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How to Unlock an iPhone without Password

Forgot your lock screen password and don't know what to do? Check out this article as we will guide you on how to unlock your iPhone without a password!

Pauline Larson
Updated on Nov 15, 2022

To unlock a locked iPhone without password is a quick and simple process

Setting a passcode helps you to keep your privacy and prevent your iPhone from unauthorized access. You will, however, have a problem if you end up forgetting the password. Supposed that you have entered the wrong passcode for multiple times, your iPhone will get unavailable for a specific interval of time. If you still cannot input the correct password afterwards, all you can do is reset your iPhone to unlock it without password.

Unlocking an iPhone without the password by resetting will erase all the content in your iPhone including the forgotten password. After the reset, you are able to restore your data from your backup if you've made one before; or start the device anew if you didn't.

There are several ways through which you can reset your iPhone to get it unlocked without the password or Face ID. For instance, your iPhone can be unlocked without password via Erase iPhone feature or via iTunes. And you can also unlock your iPhone when you forgot the password with the help of an advanced software called iPhone Unlocker.

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Tip: This guide is suitable for anyone who needs to unlock his or her iPhone without password, no matter what the iPhone model is.

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When Do You Need to Unlock Your iPhone without the Password or Face ID

You might encounter many situations where you would need to unlock an iPhone without a password or Face ID. Some of these are mentioned below:

  • You set a new password recently, which maybe a complicated one, and eventually failed to recall it.
  • You accidentally enter passwords to your iPhone in random without knowing for too many times (like putting it in your pocket), your iPhone got itself unavailable in the end.
  • Your iPhone screen got broken and it cannot receive any passwords to get unlocked.
  • One of your friends or family members forgot the password and was unable to get into the iPhone, then asked you for help to unlock it without having the password.

Mobile phones have become a necessity in this modern age, and it is a nightmare to be locked out of your phone. To unlock your iPhone when you don't have the password, it is recommended you go through the following methods to fix the issue.

Note: Before unlocking your iPhone without the password by resetting, please make a backup in prior so you can get your data back even though the reset deletes all the content in the device.

Unlock iPhone Password without Computer via Erase iPhone Feature

If you forgot the password to your iPhone, you can simply unlock it without the password or computer with just a few taps on the phone screen by use of Erase iPhone option. However, to get your iPhone unlocked without password in this way, you should ensure that your iPhone runs iOS 15.2 or newer system and connects to stable network. Your Apple ID password is a requisite, too.

Steps to unlock the iPhone password without computer by Erase iPhone Feature:

1. Enter the wrong passcodes on your iPhone for a couple of times until you see the screen showing a message of "iPhone Unavailable, try again in 15 minutes", along with the Erase iPhone option on the bottom right. Tap on this option.

Erase iPhone option shows in the "iPhone Unavailable" screen

2. An alert will then appear to ask you if you are sure to erase the iPhone. Tap on the Erase iPhone option again to proceed.

Confirm about the reset to unlock your iPhone without password or Face ID

3. After the confirmation, type in the Apple ID password to sign out. Tap on the same option again to trigger the reset.

Sign out to start the iPhone reset and get it unlocked without a password

Then the iPhone will begin to unlock itself without password. When it's done, you will have what amounts to a brand-new iPhone. Start it from scratch, or restore your data and settings during the set-up process.

However, the Erase iPhone option cannot always help you unlock your iPhone without password, if the device runs older than iOS 15.2 or fails to connect to network beforehand. Then you'll need to turn to the methods on the next parts for help.

Unlock iPhone without Password via iPhone Unlocker

When the Erase iPhone feature doesn't work for you, you may take advantage of an efficient third-party tool to unlock your iPhone without using a password, which is iPhone Unlocker.

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It's an excellent solution to unlock the iPhone without a password, as it can not only fix various kinds of passcode problems like lock screen passcode, Screen Time passcode, Apple ID and password, but also provide a user-friendly layout, enabling you to get your iPhone unlocked without the password in a quick and simple way.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how one can use this application to unlock an iPhone without password. It is as follows:

Step 1: launch iPhone Unlocker on your Mac or PC, select the blue "Wipe Passcode" option for unlocking iPhone without password, and hit "Start" on the next screen.

Step 2: You can click "Device connected but not recognized" to put the device into recovery mode following the onscreen instructions. This helps the application detect your iPhone easily.

Then confirm the device information and hit the "Start" button to move on.

The downloading of the appropriate iOS software package for your iPhone will begin. Wait for a few minutes.

Step 3: Once the download is complete, a warning box will appear on your screen. If you approve to erase all your data on the device and upgrade it to the latest iOS version, confirm your decision by entering "0000" and clicking "Unlock", then let the application do its work to unlock your iPhone without password.

While your device is getting unlocked without the password, a small purple circle will show the unlocking progress. When it's finished, you can set your iPhone up as you did the first time. During the setup process, you can restore your data from a backup in iCloud or a computer if you have made one before.

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Unlock a Locked iPhone Without Password via iTunes

iTunes is a software program that lets you play and manage digital media files on your computer, as well as another practical way to to unlock your iPhone without the password. However, the steps may differ a bit depending on whether you have synced your iPhone with iTunes before.

Situation 1: Restore your iPhone if it has synced to iTunes before

If you have synced your iPhone to iTunes on a PC or Finder on a Mac before, you can easily use "Restore iPhone" option to unlock your iPhone without password. The steps are quite simple:

1. Connect your iPhone to the computer and then open iTunes.

2. Once the device has been detected, click "Restore iPhone" to unlock it without using password.

Use "Restore iPhone" Option in iTunes to unlock your iPhone without password if it's synced with iTunes before

Situation 2: Use Recovery Mode if your iPhone has never synced to iTunes

This method comes in handy when you haven't previously synced your iPhone to your computer before. In order to unlock your iPhone without a password by this means, you will need to make your iPhone enter Recovery Mode first. Just follow the steps given below.

Note: You can only use this way to get the iPhone unlocked without a password when you have a PC enabled with Windows 10 or newer system and installed with the latest iTunes, or a Mac with Finder on. Please have a check in advance.

1. Connect your iPhone to your computer, and put your iPhone into Recovery Mode. This process varies across different models.

  • For iPhone 8 or later: quickly press and release the Volume up button first and then do the same with the Volume down button. Then hold the Side button till the Recovery Mode screen comes in sight.
  • For iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: hold on to both the Volume down button and the Side button, release your fingers only when the Recovery Mode screen turns up.
  • For iPhone 6s and earlier: press the Home button and the Side button simultaneously, don't let go until you see the Recovery Mode screen.

Recovery Mode screen will show up if you correctly follow the steps

2. When your iPhone enters Recovery Mode, it will be recognized by iTunes. Select the "Restore" option in the pop-up window.

Go with the "Restore" option to unlock the iPhone without password

3. Click "Restore and Update" to start your iPhone's unlocking process without the password.

Get the iPhone unlocking process begin by selecting "Restore and Update"

Bottom Line

Unlocking your iPhone without the password can be a hassle that no one wants to come across. But luckily, with the methods mentioned above, you will find it more convenient and easier to get your iPhone unlocked without using the password.

About Pauline Larson
Pauline Larson is a writer and journalist who has been well-experienced in technology industry for almost 10 years. She has posted various professional articles in different tech-related sites and magazines, as she is deeply fascinated with digital technology, especially with Apple's products.
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