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How to Factory Reset iPhone Without Apple ID/Passcode

Jun 14, 2024 • Filed to: Data Wipe Solutions • Proven solutions

iPhones are wonderful devices that have completely changed the way the world works and have brought so many fantastic opportunities in our lives. However, security is always a significant concern, especially when you consider how much private information our devices have on us.

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This is why it’s so important to protect ourselves using passcodes and passwords to stop our data from becoming lost or stolen. Nevertheless, this can sometimes backfire in the situation where you forget your Apple ID or passcode, meaning you can’t get into your device.

When this happens, you’re practically left with a useless device, so you’ll need to spend time getting your equipment back into a working order. Today, we’re going to explore all the solutions you need to know to get yourself back to this condition, so you have a fully working device.

Part 1. How to Factory Reset iPhone without Apple ID

1.1 How to reset Apple ID

If you’ve forgotten your Apple ID or the password relating to it, the first step you’ll want to take is resetting your account, so you have access to it again. Once reset, you can then log back into your account using your renewed Apple ID, hopefully gaining you access back into your iPhone.

Here’s how;

Step 1 - From your web browser, enter the URL address ‘iforgot.apple.com’ and then enter your Apple ID email address into the text box when prompted. Then, click Continue.

Step 2 - You’ll then see the option to change your password and request a change link. You’ll then be asked whether you want to answer a security question or have a password change link sent to your connected email address. Choose whichever is best for you.

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Step 3 - Now either answer your security question or go into your email inbox and click the email you’ve just been sent. You can then reset your password, create a new one, ultimately resetting your Apple ID which you can use to get back into your iPhone.

1.2 How to reset Apple ID without Email address and security answer.

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Occasionally, we forget the security question after we first set those answers. What’s worse, our email address may get invalid after not using for a long time. The locked Apple ID will prevent you from enjoy all iCloud services and Apple features, and can not set “Find my iPhone” freely. Apple music and podcast are all not allowed to listen. Some popular Apps even can’t be downloaded. So how can we reset the Apple ID when we encounter these situations? Don’t worry. I find a useful tool for helping users to get rid of the locked Apple ID. This program enables you to remove Apple ID with a few clicks.

You may search online for many similar tools, Dr.Fone - Screen Unlock (iOS) is definitely the most popular one.

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1.3 How to factory reset iPhone by leaving no trace

In some cases, perhaps if you’re selling or getting rid of your phone, or you’re completely locked out and unable to gain access to the device, you’ll need to factory reset it. This is where you literally wipe everything off the phone, so it’s in a state where it’s the same as when it first left the factory.

This way, the lock screen, passcode, and all private information will be gone, and you can start using the device anew. For this, we’re going to use a powerful piece of software known as Dr.Fone - Data Eraser (iOS). This efficient software from Wondershare makes the factory reset process so simple; anyone can do it!

Some of the key benefits you’ll be able to enjoy when using the software include;

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Sounds like the solution you’re looking for? Here’s the complete step by step guide you need to know on how to use it.

Step 1 - Connect your iOS device to your computer, then launch the necessary software. From the homepage, select "Data Eraser".

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Step 2 - Once the device is successfully connected, navigate to "Erase All Data" and click "Start". Choose your desired Security Level - remember, a higher level means less chance of data recovery but a longer process.

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Step 3 - Enter "000000" to confirm your choice and click "Erase Now". Once completed, you’ll be prompted to reboot your device. After this, review the erasure report for detailed information on what was removed.

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The software will delete everything on your device and will then download and reinstall the firmware to create a fresh start for your device. You’ll be notified when everything is complete, and you’re able to disconnect your device and start using it.

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Part 2. How to Factory Reset iPhone without passcode

In some cases, your device may not be glitching or buggy, but rather you’ve forgotten your passcode, and you’re unable to get into your device to factory reset it. You may have brought a phone off a friend and now realized it has a passcode you need to get rid of.

Fortunately, Wondershare have another fantastic solution known as Dr.Fone - Screen Unlock (iOS) which is ideal for removing the lock screen of any iOS device; granting you full access. The software has plenty of features including the ability to remove any kind of lock, including passcode and fingerprints, and is incredibly easy to use.

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To help you get started by removing your device’s lock screen and security, so you’re able to factory reset it, here’s the step-by-step guide you need to know.

Step 1 - Start by navigating to the "Screen Unlock" option on your Android device and select "Unlock Android Screen".

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Step 2 - Identify and select your device brand. This will guide you to a specific mode tailored for your device to unlock the screen.

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Step 3 - Patiently wait for the unlock process to finish. If unsuccessful, retry. Once successful, confirm by selecting "Done".

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Part 3. How to reset iPhone with iTunes

As a final solution, you can reset your iPhone using Apple’s own iTunes software. Using this software, you’ll be able to reset your iPhone. This is a similar process to the above; you just need to follow the instructions below;

Step 1 - Connect your iPhone to your computer using the USB cable and open up your iTunes program. Make sure you’re running the latest version of iTunes before running this operation.

Step 2 - Once your phone has been connected, turn off your iOS device. Now press and hold the home button and the power button at the same time. Hold for three seconds until the device starts to light up.

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Step 3 - iTunes will now detect your device is now in Recovery Mode, and you’ll now have the ability to restore your device which effectively factory resets it without needing you to input your Apple ID.

Wait for the process to be completed and you’ll be able to use your device like new.


Resetting an iPhone without an Apple ID can be achieved through various methods. Whether it's by resetting the Apple ID, using iTunes, or employing a third-party solution, each option has its own set of procedures to ensure data security during the process.

However, for a hassle-free experience in resetting your iPhone, we highly recommend Dr.Fone - Screen Unlock (iOS). It's a trustworthy tool that ensures secure and efficient device unlocking.

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