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How To Unlock iPhone 8 And 8 Plus Without The Passcode

If you would like to know how to unlock iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus – even if you have forgotten or don’t know the passcode – this guide shows you every possible method available.

The iPhone 8 range was released in 2017, which included Touch ID and a passcode to lock and unlock the screen. Although Face ID was released that year by Apple, it was only included on the iPhone X.

Due to the unique nature of the security on the iPhone 8 range,  we create this article for the following devices:

  • iPhone 8.
  • iPhone 8 Plus.

This guide will cover the following topics:

  • Free passcode unlocking techniques.
  • How to keep all your data after a passcode reset without a restore.
  • Passcode unlocking without a computer.
  • Recommended software tools.
  • How to use recovery mode.
  • The official passcode unlocking procedure.
  • Unlocking iPhone X8 without Touch ID or a password.
  • Face ID usage and reset instructions.
  • Using Touch ID.
How To Unlock iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
Above: iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in white


Related: Remove Activation Lock from iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

First, some background information on iPhone 8 and the passcode.

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus had iOS 11 pre-installed when launched. Like the iPhone 7 models that came before it, security included Touch ID and the passcode. It did not include Face ID.

When you set up your iPhone 8 for the first time you will be asked to create a 4-digit passcode. This is in addition to Touch ID which allows you to unlock your phone by using your fingerprint.

If Touch ID fails, the passcode is used as an alternate way to get into the device. Touch ID can go wrong, making it vital that you remember your passcode.

If you get the passcode wrong your device will be disabled for a period of time. If you continue to enter the wrong passcode, your iPhone will be permanently disabled.

For more information, see How many attempts do I get to open my iPhone?

If your iPhone 8 is locked permanently, or you can’t remember the passcode then Apple says you must reset your phone to unlock it. A reset erases all your phone’s information so it’s best to have a backup.

However, there are some ways to get your data back – even without a restore. The method required to do this is described next…

Unlock iPhone 8 without a backup or restore

The official Apple passcode reset technique used if you forget your passcode uses recovery mode to wipe the contents of your iPhone 8. To get the data back, you recover the erased information from a backup.

But what if you don’t have a backup?

There are a couple of solutions you can try – one free and one paid – that will remove the passcode and recover the missing data.

Use these tools with care. They are our recommended options, but you use them at your own risk. We can’t be held responsible for data loss caused by following the guidance in this article.

Free method


There is a free unlock method that is worth trying on all iPhone 8 models.

It has quite a low success rate, but if you want to try a free way to unlock your passcode and keep your data – even without a restore – then it is worth trying.

If this tool fails it tends to be when it attempts to connect to the phone so it won’t cause data loss.

  • This technique uses a software tool called IPSW to hack your iPhone 8 or 8 Plus.
  • You download IPSW to a PC (not a Mac) and use it to hack the passcode without erasing your data.

For step-by-step instructions, see unlock iPhone 8 or 8 Plus without restore or watch the video below.

Paid method

There is also a few paid software tool you can try to unlock the phone’s screen.

All these tools run on a computer, so you will need a PC or Mac to run them.

Paid passcode removal and data recovery tools
#1 LockWiper★★★★★Removes locks such as passcode, Face ID,  Apple ID, MDM lock, & screen time lock.
#2 D-Back iPhone Data Recovery★★★★★Recovers erased data from an iOS device, iTunes, or iCloud – including photos, messages, and more…

#3 Ultdata

★★★★Recovers 35 deleted file types from iOS devices, iTunes, or iCloud backups.

The passcode unlocking process works as follows:

  1. Download and install one of the recommended data recovery tools.
  2. Before resetting your device, test the data recovery program to see if it will get back deleted files from your phone. If so, move on to the next step. If not, try the other tool.
  3. Download and install the passcode removal tool.
  4. Use the passcode removal tool to unlock the iPhone 8 screen. The phone’s data will be wiped. Only do this if you have tested that you can restore deleted files. Make sure you understand that even after testing, you may not be able to get your data back.
  5. Recover your data from the wiped phone using the data recovery tool you verified in step 2.

For more detailed instructions, see Unlock iPhone without a restore after forgetting your passcode.

How to unlock iPhone 8 without a computer (for free)

There are 3 ways to unlock an iPhone 8 passcode if you don’t have a computer:

  • Ask for help from a friend, family member, or colleague. Borrow their smartphone, tablet, or computer to go online using a web browser and log in to your iCloud account and erase the passcode from there. For more information on accessing your iCloud account, see How to sign in to your iCloud account.
  • Download the Find My app onto another Apple device you own, such as an iPad. You can use the app to remotely erase your iPhone 8 and remove the passcode.
  • Go into your nearest Apple Store or Apple reseller and ask them to help you perform the passcode reset using one of their computers.

For more information, see Unlock iPhone passcode without a computer.

iPhone 8 unlocking using Find My and iCloud (for free)

If you have access to another computer, smartphone, or tablet you can use them to unlock the passcode via the iCloud website.

To do so, do the following:

  1. On the other device, go to iCloud.com.
  2. If you have Two Factor Authentication turned on, you will be prompted for your authentication code.
  3. Once signed in, click Find iPhone.
  4. All the Apple devices you own will be located.
  5. Once your devices have been located, they will appear on a map.
  6. At the top of the screen, select All Devices and select your iPhone 8 or 8 Plus from the list.
  7. Next, click Erase iPhone to remove the passcode. This process will also remove all the data from your iOS device.
  8. On the dialog box that pops open, confirm you want to erase the device.
  9. The passcode and all the data will be removed from your iPhone.
  10. Once erased, set up your device and restore the contents of your iPhone 8.

It is a good idea to verify when the iPhone’s last backup was completed – to make sure it contains all your data before erasing your device.

Using recovery mode to unlock iPhone 8 (for free)

Apple recommends you use recovery mode to wipe the passcode, then restore the data as shown in the following video:

To use recovery mode, you will need:

  • A PC with Windows 8, or newer and iTunes installed, or a Mac.
  • Your passcode locked iPhone 8 or 8 Plus.
  • A USB lightning cable to connect the phone to the computer.

To use recovery mode do the following:

  1. Press and hold both the side button and the Volume down button on your iPhone 8 until the power off slider appears.
  2. Drag the slider to turn off your device, then wait a minute to make sure it turns off completely.
  3. Press and hold the iPhone 8 side button while immediately connecting it to the computer. Don’t let go of the button.
  4. Keep holding the button until you see the recovery mode screen on your iPhone, then let go. If you see the passcode screen, you need to turn off your iPhone and start again.
  5. Locate your iPhone in the Finder or in iTunes on the computer.
  6. When you see the option to Restore or Update, choose Restore. Your computer downloads software for your iPhone 8 and begins the restore process. If the download takes more than 15 minutes and your device exits the recovery mode screen, let the download finish, then turn off your iPhone and start again.
  7. Wait for the process to finish.
  8. Once done, disconnect your iPhone from the computer, then set up your iPhone.

For more information, see Recovery mode for iPhone.

Open iPhone 8 screen lock with Touch ID (for free)

If you have Touch ID configured on your iPhone 8 or 8 Plus, do the following:

  1. Press the Touch ID sensor on the home button to unlock the screen. Make sure you use the correct finger. The lock icon at the top of the lock screen animates from closed to open to indicate that your device is unlocked.
  2. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to use the device.

To lock the phone again:

  • Press the side button, or
  • don’t touch the screen for a minute or two, your iPhone 8 locks automatically.

If you don’t have Touch ID enabled, find out how to Set up Touch ID on iPhone.

Open iPhone 8 with Apple Watch

You can use a paired Apple Watch to unlock your iPhone 8 by doing the following:

  1. On your iPhone, go to Settings
  2. Tap Face ID & Passcode.
  3. Scroll down, then below Unlock with Apple Watch turn on Apple Watch.

To unlock your iPhone 8, your Apple Watch must:

  • Have a passcode.
  • Be unlocked and on your wrist.
  • Be close to your iPhone.

If you forget your iPhone 8 Screen Time passcode

The Restrictions or Screen Time Passcode is different from the passcode used to unlock your iPhone. It is used to block access to some features, settings, and functions of the iPhone.

The Screen Time feature is most often used by parents or IT Departments to control usage of the device.

If enabled, the pin code is usually completely different for Screen Time so can easily be forgotten.

If you do forget it, it can be reset as follows:

  1. On your iPhone 8, tap Settings.
    tap settings
  2. Scroll down, then tap Screen Time.
    Screen Time
  3. Next, tap Change Screen Time Passcode.
    Change Screen Time passcode
  4. In the pop-up window, tap Change Screen Time Passcode again.
    Change Screen Time passcode confirm
  5. Tap Forgot Passcode.
    forgot Screen Time passcode
  6. To reset the passcode, you will be asked for your Apple ID and Password. If you don’t know them, see How to reset an Apple ID.
    Screen Time passcode recovery
  7. Enter a new passcode, and verify it.
    new Screen Time passcode

For a more in-depth tutorial, see Screen Time passcode reset.

Getting rid of the passcode on other iPhone models

If you want to remove the passcode on a different iPhone model see:

Other iPhone unlocking guides

Beyond the passcode lock, Apple also uses Activation Lock and the carrier lock to restrict and secure their products.

Find out more about these iPhone unlocking methods:

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