How to Reset Locked iPhone iPad without Passcode

The factory reset is the only way to unlock a locked iPhone if you forget your iPhone passcode. Then how to reset a locked iPhone or iPad? Read on this guide to learn 3 useful methods to reset iPhone/iPad without a passcode.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jun. 19, 2020

The passcode is one of the oldest and most widely used authentication methods to secure your iPhone from unauthorized access. But it can also become a trouble if you forget the passcode. You won’t be able to reset your iPhone without a passcode and if you enter the wrong passcode multiple times, then it will disable the iPhone and this will be even more troublesome than before. So, in this post, we will tell you 4 alternate methods on how to erase iPhone/iPad without a passcode.

It is worth mentioning that all these 4 methods will erase data on your iPhone/iPad. If you have made an iTunes/iCloud, or other iPhone backup before, then you can recover your data by restoring your device from the backup after the resetting process. If you haven’t made any available backup, you can refer to Bonus Tip to see how to recover data from iPhone/iPad without backup.

Method 1: Reset Locked iPhone with Password Unlocker [AnyUnlock]

When your iPhone/iPad locked without a passcode, you can’t enter it and use it normally. Here we recommend you a wonderful tool – AnyUnlock, which can help you reset your locked or disabled iPhone easily. With this tool, you can do factory resetting without passcode or iTunes. Since it helps you remove the screen passcode, so you can enter and set up iPhone again when finished. Besides, this tool allows you to remove Apple ID without a password and iTunes backup password if you need it. What’s more, AnyUnlock is an iOS password manager to let you securely browse and export passwords stored on your iOS device.

And here are the steps you can follow to reset iPhone/iPad with AnyUnlock:

Step 1. Download AnyUnlock and launch it on your computer.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Step 2. Once you launch it, the interface below will be displayed. Then select Unlock Screen Passcode option.

Choose Unlock Screen Passcode

Choose Unlock Screen Passcode

Step 3. Click Start button and connect your device with a USB cable.

Tap Start Button

Tap Start Button

Step 4. Enter Recovery mode on your device, then download the matched firmware > Choose the Download Path > Tap on Download (Downloading the firmware package may take some time, just keep patient and make sure the Internet connection is stable).

Download iOS Firmware

Download iOS Firmware

Step 5. After firmware downloaded, click Unlock Now. AnyUnlock will unlock your iPhone 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 6. When the recovery process on iPhone is completed, you will see the “Screen passcode removed successfully” interface.

Screen Passcode Removed Successfully

Screen Passcode Removed Successfully

After unlocking, your iPhone will be updated to the newest iOS version. And if Find My is turned on on your device, you need to enter the iCloud account and password to set up your device.

Method 2: Reset iPhone/iPad without Passcode using iCloud

You can also reset iPhone/iPad without passcode by using iCloud if you have enabled Find My iPhone on your device.

Step 1. Go to iCloud.com and sign in to your iCloud account and go to Find My iPhone > Click on All Devices at the top and it will display a list of all devices with your iCloud ID.

Step 2. Select your iPhone to reset the list and then choose Erase iPhone from the options displayed.

Reset Locked iPhone/iPad without Password Using iCloud

Reset Locked iPhone/iPad without Passcode Using iCloud

Method 3: Factory Reset Locked iPhone/iPad using iTunes

You can use the iTunes to reset your locked iPhone without a passcode. But you need to have at least synced your device with iTunes for this method to work. If you haven’t, then you won’t be able to tap trust this computer when you connect your iPhone to it without the passcode. And the iTunes needs to be updated to the latest version. If you meet the requirements, follow the below steps to reset iPhone without the passcode.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the computer using the USB cable and launch iTunes on your computer.

Step 2. Click on the Device icon at the top and go to Summary tab > Click on “Restore iPhone” to start the reset process.

How to Reset Locked iPhone/iPad without Password Using iTunes

How to Reset Locked iPhone/iPad without Password Using iTunes

Step 3. Then click restore to confirm and iTunes will update your iPhone software. When software download and install, the iOS setup screen should pop up on your device.

Step 4. Next, restore from iTunes backup and choose the latest backup to restore from.

Method 4: How to Restore an iPhone/iPad Using Recovery Mode

Recovery mode can be used to reset iPhone or reset iPad without a passcode when the above methods don’t work for you.

Step 1. First, launch iTunes on your computer > Enter recovery mode on your iPhone or iPad and connect the device with computer.

  • For iPhone 8 and later: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Then press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Finally, press and hold the Side button until you enter the recovery mode screen.
  • For iPhone 7/7 Plus: Press and hold both the Side and Volume Down buttons at the same time. Keep holding them until you enter recovery mode.
  • For iPhone 6s and earlier: Press and hold both the Home and the Top (or Side) buttons at the same time. Keep holding them until you enter the recovery mode screen.
  • For iPad with Home button: Follow the same steps to force restart the iPhone 6s and earlier devices.

  • For iPad with Face ID: Follow the same steps to force restart an iPhone 8 and later.

Step 2. Click the Restore button on the prompt in iTunes and then follow the instructions to start the reset process. Restoring can take several minutes.

Restore iPhone with Recovery Mode

Restore iPhone with Recovery Mode

Bonus Tip: How to Recover Data from iPhone or iPad without Backup

To recover data from iPhone/iPad without a backup after resetting, you have no other choice but to take advantage of some professional iOS data recovery tool. In that case, you can try the #1 iOS data recovery PhoneRescue for iOS, which offers you 3 different recovery modes: from iPhone/iPad directly (without any backup), from iTunes backup and from iCloud backup. No matter you have backup or not, it helps you successfully get wanted files back without erasing data.

PhoneRescue for iOS breaks the limitations of traditional iTunes or iCloud backup recovery way, it allows you to preview the backup details and select the categories or files you really want to recover, not a blind full restore. Here are detailed steps about how to recover data from locked iPhone/iPad without backup.

The Bottom Line

When you are suffering from glitches or errors while using your iPhone, then resetting it is the last resort to fix them. But doing this will delete everything on your device, you can try the methods above to reset your locked iPhone or iPad. If you need to recover your device data at any time, please refer to the way as we mentioned in Bonus Tip, PhoneRescue for iOS can help safely you retrieve everything even without any backup.

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.