I am trying to help my uncle reset his iPad. He has not had it long and has forgotten the restrictions passcode (to manage restrictions in Settings). He is OK with putting it back to the factory settings. However, the restrictions code is required to do the reset. How do we bypass it and reset it?

The restrictions passcode is required to set and enforce limits on age restrictions, categories and other parts of the iPad's interface in Settings.

  • What do you mean "restrictions code"? I'm not familiar with that term. – CajunLuke Oct 16 '12 at 3:10
  • I think @Mary is referring to the passcode required to set Restrictions in Settings [Settings, General, Restrictions, Enable Restrictions] - edit: added description to question. – AruAkise Oct 16 '12 at 6:58
  • Are you trying to “Reset to Factory Settings” or “Erase all Content and Reset to Factory Settings”? – duci9y Oct 16 '12 at 11:45

Connect it to a computer, open iTunes and click "Restore" in the "Summary" tab for the device. Note that you will lose all data and settings on the iPad.

See: iTunes: Restoring iOS software


Put the iPad in DFU Mode first. This will let you bypass any software problems, even if your device is bricked.

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