Forgot iPhone Passcode? How to Restore iPhone Without Losing Data

Forgot passcode of your iPhone or iPad? Head over to this hands-on guide to reset passcode on your iOS device. There are two methods through which you can bring back the normalcy.

There is a good news and a bad news for the people who’ve forgotten the iPhone passcode. The good news is that not everything is lost. The bad news is that you can’t recover the passcode in any way.

Unless of course, if you can go back in time and remember your passcode, things could be different. Until then, the only way to regain entry to your iPhone is to restore it. Yes, that’s going to delete all the data, but ironically, even though you can’t access your device, you can still unlock your iPhone without losing the data.

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That’s kind of the irony that you don’t want to happen to you, but hey, every once in a while, someone gets locked out of his house, car, or email accounts. Add iPhones and iPads to that list.

Forgot Passcode of your iPhone or iPad? Follow this Tips to Get the Issue Resolved

The first thing you should do when you are locked out of your device is back it up.

Backup Your iOS Device

To backup your locked device, you should have synced the device with iTunes at least once, without restarting your iPhone after that. It is because your iPhone has the PC / Mac as a trusted device.

If you have never synced your iPhone and you forgot the passcode, there is literally no way to restore it without losing the data.

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For now, assuming you have synced the iPhone, follow the process given below:

Step #1. First off, connect your device to the computer using the USB cable and launch iTunes.

Step #2. Now, select your device from the top left menu.

Step #3. Next, allow iTunes to sync your device and make a backup.

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Once your iPhone has been backed up, you should see the date and time when your device was backed up under Latest Backup.

How to Restore your iPhone and iPad using iTunes to Remove your Passcode

After your device has been successfully backed up, erase the entire data to get rid of the existing passcode.

Step #1. Assuming your iPhone is still connected to your computer and you have already backed up your data. Click Restore [your device].

Restore iPhone X, 8 Plus or iPhone 8 from iTunes

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Step #2. While restoring, when you reach the Set Up screen on your iOS device, tap on Restore from iTunes backup.

Step #3. Next, select your device in iTunes. Then restore your device with the most relevant backup.

That’s it!

What if you have never synced your iPhone to the computer via iTunes? Unfortunately, there isn’t any way to restore it without losing the data.

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If you don’t have anything important on your iPhone, you may consider erasing everything without taking a backup and setup your device as new. To do so, follow the tutorial below.

Please Note: Erasing your iPhone will literally wipe out everything and it will be similar to setting up your device as new

How to Restore iPhone and iPad with Recovery Mode to Remove your Passcode

Step #1. Connect your iOS device to your computer and launch iTunes.

Step #2. Now, you need to reboot your device.

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  • On iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, XR iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus: First, press and quickly release the volume up button. Then, press and immediately release the volume down button. Next, press and hold the Side button until the recovery mode screen shows up. Read this for more information.
  • On an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus: Simply press and hold volume down button and ON/OFF buttons at once. Keep holding the buttons until the recovery mode screen appears. Jump to this post for more information.
  • On an iPhone 6s and earlier, iPad, or iPod touch: You need to press and hold both the Home and ON/OFF button at once. Keep holding the buttons until the recovery mode screen appears. Here is more on it.

Step #3. Now, you will get a prompt for Restore or Update. Tap on Restore. iTunes will now start downloading the software for your device.

Note: Just in case, the process takes more than 15 minutes, your iPhone will exit recovery mode, and you will have to repeat the steps mentioned above again. Once the process is completed, set up your device as usual by following the on-screen instructions.

Restoring iPhone without iTunes

TenorShare’s ReiBoot is the most trusted iPhone and iPad management tool, which can let you restore your iOS device even without iTunes. Even better, it lets you easily bypass passcode to backup your entire data. Check out the following video to find out how it works:

You can use ReiBoot to fix more than 50 iOS issues like iPhone won’t turn on, iPhone stuck on boot screen, stuck on splash screen, screen unresponsiveness and more. Besides, it allows you to enter recovery mode on your iOS device with just a click. Follow the video walk-through to discover how it’s done:

That’s it

Wrap up:

Hopefully, you have successfully erased your device and set it up all over again without any issue. Have any feedback? Shoot it in the comments below.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
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