How to unlock iPhone if you forgot your passcode

Some­times it hap­pens that the pass­word was set by acci­dent or the phone fell into the hands of a child and he changed the usu­al com­bi­na­tion. What to do in such cas­es and how to unlock the iPhone if you for­got the pass­word — read our mate­r­i­al
How to unlock iPhone if you forgot your passcode
How to unlock iPhone if you for­got your pass­code

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Today, mobile device man­u­fac­tur­ers do not for­get about the secu­ri­ty and pri­va­cy of per­son­al data. Dig­i­tal code, fin­ger­print scan­ner, Face ID tech­nol­o­gy — all this is designed to pre­vent scam­mers, curi­ous part­ners, chil­dren, col­leagues from access­ing the con­tents of your phone. A pass­word and oth­er iden­ti­fi­ca­tion meth­ods will reli­ably pre­serve the invi­o­la­bil­i­ty of per­son­al life and finances. But here’s what to do and how to unlock the iPhone if you already for­got the pass­word? First, don’t get upset. The max­i­mum that threat­ens you with the most severe recov­ery meth­ods is the com­plete loss of all per­son­al infor­ma­tion. In order for this not to come as a sur­prise, make peri­od­ic “back­ups” through iTunes. And, of course, be care­ful when buy­ing a gad­get from your hands, check the device by the ser­i­al num­ber to make sure that no one is look­ing for it.

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We will not talk about cas­es when some­one else’s phone fell into your hands. In this case, it is still bet­ter to return it to the own­er. But still atyp­i­cal sit­u­a­tions may arise:

  1. The Face ID func­tion has stopped work­ing (the scan­ner is bro­ken, does not respond). Yes, the sit­u­a­tion is not the most com­mon, but it hap­pens.
  2. The fin­ger­print scan­ner broke, the set­tings went wrong.
  3. You thought while you twist­ed the phone in your hands, and spent ten attempts to scan your fin­ger­print.
  4. You only used the pass­word, but you can’t remem­ber it and you’ve exhaust­ed your recov­ery attempts.
  5. The phone fell into the hands of a child who entered infor­ma­tion incor­rect­ly 10 times, and now the gad­get is blocked.
  6. The pass­word was set by the child while play­ing and does not remem­ber it.
  7. You bought a gad­get from your hands and did not check if it is ready to work with you. In this case, it is worth not only recov­er­ing the pass­word, but first mak­ing sure that your gad­get is not list­ed as stolen. This can be done by enter­ing the ser­i­al num­ber on the Apple web­site: the device must have a Clean sta­tus. Although, if this is not the case, we gen­er­al­ly do not rec­om­mend that you pay mon­ey for such a dubi­ous pur­chase.
  8. You bought the device with your hands, and the pre­vi­ous own­er did not remove the acti­va­tion of the device in iCloud.



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So, in front of you is your favorite iPhone, which sud­den­ly became unfriend­ly. You can return it to its usu­al mode in one of five ways to unlock the iPhone of all mod­els if you for­got the pass­word. More­over, some meth­ods will allow you to save per­son­al infor­ma­tion, while oth­ers will lead to a com­plete loss of data on your “apple” gad­get.

How to Unlock iPhone with iTunes

So, if you entered the wrong pass­word more than 9 times or used the recog­ni­tion scan­ner on the gad­get, then the smart oper­at­ing sys­tem will turn off the device, block and deac­ti­vate it. To pre­vent fraud­sters from access­ing per­son­al data (for exam­ple, wal­let pass­words, your per­son­al pho­tos and con­tacts), all con­tent on the device will be delet­ed.

And it will all end well if you have backed up iPhone to iTunes reg­u­lar­ly. In this case, you will need an autho­rized com­put­er to reset your phone.

  1. Con­nect iPhone to com­put­er with cable, turn on iTunes.
  2. To force restart your phone on iPhone X, XS, and XR, and iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, press and quick­ly release the vol­ume up but­ton, then the vol­ume down but­ton. After that, keep press­ing the side but­ton until the recov­ery mode screen appears. (pro­gram icon). On iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, press the side but­ton and vol­ume + but­ton at the same time. On iPhone 6s, press the Home but­ton and the top or side key.
  3. Select “restore phone” in the win­dow that appears.
  4. If you saved sys­tem back­ups dur­ing syn­chro­niza­tion, after down­load­ing the soft­ware, you will be prompt­ed to use them for writ­ing to your phone. Agree.
  5. Set up a new phone and use it again.

iTunes users may expe­ri­ence prob­lems, in which case it is appro­pri­ate to use third-par­ty tools to help you remove the pass­word. If your sys­tem ver­sion is iOS 11, 12 or 13, Tenor­share 4uKey util­i­ty will save your data.

Recovering with a deleted iCloud service

This method is almost iden­ti­cal to the pre­vi­ous one. But you can be far from home and your own com­put­er, in anoth­er city or anoth­er coun­try. You can unlock your iPhone via iCloud if you turned on Find My Phone ear­li­er.

  1. Access iCloud.com from any device.
  2. Enter your Apple ID.
  3. Go to the “All devices” sec­tion and select the desired gad­get.
  4. Select the line “Erase iPhone” (Erase).

All data on the device will be erased, it will be unlocked. Then you can con­nect the gad­get to iTunes at a con­ve­nient time and use the back­up to restore.

This method only works if the locked phone is con­nect­ed to WI-FI or mobile inter­net. And if you know your ID.

Reset the counter of invalid attempts

Did you leave your iPhone on the cof­fee table and get grabbed by a curi­ous kid? Return­ing from the bath­room, they found that their favorite phone had turned into a piece of iron. But you know the pass­word, you just need anoth­er chance! In this case, you can sim­ply reset the invalid attempts counter and re-enter the desired com­bi­na­tion, or use Face ID on your iPhone X, XS or XR.



You can reset the counter of incor­rect pass­word attempts on your phone on a com­put­er with which the gad­get has already been syn­chro­nized at least once.

  1. We con­nect the phone to the com­put­er with a cable.
  2. In the “Devices” menu, select the item “Syn­chro­nize with …” Instead of dots — the name of the device.
  3. Once sync starts, stop it by click­ing the cross at the top of iTunes. The phone will return to the pass­word entry win­dow. Make no mis­take this time.

By the way, reset­ting the pass­word and the counter of attempts with a “hard reset” will not work: you must admit that it would be too easy for attack­ers.

It will also fail to con­nect the phone to some­one else’s com­put­er: in this case, you must first press the “trust” but­ton on the phone. But you won’t be able to do that because the screen is locked.

Recovery mode to unlock iPhone if forgot passcode

This method can only be used if you know the Apple ID of the device and the pass­word to which the device is linked in the iCloud menu. If you risk restor­ing a locked iPhone with­out this infor­ma­tion, and an acti­va­tion lock is installed on it using the Find My Phone func­tion, the device will turn into a brick.

You should use the recov­ery mode if you want to reset the pass­word on a locked iPhone 6, 7, 8, X, XS, XR. This may be nec­es­sary if you do not know, do not remem­ber the pass­word, could not pick it up.

  1. Turn off your phone.
  2. Con­nect it to your com­put­er.
  3. Select Recov­ery Mode from the menu that appears.
  4. Turn on iTunes, click OK and then Restore iPhone.
  5. If a mes­sage appears about auto-check­ing for updates, click on the “check” but­ton.
  6. Then click “Restore and Update” on the next screen. You will be warned that all data from the gad­get will be delet­ed.

— Select the ver­sion of iOS to install, agree to the license agree­ment, wait until the firmware is down­loaded (for the lat­est mod­els, the firmware weighs more than 3 GB).

IMPORTANT: on some firmware ver­sions, an error appears (3004): “Failed to restore iPhone.” To deal with this, close all browsers and make Inter­net Explor­er the default brows­er by launch­ing it and agree­ing to the appro­pri­ate sug­ges­tion in the win­dow that pops up.

If you down­loaded the firmware in advance (for exam­ple, because the Inter­net is slow on your com­put­er), then the “restore iPhone” but­ton in iTunes must be pressed while hold­ing down the Shift key. Then a win­dow will appear where you can enter the path to the firmware file.



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What to do and how to unlock iPhone if you have already for­got­ten your pass­word? There are options. Pho­to: pixabay.com

Installing a new firmware via DFU — mode on the iPhone if you forgot the password

If soft recov­ery did not help, then it remains to use a hard reset to install a new firmware. This prob­lem can be solved in DFU mode. To get there on the iPhone 6 and 6s, press the Home and Pow­er but­tons at the same time and hold for 10 sec­onds.

For iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, the pro­ce­dure is dif­fer­ent:

  1. Con­nect your phone to iTunes.
  2. Hold down the vol­ume down and off but­tons, hold until the phone turns off. Release only the pow­er but­ton.
  3. In DFU mode, the screen should be black with no iTunes icon.
  4. On the com­put­er screen, the pro­gram will offer to check for updates, after click­ing the “Check” but­ton, it will report that the phone is in recov­ery mode. Click OK and rein­stall the firmware (it is bet­ter to down­load it in advance).

How to Put iPhone X into DFU Recovery Mode

  1. Con­nect your iPhone to your com­put­er with a Light­ning cable.
  2. Press the side but­ton and the vol­ume down key simul­ta­ne­ous­ly for 10 sec­onds. Release only the side but­ton, hold the key for anoth­er 10–15 sec­onds.
  3. If the smart­phone screen is black, you have entered the desired mode.

After that, you can fol­low the same steps as in Recov­ery Mode: you can install a new firmware by down­load­ing a file with the exten­sion. IPSW from one of the sites on the Inter­net. Offi­cial­ly, it is pro­posed to down­load the firmware imme­di­ate­ly through the pro­gram, but you will have to wait a long time and the phone will wake up peri­od­i­cal­ly and every­thing will have to start over.

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What should I do if I turned on Find My Phone on my iPhone and now it’s locked?

This sit­u­a­tion is the most dan­ger­ous. Sup­pose you bought an iPhone with your hands, and the pre­vi­ous own­er did not delete his device bind­ing to the Apple ID. When you tried to restore the phone, every­thing was blocked. In this case, it is bet­ter to con­tact the own­er so that he still removes the block­ing. If this is not pos­si­ble, you need to con­tact the Apple ser­vice cen­ter with a receipt or send doc­u­ments by e‑mail to the Amer­i­can office of the com­pa­ny through the offi­cial web­site.

In order not to be in an uncom­fort­able sit­u­a­tion, when buy­ing an iPhone, we advise you to check whether it is tied to iCloud, this can be done on the cloud sys­tem web­site in the acti­va­tion­lock sec­tion. The check is car­ried out by IMEI.

You can bypass the lock using Voice Over only on devices with a firmware ver­sion old­er than iOS 7.1 (the top ten already has iOS 12). But then the phone will not work with mobile net­works.

But such a func­tion per­fect­ly pro­tects the own­ers from thieves. With one click of a but­ton, you can make the gad­get absolute­ly use­less for a rob­ber.

What to do if nothing helped you?

If you don’t have access to an iTunes-autho­rized com­put­er, you can use apps to restore a locked iPhone, but you should do this only at your own risk. For exam­ple, it can be the iMy­Fone Lock­Wiper pro­gram (restora­tion occurs through DFU mode, the pro­gram replaces iTunes). There is also a 4uKey pro­gram that helps to reset the phone to fac­to­ry set­tings with­out iTunes and install the firmware.



And, of course, in an extreme case with doc­u­ments con­firm­ing that the phone is yours, con­tact the ser­vice cen­ter or the com­pa­ny itself — the let­ter will have to be writ­ten in Eng­lish.

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