Summary: This article introduces 4 proven solutions to factory reset locked iPhone without passcode, step by step. You can choose one of the unlock solutions according to your situation.
Have you ever wanted to reset an old iPhone before giving it away, but you just couldn’t remember the passcode to unlock it? Or maybe you got a second-hand iPhone from others loaded with files, junks, and you need the passcode to factory reset it. This can seem like a frustrating situation at first, but luckily, there are ways to reset locked iPhone without passcode easily.
Different Ways to Factory Reset Locked/Disabled iPhone without Password
Before you reset iPhone when locked out, you need to choose an unlock way depending on your situation, here are 4 solutions available:
- If you are looking for a reliable and easy way to reset your unlock iPhone without passcode, learn the steps in Part 1. No iTunes or iCloud needed.
- If you have synced iPhone with iTunes, use iTunes in Part 2.
- If you hope to factory rest locked iPhone without iTunes, and you have logged in to iCloud with Find My iPhone enabled, then use iCloud in Part 3.
- If you can’t sync with iTunes or don’t log into your iCloud account, use use Recovery Mode in Part 4. But Apple ID needed.
Part 1: How to Factory Reset Locked iPhone without Passcode - iOS 13 Supported
Apple won't allow you to reset iPhone without passcode. That is to say, to reset an iPhone, first you need to unlock the lock screen, and then go to Setting > General > Reset. Before performing factory reset, it will require you to enter the passcode again.
So can you factory reset a locked iPhone without passcode?
The Answer is, Yes. Luckily, iMyFone LockWiper enables you to reset locked iPhone without knowing passcode. No iTunes or iCloud needed (You can free download it below).
iMyFone LockWiper is used to grant you access to your iPhone and can reset locked iPhone without passcode easily. Here are a few key features of iMyFone LockWiper:
- Easily unlock and reset locked iPhone without iTunes or iCloud when forgetting the passcode.
- Support various passcode types including 4-digit or 6-digit passcode, Face ID, Touch ID, custom numeric code, etc.
- Factory reset a locked iPhone without passcode including broken or disabled iPhones.
- It is comaptible with iPhone running from iOS 7.0 to iOS 13, including iPhone 5/5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6/6s, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone XS (Max), iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro (Max), and more other models.
- More than reset locked iPhone, it can also remove Apple ID or iCloud account on an activated iOS device.
Steps on How to Factory Reset a Locked iPhone without Passcode
The following 4 steps will show you how to reset locked iPhone with iMyFone LockWiper. The great advantage of it is that it won't require iTunes or iCloud sync before.
The whole process would take 5-8 minute. Now let's get started!
Step 1: First things first, download and install iMyFone LockWiper on your computer and launch it. Then click Start. After that, connect your locked iPhone using an Apple USB cable to the computer. You can download it by clicking the button below.
Step 2: Your device will be automatically detected. Confirm your device info and click Download. It will download and then verify the firmware package for your device.
Step 3: When it finishes, click Start to Extract and it will unpack the firmware.
Step 4: When it's done, click Start Unlock and confirm to proceed. LockWiper will unlock your locked device and reset it automatically. Kindly wait a few seconds for it to finish.
That's it! That is how you can easily reset an iPhone when you are locked out of it! The successful rate using iMyFone LockWiper is over 98%, and it supports almost every iPhone model including the latest iPhone 11/11 Pro (Max).
Part 2: How to Factory Reset Locked iPhone without Password Using iTunes
If you have synced your iPhone with iTunes, you can factory reset your iPhone without passcode. However, this method only works for people who have synced iPhone with iTunes, and you have to make sure the Find My iPhone service is turned off on your iPhone. If not, unfortunately this method may not work for you.
Here is the step-by-step guide to reset locked iPhone with iTunes.
The whole process would take 30-40 minute. Now let's get started!
Step 1: Launch iTunes and connect your iPhone to the computer that you have synced with before. Click Restore iPhone button. It will then prompt a window asking you to back up your data. You can make your choice.
Step 2: Then confirm the process by clicking Restore in the following pop-up window. It will start downloading the packages for you.
Step 3: Wait 10-15 mins till it finishes downloading the software packages. Now it will tell you the iPhone has been successfully reset. Just pick up your iPhone and start the setup process. You are allowed to enter your iPhone without passcode now. And you can even restore backup files that you backed up before in iTunes.
Part 3: How to Reset Locked iPhone with iCloud
Some people may ask, can you factory reset an iPhone without a computer? Well, the answer is, yes. The third method we are going to discuss next is that how you can reset locked iPhone using iCloud, without computer.
However, this method would requires you to have Find My iPhone enabled on your locked iPhone. Now let's go ahead and learn how to use iCloud to reset it and remove its passcode.
The whole process would take 35-40 minute depending on your Internet. Now let's get started!
Step 1: With a computer or a different device, go to icloud.com/find and log in with your Apple ID. Choose your locked iPhone from the top. Select the Erase iPhone option.
Step 2: Click Erase in the following pop-up window to continue.
Please note that to factory reset locked iPhone using iCloud will wipe up all of the data.
Part 4: How to Factory Reset Locked iPhone without Passcode Using Recovery Mode
If the methods above don’t work, you can also using Recovery Mode to solve the problem. Please make sure you have the Apple ID and the ID password that used on your iPhone.
The whole process would be more complicated. It would take 40-50 minute. Now let's get started!
Step 1: Plug your iPhone to the computer that you have synced with before. Launch iTunes. Now put your iPhone into Recovery Mode when it asks you to input the passcode.
If your iPhone is an iPhone 7 or above, then press and hold the Sleep / Wake button and the Volume Down button together. Keep pressing them until the recovery mode screen comes up. On an iPhone 6s and older, then you do the same thing, except you hold the Sleep / Wake and Home buttons instead.
See how to put iPhone into Recovery Mode with the official method: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201263.
Step 2: Now the iTunes will show a message asking you whether you want to Update or Restore. In this case, please select Restore.
Step 3: In the next pop-up window, make the confirmation by clicking the Restore and Update button. Now iTunes starts contacting the iPhone software update servers and then downloading the software for your locked iPhone. All the process will be done by iTunes, you just have to make sure the well connection between your iPhone and iTunes.
Step 4: After 10-15 minute process, iTunes will start extracting the software and then restoring on your iPhone. You will now get the windows like this.
Step 5: Wait till it is done. Now you will get the message telling you your iPhone has been restored to factory settings and is restarting. Click OK to process.
Step 6: You can notice your iPhone is now restarting. You can just follow the on-screen instruction to set up your iPhone as new.
Step 7: Finally, after you successfully setup your iPhone, the iTunes will show the new information with "Welcome to Your New iPhone". You can now choose the option Set up as new iPhone, or Restore from backup.
Wow. I would say this method works, but it cost lots of time to wait for the downloading with tedious steps. It is a long journey.
The 4 methods above to reset locked iPhone without knowing passcode have been proven to work successfully on iPhone 5, iPhone SE, iPhone 6/6s, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone XS (Max), iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro (Max), etc. If you haven't synced your locked iPhone with iCloud or iTunes before, or you are not sure if the Find My Phone turned off or not, using iMyFone LockWiper to reset iPhone will be the best and most convenient choice.