People often ask me, “Why do you use an iPhone when you can get the same features in an Android phone at a cheaper price?” I give them the same answer that every iPhone owner in my position would have given – “You have to use it to know the difference.”
But the question of the hour is – “Do you, an iPhone owner, know how to use it properly?” Well, a majority of the users don’t. And that should not be an issue unless you forget the passcode for the device.
Now, it can be really embarrassing for an experienced user to go to others and ask how to reset the phone without the password.
It’s not like you are asking for assignment problem solution from a fellow student. To save you from the embarrassment, I have assembled some of the easiest and most effective ways to restore an iPhone with the passcode.
1. Resetting iPhone without iTunes through settings:
There are a lot of people who would reset their iPhones but wouldn’t consider erasing their iTunes data. If you are one of them, you can use this particular method to reset your iPhone without any passcode.
Go to iPhone Settings app. Then navigate to “General” > “Reset”, and tap on “Erase All Content and Settings”.
After resetting the phone, you can restore the data from iCloud backup, considering the fact that you have stored your iTunes data on the iCloud backup. For that,
Set up your iPhone > restore from iCloud Backup > iCloud Sign In > Choose backup
2. Doing a factory reset on a disabled/locked iPhone:
If you forget the iPhone passcode or get your phone disabled after exhausting the limited passcode attempts, you can use tools like 4uKey which helps bypass the iPhone passcode and factory reset the device without iTunes.
You need to connect the iPhone to your computer and then open the 4uKey tool on the computer.
Click on the “Start” button once the tool’s main interface appears. The tool may suggest you
When the download is complete, the tool will start bypassing the passcode.
Once the passcode is bypassed, the device will restart and you will get a formatted iPhone.
You can then restore the iTunes data by syncing the device with your iCloud backup. You can achieve the same results with a similar tool named dr.fone – Unlock.
3. Doing a factory reset on iPhone via iTunes:
This step is applicable only if you have synced your iPhone using iTunes in the past. If you have done it, you won’t require a passcode.
So, you can proceed by backing up your iPhone, since a factory reset erases all the data on the device.
Next, connect your iPhone with your computer using a data cable and launch iTunes. Click on the “Restore iPhone” button on the dialogue box, and click on “Restore” when the system prompts.
Now, the system will ask for iPhone software update, to which you need to click on “Next”.
On the next page, you will get the license terms which you can read and “Agree’ to continue. Then you need to wait as the iTunes downloads iOS and restore the device.
This technique can get your device reset, but unfortunately, it eases all the data from your iPhone.
4. Doing a factory reset on a locked iPhone with iCloud:
This method is applicable for those devices which have the “Find My iPhone” feature enabled. If your device has that option enabled, here’s what you need to do.
At first, go to icloud.com on your computer’s internet browser and log in with your Apple ID and password.
When you are logged in, click on “Find My iPhone” and select “All Devices” at the top of the browser window.
Now, select the device you want to reset and tap on “Erase iPhone’ option to erase the passcode as well as all data on the phone.
An iPhone does cost a lot more than an average smartphone.
That’s the reason why people get really upset when they get their iPhone locked/disable, or worse, stolen.
These aforementioned methods can be quite helpful in disabling the passcode as well as erasing confidential data.
But you wouldn’t have to go through all the trouble if you can simply remember your passcode.
Moreover, I believe that these methods can be used to unlock or factory reset stolen iPhone devices.
But if you are a responsible citizen who happens to found a lost iPhone, please submit it to the local authority like a police station, so that the real owner of the iPhone can get it back.
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