I Forgot My iPhone Passcode! What Do I Do Now?

Forgot iPhone Passcode
Forgot iPhone Passcode

I Forgot My iPhone Passcode! What Do I Do Now?

Well, there are both good news and bad news for the people who have forgotten their iPhone passcode. First, the good news is that all is not lost. The bad news, however, is that you can’t recover the passcode of your iPhone in any way.

The only possible way, of course, is if, by a stroke of luck and genius, your brain remembers the passcode again. If not, the only way you can gain access to your iPhone again is by restoring it. Yes, doing this will get rid of all your data on your iPhone but, incidentally, even when you are locked out of your iPhone, you can still backup your device.

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Now, that is the kind of irony you would not want to happen to you, but hey, every once in a while, every person gets locked out of his house, car, email account or anything at all. Now, add iPhones and iPads to that list.

Forgot iPhone Passcode? Follow These Tips to Get the Issue Resolved

The first thing you should do when you get locked out of your iPhone or iPad is to back it up.

Back Up Your iPhone or Pad:

To back up your iOS device, follow the steps below.

  1. Connect it to your computer and then open iTunes on the computer.
  2. Next, select your device from the menu in the upper right corner of your computer’s screen.
  3. Now, click on “Cack Up Now.” Your device will begin backing up.
  4. Once it is done backing up, you should see the date and time that your device was backed up under Latest Backup.

Note – Make sure to uncheck encrypt backup before you back up your device.

After you have backed up your device, you have two options.

  • Erase your iPhone or iPad and Restore it using iTunes.
  • Restore iPhone or iPad in Recovery Mode

How to Erase Your iOS Device with iTunes to Remove your Passcode

  1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer and launch the iTunes app.
  2. Next, click on “Restore(your device).
  3. While your device is being restored, when you get to the Set Up screen, tap on Restore from iTunes backup.
  4. Next, choose your device in iTunes and then click restore to restore your device with the most recent backup.

That is all.

However, if “Find My iPhone” is enabled, you will need to use another method to erase your iPhone or iPad. Read on…

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How to Erase iPhone and iPad with Recovery Mode to Remove your Passcode

  1. First off, connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer and then launch the iTunes app.
  2. Next restart your iPhone or iPad.
    • On iPhone 8/8 Plus or iPhone X – First, press the volume up button and quickly release it. Next, press and immediately release the volume down button. Next, press and hold the Side button until the recovery mode screen comes up.
    • On an iPhone 7/7 Plus – SImply press and hold the volume down button and the Power button at once. Keep the buttons pressed until the recovery mode screen comes up.
    • On iPhone 6S and other earlier iPhones, iPad or iPod Touch – Press and hold the Home button and the power button at the same time. Hold the buttons down until the recovery mode screen appears.
  3. Next, you will get a prompt for Restore or Update.
  4. Tap on the Restore option.
  5. Now, iTunes will start downloading the software on your iPhone or iPad.

Note – If the process begins to take too long (over 15 minutes), your iPhone or iPad will leave Recovery Mode and then you will need to repeat the steps mentioned above all over again. Once the process is complete, go on to set up your iOS device.

Restore your iPhone without iTunes

You can also restore your iPhone without having to use iTunes. Instead, you will be using Reiboot. TenorShare’s Reiboot can bypass passcode to backup data. With Reiboot, you can boot your iPhone or iPad into recovery mode without using the Home button at all. SImply google the app and install it on your Mac or Windows PC and you are good to go.

That is it!

Wrapping Up

Hopefully, the method worked for you and you have successfully erased your iPhone or iPad and set it up all over again without any issue. Have any feedback? Share it in the comments section below.


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