i read the article about the iPad password and pin numbers [see: How to create a complicated password for your iPad], my question is what happens if your boy picks the iPad, knows your pin and decides to change it and not tell his parents? Now it seems he’d have exclusive use of the family iPad that is on the coffee table for mum and dad and him to enjoy? Is there a two pin option?
I’ve read and re-read your question a number of times and can’t tell if you’re writing from the perspective of the son who has figured out how to lock Mum and Dad out of the device, or if you’re a parent worried that your child is a bit too smart for his own good. I think somehow the former, but I could be wrong. 🙂
In any case, while I’m all in favor of having passwords and other security features, technology cannot replace basic parenting: If you have a child who has locked you out of a device that you own for any reason, I would say that the solution is both to fix the device — and we’ll get to that with the iPad in a moment — and to address the discipline issue too. In my household, my son would lose access to all electronics for at least a month as a consequence, something he’d hate!
To gain access to an iPad that you otherwise don’t have the security code for or perhaps because you forgot your iPad password, you should be able to plug it into the computer you first sync’d it with and click on the “Restore” button in iTunes. If it’s password locked and you don’t know the code, you won’t be able to actually do a final backup before the restore wipes everything off and starts you out from scratch, but hopefully that’s not a huge issue for you. If it is, well, it’s time to get the code from your son then, isn’t it?
Here’s what you’ll see in the middle of the “Summary” view in iTunes, once your iPad’s plugged in:
You can see that I’m due for an iOS upgrade too. Not a big deal, though when I was done taking these screen shots I did apply the update, which fortunately only took a few minutes. Then again, I have my security code handy. 🙂
If you click on “Restore”, iTunes will explain what’s going to happen next:
If you’re sure that’s the only way you can recover access to your family iPad, well, then click on “Restore” or, if there’s an update pending, “Restore and Update” and have a cup of tea. It’ll take a while. Once it’s done, you’ll likely need to copy all the apps, photos, music, movies and other data back onto the device. Then perhaps set a better security code so you don’t have to go through this again.
Ultimately, I’m not going to tell you how to parent, so if you end up playing the cat-and-mouse game of who knows the security code then I’ll simply wish you good luck and assure you that you’re going to get very good at restoring the iOS system on your device.