[4 Easy Ways] Factory Reset Locked iPhone Without Password

Bradley Jonathan | Aug 04, 2022

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Have you disabled your iPhone due to forgetting the passcode and now want to perform a factory reset to access it? 

Well, conventionally, you must know the passcode to perform a factory reset of your iPhone from Settings. But, let me tell you that there are other ways around it.

Are you wondering how to get the job done quickly? 

Simply check out my blog post and learn how to factory reset iPhone without a password using 4 different but effective ways.

Things You Should Know about Factory Reset

Before applying the 4 techniques to complete a factory reset when you forgot the iPhone screen passcode, it is vital to understand what the procedure actually means.

So, when you factory reset an iPhone, all personal information in the phone is erased, including apps, contacts, email accounts, and settings. 

However, you can restore the information from the original backup. Still, if you haven't enabled iPhone backup, then you can not access the contents of the device. For this reason, it is essential to backup your iPhone data regularly. It is pretty simple!

Why You'll Have to Factory Reset Your iPhone if You Forgot Your Passcode?

Apple has impenetrable security protocols placed on its devices, such as the iPhone, to prevent entities(FBI/Hackers) from accessing it without your(the owner's) permission. 

So, if you forget the passcode and try to enter the wrong combination continuously, the device gets disabled(for no one knows how long). Due to this reason, performing a factory reset is required.

Method 1 Factory Reset iPhone without a Password via Find My iPhone

Find My is a tracking app preinstalled on iPhones and iPads, allowing users to log their devices remotely or search for them in case they are lost or stolen.

Moreover, it has an "Erase it with ease" function which enables you to reset the iPhone and delete the passcode. After using this utility, all the contents of the device will be wiped. 

You only need to sign in to your iCloud account using any desktop or smartphone browser to perform this activity.

Requirements for this solution:

  1. Remember the iPhone Apple ID and Password.
  2. The Find My app should have been enabled.
  3. Keep the iPhone connected to the internet(WiFi or a mobile data)
  4. The disabled iPhone hasn't been logged out of the iCloud account. 

Steps:

  1. Using any web browser, access iCloud.com on a browser and sign in using the Apple ID and Password.
  2. enter your apple id and password

    Enter your apple id and password

  3. Once logged in, tap the'Find iPhone' icon.
  4. click Find iPhone

    Click Find iPhone

  5. Provide the Apple ID Password again. Next, click 'Sign in.'
  6. enter your apple id password

    Enter your Apple ID password

  7. Tap the 'All Device' tab, and select the iPhone(disabled one).
  8. click all device and choose your device

    Click all device and choose your device

  9. Now, click'Erase iPhone' and confirm the action by tapping 'Erase' on the pop-up box.
  10. click erase iphone

    Click erase iphone

    click erase

    Click erase

  11. Once again, you need to enter your Apple ID Password.
  12. enter the password to continue

    Enter the password to continue

  13. A verification code(text message) will be sent to your trusted device. Note it down and enter it on iCloud to proceed.
  14. two factor authentication

    Two factor authentication

  15. Add your phone number to the iCloud account and tap'Next.'
  16. enter your phone number

    Enter your phone number

  17. The resetting process will soon start, click OK and your iPhone will show the progress of erasing with the white apple logo.
  18. srase started

    Erase started

  19. The iPhone will instantly restart as soon as the procedure is done. Next, swipe up to arrive at the screen for setting up your iPhone.

Method 2: Forgot iPhone Password? Factory Reset it via Mobitrix LockAway

Using a tool used by professionals and experts is the ultimate way to eliminate your iPhone or iPad screen lock(if forgotten). 

Mobitrix LockAway can unlock your device without entering a passcode, that too within 20 minutes! In case you are wondering how? Well, Mobitrix's R&D team has ample experience(10+ years) in navigating all issues related to iOS. 

Plus, the software preserves your privacy and security like no one else. Also, even if you do not have any technical skills, there is no need to panic as Mobitrix LockAway is incredibly easy to manage, allowing you to complete the iPhone resetting procedure in no time.

It doesn't matter if the passcode is a 4/6 digit, Touch/Face ID, or an Alphanumeric one, this program can remove them all instantly.

What Scenarios Do You Need Mobitrix LockAway?

This tool can assist you in the following circumstances:

  • 333If you forgot the iPhone screen Passcode.444
  • The iPhone gets disabled due to excessive attempts to enter the wrong passcode.
  • In case the Face/Touch ID feature is not responsive.
  • You possess a used iPhone/iPad.
  • The iOS device's screen is broken.

If you're tired of reading text guide, you can check the following video guide.

You can learn how to factory reset your iPhone without a password with Mobitrix LockAway by following the instructions listed here:

Step 1: Download and Install Mobitrix LockAway

Install and launch the software on your computer. Next, click on the "Unlock Screen Passcode" tab.

unlock screen passcode home

Unlock screen passcode home

Step 2: Click "Start" to remove iPhone Passcode.

unlock screen passcode product

Unlock screen passcode product

Step 3: Download and extract Keyfile Package

The tool will automatically detect the Keyfile. Simply download and extract the Keyfile Package and click "Start to Extract" as soon as the Keyfile is downloaded successfully.

unlock screen passcode looking for keyfile

Unlock screen passcode looking for keyfile

unlock screen passcode download and verify keyfile

Unlock screen passcode download and verify keyfile

Step 4: Unlock the iPhone

After the extraction process is complete, click "Start Unlock" and follow the onscreen instructions. That's it. The unlocking is complete.

unlock screen passcode extraction complete

Unlock screen passcode extraction complete

Mobitrix LockAway - Unlock Screen Passcode - Unlock is complete

Mobitrix LockAway - "iPhone Unlock" is Complete

Method 3 Reset Your iPhone Without a Password Via "Erase iPhone" Option

If you are using iOS 15.2 or later, then instead of seeing the "iPhone is disabled" notification(after entering the wrong passcode), you will see the iPhone Unavailable or Security Lockout screen. 

Both notifications are the same! 

Moreover, you will see the Erase iPhone option right beneath them, enabling you to reset the device without a computer.

To use this solution, you must meet the following requirements:

  • The locked device should have iOS 15.2 or later installed on it.
  • The Find My feature should be activated before the iPhone/iPad is locked.
  • You must have already logged in with your Apple ID on the iPhone/iPad before it was locked.
  • You should know your Apple ID Password, and the device needs to be connected to a network.

The steps are listed below:

  1. The "Security Lockout try again in 15 minutes" interface appears once you enter the wrong passcode continually for 7 times.
  2. security lockout try again in 15 minutes

    Security Lockout try again in 15 minutes

  3. Now, tap the'Erase iPhone' tab on the lower-right part of the iPhone/iPad screen.
  4. security lockout click erase iphone

    Security lockout click erase iphone

  5. Tap Erase iPhone once more, and sign out of Apple ID by entering the password. 
  6. sign out of apple id interface

    Sign out of apple id interface

  7. The resetting process will begin on the locked iPhone as you will see the white Apple logo on the screen. Once done, the iOS device will restart automatically.
  8. showing the progress of the erase

    Showing the progress of the erase

Method 4 Unlock Your Disabled iPhone via iTunes

iTunes can play and download media files. But it also has a "Restore" function to reset your iPhone, clearing all your data and setting. To use this function, you need to put iPhone into Recovery Mode first.

So, you might be thinking, what is Recovery Mode? 

Well, iPhone Recovery Mode is one of the ways to troubleshoot an iPhone which is disabled and can't be accessed due to some software problems or any other reason.

In case you forget the passcode and wish to reset it, then you can put the iPhone into Recovery Mode using iTunes to complete the task.

Preparations:

  1. A PC(Windows 8 or later with the latest version of iTunes installed) or Mac is necessary to perform this solution
  • macOS Catalina or newer, open a Finder window.
  • macOS Mojave or older, install and open the latest version of iTunes.
  1. A USB cable to connect the locked iPhone to the system.

Steps:

Step-1: Switch off your iPhone.

  • iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, and later, including iPhone SE (2nd and 3rd generation): Press and hold both the side button and the Volume down button until the power off slider appears.
  • iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6: Press and hold the side button until the power off slider appears.
  • iPhone SE (1st generation), iPhone 5s, and earlier: Press and hold the top button until the power off slider appears.

Step-2: Now, you have to put the iPhone into Recovery Mode. Here is how:

  • For iPhone 8 and later, use the side button.
  • If you have iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, use the Volume down button.
  • Use the Home button if you own a Gen-1 iPhone.

Simply press and hold the button(according to your iPhone), and at the same time, connect the device to the computer.

Keep holding the respective buttons until the phone screen shows the Recovery Mode screen. Now, you can stop pressing the buttons. 

see the recovery mode screen

See the recovery mode screen

Step-3: Restore your iPhone

1) Launch iTunes on the computer, and you immediately see a pop-up notification stating "There is a problem with the iPhone "iPhone" that requires it to be updated or restored." Click on "Restore"

 the iphone that requires it to be updated or restored

The iphone that requires it to be updated or restored

2) Next, press "Restore and Update."

 all of your media and other data will be erased

All of your media and other data will be erased

3) Now, the "iPhone Software Update" window will appear on iTunes. Just, click Next, and Agree to the terms.

4) Once the software is downloaded, click the Restore tab to enable iOS 15.4.1 on your device. 

5) iTunes will extract the downloaded software. It means ios 15.4.1 iTunes is preparing to restore the software on this iPhone.

preparing to restore the software on this iphone

Preparing to restore the software on this iphone

6) Finally, the iPhone will restart automatically once the process is done.

 click this icon to check the download process

click this icon to check the download process

Summary:

It is quite common among users to forget their passcode. However, the most important thing is understanding how to get around the problem if the iPhone is locked. 

Each method I have listed here is fully capable of unlocking the iOS device. 

However, the solution that got my attention the most was Mobitrix Lockaway. It took the least amount of time to reset the iPhone and didn't even require me to enter the Apple ID and Password.

Also, I strongly suggest noting down the passcode somewhere safe and enabling the iCloud backup as soon as you access the iPhone again.