Forgot your passcode for your iPhone?
I think you will agree with me when I say:
There are too many passwords to remember these days.
It is so easy to forget them.
And there is nothing worse than that feeling of doom in the pit of your stomach when you realise you have forgot your passcode. No matter how many times you try your iPhone or iPad just won’t accept your passcode even though you know you are typing in the right one.
Then you know you are screwed.
Or are you?
I have some good news for you…
You can reset your password and keep your data!
In this article, I’ll point you in the right direction so you can reset your passcode and recover the data.
So you don’t have to lose those valuable photos after all.
But it does depend on how you have configured the iPhone, to begin with…
What type of iPad or iPhone unlock do you mean?
- Passcode unlock
You have forgotten your iPad or iPhone passcode and you want to unblock it so you can use it again. This is the issue this article addresses.
- iCloud unlock
This is when your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch is locked to a previous owner’s iCloud account. The article on how to fix this issue is here: iCloud unlock & bypass.
- SIM / Network unlock
If you want to use a new SIM in your phone from another network, but you can’t then it is network locked. Read this article to do an iPhone unlock so you can use any SIM card in it.
Steps to reset your iPhone passcode and recover your data
If you have an iPhone 4s, 5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6 plus, 6s or 6s plus, 7, 7 plus, 8, 8 plus or X then it will most likely have iOS 8, iOS 9, iOS 10 or iOS 11 installed on it.
These versions of iOS have a far more advanced method of encryption to prevent unauthorised access.
Under normal circumstances, this is a good thing, for example, to prevent the NSA getting access, but when you have forgotten your passcode and have data you want to keep it is a bit of a nightmare.
If you are in this situation your only option is to recover your data from a backup.
I’ll say that again.
Your only option is to recover your iPhone and restore the data from a backup.
Here are some articles that explain how to do this:
If you haven’t set up iCloud on your iPhone and have never synched to a computer then it is impossible to recover your data although you should be able to reset the iPhone to be able to use it again.
If it is not already too late, here are some article to help you set up iCloud and Find My iPhone:
If you have found Apps or other software claiming they can unlock your iPhone then they are trying to scam you.
But don’t take my word for it.
Apple recently told a judge in the US that it is ‘impossible’ to unlock new iPhones to access the data  although it ‘might be’ feasible on older iPhones.
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I have loved techie stuff since I played my first computer games in the early 1980’s. Since then I graduated on to computers, then smartphones, and tablets. I am a self-confessed Apple fanboy with a huge collection of iPods, iPads, MacBooks & iPhones. I enjoy helping people get the most from their Apple products.