How to Reset an iPad Without an Apple ID or Password?

Consider the following situations:

  • You forgot your passcode, and now you are locked out of your iPad
  • You handed down an iPad, but it’s still linked to the old account
  • You’re experiencing performance issues with your iPad and want to clear everything
  • You need to sell your iPad

All these cases have one thing in common; the only fix is resetting the iPad. That sounds easy until you’re prompted to enter your Apple ID (iCloud account) and password to continue. It sounds like you are stuck without the password.

However, that’s not the case. In this article, we’ll discuss alternative methods you can use to reset your iPad without needing Apple ID.

5 Ways to Reset Your iPad Without Apple ID

If you can’t remember your Apple ID password, then try these five methods that won’t ask you for the password.

Method 1. Reset iPad Without Apple ID Using iTunes

For a long time, iTunes has been the go-to tool for most iOS users, so it’s no surprise it’s the first solution on our list. Its ability to perform almost every action related to iOS devices makes it one of the best tools in cases like this.

One unique feature of iTunes that we’ll take advantage of is its ability to install a complete version of iOS. During the installation, iTunes will clear all the data and settings on your iPad, taking it back to factory settings.

However, this method will only work if you boot your iPad into recovery mode.

If ready, follow the steps below to reset your iPad using iTunes.

Step 1: On your computer, launch iTunes. If on a Mac, launch Finder.

Step 2: Connect your iPad to the computer with a compatible USB cable

Step 3: Follow the instructions below to restart your iPad into recovery mode. Pick the one that matches your iPad model.

iPads with Face ID: Press the volume up button, then release, then press volume down, then release, then press and hold the top button until you see the recovery mode screen.

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iPads with Home Button: Long press the power and home buttons until the recovery mode screen appears.

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Step 4: When your iPad enters recovery mode, iTunes will ask if you want to update or restore your iPad. Hit Restore to start the factory reset process.

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Method 2. Reset iPad Without Apple ID Using iMobie AnyUnlock

Another fantastic tool you can use to reset your iPad when you have forgotten your Apple ID is iMobie’s AnyUnlock – iPhone Password Unlocker. This third-party unlocking tool can remove all types of locks on your iPad.

AnyUnlock is a good option for this case because:

  • It can bypass the Activation Lock without Apple ID or password
  • It can restore an iPad without Apple ID

How to Reset iPad Using AnyUnlock

AnyUnlock has been designed to allow even non-tech people to use it. To reset your iPad using this tool, follow the simple steps below.

Step 1: Download and install AnyUnlock on your PC or Mac.

Step 2: Launch the application, then connect your iPad to the computer using a compatible USB cable.

Step 3: Click the Unlock Apple ID option on the home screen.

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Step 4: On the next screen, click the Unlock Now button to begin the process.

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Step 5: Follow the instructions on the popup window, then click the Continue button to continue with the process.

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Step 6: Next, download your iPad’s iOS firmware, then click the Unlock Now button to continue.

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That’s it. Now, wait for the tool to remove the Apple ID and factory reset the iPad. Once done, you can set up the iPad using a new Apple ID.

Pros of AnyUnlock

  • Easy to use, no prior tech knowledge is needed
  • A professional team to handle your requests.
  • Sixty days money-back guarantee.

Cons of AnyUnlock

  • Jailbreaks your iPad.
  • It only supports some iPad models and iPadOS versions.

Method 3. Rstore iPad Without Apple ID From

If you prefer using official Apple solutions, then here is another for you; You can use the Find My iPhone feature on iCloud to remotely reset your iPad.

While most people think only allows users to locate their devices, you can also use it to erase any iOS device linked to that Apple ID.

Requirements for Resetting iPad From

  • A second device to log in to your iCloud. It could be iOS, Android, or PC.
  • Stable internet connection.
  • The iPad to reset, and the second device should be signed in to the same Apple ID.

How to Reset iPad Without Apple ID From

Step 1: Go to and log in.

Step 2: Click the Find iPhone option on the home screen.

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Step 3: On the next screen, click All Devices.

Step 4: Select the iPad from the list of devices displayed.

Step 5: Click the Erase iPad option.

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Step 6: Wait for the erasure process to finish, then set up your iPad.

Method 4. Reset iPad Without Apple ID Using AppleiPhoneUnlock

There are numerous Activation Lock removal tools online, but AppleiPhoneUnlock is definitely one of the best you can use.

People don’t know that besides removing Activation Lock, it can also be used to reset iOS devices. During the Activation Lock removal process, AppleiPhoneUnlocks removes the device from the iCloud account that it is linked to.

This is a permanent thing, meaning you can set up your iPad fresh with a new Apple ID when it restarts.

How to Reset iPad Using AppleiPhoneUnlocks.

Resetting your iPad using AppleiPhoneUnlock is relatively simple. All you’ll need is your iPad’s IMEI, and you are good to go. Follow the steps below to proceed.

Step 1: Go to the AppleiPhoneUnlock Unlock-iCloud page.

Step 2: Pick your iPad model from the list, then enter its IMEI number.

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Step 3: Follow the payment instructions on the screen to complete your order.

Step 4: Wait for your iPad to reset.

Pros of AppleiPhoneUnlocks

  • Supports all iPad models.
  • Supports recent iOS versions.

Cons of AppleiPhoneUnlocks

  • The reset process might take up to 48hrs.

Most people believe that paid unlocking services are scam sites that steal people’s money and personal information. This is true, and there’s no denying it.

However, there are still genuine services like AppleiPhoneUnlock that will deliver.

Free or not, you can never know whether a tool or service will unlock your device until you try it. The good news is other people have tested them and left reviews online.

Please research the service or tool you intend to use before purchasing or downloading them.

Method 5. Reset Apple ID Password

One final official solution is to reset the password for the Apple ID. Some of the solutions above assume you have no way of resetting the account, but if you can, this solution will save you lots of time and money.

Resetting your Apple ID is quite simple and can be done from any device as long as it has a browser, and it’s connected to the internet.

Just go to, click the “Forgot Apple ID or password?” then follow the instructions to reset the password.

Editor’s Comment

Even though it’s easier to reset an iPad when you have the Apple ID and password, having them is not a must.

You can use the five methods discussed above to achieve the same result if you have forgotten or lost your Apple ID and password.

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About the Author

Darren is an Apple Certified Independent Technician with a passion for researching all aspects of phone locks, including Activation Lock, carrier lock, screen lock, FRP lock, and more. With years of experience in the mobile phone industry, Darren has become a leading authority in his field and has been a sought-after consultant for individuals and businesses seeking to unlock their devices.

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