How to lock your iPad

Adding a 4 digit pin code to your iPad will help you keep it secure – especially if it’s lost or stolen. It would be bad enough to lose your iPad – but it would be much worse for the person who finds your iPad to be able to access your personal information (photos, notes, email, calendar etc). This brief tutorial will show you how to secure your iPad by requiring a pin-code to be entered before you can use it.

  1. Start out by selecting Settings from your home screen
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  3. Select General from the left column of the Settings screen, and then Passcode Lock from the right column.

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  5. Tap the Turn Passcode On button.

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  7. You’ll be prompted to enter a 4 digit numerical pin, and then again for confirmation.
  8. If you want an extra level of security, you can turn Erase Data on. Warning: if you enable this feature, all of the data on your iPad will be completely wiped if the incorrect pin is entered 10 times in a row. By default, this setting is disabled.

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  10. Now each time your iPad is turned on, you’ll have to enter the 4 digit pin in order to access any of your content.

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{ 13 comments… add one }
  • Bryan June 10, 2010, 2:47 pm

    How can you remove the Lock?

  • joe July 12, 2010, 5:21 pm

    How do you secure information in a folder like “Notes” on the IPAD?

  • Kathy Miller September 25, 2010, 11:32 am

    Is there a way I can lock only the email session of my iPad?? I let colleagues borrow my iPad for internet service on the road but I don’t want them to be able to access my email.

  • Ross McKillop September 25, 2010, 1:19 pm

    Kathy – that’s a great question. Do you use the built in Mail app on your iPad, or some form of web-based mail (eg. gmail, hotmail etc).

  • VS October 12, 2010, 2:08 pm

    How do you remove the photos icon for slideshow on the bottom right??? I’ve locked my iPad but can still access my photos!! That’s what I’m trying to HIDE!! Any apps that hide photos on iPad??

  • KB December 29, 2010, 5:45 am

    reply to VS, if you are still looking to find out how to remove the photo icon, then here is how, SETTING > General > Passcode Lock > Picture Frame OFF,

  • Thomas February 22, 2011, 11:46 pm

    Is ere an app or a method to put a button on my home screen to lock the iPad?

  • AndyK April 1, 2011, 10:44 pm

    I have the same question as Kathy Miller.. I want to lock my multiple gmail accounts if I lend my iPad to a friend or family member.. Please help!!

  • iman June 4, 2011, 6:42 pm

    if you forget you passcode to your ipad how do you gain access to it

  • llonia July 14, 2011, 6:01 pm

    that is sooo crazy that you can let another use or play with your ipad and they are a tap away from your email and pics!! thats what im trying to friggn hide ..they messed up when they didnt put anything for tht in apps

  • ATs January 3, 2012, 8:37 am

    I’m looking for “how to lock an icon in ipad2” and landed here. Its a must ha security feature, still wondering how …

  • Jack March 20, 2012, 4:30 pm

    Is this to same on a i phone 3gs 4 and i phone 4s and i pod touch

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