4 Ways to Unlock iPhone When You Forgot iPhone Passcode

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Dec 8, 20224 min read

Summary: If you forgot your iPhone passcode and don't know what to do, check out this blog post, where you will find 4 fixes.

It is always recommended that you set a passcode for your iPhone to protect your personal data from prying eyes. However, if you haven't used your iPhone for a long time, you may forget its screen passcode. So, what to do if you forgot your iPhone passcode?

Don't panic. In this article, we will show you 4 ways to unlock your iPhone when you forgot the passcode. Hope one of them can help you regain access to your iPhone.

4 Ways to Unlock iPhone When You Forgot iPhone Passcode

If You Forgot Your iPhone Passcode

You cannot access your iPhone until you enter the correct passcode. If you enter the wrong passcode too many times, your iPhone will be disabled or unavailable. The more wrong attempts, the longer you wait. Depending on your version of iOS, you may see the following screen. After 10 failed passcode attempts, you can no longer unlock your iPhone even if you remember the correct passcode.

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What To Do When You Forgot iPhone Passcode

If you forgot your iPhone passcode, then follow the steps below to unlock your iPhone.

Unlock iPhone via Security Lockout

Security Lockout is a new feature introduced by Apple in iOS 15.2. It allows you to unlock your iPhone without a computer and iTunes. Once you have entered the wrong passcode more than 7 times, your iPhone will display the Security Lockout screen with an Erase iPhone option at the bottom right corner of the screen.

What you need to do is use the Erase iPhone option to reset your iPhone. Here's how:

  1. Make sure your iPhone is connected to a cellular or Wi-Fi network.
  2. Tap Erase iPhone and tap Erase iPhone again to confirm your operation.
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  3. Enter your Apple ID password to log out of your Apple ID.
  4. Tap Erase iPhone to permanently delete all content and settings on your iPhone.
  5. Set your iPhone.
Note
Security Lockout is only available if Find My is turned on on your iPhone.

Unlock iPhone via iCloud

If you don't see the Security Lock screen, or if your iPhone is running iOS 15.1 or earlier, iCloud may be your best option for unlocking your iPhone.

  1. Visit iCloud.com and log in to your account.
  2. Click the Bento menu in the upper right corner and select Find My.
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  3. From the list of all devices, select the iPhone you want to reset.
  4. Click the Erase iPhone button, and enter your Apple ID password to turn off Find My.
    Unlock iPhone with iCloud
  5. Click Next and follow the on-screen instructions to erase your iPhone.
  6. After the reset process is complete, set up your iPhone.
Tips
  1. Make sure your iPhone is connected to the network and Find My is turned on.
  2. You can also use the Find My app on another iPhone to remotely erase your iPhone.

Unlock iPhone via Finder or iTunes

Another way to unlock your iPhone is using Finder or iTunes. Because your iPhone is locked, the Finder or iTunes doesn't recognize your device. Therefore, you have to put your iPhone into Recovery mode before you can unlock it on your computer.

Here's what you should do:

  1. Connect your iPhone to your PC or Mac.

  2. Do the following to put your iPhone into recovery mode:

    • iPhone 8 and later: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button, then the Volume Down button. Then press and hold the Side button until the recovery mode screen appears.
    • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Press and hold the Side button and Volume Down button until the recovery mode screen appears.
    • On iPhone 6s and earlier: Press and hold the Side button and Home button until the recovery mode screen appears.
  3. If your iPhone has successfully entered Recovery mode, you will see one of the following screens:

    iphone-in-recovery-mode.png

  4. Open Finder on Mac or iTunes on PC, and follow the prompts to restore your iPhone.

    Restore iPhone in Recovery Mode
  5. When the restoring process is complete, set your iPhone.

Unlock iPhone via Third-Party iPhone Unlocker

As you can see, the 3 methods mentioned above require you to do it manually. If you find it troublesome, let a third-party iPhone unlocker remove the forgotten passcode for you.

There are tons of iPhone unlock tools on the internet, claiming that they can unlock any type of iPhone lock. Some of them may be helpful to you but they are all paid to use.

Just choose the one you trust most, install it, and follow the on-screen instructions to unlock your iPhone. It should save you a lot of manual work

Final Words

Now that you know how to unlock your iPhone if you forgot your passcode, go ahead and choose the method that works best for you to regain access to your iPhone.

Note that all of the above methods will wipe your iPhone. If you've never backed up your iPhone, do so before performing the reset steps.

FAQs

  1. Will I Lose Everything If I Reset My iPhone?

    Resetting your iPhone will delete all your settings and content such as photos, contacts, apps, and more. So, before you proceed to reset your iPhone, back up it first.

  2. Can I Unlock My iPhone Without a Computer?

    The answer is yes. You can either use Security Lockout or iCloud to unlock your iPhone. No PC or Mac is needed.

  3. Can I Unlock Someone Else’s iPhone?

    NO. Under no circumstances do we recommend that you unlock someone else's iPhone.

  4. How to Avoid Forgetting My iPhone Passcode?

    The best way to avoid forgetting your iPhone passcode is to set up a Face ID or Touch ID. Also, it's a good idea to write down your iPhone passcodes and keep them in a safe place so you can easily find them.

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