How do I unlock my passwords on iPhone?

If you have forgotten your iPhone password and need to unlock it, there are a few methods you can try. In this comprehensive guide, we will walk through all the ways to unlock a locked iPhone and regain access to your device and passwords.

Can I unlock my iPhone password without resetting it?

Yes, in most cases you can unlock your iPhone without having to fully reset it. The main methods are:

  • Enter your Apple ID password – If you’ve set up an Apple ID on the device, you may be able to unlock it by entering your Apple ID password correctly after several failed passcode attempts.
  • Use your computer to unlock – Connect your locked iPhone to a computer you’ve synced with before and open iTunes. You may be able to unlock the device without losing data.
  • Use Find My iPhone – You can remotely erase your device through iCloud Find My iPhone if you cannot unlock it. Then you can set up the device again with the same Apple ID and password.
  • Use device backup – Restore your iPhone data and settings from an iCloud or iTunes backup you made previously before it was locked.

Resetting your device and passcode should not typically be the first option, as you can often regain access without losing your data.

How can I unlock my iPhone if I forgot the passcode?

If you cannot remember your iPhone passcode, here are the steps to try unlocking it:

  1. On the passcode screen, tap Forgot Passcode or Emergency Call if displayed. You may be prompted for your Apple ID password to unlock the device temporarily.
  2. If that option is not available, connect the iPhone to a computer it has previously synced with via iTunes. Select the iPhone icon and then click Unlock to enter your passcode.
  3. If unlocking via computer does not work, use Find My iPhone on to remotely erase the device so you can set it up again.
  4. As a last resort, you can perform a factory reset by putting the iPhone into recovery mode and selecting Restore. This will wipe the device.

Avoid entering the wrong passcode repeatedly, as this can disable the device requiring you to restore and reset up the iPhone.

Can I reset my iPhone password if I don’t have Find My iPhone enabled?

Yes, you can still reset your iPhone password without Find My iPhone enabled. Here’s how:

  1. Connect your iPhone to a trusted computer and open iTunes.
  2. While the iPhone is connected, force restart it by pressing and quickly releasing the Volume Up button, then pressing and quickly releasing the Volume Down button, then press and hold the Side button until you see the recovery mode screen.
  3. In iTunes, a recovery mode alert will appear. Click OK.
  4. In the iTunes summary page for your iPhone, click Restore to wipe and reset up your device with a new password.

This recovery mode restore process cannot be reversed and will erased all contents and settings on your iPhone. Be sure to backup your iPhone data first if possible.

What happens if I enter the wrong iPhone password too many times?

If you enter an incorrect iPhone passcode too many times, the device will become disabled and unusable. Here is what happens after successive failed passcode attempts:

  • 6 failed attempts – iPhone locks for 1 minute
  • 7-8 failed attempts – iPhone locks for 5 minutes
  • 9 failed attempts – iPhone locks for 15 minutes
  • 10+ failed attempts – iPhone locks completely and data is erased after 10 attempts

Once your iPhone is disabled, you will likely need to perform a factory reset to regain usability. Avoid letting your device become disabled by using passcode recovery methods after a few failed attempts.

Can I unlock my iPhone without the Apple ID password?

It is challenging to unlock an iPhone without knowing the Apple ID password associated with the device. Here are some possibilities:

  • You may be able to unlock the iPhone by answering security questions if you have set those up for your Apple ID account.
  • You can take the iPhone to an Apple Store with proof of purchase and ID to have the device unlocked.
  • Use account recovery to reset your Apple ID password, then unlock the iPhone with your new password.
  • As a last resort, erase the iPhone through Find My iPhone or restore in recovery mode to set up the device again.

Knowing your Apple ID account information is key for smoothly unlocking and recovering your iPhone. Make sure you have the password saved somewhere secure in case you need it.

Can someone else unlock my disabled iPhone?

Yes, in some cases someone else can unlock your disabled iPhone for you. Options include:

  • Apple Store – Genius Bar technicians can unlock an iPhone with proof you own the device.
  • Authorized repair shops – Reputable independent repair shops can sometimes bypass the activation lock.
  • Remote unlocking services – Some online services claim they can generate an IMEI unlock code to restore your iPhone.

However, the only guaranteed way to unlock a fully disabled iPhone is through a factory reset, which will erase its contents. Unless you can provide proof of ownership, most services cannot unlock the device while preserving its data.

I forgot my iPhone restrictions passcode – what now?

If you enabled restrictions on your iPhone with a separate restrictions passcode and forgot the code, take these steps to regain access:

  1. Keep trying passcode combinations to see if you can guess the correct code.
  2. Use Screen Time or parental controls on another iOS device to reset the restrictions passcode.
  3. Restore your iPhone in recovery mode to factory reset the device. You will lose your data.
  4. Take your iPhone to an Apple Store to have the restrictions removed.

Setting a strong restrictions passcode you can remember is crucial. Avoid enabling restrictions on your primary device as they cannot be easily bypassed without a reset.

Should I take my locked iPhone to Apple or a third-party repair shop?

If you have exhausted all password recovery options, these are the pros and cons of Apple vs. a third-party shop:

Apple Third-Party Repair Shop
  • Guaranteed quality service
  • May replace iPhone if unrepairable
  • Higher cost for out-of-warranty service
  • More affordable unlocking services
  • Faster turnaround time
  • No guarantee of successful unlock

Apple provides the safest option for unlocking your iPhone, but can be more expensive if the warranty is expired. Independent shops offer cheaper and quicker service, but have more risks involved.

Can I get my data back after factory resetting my iPhone?

Unfortunately, performing a factory reset on an iPhone to unlock it results in permanent data loss in most cases. Here are some ways portions of data could potentially be recovered:

  • Restore your iPhone from a previous iTunes or iCloud backup.
  • Use data recovery software to scan your iPhone storage for recoverable files.
  • Check sync services like iCloud Photos for any data stored in the cloud.
  • Log into apps and services on the reset iPhone to download associated data.

While parts of your data may be able to be retrieved from various sources, directly accessing data on an iPhone after factory reset is typically not possible. Backing up regularly can help avoid this data loss.

Can I get past the Activation Lock without reset?

Unfortunately there is no way to bypass the Activation Lock on an iPhone without resetting the device. Activation Lock links your Apple ID to your iPhone and can only be disabled by:

  • Entering the correct Apple ID password used to set up and activate the iPhone originally.
  • Removing the device from your account using Find My iPhone.
  • Completely factory resetting the device.

Attempting to bypass Activation Lock without a reset risks permanently disabling the iPhone. Your best options are to obtain the correct Apple ID password or use Find My iPhone to erase the device remotely.


Unlocking a locked iPhone and resetting your passcode can often be accomplished without losing your data, as long as you have the proper Apple ID account information and backup options available. Avoid repeated failed passcode attempts, and use password recovery options promptly when possible. As a last resort, you can factory reset your iPhone through recovery mode and Attempt to recover data from backups and cloud services after the fact. With the proper precautions, you can get into your iPhone again even if you forget the passcode.