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Three-year-old locks dad out of iPad for 25,000,000 minutes

A toddler getting to grips with a tablet A toddler getting to grips with a tablet
Cecil Davis | 13 April, 2019, 00:44

In the course of repeatedly trying to access his father's iPad, the toddler managed to lock the device for 25,536,442 minutes, to put that into perspective, that translates to over 48 years.

The passcode is one of a number of security features that Apple has built into its devices. But if he didn't, then 47 years is quite a long time to wait.

How to fix it: Osnos asked his Twitter followers for help, but his followers mostly dealt out hilarious jokes about what they saw, according to CNN. One such incident was recorded in Washington D.C., U.S.A, when a 3-year-old boy reportedly locked his dad's iPad for over 48 years.

The kid really wanted to get into that iPad. Seems the case of toddler-iPad-lock-out is now closed (no pun intended). The timeout effectively becomes longer if you continue to get the code wrong, with some experiencing nearly an hour of the timeout after frequent tries.

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"Thanks to those who shared advice!" he said. Others offered tips to try and solve the problem.

For non-iPhone users, this is a safety mechanism which automatically disables the device after too many failed login attempts. One such path is to restore the iPad.

Per Apple's guidelines, users experiencing the problem are advised to restore and update their settings through iTunes. The downside, however, is that any data on the iPad that has not been backed up would be lost following a restore. Some were practical: "Just connect it to the computer you originally synced it to iTunes on, let it sync and it'll be fine". Once the restoration is complete, the iOS device should work normally. Hopefully Onos gets his iPad in working order again, and when he does, he should definitely consider putting the device out of his child's reach.