What to Do If I Forgot My iPhone Passcode

If you are not sure what to do if you forget your iPhone password, this guide should tell everything that you can do to unlock your iPhone if you cannot recall the password. Read on to find out all the available methods to unlock your iOS device without a password.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: May. 26, 2021

Your iPhone is secured with a passcode that you chose during the iPhone setup process. This passcode is what you need to enter each time you want to unlock your device. This is basically the key to your phone without which your phone remains locked. If you ever forget the passcode of your iPhone, your iPhone will not let you in. Everything on your phone will become inaccessible and you will be stuck on the iPhone lock screen.

If that ever happens, you might want to look for ways to do when you forget your iPhone passcode. Luckily, you are not out of options. There are some methods to unlock your phone when you have forgotten the passcode. These methods do not use the traditional passcode method to get into your phone and so they work without a passcode.

How to Unlock An iPhone without Computer

If you have access to a computer, you can actually use many methods to get rid of the passcode lock from your device. However, if you are at a place where you cannot access a computer, or you simply do not wish to use a computer to unlock your device, you are still in luck.

There is actually an official method to unlock your passcode-protected iPhone without using a computer. This method uses your iCloud account on the web to get you access to your iPhone. Once you are in your account, you can remotely perform an action on your iPhone. This action will wipe off all the data on your phone and reset it to the factory settings.

That might sound a bit too technical but you can do it pretty easily with the instructions below. Keep in mind that this procedure will erase all your data stored on your device. If you have backed up your data with iTunes or iCloud, then you should be able to restore those backups and get back your data.

Step 1. Open a browser on your spare phone and head over to the iCloud website. Once you are there, log-in to the iCloud account that you use on your iPhone.

Step 2. When you are logged in, you will see many options on your screen. Select the option that says Find iPhone which will help you find and perform actions on your iOS device.

Access the Find My iPhone Option on iCloud

Access the Find My iPhone Option on iCloud

Step 3. On the following screen, select the All Devices option at the top to view all your iCloud-enabled devices. Then, choose your iPhone from the list.

Choose Your Locked iPhone

Choose Your Locked iPhone

Step 4. The following screen should let you reset your device. Select Erase iPhone and it will begin to erase your iPhone along with your passcode.

Erase the iPhone from iCloud

Erase the iPhone from iCloud

How to Unlock An iPhone With Computer

If you have access to a computer, you can use a couple of ways to unlock your iPhone. These methods basically take the help of iTunes or Finder on your machine to reset your device.

Restore from iTunes Backup

Most iPhone users use iTunes or Finder on their computers to make full backups of their devices. If you are one of those users, you have likely created at least one backup of your iPhone with these tools. In this case, you can actually restore the backup on your iPhone and that will unlock your device for you.

Restoring a backup only requires you to connect your device to your computer. You can then restore any of your backups on your device. Many users have multiple backups and you are free to restore any of those backups on your iOS device.

When you restore your backups, all the existing data on your iPhone will be deleted. If you have added any new files to your device after creating the backup, those files will be gone from your device so keep that in mind. This procedure will only restore the files that you backed up in your backup file.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable.

Step 2. Launch the iTunes or Finder app on your computer, depending on what was used to backup your device.

Step 3. Click on your iPhone in the app and then head into the General tab in the Finder or Summary tab in iTunes. Then, click on the button that says Restore Backup to restore a backup on your phone.

Restore A Backup on the iPhone

Restore A Backup on the iPhone

Step 4. Click on the dropdown menu on the following screen and select a backup. If required, enter the password for your backup. Then, click on Restore to restore the backup on your iPhone.

Choose A Backup to Restore on iPhone

Choose A Backup to Restore on iPhone

Unlock the iPhone in Recovery

Like Android devices, your iPhone also comes with recovery mode to help you in situations when you cannot enter normal mode. With this mode on your iPhone, you can connect your phone to the computer and use iTunes or Finder to restore your device.

Restoring your iPhone with iTunes or Finder basically installs a clean version of the iOS operating system on your phone. Everything that you have stored on your phone gets deleted but you can restore a backup later on if you need access to your old data. You will want to use this method when your phone will not let you enter the main screen and you cannot recall the passcode.

The following shows how you can use this method to unlock your iPhone when you cannot remember your passcode.

Step 1. Launch Finder if you are on Mac or iTunes if you are on Windows.

Step 2. Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable. Do not turn on your device just yet.

Step 3. Reboot your iPhone into the iOS recovery mode. The following are the key combinations to do this for various iPhone models.

iPhone 8 or later: press the Volume Up button and let it go, press the Volume Down button and let it go, press and hold down the Side button until recovery appears.

iPhone 7 or 7 Plus: Press and hold down both Top (or Side) and Volume Down buttons together. Release the buttons when you see recovery mode.

iPhone 6S or earlier: press and hold down both Home and Top (or Side) buttons at the same time. Your iPhone will enter recovery mode.

Enter Recovery Mode on the iPhone

Enter Recovery Mode on the iPhone

Step 4. You will get a prompt on your computer asking if you want to restore your device. Click on the Restore button to start restoring your iPhone.

Restore the iPhone

Restore the iPhone

Once your iPhone is restored, the passcode will be reset. You will be able to get into the device without entering a passcode.

The Easiest Way to Unlock the iPhone in 1 Click

If you have not got the time to go through lengthy procedures to unlock your locked iPhone, then you are going to need to use a third-party app to unlock your phone. All the official methods require you to go through a number of screens before your phone can be unlocked.

One of the apps you can use to unlock the screen passcode on your iPhone is AnyUnlock. As the name suggests, this app allows you to remove almost all types of locks from your device. All you need to do is plug your device into your computer, run the app, and it will help remove the lock that your phone has on it.

In case you are not too tech-savvy and you have not used such apps before, you will still find it extremely easy to use this app to unlock your iOS device. The following shows how you can use it step by step to get rid of the passcode from your iPhone.

Step 1. Download and launch AnyUnlock on your computer.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Step 2. Connect your iPhone to the computer, wait until AnyUnlock has detected your iPhone, click “Unlock Screen Passcode”.

Choose Unlock Screen Passcode

Choose Unlock Screen Passcode

Step 3. Click Start to the iOS firmware downloading page, this is for unlocking the screen passcode.

Download iOS Firmware

Download iOS Firmware

Step 4. When the firmware is downloaded, click the “Unlock Now” option. Then AnyUnlock will unlock the screen passcode automatically. 

Tap on Unlock Now to Remove Screen Passcode

Tap on Unlock Now to Remove Screen Passcode

Step 5. And when the recovery process is completed, you will see the “Screen passcode removed successfully” interface.

Screen Passcode Removed Successfully

Screen Passcode Removed Successfully

1) All the existing content and settings on your device will be erased once the removing process is completed, please make sure you’ve made backups of your device.

2) After unlocking, your iOS system version will be updated to the latest version.

3) If Find My iPhone on the device is turned on, you need to enter the iCloud account password to set the phone after unlocking.

Conclusion

Do not panic if you have forgotten your iPhone’s passcode. The above guide tells you what you should do if you ever forget the passcode for your iPhone. It walks you through various methods to remove the lock from your phone and use it as normal.

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Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.

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