Forgot your iPhone password and can’t access your device? Don’t worry, there are a few different ways to unlock your iPhone without needing the passcode. However, these options may result in data loss so proceed with caution and ensure your device is backed up first.  Without wasting much time, let’s find out the methods to fix the issue.

How to Unlock an iPhone Without a Password

Use Recovery Mode

  1. One method is to put your iPhone into Recovery Mode and then restore it. Here’s how:
  2. Connect your iPhone to a computer with a USB cable.
  3. Launch iTunes on the computer.
  4. Press and hold the Side button and either Volume button until you see the Recovery Mode screen.
  5. In iTunes, a message will appear saying your iPhone is in Recovery Mode. Click OK.

iTunes will give you the option to Restore or Update your device. Choose Restore.

After the restore completes, your iPhone will be unlocked without the passcode. But all data will be erased in the process.

Erase with Find My

If you have Find My iPhone enabled in your iCloud account, you can remotely erase your lost or locked iPhone to unlock it.

  1. On a computer or another iOS device, go to and log in.
  2. Select your locked iPhone from the list of devices.
  3. Click Erase iPhone at the bottom to erase your device remotely.

Your iPhone will restart once the erase completes and be unlocked without the passcode. But again, all data is deleted.

Put In DFU Mode

As a last resort, you can put your iPhone into DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode to unlock it. This is a more complex process and has risks, so proceed carefully.


While you can unlock an iPhone without the passcode through recovery mode, remote erase or DFU mode, these all result in complete data loss. Be sure to exhaust all options to retrieve your passcode before using these methods. And have a current backup to restore your data afterward. Did you try the above methods? Which method worked for you? Do you need more tips for the same? Share your feedback with us in the comment section.