Apple makes it very hard for anyone who doesn’t have the passcode to an iPhone to access its data and files. However, this security measure doesn’t stop only those without the iPhone passcode, but even the owners who have forgotten their passcode.
Hence, if your iPhone is locked or disabled, here is a step-by-step guide on how to erase it and restore your data back in order to have access to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch again.
How to Permanently Erase Locked iPhone
You may need to erase locked iPhone for a number of reasons. For example you forgot your passcode and want to upgrade to a new iPhone, your iPhone is disabled and you want to factory reset it, you want to sell your old iPhone but want to first erase all files but don’t remember the passcode etc. There are a number of ways to erase locked iPhone. But we suggest you to try the iMyFone LockWiper to erase all data from your iPhone with its easy-to-use interface.
LockWiper Unlock iPhone without Passcode
- It takes process more easier to unlock iPhone without a passcode with iMyFone LockWiper.
- Avoid a hassle process and reset or erase locked iPhone.
- It supports disabled, locked or broken iOS screen.
- You can easily unlock and erase locked iPhone with Touch ID, Face ID, 4-digit passcode or a 6-digit passcode.
- It can remove iCloud account if you forgot the password or purchased a second-hand iPhone without knowing it.
Steps to Erase Locked iPhone via iMyFone LockWiper
Step 1: Install the iMyFone LockWiper on your PC and launch it. Select “Start” on the iMyFone LockWiper window.
Step 2: Connect your iDevice to your PC using the Apple lightning cable.
Step 3: The software will ask you to activate the DFU mode on your device. Follow the on-screen instructions to do so, depending on your iDevice model.
Step 4: Select your iDevices model and information and then click on “Download” to install the firmware.
Step 5: After successful download click on “Start to Verify”.
Step 6: When verify success, click “Start Unlock”.
Step 7: As this process will erase all data from your iDevice, you’ll be asked to confirm the operation. Just confirm it by enter “000000”. It won’t take you long to finish erasing your iPhone.
We hope you find these steps helpful to erase locked iPhone with ease.
How to Erase Locked iPhone with iTunes
You can easily erase locked iPhone by restoring it with iTunes. The assistance of iTunes in erasing locked iPhone is usually not very much appreciated because of file loss and various iTunes limitations and restrictions.
This way is available only when your iPhone was synced to the iTunes before.
- Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your computer and launch iTunes. Make sure the PC you are using is the one you’ve used in syncing your iPhone.
- Step 2: Click device icon from the upper left corner in iTunes.
- Step 3: Click “Restore iPhone” from the right panel.
After these steps, you’ll notice that your Home screen is no longer locked but open. But since you erased iPhone, it’s brought back to factory default settings. The iOS system has been updated to the latest version as well.
How to Erase iPhone When Locked via iCloud
You can only unlock a locked iPhone via iCloud when Find My iPhone is enabled. Supposing Find My Phone is enabled on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch before it became disabled or locked, then you can follow these steps to erase your iPhone without a password.
- Step 1: Go to www.iCloud.com from a friend’s device or computer.
- Step 2: Sign in with your Apple ID and password.
- Step 3: Select the locked device you want to erase, and click “Erase iPhone” to wipe your iPhone remotely.
Once you’ve completed these steps, you will find your iPhone well erased, and the lock screen opened.
How to Erase Locked iPhone in Recovery Mode
The recovery mode is the most common way to fix locked iPhone when you’ve never synced iPhone to iTunes or “Find My iPhone” is disabled. If this is the case with you, then follow the steps below to erase your locked iPhone.
Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your PC and open iTunes.
Step 2: Force-restart your iPhone while it’s connected to your PC.
- On iPhone X, 8, or 8 Plus: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button, press and quickly release the Volume Down button, press and hold the Side button until the recovery screen appears.
- On iPhone 7, or 7 Plus: Press and hold both the Side and Volume Down button at the same time. Keep holding them until the recovery mode screen appears.
- On iPhone 6 and earlier versions: Press and hold both the Home and Top button at the same time, keep holding them until the recovery mode screen appears.
Step 3: The options to Restore or Update iPhone will appear, click Restore tab. At this point, iTunes will download and install software on your device. This would take about 15 minutes, but if the time exceeds, you should repeat step 2 and 3.
Step 4: Wait for the process to complete, then set up your iPhone.
The screen lock will be open and the iOS system will be updated to the latest version. Of course, you will find all the data erased from iPhone.
Can I Unlock a Locked iPhone without Losing Data
Yes, you can unlock a locked iPhone without losing data.
But you can’t unlock a locked iPhone without erasing. So you need to backup your iPhone before you unlock it. This you can do by connecting your iPhone into your computer which you’ve used to sync your iPhone.
Steps to manually backup a locked iPhone with iTunes
Step 1: Launch iTunes and connect your iPhone to iTunes using a USB cable.
Step 2: Click on your iPhone icon under the sidebar, and select “Summary > Back Up Now”.
Step 3: Click “Done” when the backup is completed.