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Forgot iPhone Passcode - How to Unlock iPhone Passcode

WRITTEN BY Tina July 7, 2015

“When you set up a passcode to secure your iPhone and you enter the wrong passcode, you will get the red “disabled” message. And if you enter the wrong passcode 6 times, you’ll see a message that says “iPhone is disabled”.

A forgotten password is really frustrating, isn’t it? Don’t panic, you can still unlock an iPhone if you forgot passcode on iPhone. This article will guide you how to back up and reset your password on iPhone when you’ve been locked out of your device. If you have never synced iPhone to iTunes, the only way to unlock it is by restoring the device and wipe all of your data. If you’ve synced your iPhone to iTunes previously, you can quickly restore your device without losing any data. Now let’s see how to unlock iPhone passcode with three easy ways!

You can choose the following methods according to your circumstances.


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Method 1: How to unlock iPhone passcode if you’ve synced iPhone to iTunes previously
Method 2: How to unlock iPhone passcode if you’ve never synced iPhone to iTunes
Method 3: How to unlock iPhone passcode by using Find My iPhone

Method 1: How to unlock iPhone passcode if you’ve synced iPhone to iTunes previously


Step 1: Connect iPhone to the computer which you’ve synced the device to iTunes before. Because only in this way, you can log in iTunes without entering the passcode. Otherwise you can only try to use method 2 and method 3 to unlock iPhone passcode. After connecting iPhone to your computer, launch iTunes which will automatically sync your iPhone and create a backup.


Step 2: When you log in iTunes, if it fails to sync your iPhone automatically, you have to do it on your own. Click View>show sidebar, then your iPhone will be recognized and displayed in the left sidebar.


Step 3: Go to Summary tab>click on “Restore iPhone”> tap on “Restore Backup”, after that, you can reset iPhone passcode again.

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Method 2: How to unlock iPhone passcode if you’ve never synced iPhone to iTunes


Provided that you have not synced your iPhone to iTunes before, you can try this method to reset passcode on iPhone by erasing all data on your device after putting your device into recovery mode.

Step 1: Disconnect iPhone from your computer, then turn off your iPhone.


Step 2: Press and hold the Home button on iPhone, after that, try to connect iPhone to iTunes with the USB cable. Next, keep holding the Home button until you see “Connect to iTunes”.


Step 3: Now you will see that your device is in recovery mode, then click “Restore iPhone” to reset your iPhone.


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Method 3: How to unlock iPhone passcode by using Find My iPhone


Step 1: Go to www.iCloud.com and sign in iCloud account by entering your Apple ID and password.

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Step 2: When you log in, click on “All Devices”, then choose your iPhone >click on “Erase iPhone” to wipe your iPhone data.

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Step 3: Use Setup Assistant on iPhone to restore your device

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When you try to prevent your iPhone from being used by unauthorized people, it is acceptable and understandable to set up a complex passcode on iPhone. But it would become a trouble too once you forgot iPhone passcode just because it is too difficult to be kept in mind. What’s more, you might have to erase all data on your device in order to get your iPhone back. If you have lost your iPhone data, like photos, contacts, notes, text messages or videos etc. you can use a reliable tool iPhone Data Recovery to retrieve them on computer.



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