If you would like to know how to unlock iPod Touch – even if you have forgotten or don’t know the passcode – this guide shows you every possible method available.
This article will explain the following unlocking topics:
- Free passcode reset methods.
- How to keep all your data after a passcode reset without a restore.
- What to do if you don’t have a computer.
- Unlocking tools.
- Using recovery mode.
- The Apple passcode reset procedure.
Due to the unique screen-locking functionality of the now discontinued iPod Touch, we developed this article.
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About the iPod passcode
Let’s start with some background details on the iPod Touch passcode.
When you set up your iPod Touch for the first time you will be asked to create a 4 or 6-digit 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 iPod will be permanently locked.
For more information, see how many passcode tries on my iPod.
If your iPod 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 data so it’s best to have a backup.
However, there are some ways to avoid losing all your data – even without a restore – described later in this guide.
How to unlock iPod if you’ve forgotten your passcode
Method 1: If you don’t have a backup or restore
The official Apple passcode reset technique used if you forget your passcode will wipe the contents of your iPod. To get the data back, you recover the erased contents 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.
There is a free unlock method that is worth trying on all iPod Touch models.
It is a bit fiddly to do, but if you want a free way to unlock your passcode and keep your data – even without a restore – then give it a go.
- This technique uses a software tool called IPSW to hack your iPod Touch.
- 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 forgotten iPod Touch passcode without a backup or watch the video below.
There is also a few paid software tool you can try to unlock the screen.
All these tools run on a computer, so you will need a PC or Mac for these to work.
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The passcode unlocking process using these tools is as follows:
- Download and install the data recovery tool of your choice. There are free trial versions available – so you can try them out before you buy them.
- Before you wipe your device, test the data recovery program on your iPod to see if it will get back deleted files. If so, move on to the next step. If not, try the other tool.
- Download and install the passcode removal tool.
- Use the passcode removal tool to unlock the iPod screen. The phone’s data will be wiped.
- Recover your data from the wiped phone using the data recovery tool you successfully tested in step 2.
For more detailed instructions, see Unlocking process without restore.
Method 2: If you don’t have a computer
There are 3 ways to unlock an iPod 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 log in to iCloud.
- Download the Find My app onto another Apple device you own, such as an iPad. You can use the app to remotely erase your iPod 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 How to unlock passcode without using a computer.
Method 3: For free using Find My and iCloud
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:
- Go to iCloud.com.
- If you have Two Factor Authentication turned on, you will be prompted for your authentication code.
- Once signed in, click Find iPhone.
- All the Apple devices you own will be located.
- Once your devices have been located, they will appear on a map.
- At the top of the screen, select All Devices and select your iPod Touch from the list.
- Next, click Erase iPod to remove the passcode. This process will also remove all the data from your iOS device.
- On the dialog box that pops open, confirm you want to erase the device.
- The passcode and all the data will be removed from your iPod.
- Once erased, set up your device and restore your data.
It is a good idea to check when the last backup was done – to make sure it contains all your data before erasing your device.
Method 4: For free using recovery mode
To use recovery mode, you will need:
- A PC with Windows 8, or newer and iTunes installed, or a Mac.
- Your passcode locked iPod Touch.
- A USB cable to connect the phone to the computer.
To use recovery mode do the following:
- Make sure your smartphone is not physically connected to your computer.
- Press and hold the Side (or Top) button until the power-off message appears on the screen.
- Drag the slider to turn off your smartphone.
- Connect your iPod to your computer using the cable while holding the Home button.
- Keep holding the Home button until the iPod recovery-mode screen appears.
- You can now release the home button.
- Locate your iPod in the Finder or in iTunes on the computer.
- When you see the option to Restore or Update, choose Restore. Your computer downloads software for your iPod 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 iPod and start again.
- Wait for the process to finish.
- Once done, disconnect your iPod from the computer, then set up your iPod.
For more information, see Set up and use recovery mode.
Getting rid of the passcode on other Apple devices
If you want to remove the passcode on a different Apple product see:
Other iPod 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 iPod unlocking methods: