4 Helpful Ways to Reset a Locked iPhone (2021)

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    In this post, we take a look at how you can reset a locked iPhone. Most people seem to think that it is impossible or at least very difficult to reset a locked iPhone.

    The solutions we outline here prove that it is not that hard and with the right procedures, you can very easily reset an iPhone even if you don’t have its passcode.

    1. Reset a Locked iPhone Using UnlockGo

    We recommend using iToolab UnlockGo to reset your locked iPhone without a password, even you have never synced your iPhone with a computer before.

    It is also an ideal iPhone unlock tool which can bypass various iOS screen locks including Face ID, Touch ID, the 4- or 6-digit passcode. Its new feature also allows you to unlock the iCloud activation lock on iPhone easily. It is easy to use and compatible with all iPhone models and all versions of the iOS including the iPhone 12 and iOS 14.

    Here’s how to use UnlockGo to reset a locked iPhone:

    Step 1: Download and install the program on your computer.

    Step 2: Open it and then connect the locked iPhone to your computer using USB cables. As soon as the device detects the device, click on “Start” to begin the process.

    how to reset a locked iphone connect the locked iPhone to your computer

    Step 3: To unlock the device, UnlockGo will need to download the latest firmware for the device. Just click “Download” to begin downloading the needed firmware.

    how to reset a locked iphone download the latest firmware

    Step 4: Once the firmware has been downloaded, click “Unlock Now” and UnlockGo will begin unlocking the device, resetting it in the process. When the process is complete, you can set-up the device as new and add a new passcode.

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    See! It’s really easy to use UnlockGo to reset a locked iPhone. Whether you are using an iPhone 7, iPhone 8, or iPhone 12, you can apply the software to factory reset your locked iPhone. And please see some common ways below.

    2. Reset a Locked iPhone by Restoring it in iTunes

    If you have a backup of your device in iTunes, you might be able to reset the locked iPhone by restoring it in iTunes. Here’s how to do it:

    Step 1: Connect the iPhone to the computer and open iTunes if it doesn’t open automatically. For this method to work, you have to use the same computer you used to create the backup.

    Step 2: Once iTunes detects the device, click on “Restore Backup” on the iPhone management screen.

    Step 3: When prompted to enter your iTunes account information, make sure the information matches the ones you used to set up the iPhone. Follow the instructions to set up the device.

    Step 4: Select the most recent backup and click “Restore” and iTunes will begin restoring the device from the selected backup.

    When the process is complete, check your settings to make sure that everything is set up correctly.

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    3. Reset a Locked iPhone using iCloud

    You can also very easily reset the device in iCloud. But you must have set up Find my iPhone to use this method. Follow these simple steps to do it:

    Step 1: Log in to iCloud.com with the same Apple ID and password that you used to set up Find my iPhone.

    Step 2: Click on “Find iPhone” from the list of tools available in iCloud.

    Step 3: Click “Erase” to wipe all the data on the phone. A warning message will popup notifying you that you’re about to delete all contents and settings on the device. Click “Erase” again to confirm.

    Step 4: When the process is complete, your device will revert back to factory settings. You can set it up as new and restore it from an iCloud backup.

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    4. Reset a Locked iPhone using Recovery Mode

    If iTunes doesn’t recognize the device, you may need to put it in recovery mode to reset it in iTunes. Follow these simple steps to do it;

    Step 1: Open iTunes, but don’t connect the device to the computer just yet. Put it in recovery mode first. The process is different depending on the iPhone model:

    iPhone 8 and Newer: Press and hold the Side button and one of the volume buttons until the “Slide to Power off” slider appears on the device. Drag the slider to turn off the device completely. Hold the “Side” button while connecting the device to the computer. Release the button when you see the recovery-mode screen.

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    iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Press and hold the Side button and drag the slider to turn off the device completely. Keep holding the side button while connecting the device to the computer. Let go when you see the recovery-mode screen.

    how to reset a locked iphone iPhone 7 and 7 Plus recovery mode

    iPhone 6s and Older: Press and hold the Home and Power buttons at the same time. Drag the slider to turn off the device. Release the Power button but keep holding the Home button as you connect the device to the computer. When the recovery mode screen appears, release the Home button.

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    Step 2: In iTunes, click on “Restore” and wait while iTunes resets the device to factory settings. When this process is complete, you can set up the device as new.

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    Conclusion

    If you want to know how to reset a locked iPhone next time, don’t forget to go through these useful ways above. We highly recommend you can try iToolab UnlockGo. After that, you need to choose an easier passcode for you to remember, while still being difficult for others to guess.

    Nicole Campbell
    Nicole is the chief editor of itoolab.com. She has been writing about Apple, software, and computer for over 10 years.

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