What to do When You Forget your iPhone Password

One of the most frustrating things about setting a pass-code on your iPhone is forgetting what it is. While you want your data to be secure from prying eyes, it’s not much good if you can’t get in yourself.  There’s a way round most things and this is no exception.

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First of all, a word of caution. If you search the internet you will find dozens of sites that claim to be able to get you past your lock screen. Many of them do not work. There used to be a bug in older versions of the iOS that let you get into your phone by faking an emergency call. This does not work anymore.  Some may suggest that you access the iPhone keychain directory, using a variety of methods, and deleting the passcode. This doesn’t work either.  Out of dozens of methods tested this is the only one that actually worked.  Here’s how to do it .

  1. Sync your iOS device with your computer – you can do this even though it is locked.
  2. Make sure all of your data is backed up in iTunes.
  3. Place your iPod , iPad or iPhone into DFU mode – reboot the device by holding down the power and home buttons at the same time. As soon as the Apple logo appears, let go of the power button but keep the home button depressed until you see a “Connect to iTunes” message appear on the iPhone screen.
  4. On your computer, you will see a message appear in iTunes that a phone in recovery mode has been detected. Click on restore and let iTunes do its work.
  5. When restore is completed, re-sync your iPhone with your computer and restore all of your saved data back to your iPhone. Best of all, you will  no longer need that forgotten passcode to get back in.

Unfortunately, although this seems a bit long-winded, there is no quick and easy method. However, this is one that definitely does work and will get you out of trouble and back into your iPhone.