Writer’s toddler son locks him out of iPad for 26 million seconds

Dad is locked out of his iPad for 10 MONTHS seconds after his son, 3, tried to enter the wrong password

  • Writer’s son entered the wrong passcode multiple times until the error appeared
  • The message states a wait of 26 million seconds which equates to  9.7 months
  • According to Apple, consecutive wrong entries erases the device’s content 
  • The only way to retrieve the data is to restore a backup version of the device    

An author was accidentally locked out of his iPad by his three year old son for 25,536,442 seconds after the toddler repeatedly keyed in the wrong password. 

Evan Osnos, a New Yorker staff writer posted the picture of the baffling error from his iPad on Twitter, the equivalent of being locked out for 10 months.

The message read: ‘iPad is disabled try again in 25,536,442 seconds minutes.’

The number of seconds displayed in the message equates to nearly  10 months and the photo has received over 100 responses so far with some users asking him to ‘wait it out’. 

The problem does not seem to have been resolved although according to official Apple instructions, entering the wrong password multiple times erases its content.

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A New Yorker writer was accidentally locked out of his iPad by his three year old son for 25,536,442 seconds after the toddler repeatedly keyed in the wrong password. The number of seconds displayed equates to nearly 10 months

In the post, Mr Osnos, who is based in Washington, wrote: ‘Uh, this looks fake but, alas, it’s our iPad today after 3-year-old tried (repeatedly) to unlock. Ideas?’

While some users mocked the situation, with one user Twitter/@Geopilot writing: ‘Time travel seems to be your best bet’, others tried to be more useful. 

One user, @Byron_Mobley, sent a screenshot of text message to someone he claimed to be ‘a friend certified by Apple’, whose response was: ‘Nothing they can do they will never use it again.’

According to the official Apple website, the response might not be far off. 

Apple wrote: ‘Locking yourself out of your iOS device and retrying with the wrong password too many times leads to permanent removal of data from the device. 

‘If you enter the wrong passcode on an iOS device too many times, you’ll be locked out and a message will say that your device is disabled.

‘At this point, the data on your device has been erased. 

‘To recover the use of your device, you’ll need to remove your passcode by performing a restore.’

The error message on the iPad read: ‘iPad is disabled try again in 25,536,442 seconds minutes.’ While some users on Twitter asked Mr Osnos to ‘wait it out’, others, like @Byron_Mobley, claimed to have sought expert opinion from an official source (pictured)

Apple’s official instructions were to restore the content of your phone – if you have backed it up – by connecting it to your laptop via iTunes. If the data was not saved however, there is no way of retrieving the information

Apple’s official instructions were to restore the content of your phone – if you have backed it up – by connecting it to your laptop via iTunes. 

If the data was not saved however, there is no way of retrieving the information. 

Apple does not state exactly how many times  a wrong password is entered before the information on the device is erased, although other websites suggest this is 10 times. 

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