Did you set a passcode on your iPhone but forget what it was?

In an earlier article, I wrote about how to set a passcode for your iPhone, iPod, or iPad, which is something I recommend doing, but what happens if your forget your passcode – how do you unlock your iPhone? There’s no ‘forgot my passcode’ button to press, and seemingly no other easy way to unlock your iPhone if you forget your passcode, so what do you do? No worries – There is a way you can remove the passcode from your device, and I’ll show you the step by step process below!

How to unlock an iPhone if you don’t know the passcode…

Let me preface this tutorial by saying that this process is intended to be used by people who have genuinely forgotten the passcode for their device and in no way, shape, or form should this process by used to circumvent the passcode security for malicious purposes.

Now, with that being said, let’s go about removing the passcode from your iPhone or other iDevice.

Please take a moment to note that this process does involve wiping all of the data from your device and then restoring it, so if you haven’t already done so, please plug your device into your computer now and make sure you back it up before you attempt this tutorial!

How to reset your iPhone passcode…

  1. Make sure your iPhone, iPod, or iPad is backed up on your computer. If you have done synced your device before starting this tutorial, please do so now.
  2. Put your device into Recovery Mode (if you aren’t sure what Recovery Mode is, or how to put your device into it, you can read my earlier article on Recovery Mode HERE)
  3. Once your device is in Recovery Mode, in iTunes, click on the Restore button, which will be in the Summary tab of your device similar to the image below.iPhone iTunes Restore Button Passcode Reset Forgot Unlock
  4. 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.
  5. This will now begin the process of removing all of your data from your iPhone or device, including the passcode that you had set, and then restoring your data from your backup. Once this process completes, the passcode will have been removed from your iPhone, and you should now be able to use it without any problems.


(NOTE: This is the same process for both iPods and iPads as well.)

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– By Jim Sabellico