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Forgot iPhone Passcode - How to Unlock iPhone Passcode

By Emily Watson, Friday, May 26, 2017

I forgot the passcode for my iPhone 6 Plus and I tried entering the passcode multiple times but it says "iPhone is disabled connect to iTunes". Now I am locked out. How to unlock the iPhone without passcode?

(iPhone 6 Plus, iOS 11)


Generally, we will set a password to lock iPhone screen in order not to let strangers randomly touch or use our iPhone. It is regarded as an effective way to keep the information on our device safe and secure. However, the more complex the password we set up, the more likely that we will forgot iPhone password/pin and input the incorrect password again and again. So what to do if you "forgot iPhone passcode"? How to remove the password from iPhone? 

Here we will introduce 4 methods to help you unlock your iPhone password. You can choose one of them to have a try!

Method 1: How to Restore iPhone Without Passcode

Notes: You cannot unlock your iPhone by restoring the device unless you have synced it with iTunes before. So it is very essential to back up iPhone regularly. And please make sure that the computer you are using is the one that you've synced your iPhone with iTunes, or you will be asked to enter the passcode when you are trying to launch iTunes. 

If your iPhone haven't synced to iTunes before, you can only try method 2 – erase you iPhone or method 3 - use Find My iPhone to unlock your iPhone.

STEP 1: Connect the locked iPhone to computer via a USB cable> launch iTunes on computer.

STEP 2: When you launch iTunes, it will automatically sync your device. But if it doesn't, click "View"> "Show Sidebar", then your iPhone will be displayed in the left sidebar.

STEP 3: When iTunes have synced and backed up your device, please go to "Device" in the sidebar. Then click on Summary tab. Next go to "Restore iPhone" button to reset the locked iPhone.

Restore iPhone

STEP 4: Finally, click on "Restore Backup" to restore iPhone from iTunes backup files and then you can reset your iPhone passcode.


Restore iPhone to Unlock Passcode

Method 2: How to Factory Reset iPhone Without Password

Notes: If you have never synced your iPhone with iTunes before, or you fail to unlock iPhone with method 1, you can try to put iPhone into recovery mode to unlock iPhone when forgetting passcode/pin. But all data on your device will be erased.

STEP 1: Disconnect iPhone from computer >Turn off iPhone

STEP 2: Press and hold the Home button on iPhone > connect iPhone to iTunes with USB cable>keep holding the Home button until the "Connect to iTunes" comes up.

STEP 3: You'll be informed that your device is in recovery mode. And click OK to restore iPhone. This will remove everything including the passcode/pin on the iPhone.


Put iPhone in Recovery Mode

Method 3: How to Erase iPhone When It is Locked Without Computer

Find My iPhone enables users to erase locked iPhone and thus help you to bypass iPhone passcode. This allows you to unlock iPhone passcode without computer.

STEP 1: Log in iCloud account with Apple ID and password.


Sign into iCloud Account

STEP 2: Go to "All Devices" >choose you iPhone>click on "Erase iPhone" to wipe your device and its password.


Check All Devices

Erase iPhone

STEP 3: Restore iPhone via Setup Assistant on iPhone.


Set up Your iPhone

Method 4: How to Unlock iPhone Passcode Without iTunes

If you need to unlock iPhone passcode without iTunes, there is another way to unlock iPhone passcode, which depends on FonePaw iOS System Recovery. The program can unlock iPhone in recovery mode or DFU mode. It is a great alternative if iTunes couldn't detect your iPhone or you don't have iTunes installed on your PC.

Note: Like restoring with iTunes, unlocking iPhone with FonePaw iOS System Recovery will also delete your data. If there are some vital data on the device, make sure you have a backup. 

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1. Launch the Program
Connect the disabled iPhone/iPad to your computer via lightning cable. Open the program and click iOS System Recovery. Click "Start" to get started.


Connect iPhone to PC


2. Get into Recovery Mode/DFU Mode
The program will detect that your iPhone is disabled. Click "Advanced mode" and confirm. In advanced mode, follow the on-screen instruction to put your device in recovery mode. If it fails to enter recovery mode, put your device into DFU mode.


Select Standard or Advanced Mode

Put Device in Recovery Mode


3. Check the Phone Model
Select the corresponding model of your iPhone in the list. If you are not sure about the details, please click the question mark to check.


Check Device Details


4. Download Firmware to Fix
Click "Repair" and the firmware will be downloaded to unlock your iPhone. After that, the device will be fixed. When it shows "Repair completed", the iPhone will restart and unlock. 


Repair Completed


All four methods mentioned above can help you unlock iPhone when you forgot passcode or pin. When you finally get access to your iPhone again, you might need to restore iPhone data from iTunes or recover iPhone data with iCloud backup files. And you can use FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery to help you recover lost photos, contacts, notes or other data from iPhone. You can try to download the free trial version of iPhone Data Recovery to have a try.

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