Your iPhone’s screen passcode can be a good way to protect the data on the device. But if you forget the passcode, you may find that you are unable to access the device for some time. Enter the wrong passcode numerous times and your iPhone may be disabled, completely inaccessible to you.
If you find that you don’t know the screen passcode on your iPhone, the following are the best options you have.
1. Use Erase iPhone Button
There is a way to remove the passcode from the iPhone without needing to connect the device to the computer or use iTunes. You can do this by erasing the iPhone directly on the setup screen.
For this method to work, you must meet the following requirement;
- The iPhone must be running iOS 15.2. Older versions of iOS don’t have this provision.
- You need to have the Apple ID and password you used to set up the device.
- The iPhone must be connected to a Wi-Fi or Cellular data network.
With the requirements met, use these steps to erase the iPhone without iTunes;
Step 1: Enter the passcode several times until you see the “Erase iPhone” button appear on the screen.
Step 2: Tap on this option and on the next screen, enter the Apple ID password to initiate the process to erase the iPhone.
When the process is complete, you should be able to set up a new passcode and even restore the data from a backup.
2. Use Fucosoft iPhone Passcode Unlocker
If the “Erase iPhone” button is not working, you can rely on third-party tools like Fucosoft iPhone Passcode Unlocker to bypass the iPhone screen lock with ease. This is a professional program that can remove all types of screen locks from an iPhone, including 4-digit passcode, 6-digit passcode, Face ID and Touch ID. In addition, it can help to remove Apple ID from iPhone/iPad even if you don’t have the password.
Fucosoft iPhone Passcode Unlocker is a very simple solution that allows you to remove the screen passcode in a few simple steps. Here’s how to use it;
Step 1 First, you need to install Fucosoft iPhone Passcode Unlocker on your computer. You can download the setup file from the program’s official website and then follow the instructions to install it on your computer.
Step 2: Run it on your PC or Mac and in the main window, choose “Unlock Screen Passcode.”
Step 3: Click “Start” and then use USB cable to connect the iPhone to the computer. Click “Next.”
Step 4: In the next window, click “Download” to begin downloading the firmware to unlock the device.
Step 5: Then, click “Start Unlock” and then enter “000000” to confirm and start the unlocking process. When the process is complete, the device will be unlocked and you should be able to access it without the passcode.
3. Use iTunes
You may also be able to fix this problem using iTunes or Finder. If you have connected the iPhone to the computer before, this process should be fairly straightforward;
Step 1: Use a USB lightning cable to connect the iPhone to the computer. Open iTunes on PC or Finder on macOS.
Step 2: When the device is detected, select “Restore iPhone” and then follow the instructions to complete the process.
If iTunes or Finder do not detect the connected iPhone or you have never synced with this computer before, you can put the device in recovery mode before restoring it. If recovery mode doesn’t work, you can put the device in DFU Mode.
4. Use Find My iPhone
If Find my iPhone is enabled on your iPhone, then you may be able to erase it remotely on the iCloud website. Just like the “Erase iPhone” button option above, this method is only applicable to you if you can remember the Apple ID and password that is connected to the device. You must also make sure that the iPhone you are trying to erase is connected to Wi-Fi.
Follow these steps to erase the iPhone from iCloud remotely;
Step 1: Go to https://www.icloud.com/ and sign in with the Apple ID and password connected to the locked device.
Step 2: Click “Find My” and select the iPhone from the “All Devices” section.
Step 3: With the device selected, you should see various options. Click “Erase iPhone” and all data and settings, including the passcode, will be removed from the device.
5. Use Siri
If your iPhone is running iOS 8 to iOS 13, there is a chance that you could unlock the device using Siri. This process is complicated and may not work for all devices, but it is worth a try if you don’t want to lose data on your iPhone;
Step 1: Press the Home button on your iPhone to activate Siri. Then ask, “What’s the time now?”
Step 2: When Siri displays the clock, click on it to open the World Clock menu.
Step 3: Click on the “+” icon on the top-right corner and in the search box that appears, type in any characters. Click “Select All.”
Step 4: Tap “Share” in the options that appear and choose the “Messages” app.
Step 5: Enter any text in the “To” field and then tap “Return” on the keyboard. After a few seconds, press the Home button again and the device will be unlocked.
The Bottom Line
It is very easy to forget the passcode on your iPhone and there is a possibility that the device could be disabled if you enter the wrong passcode too many times. The solutions above should however be able to help you resolve the problem even if you don’t have the password for the device.
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