand-new device. You can now set it up as a new iPad or restore it from a backup on your computer or the iCloud.

How to reset your iPad using your iCloud account

If you haven’t previously synced your device with a computer, then you’ll have to login to your iCloud account to reset your iPad. This method is usually used if your device is lost or stolen but can also be used if you’ve forgotten your passcode.

1. Go to and log in to your iCloud account.


2. Click on “Find My iPhone.” At the top of the screen, click “All Devices,” and select your iPad.


3. Click “Erase iPad.”


4. It will warn you that all your data will be lost, and you won’t be able to track the device anymore. Click “Erase.”


5. Your device will be remotely accessed and reset to factory settings. You can now set it up as a new iPad, or restore it from a backup that you’ve saved to iCloud.

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  • How to backup your iPad to iCloud or a computer

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