Toddler Locks a Dad's iPad for 25 Million Minutes After Trying to Unlock It

Mark Pygas - Author

Apr. 9 2019, Updated 9:19 a.m. ET

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Kids love doing things they're told not to do. Whether it's throwing a tantrum over bananas, or in the 21st century, playing with a parent's cell phone or tablet. Kids are increasingly becoming glued to screens, and it's getting easier and easier to babysit our kids with YouTube. But this can have some unintended consequences.  

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Twitter user Evan Osnos, a writer for the New Yorker, recently discovered the damage that kids can do when they get their hands on our technology. As one of millions of Apple users, Osnos has a pass code set on his iPad. If someone enters an incorrect pass code multiple times over a certain period of time, the iPad will eventually get locked for security reasons. 

When Osnos' three-year-old got his hands on his iPad, the toddler managed to get the iPad locked for 25 million minutes. That's 48 years. 

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Osnos explained: "Uh, this looks fake but, alas, it’s our iPad today after 3-year-old tried (repeatedly) to unlock." He also asked Twitter for ideas on how to unlock the iPad before his 80th birthday. 

Unsurprisingly, Twitter wasn't that helpful. 

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One user asked: "Did the 3yr old get his hands on the iPad just as the 12,000,000 minutes from the previous lock expired?"

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"Put it in a museum," another user suggested. "47 years from now someone can unlock it to see what computing used to be like."

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This Twitter user suggested Osnos get some revenge on his 3-year-old. "My 4-year old boy suggests leaving it until your son is 53. Then he wouldn't be able to play with it!"

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"Think of it as a family heirloom," one user suggested. "They will think of you fondly 48 yrs from now! Thanks for sharing.  That is awesome."

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Thankfully, Apple does have a way to restore the device should this happen to you. All you need to do is connect your device to your iTunes on a computer and either factory restore the device, or restore it from a backup. You can find a step-by-step guide on that here

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