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How to Factory-Reset an iPhone Without a Passcode

By Novak Bozovic / February 15, 2021

Setting up a passcode is an excellent way to protect your personal information. With that said, you'll find yourself in a problem if you forget your passcode. Without being able to unlock your iPhone, you can't access its contents. So, is there a way to factory-reset an iPhone without a passcode? Yes, there is – and we'll guide you all the way through.

In this article, we'll focus on methods to erase your iPhone's contents and restore your device to factory settings. This typically requires your (locally stored) passcode, which we'll help you avoid. However, keep in mind that you still need to know your Apple ID password.  

3 Methods to Factory-Reset Your iPhone (If You Don’t Have a Passcode)

We’ll focus on three effective methods of resetting an iPhone. First, we’ll show you a method done remotely (via iCloud), as well as locally (via iTunes). If those two methods fail, you can also fall back to using a specialized third-party application. 

Method #1: Factory-Reset an iPhone Without a Passcode via iCloud

We’ll start with the easiest and quickest method available. This one requires you to know your Apple ID username and password, and we’re going to use iCloud. Here’s what you should do.

iCloud Online Version Icons Grid
Using Find iPhone Online
Erasing iPhone via iCloud

Method #2: Use Recovery Mode & iTunes to Factory-Reset Your Phone

If you don’t use iCloud, know that you can use iTunes to factory-reset an iPhone without a passcode. For this to happen, you need to put your iPhone into 'Recovery Mode,' so here’s everything you need to know. 

Factory Reset of iPhone via iTunes

Method #3: Use a Specialized Application to Unlock & Reset Your iPhone

Lastly, there's one more way to factory-restore an iPhone without a backup. Using a specialized application, you'll unlock your iPhone and factory-restore it at the same time. 

Wondershare Dr Fone Screen Unlock Tool
Entering DFU Mode via Dr Fone Instructions
Unlocking iPhone via Specialized Software
iPhone Unlocked With Success

Those would be the three most effective methods to factory-reset an iPhone without a passcode. If you have any questions for us, make sure to post them via the comments section below. And finally, thanks for reading!



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