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. Remember that if there are some vital data on the device, here suggest you to follow the ways above since this tip may erase the data on your device.

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1. Launch the Program.
Connect the disabled iPhone/iPad to your computer via cable. Open the program and move forward to "More Tools" to use iOS System Recovery. Click "Start" to get started.

Connect iPhone to PC

2. Get into DFU Mode.
Choose "Advanced Mode" and follow the guide to put your device into DFU mode.

Confirm to Go on

3. Check the Phone Model
Select the corresponding model 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. After that, the device will be fixed so please wait for a while with patience. When it shows "Repair completed", you are allowed to check whether your device is back to normal status.

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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