Ultimate Guide How to Unlock an iPhone with Forgotten Passcode

How to unlock an iPhone
Here, we will learn the different ways of how to unlock an iPhone. Each manual that comes with the iPhones has the guide that explains how to unlock an iPhone if you have forgotten the passcode. You can also find this guide on the official Apple website.
If you want to use your iPhone on different carriers, you may need to unlock it. Sometimes your carrier can lock your iPhone too. And to unlock it, you will have to contact your carrier. You may also get locked out of your iPhone if you forget your passcode. In that case, you will have to reset your passcode. If you enter the wrong passcode repeatedly a number of times, your iPhone will be locked for a longer duration of time. It will be a while before you can attempt to unlock it again. This comprehensive guide of how to unlock an iPhone will come in handy for any of these situations.

Now let us look at the various ways of how to unlock an iPhone:

Contact your carrier

Sometimes your carrier can offer you unlocking. If only your carrier can unlock your iPhone, contact them. You will have to submit a request to the carrier and the unlocking will be processed within a few days. You can track the status of your request.

Once your iPhone is unlocked, follow the below steps if you are moving to another carrier:

  1. Remove your old SIM card and insert the new one.
  2. Go ahead with setting up your iPhone.

If you are continuing with the same carrier:

  1. Ensure that your iPhone is backed up.
  2. Erase your iPhone.
  3. Restore your iPhone using your backup via iTunes or iCloud.
If you face any trouble while inserting the SIM card, contact your carrier for help and troubleshooting.

Forgotten Passcode

How your iPhone will behave when you forget your passcode depends upon how your iPhone is configured. If you enter the wrong passcode ten times, you will be locked out of your iPhone for a longer duration before you can attempt to unlock it again. If there are too many unsuccessful attempts to enter the passcode, your iPhone may automatically be disabled until you connect it to a computer. This computer has to be the one that you used to last sync your iPhone with.
To protect your data and privacy and prevent misuse due to theft, you can configure your iPhone to erase all data after ten consecutive incorrect passcode attempts. Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock to use this option and configure it according to your choice.
If, however, you have actually forgotten your passcode, you must connect your iPhone to the computer you last synced it with. You can access iCloud and restore your iPhone to a previous backup. If you use another computer to unlock your iPhone, you can disable the passcode option and reset your iPhone. But you will lose all your data in the latter case.
You cannot take your locked iPhone to an Apple store and ask them to unlock it. They are not equipped to do so. The best option in such a situation will be to restore your iPhone. Always keep a backup of all your data because the restoring process will erase all data on your iPhone. If you do not have a backup, you stand to lose all data.

Restore your iPhone using iTunes

Always sign up for an iCloud account and keep backing up all your data to keep them safe for a situation like this. If you have forgotten your passcode, then your only option is to restore your iPhone. Restoring will delete all data on your iPhone. But if you have a backup, you will be able to restore them to your iPhone again.

To restore your iPhone using iTunes, follow the below steps:

  1. Use the computer you last synced your iPhone with. Connect your iPhone to this computer.

Connect your iPhone to this computer

  1. Open iTunes. Click on the iPhone icon under “Devices.” Click on “Summary.”

Open iTunes

  1. The sync should start automatically. If not, initiate it manually and confirm.

Automatic Syncing in iTunes When Connecting an iPhone

  1. Click “Check for Update” to see if the latest iOS version is installed.

Click "Check for Update" to see if the latest iOS version is installed

  1. Click on “Restore” and follow the instructions on the screen to complete the process.

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  1. During the setup of your iPhone, choose the option “Restore from iTunes backup.” Select your device and the backup you want to use.
Your iPhone will now be restored with the last backup as selected by you from iTunes. The passcode will be disabled. You can set it up again with a new passcode, and this time ensure that you will remember it.

Restore your iPhone using iCloud

If you use iCloud to backup your data, you can make use of your saved backup to restore your iPhone too. You have to reset your iPhone to erase all data first, and then use your iCloud account to restore it to your last backup.

Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Open iCloud on another device and log in with your Apple ID and password.
  2. Go to Find My iPhone > All Devices. Select your iPhone.
  3. Tap on “Erase iPhone.” Enter your Apple ID and password again to confirm.
  4. Now use your last backup from iCloud and restore it to your iPhone.
Your passcode will be deactivated after this process too. You can activate it again.
We have thus learned the various ways of how to unlock an iPhone. If you do not have a backup of your data and have forgotten your passcode as well, try your best to remember it. Take some time and try to recall it. But if you cannot, sadly you have to erase all your data as the last option. Without the passcode, you will no longer be able to access your data. You have to restore it and after having lost all your data, have to start afresh. Your iPhone will become a brand new device now.