[Forgot iPad Screen Lock Password] How to Recover Data on it

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Forgot my iPad screen lock password!

iPad can't be unlocked after locking, stays on the black screen!! Is there any way that I can fix this forgot password on iPad and unlock it? I want to save it and don't want to lose any data on it. Please help! Your help will be very much appreciated!

Here in this article we will introduce 3 ways to unlock your iPad with a lock password. However, all data on your iPad will be erased if you perform the factory setting restore. Therefore, you'd better back up your iPad data first when you plan to do it.

Backup Data on your Locked iPad

How can you back up your iPad data? Why not try Dr.Fone - iOS Data Backup & Restore? This program allows you to selectively backup your locked iPad data and save them on your computer. Before you are going to fix forgot password on iPad, you data better backup the data since that process will erase all your data.

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Step 1. Run the program on your computer

Run the program and click "More Tools". Then you can see the "iOS Data Backup " Restore" option. Click on it.

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Step 2. Backup your locked iPad on your computer

Connected your iPad to the computer, adn you'll see the window below. Choose the file types that you want to backup or recover from your locked iPad, and click "Backup" to begin.

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It will take you a few seconds to finish the backup.

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Step 3. Preview the backup files and export what you want

After the backup, you can preview the whole data in the backup file. You can choose the item that you want to separately save on your computer or restore to your device later, and click the button at the lower right: "Restore to Device" or "Export to PC".

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How to fix a forgotten password issue on iPad with iTunes

After recover data on your locked iPad, it's the time to unlock your iPad now. Apple's official instructions to restore an iPad are:

  1. Connect the iPad to your computer.
  2. Select iPad in the iTunes sidebar, and click the "Summary" tab.
  3. Click "Check for Update." iTunes tells you if there's a newer version of the iPad software available.
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  5. Click "Restore". Follow instructions on the screen to complete the restore process. During the process, it will recommend you to back up your iPad. When the iPad software has been restored, you can choose to set up iPad as a new iPad, or restore your videos, music, app data, and other contents from a backup.

Note: Even you bring your iPad to the Apple service center, Apple staff also need to restore your iPad to unlock it. That's to say, you need to erase everything on it.

Part 3. Fix "forgot iPad screen lock password" with iCloud

Provided you have set "Find My iPhone" before, you can use iCloud to restore your device and clear the both the data and the password.

Step 1: Go to https://www.icloud.com/#find and type in your Apple ID.

Step 2: Click All Devices at the top of your browser window. Here you can see a list of device related to your Apple ID.

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Step 3: Select the one you want to erase.

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Step 4: After that, you can go to restore from iCloud backup or set up as new.

This method is for users who have set up "Find My iPhone" before, but what if I never set up that before? Don't worry, let's read the next part.

Part 4. Fix forgot screen lock password on iPad with recovery mode

As for some users never set up "Find My iPhone" before, I will show you how to use recovery mode to unlock iPad screen password.

Step 1: Connect your iPad to the computer and run iTunes.

Step 2: Force restart your iPad. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons simultaneously.

Step 3: Keep holding until you see the recovery mode screen.

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Step 4: On the computer, there will be a popped-up box like below, just click "Restore". iTunes will automatically restore your iPad and exit recovery mode. But this is not 100% works. Sometimes, your iPad may stuck in recovery mode. In this case, you can refer to How to Fix iPad Stuck In Recovery Mode for more help!

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If you read the above methods to fix forgot iPad password, I believe you can find one that suits you. And you'd better backup your data before you use the method in "Part 2" to "Part 4", because these methods will erase your data. But if you have already lost your data during the process, I suggest you to read the next part to get your data back.

Part 5. Recover Lost Data from your iPad

What if I lost my iPad data after reset my iPad? Don't worry, many users have confronted such problems. In order to solve this problem, here I am going to share you a tool: Dr.Fone - iPhone Data Recovery. It is the world's first iOS data recovery software which can help you find your previously lost data from iPhone or iPad.

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  • Recover data lost due to deletion, device loss, jailbreak, iOS 10/9 upgrade, etc.
  • Supports iPhone 7(Plus), iPhone 6s(Plus), iPhone SE and the latest iOS 10 fully!

How to recover lost data from iPad with Dr.Fone

Step 1 Connect your iPad

Connect your iPad to the computer and launch the program on your computer. Click "Start Scan" to initiate the process.

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Step 2 Recover lost iPad data

After the scan, you can preview all found data before recovery. Tick the data you want anc click "Recover to Computer" to get your data back from your iPad.

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In the article, I have a comprehensive introduction on how to backup iPad data before fixing forgot password on iPad, 3 methods to fix forgot iPad password issues and how to recover your iPad data if you already lost your iPad data during the process. I hope it will be useful for you. If you have any suggestions or problems, welcome to leave your comments below.

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