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Locked Out of Your iPhone? 3 Ways to Unlock It

Locked out of your iPhone? Forgot your password? iPhone disabled because you (or your kids) entered the wrong passcode too many times? Here are three ways to unlock your iPhone.

Method 1: Unlock your disabled iPhone with iCloud/Find My iPhone

If Find My iPhone is enabled, you can factory reset your iPhone from another device. Note that this method will erase your data, which might give you pause if you don’t have a backup.

  1. Turn on your iPad
  2. Log into iCloud (forgot your Apple ID? You can recover it here)
  3. Find your iPhone in iCloud and select ERASE IPHONE

Your iPhone will be reset to factory settings, which will allow you to set it up new and create a new password. You can then restore a backup.

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Method 2: Unlock your iPhone with your computer

You can use your computer to reset your iPhone to factory settings. Like iCloud, this method will erase your data and you won’t be able to recover it if you don’t have a backup.

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer with your USB/lightning cable

If you have an iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, XR, XS, XS Max or 11:

  • Hold the SIDE BUTTON and a VOLUME BUTTON down until you see the power off slider. Turn off your iPhone
  • While holding the SIDE BUTTON, connect your iPhone to your computer. Continue to hold the button until the Recovery Mode screen appears

If you have an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus:

  • Hold the SIDE BUTTON until you see the power off slider. Turn off your iPhone
  • While holding the VOLUME DOWN button, connect your iPhone to your computer. Continue to hold the button until the Recovery Mode screen appears

If you have an iPhone 6S or earlier model:

  • Hold the SIDE BUTTON until you see the power off slider. Turn off your iPhone
  • While holding the HOME BUTTON, connect your iPhone to your computer. Continue to hold the button until the Recovery Mode screen appears
  1. Select your iPhone on the Recovery Mode screen
  2. Click RESTORE

Your iPhone will reset to factory settings. When it’s done, you can set it up like new, create a new password and restore a backup.

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Method 3: Bypass your iPhone passcode

Search Google and YouTube, and you’ll find various exploitations people have used to trick iPhones into allowing access without a passcode. None of these methods are guaranteed to work, but if you don’t have a backup they might be worth a try before you wipe your data.

Siri commands

Certain Siri commands have been said to bypass iPhone passcodes. They include:

  • Ask Siri to open an app you don’t have, tap the App Store icon, then tap the Home button twice and swipe the screen
  • Ask Siri to open your World Clock, then tap it to view alarm ringtones. Tap “buy more tunes,” then the Home button
  • Ask Siri to display your Cellular Data, then turn Cellular Data off and change your passcode

Of course, Apple takes security seriously so by the time you read this, it’s unlikely any of these hacks will work (if they ever did to begin with). Search online for the latest tricks to see if you can get into your iPhone without your passcode.



iTunes backup

Though Apple discontinued iTunes for Mac users, if you still have a copy of iTunes you can use this trick to try to access your iPhone. Connect your iPhone to your computer and open iTunes, select your iPhone, then click “back up now.” If the backup begins, your iPhone should unlock. You can then cancel the backup and change your passcode.

NOTE: If you still have iTunes, you can also use it to reset your iPhone to factory settings.

iPad unlocking software

Several companies claim to be able to unlock iPhones without the need for passcodes, including Joyoshare and Tenorshare 4uKey. Both offer free trials and can be purchased for $30 to $40. If you don’t have a backup and no other method works, it might be worth the expense to give iPhone unlocking software a try.

Related Help

> Locked out of your iPad? Here’s how to unlock it

Locked out of your Apple Watch? Here’s how to unlock it

Can you sell an iPhone that’s iCloud activation locked?

> Locked out of your Samsung Galaxy? Here’s how to unlock it

> Can you sell an Apple Watch that’s activation locked?

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