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How to Unlock an iPhone Without a Passcode or Face ID

By Novak Bozovic / January 25, 2021

To unlock an iPhone, you need to pass a Face ID scan or input a passcode. On top of that, you have a limited number of attempts before your iPhone asks you to connect it to your computer. So, what can you do if you can’t remember your passcode? Is there a way to unlock an iPhone without a passcode or Face ID? Well, as it turns out, there are several things to try.

Among the solutions offered in this article, we’ll go over unlocking your iPhone via specialized software, you can also use iTunes (to restore your smartphone), and you can also try iCloud on the Web. All of those methods can help you unlock an iPhone without a passcode or Face ID – but there is one thing to keep in mind. They will also erase your iPhone’s contents in the process. Therefore, be prepared to spend some time setting it up again.

3 Methods to Unlock an iPhone Without a Passcode or Face ID

Know that you’ll find plenty of different solutions online, promising to help you unlock any iPhone no matter how many times you’ve tried to enter a passcode. However, based on our experience, the following three methods are the most effective options in 2021.

Method 1: Unlock Your iPhone Using a Dedicated Third-Party Software (Windows & Mac)

We recommend going through this method first because it’s the most effective method available. Using specialized (third-party) software, you can unlock even a permanently locked iPhone (if you’ve exceeded all your passcode attempts). So, here’s what you need to do.

Tip

For this method to work, your iPhone shouldn’t have the 'Find My iPhone' feature enabled. And also, keep in mind that your iPhone will most likely be erased, so you’ll need to set it up again. 

Dr Fone Wondershare Home Screen on Mac
Removing Lock Screen Dr Fone Wondershare
Downloading New Firmware iPhone Wondershare
Unlocking iPhone Without Passcode Specialized Software

Method 2: Unlock Your iPhone Using iTunes (Windows & Mac)

Next, we will show you how to use iTunes to restore your iPhone (once you put it in the recovery mode). This will prompt iTunes to erase your phone’s contents, so you will need to set up your iPhone from scratch. This method also requires some time and effort on your part – but it’s also highly safe and without unwanted consequences.

Tip

This method works if Find My iPhone isn’t enabled on your device. Also, we highly recommend using the latest available version of iTunes. If you use Windows, click on the provided link to download the newest version. If you have a Mac, you’re already good to go.

Restoring iPhone via iTunes on Mac

Method 3: Unlock Your iPhone (Without Passcode) Using iCloud on the Web

There’s one more way to unlock an iPhone without a passcode or Face ID. We’ll show you how to use Apple’s iCloud service (the Web version), which means that Find My iPhone must be enabled on your device. So, here are the required steps.

Tip

Besides having Find My iPhone active on your device, you also need to know your device’s Apple ID and password. If you have that information, the following method will work without a hitch.

Home Screen of iCloud on the Web
Locating and Erasing iPhone via iCloud Online

You’ve reached the end of or guide on how to unlock an iPhone without a passcode or Face ID. Make sure to let us know in the comments section which method worked best for you. And of course, thanks for reading!



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