As if parents needed another reason to keep their electronic devices well-hidden and out of the reach of their children, here it is. According to new reports, a toddler has locked out their father from using his iPad for a record-breaking 26 million minutes. That’s about 49 years.
Apparently, a 3-year-old tried to repeatedly, but unsuccessfully unlock his father’s iPad by inputting several different password codes. None of them worked. As a result, the iPad went into disable mode for a very, very long time.
A father by the name of Evan Osnos shared a photo of his disabled iPad, prompting him to “try again” in about 25 million minutes. He shared the photo on Twitter and captioned it with, “Uh, this looks fake but, alas, it’s our iPad today after 3-year-old tried (repeatedly) to unlock. Ideas?"
A lot of Osnos’ Twitter followers tried to offer their help and advice, but unfortunately, nothing will work in his favor. Some people have left comments such as “reboot your 3-year-old” to putting the iPad in a museum. Another person wrote, “Someone 47 years from now can unlock it to see what computing used to be like.” Others joke that time travel would be his best bet right now. The post has gotten hundreds of comments, retweets, and likes, with many people seeing the humor in it.
Unfortunately for Osnos, he doesn’t have many options. He can either erase his entire iPad and restart it or wait the actual 25 million minutes before using it again.
By that time, his iPad will be of no use.
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
Users who try to crack a password on a device one too many times risk getting locked out or losing their content altogether. This can include personal files, photos, emails, contacts and anything else saved on the device’s hard drive.
Apple writes on their website, “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.”
It’s been noted that the only way an iPad user can regain access to their files is if they backed everything up on a separate device or the cloud. If no steps have been taken to prevent the loss of personal files, you will most likely lose everything forever.