Have you forgotten your iPhone passcode? Yeah, I know nowadays we always use Tuch ID or Face ID on screen lock and because of that we often forget Passcodes. Or sometimes after changing the passcode, it may happen.
The good news is that if this happens there are still ways to get into your iPhone. The bad news is that you may lose some personal data saved on your iPhone. However, a backup will come in handy.
So, today we will be taking a look at how you can unlock your iPhone if you forgot your passcode.
Don’t forget to back up your iPhone
There are a few ways to reset iPhone after forgetting the passcode and Face ID/Touch ID no longer works. But each of them involves erasing the data of the phone.
What type of data will be erased from your phone?
After following these steps, it will erase your contacts, messages, photos, and app settings from your phone. Apple has implemented this specific iPhone behavior to ensure that third parties cannot easily access your data.
However, if you have auto backup enabled on your iPhone, you will get those data back again after login in with the same Apple ID.
How To Unlock Your iPhone If You Forget Your Passcode
How to unlock the iPhone from the device (without a computer)
One way to unlock iPhone after forgetting the passcode is from the “Erase iPhone” option directly from the handset. The steps are as follows:
- From your device’s Lock Screen, try entering your passcode until the “Security Lockout” screen appears, then you will get Erase iPhone option in the bottom corner of the screen.
- Tap Erase iPhone, then tap Erase iPhone again to confirm.
- Enter your Apple ID password to sign out of your Apple ID on your device.
- Tap Erase iPhone to permanently delete all of your data and settings.
- When your device restarts, follow the onscreen instructions to set up your device again, restore your data and settings from backup, and set a new passcode.
Note: You will need your Apple ID password to proceed with this step. Without this step, anyone can steal your iPhone, erase it and make it their own. Also, If you use eSIM, Apple suggests before erasing the handset you should contact your carrier first.
How to unlock the iPhone with a Mac or Windows PC
Turn off the iPhone
- Unplug your iPhone from the computer if it’s connected.
- Turn off your iPhone using the method for your iPhone model:
- iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, and later, including iPhone SE (2nd and 3rd generation): Press and hold both the Side button and the Volume Down button until the Power off slider appears.
- iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6: Press and hold the side button until the power off slider appears.
- iPhone SE (1st generation), iPhone 5s, and earlier: Press and hold the top button until the power off slider appears.
- Drag the slider to turn off your iPhone, then wait a minute to make sure that it turns off completely.
Enter recovery mode
After turning off your iPhone, you have to go to recovery mode. To do so, you need to press and hold a specific button. It varies on a different model to model. Follow the correct process:
- For iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, and later, including iPhone SE (2nd and 3rd generation), use the Side button.
- And for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus use the Volume down button.
- Use the Home button for iPhone SE (1st generation), and iPhone 6s and earlier.
As soon as you press the right button, you need to connect your computer to the iPhone without releasing the button.
Keep holding the button until you see the recovery mode icon on your iPhone.
Restoring your iPhone
- Open Finder (macOS Catalina or later) or iTunes (Windows and macOS older than Catalina).
- Find your iPhone, and then tap on Restore.
Your computer will download the software and begin the restore process. If the download takes more than 15 minutes, you’ll need to enter recovery mode again after the download is finished to finish the restore.
Use Find My app to unlock the iPhone
That is another wireless alternative for unlocking an iPhone after you forgot the passcode.
- Go to the iCloud.com on a computer.
- Log in with your Apple ID.
- Click on Find My app.
- Click “All devices” on the top bar.
- Select the phone you want to unlock.
- Press “Erase iPhone.”
- Enter your Apple ID to confirm.
- The process will begin, but make sure that your iPhone is connected the network.
After restoring the iPhone, make sure you set a password that you remember. That way, you don’t have to go through these processes.
Whichever method you choose from the above, you should know that these are all secure, free-to-use unlock procedures for iPhones (and iPads) once you’ve forgotten the passcode.
You should not buy third-party applications to handle the process, even if they promise no data loss. It’s doubtful they can deliver. And if they can, it means breaking Apple’s encryption, something you should be more concerned about than erasing any personal data.
Finally, you should check out Apple Support’s video on how to unlock an iPhone if you forgot the passcode.