iPad 2 Lost Its Activation

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  1. IpadRookie macrumors newbie

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    My iPad was down to 2% power so I had it plugged in. Someone didn't connect it tightly so three hours later it was dead. Plugged in right, it was st 54% when I asked for it. I got the " your iPad isn't activated" notice. I've used it for five years!

    I tried to get online but there was a problem. My wifi is my only connection but requires login. A window didn't come up, asking for it; just said it could not connect How do I tell it it's already activated, or how do I login to wifi? No other connection available.

    I'm on my Mini now but need the other one to finish projects
     
  2. chscag macrumors 68000

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    Is there a Mac or PC with iTunes that you can plug it into?
     
  3. IpadRookie thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have a Windows laptop without iTunes. I thought it only had apps, not programs. If I can use it, I'll download it tomorrow. Please tell me what steps to take. I assume my charger cord can be used since the end has a USB plug (I think).

    Thank you
     
  4. chscag macrumors 68000

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    With iTunes loaded on your Windows laptop, plug the iPad 2 into the USB port on the laptop. It should be recognized by iTunes and then you can activate or reset it. It might ask you if you wish to set the iPad up as a new iPad. One thing you need to be aware of though, is that it will erase all the data on the iPad.
     
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  6. IpadRookie thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OMG. Thank you. Is there any way to save the data if I don't have a backup ??? Why did it inactivate? I have three pages of icons and I can't remember them all.

    Apple Support will charge as I'm out of warranty.

    Oy vey.
     
  7. chscag macrumors 68000

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    You might want to give iMazing for Windows a try. It may be able to backup and save your data prior to trying to reset it from iTunes. It's strange that your iPad is saying it isn't activated. Did you charge it up to 100% and try to connect again?
     
  8. IpadRookie thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's charging right now. I can't understand why it reverted back to inactive since it's been active for five years.

    When it hits 100% i will connect it to my laptop, turn it on, and see what the status is. If inactive I'll cry, then download iMazing, and backup then connect to iTunes.
     
  9. IpadRookie thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well, fully charged didn't help. I installed iTunes To Go and iMaxing. Asked iMazing to backup. It erred out each time and I tried five times. iTunes just popped the same message about needing to double something.
    I need a list of my apps before I reset and lose everything. Is there another way to backup?? Thank you all
     
  10. chscag macrumors 68000

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    It now sounds like your iPad 2 is having problems. In other words, there may be corruption or it's failing. I don't know of another way you can back it up if iMazing and iTunes error out. What you can try to do is go to the App Store and select "Purchases", enter your Apple ID and password, and you should see a list of apps you have purchased. That should shake your memory so you can write down what you will need to re-download once you get the iPad 2 going again. However, the way your iPad is acting, I suspect you may have problems with getting it up and running again. Let's hope the reset takes care of it.
     
  11. IpadRookie thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm going to reset it tomorrow after reading instructions. I'm worried that it will happen again or it won't let me activate after reset. I've looked online at new ones but the price is too high.
     
  12. chscag macrumors 68000

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    Best Buy (I was there yesterday) has the new 2017 9.7" iPad 128 GB WiFi model open box priced at $390.00 - if I remember correctly. They also have open box 32 GB versions for even less. The iPad Pro models are more expensive but unless you need the extra power and fluff they provide, the 2017 iPad is an excellent choice.
     
  13. IpadRookie thread starter macrumors newbie

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    If I learn how to reset it, it will erase all but the iOS, right, and a few apps? I can then sell it to help me buy a new one. 16gb, iPad 2, what should I ask for it on eBay?

    Apple has a 32gb for $329 plus $99 for Apple Care. I'd not deal with Best Buy due to past experience
     
  14. chscag macrumors 68000

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    If you finally get it reset, the latest version of iOS that your iPad 2 can accept will be installed. I have an iPad 3 and the latest version it can run is 9.3.5. Not sure about the iPad 2.

    As for how much you can get for it, check with your local Craig's List to see how much they're going for. You can also check eBay prices to see what the same model is going for. As far as buying a new iPad, Apple is fine if you don't like Best Buy.
     
  15. IpadRookie thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I believe I updated to iOS 10.* a few weeks before it died. I checked eBay and there are alot of used iPad 2's for sale. $70+ seems average price. I thought half of a new one or $165ish. I've never gone to Craigslist because I thought it was for pickup items only. I'll check it out.

    I ordered the new iPad, cover and protection for $496.12. Borrowed from Mom and at $40/month, I'll pay her back in a year.

    Thanks to all. Now to learn to reset ...
     

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