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

Unless of course, by a stroke of luck and genius, your brain remembers the passcode again. The only way to regain entry into your iPhone is to restore it. Yes, that's going to delete all data but, incidentally, even when you are locked out of your iPhone, you can backup your device.

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Forgot iPhone Passcode

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 iPhone Passcode? 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.

Back Up Your iOS Device:

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To do so, connect your device to the computer and launch iTunes. Then, select your device from the top left menu. Next, click on Back Up Now. Once your device has backed up, you should see the date and time when your device was backed up under Latest Backup.

Note: Make sure to uncheck encrypt backup.

Once you have backed up your device, you have two options:

  • Erase your iPhone or iPad and Restore using iTunes
  • Restore iPhone or iPad in Recovery Mode

How to Erase your iPhone and iPad with iTunes to Remove your Passcode

Step #1. Connect your iPhone to the computer and launch iTunes.

Step #2. Click Restore [your device].

Restore iPhone X, 8 Plus or iPhone 8 from iTunes

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

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

That's it!

But if “Find My iPhone” is enabled, you will have to take the different root to erase your device. Read on…

How Erase 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.

On iPhone X, 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.

Now, iTunes will 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.

Restore your iPhone without iTunes

You can also restore your iPhone without iTunes using Reiboot. TenorShare's ReiBoot can bypass passcode to backup data. Please refer the following tutorial to do so.

Reiboot also allows your iPhone to enter into recovery mode without Home Button. Following is the video walkthrough.

Reiboot also allows your iPhone to enter into recovery mode without Home Button. Following is the video walkthrough.

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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