How to Remove DEP from iPad with 4 Ways

by J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young iPad Published On Jan 10, 2022 Updated On Oct 31, 2022
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If your iPad is owned by a business, the Device Enrollment Program (DEP) may be part of its settings.

DEP allows the business to configure and restrict the deuce remotely as a way to ensure that it is only used for business purposes.

Once DEP is enabled, the device owner (in this case, the business) can erase, monitor, and restrict the device in numerous ways.

If the device is no longer associated with the original business, you may want to remove these restrictions to make it easier to use the device.

In this article, we will show you the best ways to remove DEP from your iPad.

What is DEP

Before we look at how you can remove DEP from the iPad, it is important to understand exactly what it is.

DEP (Device Enrollment Program) is part of MDM and Mobile Device Management (MDM) provides different tools that can help an organization or business enroll an iOS device to help protect information from unauthorized access.

DEP involves different MDM applications that can help add new devices to monitor and control them remotely.

Remove DEP from iPad without Credential

If your iPad is enrolled in DEP, you may see the message "Enter the Corporate Password" or "the Company will Configure Your iPad" whenever you try to use it.

But removing DEP so you can use the device is not a simple process and you may not be able to do so directly.

Fortunately, there are MDM bypass tools like Unlockit that you can use to remove DEP from your iPad.

Unlockit will work with all iPad models, running all versions of iOS. Here's how you can use it to remove DEP:

Step 1: Start by making sure that the iPad is enrolled in DEP and has an MDM profile.

Step 2: Place your MDM unlock order by choosing a plan of Unlockit.

Step 3: Then, download Unlockit onto your computer. Once it is installed, connect the iPhone to the computer and then launch the program.

Step 4: Click on "Bypass MDM Lock" and wait for the device to bypass the MDM profile.

 Unlockit iPhone Screen Unlocker

Remove DEP from Settings

You may also be able to delete the DEP profile from the iPad's settings. This method will however only work for Apple School Management deployment:

Step 1: Go to "Devices" and then choose the "Lifecycle" option.

Step 2: Select the "Enrollment Status" to open this page.

Step 3: Choose the iPad that you want to remove the DEP profile from and then click "Remove Profile."

You can only use these steps to remove any existing DEP profile from your device if you have administrator rights at the organization that owns the device.

The DEP profile will however automatically update when the iPad is connected to a Wi-Fi network or factory reset.

Remove DEP from iPad Using Apple DEP Portal

If the dep on your iPad is enrolled by the Apple development program and you are the admin, the steps can be quite easy:

Step 1: Use the admin's account and password to access the Apple DEP portal.

Step 2: Select Manage Devices from the left-hand menu.

Step 3: By typing the order number or serial number, you can find the device you want to remove. You can also submit a CSV file with the device's details. You can delete numerous devices at once using this last approach.

Step 4: To remove a device from the MDM server, select Unassign Device.

Remove DEP from iPad Using Apple DEP Portal

Delete DEP Enrolled by Third-Party MDM Software

If your iPad was enrolled in an MDM program remotely using third-party MDM software such as , Jamf, AirWatch, MaaS360, MobileIron, and Lightspeed you won't be able to remove the DEP directly from settings.

In this case, you can only delete DEP records on your iPad using the administrator dashboard with administrator access.

You might contact the administrator who installed MDM software on your iPad and have them to help you delete the dep.

Here's how you to do that:

Step 1. Launch the administrator dashboard.

Step 1: Click on "Devices" from the dashboard of the MDM software which supervises your iPad.

Step 2: Choose to use the "List View" and then select the iPad.

Step 3: Click on "More" and then choose the "Admin" option.

Step 4: Select "Delete."

Once the DEP card is deleted the device will no longer be enrolled in the DEP program.

Wrap Up

DEP can be a great way for organizations and businesses to keep track of how iOS devices are used.

But for the user of the device, it can be restrictive. The solutions above can help you remove the device from the DEP program, although the best one is Unlockit.

J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young

Mako is a technical freelance writer with a passion for all things tech. Whether you're wondering about how to fix your iPhone or trying to get something to work in your settings, Mako is your go-to for professional help. He loves writing, testing solutions, and most of all, making sure his research is factually accurate.

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