How to Reset iPhone without Passcode via 4 Ways

A passcode is required if you want to perform a factory reset of your iPhone from settings. If you don’t remember the passcode, in this article, we will give you some solutions on how to reset iPhone without passcode.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jul. 03, 2020

The passcode is the safest and most reliable way to block unauthorized access to your iPhone. But what if you forget your iPhone passcode and finer authentication doesn’t work? You will be locked out of your iPhone. If something like this ever happens to you, the only option left for you is to erase your iPhone passcode with a factory reset.

But as you are locked out of your iPhone, you can’t factory reset from iPhone Settings app. Then how do you factory reset a locked iPhone without passcode? To give a solution to your problem, here are 4 ways that you can use to factory reset iPhone without the passcode.

Factory resetting will erase your contacts, messages, music, and any other data you have added. So, if you had an iPhone backup previously, you can restore iPhone data from backup.

Method 1: Factory Reset iPhone without Passcode or iTunes or iCloud

AnyUnlock is a powerful iOS password unlocker. It allows you to unlock your iPhone and reset it, which is easy to fix iPhone is locked no matter what happened with your device. Also, AnyUnlock can help you remove the Apple ID without a password, recover iTunes backup password and bypass Screen Time passcode.

Then here are the steps you can follow to factory reset iPhone without passcode with AnyUnlock. Before removing, make sure that you had a local backup for iPhone to avoid data loss.

Step 1: Download AnyUnlock on your computer. Launch it and click Unlock Screen Passcode on the home page.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Choose Unlock Screen Passcode

Choose Unlock Screen Passcode

Step 2: Tap Start button > Connect your iOS device to computer with the USB cable. (If your device is not recognized, please follow the steps on interface to make your device enter Recovery Mode.)

Tap Start Button

Tap Start Button

Step 3: After that, select Download Path > Click on Download button to download iOS firmware. If AnyUnlock fails to remove screen passcode due to firmware failure issue, please refer to this article to solve the firmware issue.

Download iOS Firmware

Download iOS Firmware

Step 4. After firmware is downloaded, click Unlock Now. Then AnyUnlock will unlock screen passcode automatically. Please do not disconnect your device until it restarts.

Tap on Unlock Now to Remove Screen Passcode

Tap on Unlock Now to Remove Screen Passcode

Step 5: When the recovery process is completed, you will see the “Screen passcode removed successfully” interface as below. After unlocking, the device will be upgraded to the latest version so you can enjoy the newest iOS features.

Screen Passcode Removed Successfully

Screen Passcode Removed Successfully

  1. After you unlock the screen passcode, all the device data will be erased and the iOS system will be updated to the latest iOS version supported by your device.
  2. If Find My iPhone is turned on on your device, after removing the password, you need to enter the iCloud account and password to set up your device.

Method 2: How to Reset iPhone without Passcode via iTunes

If you had a backup on iTunes, you can use Apple’s proprietary software iTunes to factory reset your iPhone without the passcode. When factory resetting finished, you can restore from the previous backup of your iPhone so that you don’t lose any of your important files or other data. Follow the below steps to know how to factory reset iPhone without password/passcode using iTunes.

If you have backed up your iPhone in iTunes before and haven’t restart your iPhone after you connected it to iTunes in the last time, then iTunes won’t ask you to enter your password to back up the device again. You can backup your locked iPhone with iTunes as usual.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your computer using its original USB cable and launch iTunes.

Step 2: Click on the “Summary” tab on the left navigation pane and then select “Restore iPhone” option.

How to Reset iPhone without Passcode using iTunes - Step 2

How to Reset iPhone without Passcode using iTunes – Step 2

Step 3: Click on “Restore” when prompted for confirmation.

How to Reset iPhone without Passcode using iTunes - Step 3

How to Reset iPhone without Passcode using iTunes – Step 3

Step 4: iTunes will check for any new updates. You need to install those updates on your iPhone to reset it. Click on “Restore and update” to start the factory reset process.

How to Reset iPhone without Passcode using iTunes - Step 4

How to Reset iPhone without Passcode using iTunes – Step 4

Step 5: Wait for a while for the process to finish and iPhone will reboot. After rebooting, you will be directed to your home screen.

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Method 3: How to Reset iPhone without Passcode using iCloud

There is another way to reset iPhone without passcode and that is using iCloud. But this method will only work if you have enabled Find My iPhone on your device, otherwise, your only option is to restore using iTunes. If you meet the requirements, then follow the below steps to learn how to reset iPhone without passcode using iCloud.

Step 1: Open a web browser on your computer and go to iCloud.com.

Step 2: Log in to your iCloud account using the same Apple ID and password as your iPhone.

How to Reset iPhone without Passcode using iCloud - Step 2

How to Reset iPhone without Passcode using iCloud – Step 2

Step 3: Then select “Find My iPhone” from the options displayed and click on “All Devices”.

How to Reset iPhone without Passcode using iCloud - Step 3

How to Reset iPhone without Passcode using iCloud – Step 3

Step 4: Select the iPhone you need to reset if you have multiple iOS devices associated with the same Apple ID.

How to Reset iPhone without Passcode using iCloud - Step 4

How to Reset iPhone without Passcode using iCloud – Step 4

Step 5: Finally, click on the Erase iPhone option and it will erase all data on your iPhone.

Method 4: Factory Reset iPhone without Passcode via Recovery Mode

If you’ve never synced your iPhone with iTunes, then you can use recovery mode to reset iPhone. And here are the steps to factory reset a locked iPhone:

Step 1. Launch iTunes and enter recovery mode on your iPhone.

  • iPhone 8 or later: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button > Press and quickly release the Volume Down button > Press and hold the Side button until you see the recovery-mode screen.
  • iPhone 7: Press and hold both the Side and Volume Down buttons at the same time > Keep holding them until you see the recovery-mode screen.
  • iPhone 6S or earlier: Press and hold both the Home and the Top (or Side) buttons at the same time > Keep holding them until you see the recovery-mode screen.

Step 2. Connect the locked iPhone to your computer via USB cable.

Step 3. Choose Restore when you see the Restore or Update screen. It will take more than 15 minutes to download software for your iPhone. If it is stuck on the recovery mode, you will need to repeat the above methods.

Restore iPhone with Recovery Mode

Reset iPhone with Recovery Mode

If Find My iPhone is enabled on your device, your iPhone will be stuck at the iCloud activation lock page after the resetting process, as it needs the iCloud password to set up your iPhone.

The Bottom Line

Forgetting your iPhone passcode can be a nightmare as you won’t be able to use your iPhone for anything. So, you can use the above solutions on how to factory reset iPhone without passcode to erase your iPhone data including passcode. But remember that,  it is indeed necessary to make a backup for your iPhone data. And, AnyUnlock is a really easy choice to remove iPhone passcode and reset iPhone. Hope this article can help you out your issue. If you got any useful ways, feel free to leave your comments below.

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.