What to Do if You Forget Your iPhone/iPad Password

What to do if you forget your iPhone password? Read on this guide to get some simple and reliable methods to unlock your locked iPhone/iPad easily.

By Bella Miller | Posted: May. 18, 2018, Last Updated: May. 18, 2018
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We all live in the digital world where safety is the number one priority. Every mobile user want keep their devices secure with different types of passwords especially users who have an iPhone/iPad. iPhone’s password is a great function that keeps your device secure from unauthorized users. But, what to do if you forget your iPhone/iPad password?

Normally, entering the wrong password 6 times continuously will lead to iPhone/iPad get disabled. If you also forget your iPhone password and want to unlock your device then, we will go through some best ways here to help you out soon.

What to do if You Forget Your iPhone or iPad Password

What to do if I forgot my iPhone/iPad password? Here, we have found 3 reliable methods that could solve your problem easily.

Method 1: What to Do if I Forgot My iPhone/iPad Password – Restore Device with iTunes

If you have recently synced your iPhone/iPad with iTunes, then you can use iTunes to restore your device directly. But, you must clear that restoring iPhone or iPad with iTunes will erase all existing data and settings on your device and those erased files can’t be recovered anymore.

So, if you had generated many new data that have not been backed up yet, you’d better think twice before trying this way. Also, if you want to keep all data and settings safe on your iPhone/iPad while restoring from iTunes, simply move to Part 2 to finish it.

Step 1 Firstly, connect your iPhone/iPad to the computer you synced with.

Step 2 Open iTunes and click on the “Device” icon to view your device content.

Step 3 Click on the “Restore iPhone” button.

What to Do if I Forgot My iPhone/iPad Password – Restore Device with iTunes

What to Do if I Forgot My iPhone/iPad Password – Restore Device with iTunes

Step 4 Choose the backup that you would like to restore and wait for couples of minutes until restore process is done.

Method 2: What Do I Do if I Forget My iPhone/iPad Password – Erase Device with iCloud

This method will work if your device is connected to the Internet. Another limitation of this method is that it will delete all data and settings on your locked device. If you want to keep all data and settings on your locked device safe while restoring from iCloud, refer to Part 2 to make it.

If you already enabled “Find My Device” function on your locked iPhone or iPad, you can try iCloud to unlock your device. This is one of the best ways unlock iPhone/iPad if you don’t have iTunes backup or physical access to the locked device.

Step 1 Firstly, open iCloud on web-client on your computer web browser by entering https://icloud.com/ in the address bar.

Step 2 Enter Apple ID and Password that is linked to the locked device.

What to Do if I Forgot My iPhone/iPad Password – Erase Device with iCloud

What to Do if I Forgot My iPhone/iPad Password – Erase Device with iCloud

Step 3 Choose “Find My device” from the given apps.

Step 4 Map will appear, click on the “All Devices” and choose the device that is locked.

Step 5 Window will appear at the top-left corner of the screen with three options including Play Sound, Lost Mode, and Erase Mode.

Step 6 Click on the “Erase iPhone” to wipe all data and settings of the locked iOS device, including your forgotten password. After it completes, you can restore your iPhone with Setup Assistant on iPhone.

Method 3: What Do I Do if I Forget My iPhone or iPad Password – Recovery Mode

This is the last method that you can try if you have never synced your iOS device with your computer. In this way, you have to boot your device into recovery mode and update the device software to the latest version.

Step 1 Connect your locked iPhone or iPad device to the computer via USB cable and open iTunes on your computer.

Step 2 Boot your devices into recovery mode. The process to boot iPhone into recovery mode is different depending on the type of device.

For iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus devices: Firstly power off your device completely, press and quickly release the volume up and down button one by one. After that, press the power button until you will see the recovery mode.

For iPhone 7 and 7 Plus devices: You have to press and hold Power + Volume down button simultaneously until recovery mode appears.

For iPhone 6s or earlier and iPad devices: Press and hold Power and Home button at the same time until recovery mode screen appear.

What Do I Do if I Forget My iPhone/iPad Password – Recovery Mode

iPhone Recovery Mode

Step 3 Popup will appear on iTunes saying “There is a problem with the iPhone /iPad that requires it to be updated or restored”. You have to hit on the “Restore”. iTunes will automatically download and install the correct software version on the locked iOS device.

Step 4 Once the restore process successfully completed, you can unplug your device and take a fresh start.

Part 2. How to Restore iPhone/iPad without Erasing Data

Restore iPhone/iPad from both iTunes and iCloud require you to erase all existing data and settings on your device, and the erased files can’t be recovered any more. Also, you can’t view the backup files before restoring. In other words, you may lose more important data if you can’t 100% sure the backup contains the files you need.

Actually, to restore iPhone/iPad, you have more better choice now than ever before. PhoneRescue iOS Data Recovery, as the #1 iOS device restore tool, breaks the traditional limits of iTunes and iCloud restore way. It offers you 3 different restore modes to ensure you get all wanted files: Recover from iPhone (without backup), restore from iTunes backup and restore from iCloud backup. Also, when restoring from iTunes or iCloud backup with it, you can preview the backup details to check whether the data you needed are there and select the files you prefer most to restore. Not a blind full restore.

More importantly, unlike tradition iTunes/iCloud restore way, there’s no data erasing or replacing needs. All data and settings on your device will be kept safe after the restore process. Now, let’s see the detailed steps on how to restore iPhone/iPad without data loss (here we take restore from iTunes backup for an example).

Step 1 Free Download PhoneRescue for iOS on your Mac/PC computer Firstly.

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Step 2 Connect your iPhone/iPad to the computer via its USB cable > Click Recover from iTunes Backup mode > Click Right Arrow on the bottom right.

How to Restore iPhone/iPad from iTunes Backup without Data Loss – Step 2

How to Restore iPhone/iPad from iTunes Backup without Data Loss – Step 2

Step 3 Choose the backup contains the files you want to restore and click Right Arrow > Check the file categories you prefer > Click OK button to scan the backup files.

How to Restore iPhone/iPad from iTunes Backup without Data Loss – Step 3

How to Restore iPhone/iPad from iTunes Backup without Data Loss – Step 3

Step 4 Preview and select the data you want to restore > Click To iOS Device button to restore the selected files to your iPhone/iPad now. Or you can click To Computer button to store them on your Mac/PC computer.

How to Restore iPhone/iPad from iTunes Backup without Data Loss – Step 4

How to Restore iPhone/iPad from iTunes Backup without Data Loss – Step 4

The Bottom Line

That’s all about what do you do if you forget your iPhone password. If you will meet other trouble when using iPhone, feel free to leave the problems in the comment section and we will reply you soon. Lastly, as you can see from above, PhoneRescue iOS Data Recovery makes it quite easy to restore iPhone/iPad from iTunes backup and get wanted files. So, just give it a try for free now.

Bella Miller

A senior editor, an Apple fan at iMobie Inc.. I love both dancing and helping users to solve iOS & Android related issues by writing various types of tutorials.

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