How to Unlock iPhone Passcode without Restore

Nicole Campbell
December 11, 2020

    When you forget the passcode to your iPhone, Apple recommends restoring the iPhone to its factory settings. This is often a good solution since it will erase the passcode from the device, thereby unlocking it.

    In this article, we will show you ways to unlock the iPhone without having to restore the device. Let’s begin with why you may not want to restore the device.

    Why You Don’t Want to Restore your iPhone

    While restoring your device to factory settings can unlock the device, the solution has limitations that most people may not be able to overcome. They include the following:

    • To restore the iPhone using iTunes, you need to turn off Find my iPhone. The problem is that Find my iPhone is enabled by default on all iPhones and most people don’t think to turn it off. If you forget your passcode, you will not be able to turn off Find my iPhone because you can’t access the device.
    • You might be able to put the device in recovery mode, but the process of putting the device in recovery mode can be cumbersome and complicated. It is quite possible for the device to get stuck in a recovery mode loop, rendering it unusable.

    Use iCloud

    The Find my iPhone feature in iCloud is an ideal solution for locating a lost or stolen iPhone. With this feature, you can also remotely erase the iPhone if you have forgotten the passcode. This solution is much safer as compared to restoring the iPhone although your device will need to be connected to the internet for this method to work.

    Follow these simple steps to use iCloud to unlock the iPhone:

    Step 1: Sign in to your iCloud account at on any web browser. The Apple ID and password you use to sign in must be the same one that you use on your iPhone.

    Step 2: Click “Find iPhone” once signed in.

    Step 3: Select the iPhone you would like to unlock and then click “Erase iPhone.” All the data and settings on the device will be deleted, including the passcode.

    Use iCloud


    • This method allows you to unlock the iPhone passcode without iTunes
    • If you have an iCloud backup, you may be able to use this method to unlock the device without losing data


    • You must have enabled Find my iPhone before you forgot the passcode
    • This solution will only work if the device is connected to the internet either via Wi-Fi or Cellular

    Use iToolab UnlockGo

    Another way you can unlock your iPhone without restoring it is to use iToolab UnlockGo. This unlocking tool can help you easily unlock the device without having to erase the device or restore it in iTunes. Let’s take a look at some of its features:

    • It is one of the best ways to remove a 4-digit or 6-digit passcode as well as Face ID and Touch ID.
    • It is also one of the best ways to remove iCloud Activation from the device.
    • It is very easy to use, no tech expertise needed.

    To use UnlockGo to unlock the iPhone, follow these simple steps:

    Step 1: Download and install UnlockGo onto your computer. Run the program and connect the disabled device to the computer using an USB cable.

    Step 2: Choose “Unlock Screen Pascode” mode from the home screen.

    main interface of unlockgo

    Step 3: When the program detects the device, click on “Start” to begin the process.

    Unlock Screen Passcode

    Step 4: To unlock the device, the program will need to install the latest firmware for the device. Simply click “Download” to begin downloading the firmware needed.

    Download Latest Firmware

    Step 5: Once the firmware download is complete, simply click on “Unlock Now” and UnlockGo will go to work, unlocking the device in just a few minutes.

    your device password has been successfully removed


    • With UnlockGo you can unlock the iPhone without iTunes or iCloud.
    • It supports all versions of iOS and all iOS devices.
    • It can remove all passcodes including Touch ID and Face ID.
    • It is very easy to use.


    • Although it offers the best chance to unlock your device without having to restore, it is a premium program and you have to pay to use it.
    Nicole Campbell
    Nicole is the chief editor of She has been writing about Apple, software, and computer for over 10 years.

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