Forgot Apple ID Password? How to Reset iPad without Apple ID

Things always happen in the way that you want to give away or sell your iPad Air, you need to erase all content and settings and reset it as a new one before that. Restoring the iPad to factory reset is a good choice to avoid revealing personal private information. However, there is a real possibility that you might forget the Apple ID. It seems that you can’t get much of anything done without the right Apple ID. On yet another occasion, you borrow an iPad and it keeps asking for the Apple ID and iCloud that you don’t know at all, you have to wipe all the settings in order to use it under your own Apple account. So the problem is how to reset iPad without Apple ID.Before you choose to reset your iPad and erase all content, it is advisable to make a backup of iPad data in case of or accidental damage or data loss.

Part 1. How to Back Up iPad to Computer

Professionally and practically, we consistently advise users to back up iPad or iPhone data using at least 2 ways. The most common options is using Apple’s backup server: iCloud and iTunes.

Apple supplies free storage space of 5GB in iCloud for users to store contacts, bookmarks, calendars, mail message, notes, iCloud documents, and iCloud photo library. And you need to upgrade the iCloud storage if data size of the files stored in iCloud is more than 5GB. Make sure to enable iCloud backups from settings on iPad.

You ought to know that you have no access to view the backup files from iTunes or iCloud. Thus to back up and view iPad data, you can try some iCloud backup viewers.

backup ipad to comptuer

Part 2. Try to Reset Apple Password on Your Computer

To avoid spending time on displacement activity, you’d better try to reset Apple passcode. It can easily be done on the device without any hassle.
Reset Apple password with emails or security questions: Visit the site of the to enter the Apple ID with emails, click Continue and select “I need to reset my password” then you’ll receive an email from Apple that instructs you to reset the password.

reset apple id password

Part 3. Reset iPad without Apple ID Using iTunes

Can’t remember the Apple password nor the Apple ID? You can reset Apple ID by putting iPad in recover mode on condition that “Find My iPad” is not turned off.

Step 1. Since you have been told to back up iPad data in advance, there is no need to go through the stress of data loss or damage even if all the data and settings will be erased when the device is in Recover Mode.

Step 2. Connect the iPad to iTunes and it will be automatically recognized. Press the home button and Sleep/Wake button at the same time until the iTunes icon appears on your iPad screen.

Step 3. You’ll be notified that iTunes has detected an iPad in Recovery Mode, you must restore the iPad before it can be used with iTunes. Click OK and “Restore iPhone” to reset the iPad Apple ID.

restore from itunes backup

Part 4. How to Recover Lost Data on iPad

Things always happen that the data saved on the iPhone or iPad may get lost due to during the factory reset process. To avoid this kind of terrible situation, it’s advisable to help with a tool to recover from the icloud or iTunes backup that you made before the factory reset.

FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery is such a tool to enable iOS users to recover deleted or lost contacts, messages, photos, videos, whatsApp messages, notes, voice memos, safari history, call log, fiber, kit, etc from device and from iTunes/iCloud backup. Besides, the free trial version of this tool is available to preview these data, so that users can verify whether it is helpful to them. Tap on the download link below to have a free try!


Step 1. When you run the iPhone Data Recovery in your computer, select the recovery option of ‘Recover from iCloud Backup File’. Enter the Apple ID and password to log in to the iCloud account.

log into icloud

Step 2. After logging in, the iCloud backup files will be listed, choose the most relevant backup file according to the backup name and time, select the data that you want to recover.

choose an icloud backup

Step 3. Click ‘Next’ and the program will go smoothly to analyze the backup file. After the process, you will be able to view the details of individual data. And you can also click ‘Recover’ to save what you selected on the computer.

recover data from icloud

We hope that you will find the most useful method to reset iPad without Apple ID even though you do not remmeder your Apple ID or password. Here I have to emphasis for one more time to make a backup of the device data prior to the factory reset in case of the data loss.


By Edwin J. Parke

Posted on May 05, 2018, 14:19:16

As a professional writer who is interested in technology, Edwin J. Parke has helped thousands of users by offering various tips to solve their problems.