How to reset iPhone password

How to reset iPhone password

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If you've ever forgotten your iPhone password, you know how inconvenient it can be. All your contacts, photos, social media accounts and more are safely tucked away between that lock screen - but you can't get to them. Maybe you recently reset your password and can't remember what it was? Or maybe you haven't used your phone in a long time and forgot your password?

How to reset iPhone password

Whatever the problem, Apple has made sure you can reset your forgotten iPhone (or iPad or iPod) password. We hope you've recently backed up your device, as you may lose some of your recent data in the process. This article explains the many options for resetting your iPhone password.

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Before you reset the password, you need to choose how to restore the device to factory settings. Unfortunately, this is usually a prerequisite for resetting your iPhone password if you have forgotten it. That's why it's recommended that you back up your device frequently; if you haven't backed up before, there's no way to save your device's data.

Also, make sure you know the Apple password for the Apple ID associated with the phone before continuing. After the reset, your phone will essentially be new in terms of software. But during the installation process, you will need the Apple ID and password to bypass Apple's activation lock.

Recovery mode: step 1

To get started, you need to place your device Recovery mode. This process requires a combination of buttons that makes the computer work with the phone. The button combination varies by make and model. Scroll down to see detailed instructions on your device.

iPhone 8 to iPhone 14

Things have changed a bit when it comes to resetting one of the newer iPhone models that don't have a Home button. You'll have to use a computer just as you would with older models. Before connecting and performing the following reset options, put your iPhone into recovery mode.

  1. Do not connect the phone to the computer yet. Press and hold side button Until the phone displays a slider to turn off. Drag the slider at the top of the screen and turn it off.

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  2. press volumeand then lower the volumeand then press and hold side button Again when connecting it to the computer. Don't hold the three buttons together, infuse the buttons one at a time.

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If you have done this correctly, your phone will resemble the above screenshot.

iPhone 7

If you have an iPhone 7 model, you can still reset your password, but it's a slightly different button combination:

  1. Connect the phone to the computer by pressing the button volume down button. Hold down the button until the recovery screen appears on the phone.
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IPhone 6S or older

If you have an older iPhone model, you can still reset your password, but again it's a slightly different button combination:

  1. Turn off the iPhone, connect it to the computer and hold down the homepage button Until the phone displays the recovery mode screen.
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Recovery mode: step 2

If you've never synced with iTunes or set up Find My iPhone in iCloud, recovery mode is the only option for restoring your device - a feat that will remove the device and its password, allowing you to set up a new one.

  1. First, connect your iPhone to your computer and open iTunes. While the device is connected, force restart by holding down all three buttons (volume, mutingI awaken/sleep).


  2. You will encounter the option of Restore Or Update. Select RestoreYour iPhone will download the software for your device.

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  3. Once the download process is complete, you can set up your device and use it.

Alternative method: Reset your passcode with iTunes


If you previously synced your device with iTunes, you can erase the device and its password in the software. Follow these steps:

  1. Connect your device to the computer you are syncing with and open iTunes. If you are prompted for a code, try another computer you synced with. If that doesn't work, use recovery mode.

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  2. Wait for iTunes to sync the device and make a backup. When the sync and backup is complete, click Restore iPhone (or corresponding device).

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  3. Select your device in iTunes and choose the most appropriate backup by date and size.

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  4. As you restore your iOS device, you will come to a Organize something screen. Here, tap Restore from iTunes backup.

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Alternative method: Remotely restore factory settings using iCloud

If you don't have your phone with you, but it's still connected to Wi-Fi or cellular data, you can reset it remotely. This method will also work if you can't access your phone, even if you don't have it with you. The only reason this won't work is if you have 2FA set up and can't get the code to your phone number on file or to another Apple device with your AppleID.

  1. Log in to iCloud and click Find my IPhone.

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  2. Click the device to reset.

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  3. Click Erase iPhone.

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As long as your device has a stable internet connection, it will automatically delete all content and settings. Restart your phone, log in with your Apple ID and configure it. You can restore it from iCloud or configure it as a completely new device.

Set your iPhone passcode at the beginning or when you know your passcode


When you first set up your iPhone, you will be asked if you want to set a password. If you skip this step or set a password and later change your mind, you can set or reset it later. Just follow these simple steps.

  1. Aim to "Settings".

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  2. Scroll down until you find "Touch ID and access code."

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  3. Choose either "Enable access code". Or "Change Password." The former will simply require you to set a new access code, while the latter will require you to enter your current access code before changing to a new one.

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Simple; until you forget the password and need to erase the device and start over, in which case refer to the sections above.

Frequently Asked Questions

What unlocks the passcode on an iPhone?

Sometimes a password prompt will appear, seemingly at random. What causes your iPhone to require a passcode unlock? There are several behaviors that disable Face ID or fingerprint unlocking. They are as follows:

- You restart or turn the iPhone on and off.

- Your iPhone has not been unlocked for 48 hours.

- It has been 6.5 days since the password was used, and the biometric unlock has not been used for 4 hours.

- You have tried Face ID or the fingerprint scanner five times and failed to unlock the device.

- Emergency SOS or Medical ID function is enabled.

Will Apple reset the password?

Basically, no, but they can still help you if you don't have access to the device you purchased. Whether you don't know the Apple ID associated with the device or it is disabled, Apple will guide you through the procedure to reset the device.

If you need a computer and don't have one, visit your nearest Apple location for additional assistance (your cell phone carrier probably won't have this option, so be prepared to make a trip if there isn't an Apple Store nearby .)

Assuming you don't have your Apple ID, password or a way to get 2FA, call Apple support for help. It may take a few days to update this information, you may need to provide an Apple-registered card, and you may need to provide proof of purchase (sorry, Marketplace messages and Craigslist on Facebook won't help here).

Someone sold me an iPhone that is still locked. What can I do?

First, if you are thinking of buying an Apple device from an individual, conduct the transaction at your carrier's store. Taking this extra step will ensure that the device is activated and that there are no security issues. If you have already bought a device from a third-party store, visit that store and ask for a replacement. Trust us; it's easier to get a new one.

If you bought the device from an individual, it is entirely up to that person to unlock it. Apple will not reset the original Apple ID or help you obtain a passcode.

This is so frustrating! Why is it so hard to reset the password?

When technology users think of Apple, they think of over-the-top security. iPhones are a highly sought-after item by criminals, thieves and even to some extent fraudsters. Assuming everything on your iPhone is up to date (contact number, email address, backups, etc.), you won't have a problem resetting your phone.

Even if you have to replace your iPhone, it's probably less expensive and less hassle than dealing with seized bank accounts, Apple IDs and exposed photos or personal information.

I can unlock the phone, but I forgot the password of the time before the screen. What am I doing?

Finally, introduced in iOS 14, users have a simple way to change the time password in front of the screen.

1 All you have to do (besides making sure your phone is updated to iOS 14) is go to "Settings" and tap on "Screen time". option.

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2. from here you can access "I forgot the password of the time in front of the screen". option.

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3. enter the Apple credentials used to create the password and enter a new one. Confirm and you're done.

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If you have all your information up to date, resetting your iPhone password is a simple process. If, for whatever reason, you don't, you're bound to run into a few problems when resetting your iPhone password. After reading this article, you should be well prepared for both scenarios.

Do you have any tips, tricks or questions about resetting your password on your Apple device? Let us know in the comments section below!

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