iPhone Passcode unlock
I think you’ll agree with me when I say:
Forgetting your password or passcode for your iPhone is a nightmare.
But here’s the deal:
It is possible to gain access to your iPhone and not lose any data if you follow the instructions below carefully.
It can be done.
This article will explain what you need to do in simple, easy to follow steps to reset the passcode and gain access to your iPhone again.
Which model of iPhone does this apply to?
These instructions will work for iPhone 3 / 3GS /4 / 4S / 5 / 5S / 5C / SE / 6 / 6S /6 Plus / 6S Plus / 7 / 7 Plus 8 / 8 Plus / X.
So you don’t need to worry that it won’t work on your device.
Well, the security used to lock the iPhone down is dependent on the software installed.
The software, called iOS, is the important thing not the model of iPhone you have.
What is the unlock process?
You will be asked the following questions:
- The type of unlock you need for your iPhone.
- The version of the software (called iOS) that your iPhone has.
- If the iPhone has been synced to iTunes before.
- Finally, if you have a computer to hook your iPhone up to.
Once you have selected the answer to all the above questions you will be given a simple set of step-by-step instruction of what to do.
On with the questions…
When you say your iPad or iPhone is locked – what do you mean?
- iCloud locked
You have a used iPad or iPhone but when you try to set it up, you can’t. It is iCloud activation locked i.e. it asks for the previous owners iCloud email and password. Read this article to fix this common problem: iCloud locked? How to unlock or bypass it.
- GSM Network / SIM locked
You put a SIM from a different carrier in your iPhone but it doesn’t work. In that case, you need an iPhone network unlock. This article explains what to do: unlock iPhone to use any SIM.
- Passcode locked
You have forgotten your passcode (the 4 or 6 digit code) and you want to reset it so you can use your device again. And hopefully keep all your data too. This is the issue the article below addresses.
Which version of iOS are you using on your iPhone?
Before you can begin to unlock your iPhone you need to know which version of the iPhone operating system you have installed.
Click the button below to see the correct steps to unlock your device:
If you are unsure then pick the ‘I don’t know’ option to find out which version you have.
If you try to unlock your iPhone but you have forgotten your passcode you will end up locking your phone.
This will have after 6 attempts.
On iOS 6 the locked screen will look like something like the image below:
After too many attempts, your iPhone will say “iPhone is disabled, connect to iTunes”.
You can unlock an iPhone if you forgot your passcode.
You do this by restoring your iPhone from the last backup – this removes the passcode from your locked iPhone while retaining your data.
This may take a few hours to complete.
How to fix this error
The fix you need to unblock your iPhone passcode depends on your circumstances.
- How to unlock your iPhone passcode if you have previously synced your iPhone to iTunes
- How to unlock your iPhone passcode if you have never synced your iPhone to iTunes
- How to unlock your iPhone passcode if you don’t have access to a computer
1. Synchronise your iPhone to your computer – you can do this even if your iPhone is locked.
This creates a backup of everything on your phone.
Obviously, this works best if you have access to the computer your regularly sync your iPhone with.
The video below explains how to sync an iPhone if you are unsure.
2. While your iPhone is still connected to your computer reboot your iPhone by holding down the power and home buttons at the same time.
As soon as the Apple logo appears, let go of the power button but keep the home button depressed until you see a “Connect to iTunes” message appear on the iPhone screen.
3. On your computer, you will see a message appear in iTunes that a phone in recovery mode has been detected.
You will be prompted to choose whether you want to restore your iPhone to factory settings, or restore it from a backup – if you want to put all of your personal information, contacts, messages, etc. back on to your phone, be sure to choose to restore it from the backup you performed in step 1.
The video below shows how the restore process works if you are unsure.
4. Your passcode will be erased and then all of your data will be restored from your backup.
Once this process completes, the passcode will have been removed from your iPhone, and you should now be able to access it without any problems.
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