How Do You Change Your iPhone Passcode Without Knowing It?

If you have forgotten your iPhone passcode or have lost access to an iPad or iPod touch, there are ways around it without losing data.

These methods require you to back up your device first if this has not already been done, assuming you haven’t already. They are applicable for any model of iOS device.

1. Turn off Find My iPhone

Failing to remember your iPhone passcode may be stressful, but it doesn’t spell disaster. With a backup in place, your device should still be retrievable; otherwise there is no other way than losing data through third-party methods designed to bypass it – although these should be used with caution as they could create backdoors that malicious hackers could exploit; additionally they may not work as reliably as Apple’s official solutions.

At first, it is necessary to disable Find My iPhone. On the lock screen, enter several incorrect passcodes until a “Erase iPhone” option appears in the bottom corner of your screen. After entering this option, your Apple ID password must be entered before any action can take place; should this happen unexpectedly or you forget your password, write or store it securely for safekeeping purposes.

If you synced your iPhone with a computer previously, either Finder or iTunes can back it up for you. Unfortunately, however, if it hasn’t synced yet there is no way of recovering any lost data despite knowing your password; unfortunately this method won’t work if asked to Trust this computer or provide passcode to connect.

As soon as your iPhone connects to a computer, a menu will pop up allowing you to sync and backup its contents. If your iOS version is outdated, however, an alert may pop up prompting you to update.

iCloud also offers an online search facility to quickly find your iPhone or iPad if it goes missing, similar to how an iPhone app would function, with more speed. Searching your device through a map view provides its current location; plus it lets you send custom messages letting anyone who finds your device know who they should contact if more information needs be given about its owner or use.

Alternately, you can use the Apple ID account that was used when setting up your device. On a computer, log into iCloud on their website and then select which device needs its passcode reset; once logged in, all devices will appear here.

2. Reset your device

Have you ever forgotten your device passcode? It can be extremely distressing. Your contacts, photos, social media accounts and other essential data may be locked behind a lock screen that only you have the key for.

Apple makes it simple and straightforward to reset the passcode on an iPhone or iPad and regain access to your data again. You can do this from either your computer, or another Apple product connected to the same Wi-Fi network, but either way make sure that it’s backed up to either iCloud or iTunes before starting; though some data will likely be lost during this process you can always back it up later.

This method works for both older and newer models of iPhone and iPad. To activate Recovery Mode on your device, press a unique combination of buttons based on its model number. Furthermore, this requires access to a computer running iTunes.

Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable, then launch either Finder (on Mac) or iTunes (on Windows) and select it in both programs. Click Summary, then Restore; iTunes or Finder will then download software specifically tailored to restore your phone and start the restoration process; once complete, set up and set a passcode as you normally would.

Most people can get away with using a four-digit passcode; however, if your phone contains more sensitive data it might be wiser to upgrade to a longer code.

Be mindful that changing your iPhone passcode will erase all data on it – including apps, music videos, photos and photos – including apps, music, videos and photos. To protect this important data from being erased by this reset process, be sure to back up your iPhone using either iCloud or iTunes before beginning this reset procedure.

Third-party apps may allow you to bypass and change the password on your device; however, these could potentially be illegal and void your warranty; furthermore they are not recommended for iOS 11 or later devices.

3. Reset your passcode

Lost your iPhone passcode can be an arduous ordeal, but thankfully it’s not impossible to recover your device. To reset, the fastest and simplest way is simply entering your passcode again – your iPhone allows five incorrect guesses before locking you out for longer durations (typically 30 seconds on attempt five to 1 hour by attempt nine).

Activation Lock is a security feature designed to prevent thieves from guessing your passcode and unlocking your device. To reset it, you’ll need access to a computer which can connect with your device – this may be from friends, coworkers or an Apple Store Mac or MacBook Air computer.

Once connected to your device via computer, follow the prompts displayed on-screen to reset your passcode and delete any previous data on it. While this may seem extreme, this precautionary step will prevent thieves from accessing any sensitive information stored therein.

There are tools on the market that claim they can unlock an iPhone without losing data, yet most don’t work as advertised. Most of these tools use brute-force techniques which is illegal and could invalidate your warranty.

As there is one other method to reset and gain access to an iPhone passcode, but this requires more advanced knowledge of technology, booting it in recovery mode is another viable method of unlocking. Simply press and hold both Side/Top buttons along with Volume (+ or -), until a power off slider appears on screen; drag this slider until your phone turns off, after which connect it immediately back up with iTunes for it to download a firmware update – once complete your iPhone will restart and you can set up again, as well as create a new passcode – remember to note it safely somewhere for future reference so you won’t forget it again!

4. Restore your device

Losing access to important photos, documents, work files, contacts and text conversations stored on your iPhone can be devastating. Luckily, Recovery Mode, iTunes or iCloud offer many ways of recovering devices when users forget their passcode – you may just have your iPhone restored without issue!

First step to restore an iPhone: make sure it has a backup. If your data was stored on iCloud or iTunes, restore from that backup and get all your files back – you may also be able to remove an old passcode and set a new one!

Simply open Finder on your computer, select the iPhone or iPad you wish to restore, click “Restore,” and iTunes will download software for it and begin restoring it back to its original condition – this may take several minutes; after which your device will restart and you may be asked for either a passcode, Face ID or Touch ID security option as part of its restart procedure.

This method can be especially beneficial if you have recently created a backup of your phone, to avoid losing data in case of loss or theft. On either a Mac or Windows PC computer, connect your iPhone directly to it while opening Finder and selecting its phone as your target device. Now press and hold the appropriate button for your device and immediately connect it to your computer. Stay pressed until a recovery mode interface appears on your iPhone; typically this should happen quickly but if not, try again. If you are having difficulty resetting or changing the passcode on your iPhone, contact Apple Support immediately for assistance. They can help recover your data and restore its working condition – they may require proof of purchase or service plan contract but they’ll always try their best to find an efficient solution that fits you personally.