Here’s yet another reason to not leave your kid alone with your tech stuff.
They might lock you out of it for nearly 50 years.
Writer Evan Osnos recently learned the hard way.
Behold his seemingly innocuous tweet:
“Uh, this looks fake but, alas, it’s our iPad today after 3-year-old tried (repeatedly) to unlock. Ideas?”
However, it was the photo of the iPad’s screen that collectively stopped hearts:
“Try again in 25,536,442 minutes.”
Uh, this looks fake but, alas, it’s our iPad today after 3-year-old tried (repeatedly) to unlock. Ideas? pic.twitter.com/5i7ZBxx9rW
— Evan Osnos (@eosnos) April 6, 2019
This means the iPad can’t be accessed until 2068.
That’s nearly 49 years away.
Thing is, iOS devices protect themselves from dozens or hundreds of “brute force” passcode guesses to unlock them, by forcing the user to wait longer and longer between attempts.
So what can you do?
Unfortunately, once your device is disabled, the only way to get back into it is, well, erase and restart.
The official word from Apple is…
“If you forgot your passcode, or if a message says that your device is disabled, follow these steps to remove your passcode. Data on the device will no longer be available, and you’ll need to erase your device. To recover the use of your device, you’ll need to remove your passcode by performing a restore.”