iPhone disabled: Here’s How to Reset the Passcode if you Forget it

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How to reset the iPhone or iPad Passcode

Have you entered the wrong passcode too many times and the iPhone is locked? This guide will help you reset the passcode of your iPhone if you forget it. 

When you enter the wrong passcode 6 times, your iPhone will be disabled. To remove the passcode, you need a Mac or Pc with the latest version of iTunes or find my iPhone enabled or simply take it to the Apple Authorized Service Center. 

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However, all the above methods will wipe out all the data on your iPhone. If you have a backup of your iPhone on the iCloud, you can restore the data from it (Including Apps, App data, Settings, Photos, Music, etc.). The process slightly differs from device to device while using iTunes.

Method 1: Using iCloud

If Find my iPhone is enabled on your phone, you can wipe your iPhone remotely from a PC or Mac using iCloud and restore the backup from the iCloud (if you have a backup of your iPhone on the cloud) 

  1. Go to the iCloud.com 
  2. Log in with your username and password
  3. Click Find iPhone  
  4. You will be granted with three options for your iPhone. Click Erase iPhone 
  5. A message to confirm erasing the iPhone will appear. Click Erase and your iPhone will be erased
  6. After you completed all the above steps, the iPhone will get back to the initial stage of setting up. Now setup your iPhone with the backup on the iCloud.

Method 2: Using iTunes 

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iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X or later 

  1. Press and hold the side button and any one of the volume buttons continuously until the slide to power off appears. 
  2. Drag the slider to power off the device (keep holding the side even if the iPhone turns off) 
  3. Now connect the iPhone to the PC or Mac with iTunes opened while holding the side button until the recovery option appears. 
  4. Click Restore on the iTunes and all the data on the iPhone will be deleted 

iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus or earlier 

Follow the above steps but instead of the volume button, press the home button 

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