How to Unlock an iPhone if You Forgot the Password

Joel Mason

iPhone, Tutorials

Have you ever forgotten the password to your iPhone and found yourself locked out? Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us.

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of unlocking your iPhone if you have forgotten the password. So, let’s get started!

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to a Computer

To begin with, connect your iPhone to a computer using the USB cable that came with it. Make sure to use a computer that you have previously synced with your device. This is important as it will allow you to bypass the passcode and regain access to your iPhone.

Step 2: Open iTunes

Once your iPhone is connected, open iTunes on your computer. If iTunes doesn’t open automatically when you connect your device, simply launch it manually from the desktop or applications folder.

Step 3: Put Your iPhone into Recovery Mode

In order to unlock your iPhone, you will need to put it into recovery mode. The steps for doing so vary depending on the model of your device:

  • iPhone X or later:
    • Press and release the volume up button.
    • Press and release the volume down button.
    • Press and hold the side button until you see the recovery mode screen.
  • iPhone 8 or earlier:
    • Press and hold the power button until you see “slide to power off”.
    • Drag the slider to turn off your device.
    • While holding down the home button, connect your device to the computer.
    • Keep holding the home button until you see the recovery mode screen.

Step 4: Restore your iPhone

Once your iPhone is in recovery mode, you will see a prompt on iTunes asking you to restore or update your device. Click on the “Restore” option to proceed. This will erase all data and settings on your iPhone, including the forgotten password.

Note: Restoring your iPhone will erase all data from it. If you have a backup of your device, you can restore it later to recover your data. However, if you don’t have a backup, all data will be lost permanently.

Step 5: Set Up Your iPhone

After restoring your iPhone, iTunes will guide you through the setup process. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your device as new or restore it from a backup if available.


In conclusion, forgetting the password to your iPhone can be frustrating, but with the help of iTunes and these simple steps, you can regain access to your device. Just remember that restoring your iPhone will erase all data from it, so it’s always a good idea to regularly back up your device to avoid any loss of important information. Stay organized and keep track of those passwords!

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