How to Erase or Factory Reset iPhone Without Passcode

If you forget your iPhone passcode, you won’t be able to erase it through the traditional method. So, you can try the tips given below to learn how to erase iPhone without a passcode.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Dec. 03, 2020

iPhone allows you to do a factory reset of your device to erase all data on it. There are many situations where you would want to erase the data on your iPhone as if you want to sell it to someone, or you just forget the password to it, or both. But without the passcode, you won’t be able to access the settings of your device to perform the factory reset. So, you would need a solution on how to erase the iPhone without passcode.

Forgot iPhone Password - How to Erase

Forgot iPhone Password – How to Erase

Erasing iPhone without a passcode is one of the most asked queries on the internet as most iPhone users keep the passcode on their iPhone and sometimes they might forget it. Though they can unlock their iPhone using fingerprint authentication, they will still need the passcode if they want to do a factory reset of their device to wipe out all data. So, in this post, we will tell you some tips on how to erase the iPhone without a passcode.

Also Read: How to Erase an iPhone with or without Apple ID

It is very frustrating to get locked out of your own iPhone when you forget its passcode. Since you are locked out of your device; you can’t erase it using the normal method. So, here, we have given some of the best tips on how to erase/wipe an iPhone without a passcode.

Erase/Reset iPhone without Password using iTunes

iTunes/Finder is the best method to erase your iPhone without a passcode. It is Apple’s proprietary device management software that allows users to make a backup of their device as well as restore it to default settings. You can use iTunes to restore your locked iPhone and erase it without a passcode.

  1. Open iTunes or Finder and update it to the latest version.
  2. Make sure that your iPhone isn’t connected to your computer.
  3. Put your iPhone into Recovery Mode. For iPhone X or later: Press and hold the Side button and one of the volume buttons to turn off your iPhone. Then connect your iPhone to your computer while holding the Side button, holding the Side button until you see the Recovery Mode screen.
  4. For iPhone 7/ 7 Plus: Press and hold the Side button to turn off your iPhone. Then connect your iPhone to your computer while holding the Volume down button, holding the Volume down button until you see the Recovery Mode screen.
  5. For iPhone SE(1st generation)/iPhone 6s and earlier: Press and hold the Side (or Top) button to turn off your iPhone. Then connect your iPhone to your computer while holding the Home button, holding the Home button until you see the Recovery Mode screen.
  6. Now Restore your iPhone with iTunes/Finder. In iTunes or Finder: Locate your iPhone > Find and click the Restore iPhone option > The Finder or iTunes will download the latest iOS software for your iPhone.
  7. Set up your iPhone again. You can follow the steps to set up your iPhone again, and the iPhone now is erased and will be set up as a new phone.
How to Erase iPhone without Passcode Using iTunes

How to Erase iPhone without Passcode Using iTunes

This method will only work when you have previously synced with iTunes as your iPhone will prompt you to Trust this computer if it’s first time syncing and this will require you to unlock your iPhone using a passcode.

Erase iPhone without Password using AnyUnlcok

If you can’t use the above method to erase the iPhone without a passcode, then you can seek help from a third-party app – AnyUnlock – iPhone Password Unlocker. It allows you to remove the passcode without actually having to enter it in just a few easy clicks. And this tool is available for both Windows as well as Mac machines.

As a professional passcodes management tool, AnyUnlock supports removing Apple ID if you accidentally forgot it. Also, it provides an easy and efficient way to unlock screen passcode and remove Screen Time passcode. To get rid of the iTunes backup passcode or retrieve them with AnyUnlock will be as easy as to count 1.2.3.

If you are interested, download it on your computer and have a try.

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Step 1. Launch AnyUnlock on your computer, and connect your iPhone to it.

Step 2. Wait until AnyUnlock has detected your iPhone, click “Unlock Screen Passcode”.

Choose Unlock Screen Passcode

How to Erase iPhone without Passcode Using iTunes

Step 3. Download the iOS firmware, this is for unlocking the screen passcode.

Download iOS Firmware

Download iOS Firmware

Step 4. When the firmware downloading is finished, 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

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How to Wipe iPhone without Passcode

If you have to Find My iPhone enabled on your iPhone, then you can use the iCloud to erase or wipe your iPhone without a passcode.

  1. Go to iCloud.com in a web browser and sign in with your iCloud account.
  2. Click on Find My iPhone and then click on “All Devices”.
  3. Select your iPhone from the list.
  4. Then, click on “Erase iPhone” to erase all data on your iPhone.
How to Erase iPhone without Password Using iCloud

How to Erase iPhone without Password Using iCloud

Erase iPhone Through DFU Mode

Apple provides 2 Recovery modes to users to reset their iOS devices. With DFU mode, you can reset your iPhone to any version of the iOS system. Here are the steps to erase your iPhone through the DFU mode.

  1. Connect your iPhone to the computer, generally, iTunes would turn on automatically, if not, please turn on your iTunes on your computer.
  2. Now, press the buttons on your iPhone and force it into DFU mode. DFU mode will show a completely dark screen on iPhone which is quite different from Recovery mode.
  3. You need to download iOS firmware through ipsw.me to your computer.
  4. Well, you can use iTunes to install the iOS firmware on your iPhone now. After it finished installing, you should exit the DFU mode.

This tip may take some time to complete. Once it is finished, you could get a totally new iPhone with a new system.

 The Bottom Line

Forgetting the passcode on your iPhone will render you unable to use your iPhone. So, you need to erase your iPhone through an alternate method which requires a passcode to erase iPhone. In this post, we have given you some of the best tips on how to erase an iPhone without a passcode. You can follow these tips to restore your iPhone and wipe all data on it.

Joy Taylor

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