How to Erase Data Automatically after 10 Failed Attempts on your iPad

by Steven S. Warren

You can configure your Apple iPad with a passcode so that in the event that it is lost or stolen, the iPad will automatically erase your data after 10 wrong passwords have been entered. This setting will not return your iPad to you, but it can protect you from identity theft if you've stored any sensitive information on the device.


Turn on your iPad and slide the arrow to the right to unlock your device.


Type your 4 digit passcode.


Tap "Settings."


Tap "Password Lock" and enter your 4-digit passcode.


Slide the "Erase Data" button from "Off" to "On." A message appears stating the following: "All data on this iPad will be erased after 10 failed passcode attempts."


Click "Enable."


  • check If you forget your password and your iPad is erased, connect to iTunes on your computer to perform a restore.


About the Author

Steven S. Warren lives in sunny Florida. His articles and blogs have appeared on websites such as CIO Update, DevX, TechRepublic, SearchTechTarget, Datamation and DatabaseJournal. With more than 15 years of experience writing about technology, Warren's computer certifications include MCDBA, MCSE, MCSA, MCTS, CCA, CIW-SA, CIW-MA, Network+ and i-Net+. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Florida State University.

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