This tenacious toddler really wanted screen time, but his persistence left his parents in a pickle. Fortunately, the Internet was able to help.

By Rebecca Macatee

April 10, 2019

Technology can sometimes get toddlers into trouble! Just ask the father whose 3-year-old son managed to disable his iPad for nearly 50 years by repeatedly entering the wrong password in an attempt to unlock the device.

Evan Osnos, a staff writer at The New Yorker, tweeted a screenshot of his locked iPad on Saturday, and it quickly received more than 14,000 likes and 3,000 retweets.

The image, which dad acknowledged "looks fake," showed the disabled iPad with a prompt to "try again in 25,536,442 minutes." By that calculation, Osnos would need to wait until the year 2067 to unlock his iPad.

Dad didn't the have patience to wait a half-century to use his Apple device again (obviously!), so he turned to Twitter for suggestions. "Time travel seems to be your best bet," quipped one user. "Just wait the 48 years," suggested another.

But while plenty of people offered up funny advice (our favorite being to "Reboot your 3-year-old"), the Internet did deliver some practical answers. And thanks to Twitter, Osnos figured out how to get the iPad into the right mode to restore the device.

He posted a positive update on the "toddler-iPad-lock-out" situation Tuesday, and thanked those who shared their advice. 

We reached out to Osnos to double-check he didn't lose all his data, but we didn't receive an immediate response. We'll keep you posted on that, but in the meantime, let's just appreciate the tenacity of a toddler who wanted screen time so badly that he managed to put a 48-year lock on an iPad.



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