When I forgot my passcode and was locked out of my phone, I had to find a way to bypass the iPhone lock screen. The issue was I didn’t have a computer.
After a lot of trial and error and hours of research, I managed to reset the passcode and gain access to my device.
In this guide, I give in depth help on several ways I found to unlock my iPhone, including:
- Passcode reset using recovery mode to wipe the passcode and all the data
- Passcode reset using iCloud o wipe the passcode and all the data
- Passcode reset with Apple Supports help
I also discovered a number of techniques recommended by other websites that do not work, such as:
- Using a loophole in Siri
- Using software tools (because you need a computer to install and run them)
It only takes a few minutes to read and includes step-by-step instructions that describe the entire passcode reset process.
Read on to find out how to unlock your iPhone without a computer when you don’t know the passcode…
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Computer-free unlocking methods
Use the Find My App
The Find My App runs on an iPhone or iPad so you could download this tool on another device you own without the need for a computer.
Once downloaded you can remotely remove the passcode. However, you need to be careful because this process will also delete all of the device’s contents. You can recover the contents from your latest iCloud backup.
If you don’t have an iCloud backup you could try using 3rd party software tool to unlock your locked iPhone and recover the erased data without a restore. Unfortunately, you will need to use a computer to install and run these software tools.
For more details on an iPhone passcode bypass without restore, see iPhone passcode screen removal tools.
- Download and install the Find My App on a secondary device you own such as an iPad.
- Tap the Find My App icon to open it.
- Sign in with your Apple ID and password when prompted.
- Once logged in, you will see all your devices on a map.
- Tap your iPhone to select it.
- Make sure your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi or your cellular network.
- Tap on the actions and choose Erase iPhone. This will reset the passcode and wipe all data from your locked device.
- After your iPhone has been erased, you need to set up your iPhone.
- During the setup process on your device tap “Restore from iCloud Backup” and enter your iCloud details to restore the latest backup to your device. To find out how, see, How to restore iPhone from a backup.
- Once completed you will now have a restored device with a new passcode.
Use your iCloud account
You can use another device such as an iPad or a friend’s smartphone to sign in to your iCloud account and erase the passcode from there. For more information, see How to sign in to iCloud.
Just make sure your device is connected to Wi-Fi or your cellular network or it won’t work. This reset process will wipe your iPhone so make sure you have an iCloud backup before you begin.
If you don’t have an iCloud backup you could reset the passcode and recover the data using iOS data recovery tools. These tools need a computer.
- On your borrowed device go to https://www.icloud.com/.
- Sign in using your Apple ID password.
- Click Find My iPhone (you may be asked to sign in again).
- Click All Devices on the menu at the top of the screen in the middle.
- Choose your iPhone from the drop-down list.
- Click the Erase iPhone button to remove the passcode and all the device contents.
- Once erased, you need to set up your iPhone again. During setup tap “Restore from iCloud Backup” to restore the latest backup to your device.
- Once completed you will have a working iPhone with all your recovered data.
Other passcode reset guides…See our guides on how to bypass iPhone passcode without using iTunes, what to do if you can’t recall your 4 or 6 digit password, how to unlock iPhone without the passcode, and if you forgot your iPhone passcode without a backup.
Go to an Apple Store
In order to reset your passcode, you need to go into recovery mode and reset everything.
There are only 2 ways of doing this:
- By selecting “Erase all contents and settings” on the device itself.
- By connecting it to a computer and resetting it via iTunes or Finder.
If you forgot your passcode option 1 is no good because you can’t go to the settings on the device if it is locked.
If you have no computer then option 2 is no good either – so you are stuck.
Your best option is to pop into your nearest Apple Store or Apple reseller and they will help you perform the reset. Or ask a friend or relative with a computer that will allow you to install iTunes on it so you can perform the recovery
It doesn’t matter if you bought the device from that store originally, Apple’s attitude is that they will help you as it is one of their devices. So don’t be shy – go and see them or a reseller and they will help you.
Once you have access to a computer and have downloaded and installed iTunes you do the following:
- Connect your iOS device to your computer using a USB cable and open Finder or iTunes.
- While your device is connected, force restart it and put it into recovery mode. To find out how, see How to put your iPhone into recovery mode.
- When you see the option to Restore or Update, choose Restore. iTunes will download software for your device. If it takes more than 15 minutes, your device will exit the recovery mode screen and you’ll need to repeat steps 2 and 3.
- If you have a backup then chose to restore and select the latest backup.
- Once the restore is completed you can set up your device as though it is new.
If your iPhone is using a version of iOS between 8.0 and 10.1, you can use a loopwhole in Siri to unlock your iPhone passcode without a computer.
To activate Siri, press and hold the home button or say “Hey Siri”.
- Ask Siri “What time is it right now?”.
- Siri will display a window with the specific time.
- Tap on the world clock icon at the bottom left to select and add another clock.
- Click on the Share and Messages buttons to try to send a new message.
- You don’t need to write anything. Instead, add photos after creating a new contact. Adding photos to your iPhone will allow you to access, view, and select pictures in your device’s library.
- After entering the library, press the Home button or Return button on the home screen.
- Now, you’ll find your iPhone passcode has been unlocked without using a computer.
If you can access a computer
It is far easier to reset the passcode on your iPhone if you have access to a computer. If you don’t have access to a computer, here are some tips:
- Go to a local Apple Store. They will help you by giving you access to a Mac in Store you can use.
- If there isn’t a local Apple Store you can go to an Apple reseller instead. Resellers offer the same deal as the Apple Store and will allow you to use one of their Mac computers.
- Ask a friend or family member if you can use their computer to perform the iPhone passcode reset.
If you are able to get access to a computer then you have far more methods you can use to unlock your iPhone.
To find out more, see How to reset and restore your iPhone using a computer.
Can I reset passcode on iOS 6 or older
If you have a pre-2013 iPhone it is likely to be running iOS 6. This means you can remotely delete and restore your device using Find My.
This will only work if you have installed the Find My App on your iPhone before you forgot the passcode. You also need to have previously set up iCloud and enabled regular backups on your iPhone too (which is free to do).
- Borrow a friend’s smartphone, tablet, or computer – so you can use it to remotely wipe and restore your locked device.
- Login to Find My using your friend’s device.
- Remotely wipe your device using Find My. This will remove all of the data on your iPhone so only do this if you have a backup.
- Restore your iPhone 6 or older from your latest iCloud backup.
The video below explains how to carry out this procedure.
If you are uncomfortable wiping the data from your device I suggest you download a good quality data recovery tool to save your data first.
When does the passcode expire?
The iOS passcode never expires. You can keep the same passcode for as long as you wish only changing it when it suits you.
What is the default iPhone passcode?
There is no default passcode as it is set by the owner during the initial setup process.
How many passcode attempts do you get on the iPhone?
The lock screen passcode will appear if you use the wrong passcode. This is a standard iPhone feature.
- After 6 attempts iPhone is disabled for 1 minute
- After 7 attempts iPhone is disabled for 5 minutes
- After 8 attempts iPhone is disabled for 15 minutes.
- After 9 attempts iPhone is disabled for 60 minutes
- After 10 attempts you will see a message saying “iPhone is disabled. Connect to iTunes” OR your iPhone is completely erased if Erase Data is turned on in Settings > Touch ID & Passcode (or Settings > Passcode for iPhones without Touch ID
For more information, see How many passcode attempts are allowed to unlock iPhone.
When does the passcode lock expire?
The expiry of the lockout depends on how many incorrect passcode guesses you made. The length of time you are locked out for increases the more wrong attempts you make.
iPhone starts with a 1-minute lockout after 6 wrong attempts, which increases to 5 minutes after 7, 15 minutes after 8, and 60 minutes after 9 incorrect passcode attempts.
If you get the passcode wrong 10 times the iPhone will be permanently locked and you will need to connect it to iTunes before being able to unlock it.
Navigating a forgotten iPhone passcode can be challenging. This article provided insight into various methods for bypassing the lock screen without the use of a computer.
Key solutions include leveraging recovery mode, iCloud, or consulting Apple Support.
However, it’s pivotal to note that most of these methods will erase all data, highlighting the significance of an iCloud backup.
Some commonly suggested techniques, such as exploiting Siri or using certain software tools, are either outdated or necessitate a computer. For those with computer access, more options are available.
The piece also gave insights about the escalating lockout durations after consecutive incorrect passcode inputs.
It’s crucial always to remember or store passcodes securely to avoid such predicaments.