Forgot your iPhone password? Here is how you can unlock your phone

If you have forgotten your iPhone password or passcode then you need a PC or Mac to recover it.

| Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 23:01 IST
Here is what you need to do if you forget your iPhone password/passcode.
Here is what you need to do if you forget your iPhone password/passcode. (
Here is what you need to do if you forget your iPhone password/passcode.
Here is what you need to do if you forget your iPhone password/passcode. (

We keep passwords or passcodes on our smartphones for safety and security reasons. May it be an Android device or an iOS this feature is available in every smartphone now-a-days. But what if you yourself forget your iPhone password? How will you be able to unlock it? If you enter a wrong passcode on your iPhone Lock Screen too many times in order to open it, an alert lets you know that your iPhone is disabled. Here is what you need to do in such a situation.

As per the information provided by Apple on its support page, if you can't remember your passcode when you try again, you need to use a computer to put your iPhone in recovery mode. However, it is important to note that this process deletes your data and settings, including your passcode, giving you access to set up your iPhone again. After you erase your iPhone, you can restore your data and settings from backup.

And if you did not take the back up earlier, you can set up your iPhone as a new device and then download any data that you have in iCloud. Here is how to get your iPhone into recovery mode so you can erase it and set it up again. Step-by-step guide.

How to put iPhone recovery mode on:

20 Minutes
  • Smartphone
  • Laptop
  • Desktop
Step 1: Make sure that you have a computer (Mac or PC): If you are using a PC, make sure that it has Windows 8 or later, and that iTunes is installed. You also need the cable that came with your iPhone, or another compatible cable, to connect your iPhone to the computer. If you do not have a computer and you cannot borrow one, you need to go to an Apple Retail Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider for help.
Step 2: Turn off your iPhone: Unplug your iPhone from the computer if it is connected. Turn off your iPhone using the method for your iPhone model.
Step 3: Put your iPhone in recovery mode: If you have an iPhone X or later, iPhone SE (2nd generation), iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus then use the Side button. iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus use the Volume down button. iPhone SE (1st generation), and iPhone 6s and earlier use the Home button. You need to Press and hold the correct button for your iPhone while immediately connecting your iPhone to the computer. Do not let go of the button and keep on holding it until you see the recovery mode screen on your iPhone, then let go. It can be noted here that if you see the passcode screen, you need to turn off your iPhone and start again.
Step 4: Restore your iPhone: Locate your iPhone in the Finder or in iTunes on the computer that it is connected to. Choose Restore when you see the option to Restore or Update. Your computer downloads software for your iPhone and begins the restore process. If the download takes more than 15 minutes and your device exits the recovery mode screen, let the download finish, then turn off your iPhone and start again.
Step 5: Wait for the process to finish. Disconnect your iPhone from the computer, then set up and use your iPhone.

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First Published Date: 02 Jan, 08:41 IST