Forgot iPhone Passcode? Steps to Reset or Unlock the iPhone Password

17 Sep, 2019

Forgot iPhone Passcode? Steps to Reset or Unlock the iPhone Password

You tried your best to recall the passcode. You also tried entering the possible combinations to unlock. But each attempt — only takes you closer and closer to the doom of disabling your iPhone. 

Been there? Well, we all have. 

Whether you have recently changed your iPhone’s passcode and before getting used to it — you forgot the passcode! 

Or maybe your memory just gave up on the nexus of numbers — that you purposely made more complex for extra security. 

Whatever the reason is, we know you’re locked out of your iPhone and this article will help you to reset your passcode.

How to Reset iPhone’s Passcode?

We hope you have backed up your data because to reset iPhone’s passcode, first you’ll need to erase the phone’s data. And that’s the only option — erase the entire data, including your passcode and set up a new one. 

This might sound like a big step but it is intended to secure your personal data in case your iPhone is stolen. (Someone is highly vigilant in security measures.) 

Anyways, if you have recently backed up your data on iCloud or locally in iTunes, this won’t be an issue for you. You’ll restore all the data since your last backup. 

Sounds good till now? Great, now let’s begin the fun part.

How to Reset your Passcode

There are two simple ways you can reset your iPhone’s passcode.

  1. Via iTunes
  2. Using Recovery Mode

 You can go with anyone that you find more feasible. 

Using iTunes

If you have previously used iTunes to sync and back up your data, you can easily erase the data on your phone and restore it. Here’s how.

  1. Open iTunes on the Mac or PC that you use for syncing, and connect it with your iPhone using a USB cable.
  2. Click on the device icon on the top left side of the screen.
  3. Click on “Summary” under the setting menu.
  4. Now under the backup section, click on “Restore Backup”. 
  5. You’ll get a list of backups. Select the latest one as per the date and click on “Restore”. 

Click on restore

Once done you’ll be asked to enter your Apple ID information and the restoration will begin. 

Process of Iphone backup Startted

Process Complete-iphone restore

You’ll immediately have the backup data and settings on your phone and later — the apps, movies, purchased music and photos will begin to download. 

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Using Recovery Mode

Step 1: Put your iPhone into recovery mode 

To put your phone into recovery mode, you’ll need to connect your iPhone with your computer or Mac and launch iTunes. Now, press this combination of buttons on your respective devices. 

For iPhone 8 and above

  1. Press and release the volume up (+) button
  2. Press and release the volume down (-) button
  3. Press and hold the power button until you get the Recovery Mode screen

For iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

  1. Press and hold the volume down (-) with the side button at the same time.
  2. Keep holding the buttons until you see the Recovery Mode screen on your device.

For iPhone 6s and Earlier

  1. Press and hold the lock and home buttons at the same time.
  2. Keep holding the buttons until you see the Recovery Mode screen on your device.

Side note: You need to hold the power button all the way till Recover Mode screen, don’t release it when the Apple logo appears.

Step 2: Download the Software

Once you have put the phone on the recovery mode, you’ll get a popup with options ‘Restore’ or ‘Update’. 

Recovery mode iphone

Choose the Restore option and the relevant software will be downloaded. Once done your iPhone will be restored to factory settings. 

Remember, when iOS is being reinstalled, your device might exit the recovery mode. If this happens, follow Step 1 to put your phone on recovery mode. 

Resetting Your Passcode

Once you have completed the restoration process, your iPhone will be in the factory default settings — just like a new phone. You’ll be able to set up a new passcode at the initial setup or even skip the process to set it later on. If you choose to set up, later on, you can do it in the settings. Here’re the steps. 

  • Go the “Settings”
  • Find “Touch ID and Passcode”
  • Select the option to “Turn Passcode On” and simply set up your new passcode. The same option will also allow you to change the passcode in the future.

So, that’s it. Follow these steps to reset your iPhone passcode and in case you forget it again, you can always refer to this article. 

Special Thanks: The technical contribution provided by ios app developers of Techuz.

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