Just like the iPhones and iPads, the iPad Mini is also becoming a favorite gadget for many users. This gadget is more popular among the kids as compared to adults. Kids tend to forget things quicker and same is the case with iPad mini.

Many parents complain that their kids have locked their iPad Mini and they are unable to unlock it. Thankfully, there are a few ways to unlock iPad Mini. This article will explain these methods in detail. Read them, comprehend them, and apply them to your advantage.

Unlock with Synced iTunes:

Usually, most Apple users look up to iTunes whenever the things are not going according to the plan. iTunes works like a magic wand when it comes to addressing the issues within the Apple devices. Likewise, you can unlock the iPad mini with the help of iTunes. The process is quite simple, and all you need to do is to follow the simple steps mentioned below.

1. First, connect your iPad mini to your computer/Mac using the original charging cable.

2. Launch the iTunes on your Mac/PC.

3. iTunes may ask you to update the iTunes (if applicable). Make sure you update your iTunes to the latest version before starting the process.

4. Meanwhile, your iPad mini would have been synchronized with the iTunes by now. Click on the iPad icon from the iTunes screen.

5. Make sure that you back up your iPad Mini before unlocking it via iTunes. You will need to click on the option Backup Now on the iTunes screen.

6. Once the process is complete, hit the option Restore iPad.

7. Let the restore finish and once it is done, your iPad will be unlocked. You will need to back up the data on your device using iTunes.

Unlock Using Recovery Mode:

The method mentioned above is only good if you have previously synced your device with iTunes. If you have never synced your device with the iTunes then you will need to use the recovery mode for unlocking it. Luckily, the process is not as complicated as many users think. It is more or less the same as the simple restore from iTunes. Here are the steps that you need to follow.

1. First, connect your iPad mini to your computer/Mac using the original charging cable.

2. Launch the iTunes on your Mac/PC.

3. Now you will need to perform a force restart on your device while it is connected to the iTunes. To do that, you will need to press-hold the home and volume down button simultaneously. Keep holding the buttons until the recovery mode screen appears on the device.

4. Now, a pop-up would appear on the iTunes suggesting that something is wrong with your device. It will also present you with the options to either update or restore your device.

5. Simply hit the option Restore and wait for the process to finish. Once it is completed, the iPad will be unlocked and you will be able to set it up.

Unlock Using Apple ID:

You must be thinking that how would you access the Apple ID on the iPad while it is locked? Indeed, you won’t be able to access it directly from the device, but you can still access it from the computer. You can use iCloud to remotely erase your iPad mini to unlock it. The only requirements for this method to work are that your iPad mini must be linked to your iCloud account and have “Find My iPad” enabled. Here is what you need to do.

1. Launch the web browser on your Mac/PC.

2. Now go to www.icloud.com and enter your Apple ID credentials.

3. Click on the option Find iPhone to continue the process.

4. Select the option All Devices and then locate your iPad Mini on the list.

5. You will be able to see the option Erase iPad. Click on it.

6. Verify your choice and wait for some minutes for your iPad mini to be restored remotely.

7. Once it is done, your iPad will be unlocked, but all the data would be gone. However, you can restore the data by using the iCloud backup or the iTunes backup.


Forgetting the password for your iPad Mini makes it difficult to unlock. However, as you have seen, unlocking the iPad Mini isn’t as difficult as it looks. Sure, you lose all your data during the process, but it can be recovered lately. It is recommended that users should use these techniques instead of playing the guessing game. Putting the wrong password repeatedly will disable the device, and you would end up using one of these techniques eventually.