3 Step-by-Step Simple Guide to Factory Reset iPhone without Passcode

"I want to factory reset iPhone without passcode. Any help? Thanks!"

Confront with a big cliché in your iPhone XR, XS (Max), or any other iPhone model? Forgot your password? Want to reset your iPhone without password? Don't worry! I will show you the solutions. But before you are going to perform a factory reset without password, I want to let you know more about the background information. There are several kinds of 'reset', such as soft reset, factory reset, etc. What's the difference? I make a comparsion below.

Forgot your Apple ID? You can check how to reset iPhone without Apple ID too.


Soft Reset Factory Reset
Quick – less than 5 minutes. Slower.
Very little risk. Little risk.
No loss of data. Total loss of data.
Contacts, messages, photographs, music … etc. will be lost.
Settings maintained. All settings will need to be re-input again, for all apps.
Passwords maintained. All passwords will need to be remembered and reinput.
Easy to complete. Requires careful choices.

Reasons to factory reset your iPhone

  1. You may want to erase all your personal details from the iPhone before you sell it, or transfer it to another user. In this case, you can directly go to the Tips Part in this article.
  2. A factory reset is an essential troubleshooting technique for fixing some iPhone errors, a white screen of death, or a phone which is misbehaving in any way.
  3. It is necessary to reset the iPhone before restoring data from an iCloud backup.
  4. If you just forgot the password, you can also learn how to backup iPhone without passcode and reset iPhone password easily before factory reset it.

Now you have a more background knowledge, we hope you are in a better position to decide how best to proceed if you need to know how to factory reset an iPhone without password.

Solution One: How to factory reset iPhone without a passcode via iTunes

Please pay attention to Step 1.

Also, please note, this works if and only if you have synced your iPhone using iTunes in the past. If you have synced using iTunes before, you will not be asked again for your passcode.

Step 1. Back up your iPhone, because all the data will be erased by a factory reset.

Step 2. Connect your phone to your computer with the USB cable and launch iTunes.

Step 3. Click on 'Restore iPhone'.

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If you have synced before, this is a good way to reset your iPhone without a passcode.

Step 4. From the iTunes dialogue box, click 'Restore'.

reset iphone without password via iTunes

Step 5. In the iPhone Software Update window, click 'Next'.

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Step 6. On the next window, click 'Agree' to accept the license terms and to continue.

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Step 7. Be patient whilst iTunes downloads iOS and restore your iPhone.

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This method has worked many times, for many users. However, the big cost is that you will have lost ALL your data. All your contacts, photographs, messages, music, podcasts, notes etc. will have gone. There is a simpler, better way which we will introduce you to further down. For the moment, we will stick with what Apple has to offer you.

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Solution Two: How to Reset iPhone without password via settings

It might seem silly to mention, but this will, of course, only work if you have previously done an iCloud backup in the past. Not so obvious, but it will also only work if you have 'Find my iPhone' enabled, to allow Apple to identify your phone and you as the correct user.

Step 1. Go to Settings > General > Reset, then tap “Erase All Content and Settings.”

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Step 2. When you are restarting your iPhone you will be greeted by the classic “Hello” screen and need to go through the few steps just as if the phone was brand new.

Step 3. When you are presented with the 'Apps   Data' screen, tap to 'Restore from iCloud Backup'. Then “Choose Backup”, and proceed as necessary.

factory reset iphone without passcode

It might seem silly to mention, but this will, of course, only work if you have previously done an iCloud backup in the past. Not so obvious, but it will also only work if you have 'Find my iPhone' enabled, to allow Apple to identify your phone and you as the correct user.

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Solution Three: Factory reset iPhone without passcode using dr.fone

If Solutions One and Two do not work for you and you maybe only want to reboot a stuck iPhone, fix iPhone errors, systems problems and more, you should try to use dr.fone - Unlock. This tool just functions perfectly to factory reset your iPhone XR, iPhone XS (Max), or any other iPhone model without a passcode. It can also help to fix various iPhone issues.

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Factory Reset iPhone (iPhone XS included) without password in 10 minutes!

  • Work for all models of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
  • Get into your iPhone when you have forgotten the passcode.
  • Unlock an iPhone disabled due to incorrect passcode inputs.
  • Fully Compatible with the latest iOS version.
Available on: Windows Mac
3981454 people have downloaded it

To use dr.fone - Unlock to hard reset a locked iPhone, you need to follow the steps below.

Step 1: Use the link above to download, then install dr.fone on your computer. Launch dr.fone and then select Unlock.

factory reset iphone with dr.fone

Step 2: Power on your iPhone (even if it is in locked state). Use the original data cable to connect your iPhone to the PC. If iTunes launches automatically, close it.

Step 3: When you connect the locked iPhone, click Start to begin the factory reset operations.

factory reset iphone with no passcode

Step 4: dr.fone will display a screen asking you to activate the DFU mode. Proceed by following the on-screen instructions and based on your device model.

factory reset iphone with no passcode

Step 5: Then select your iPhone's model and other information, and click 'Download'.

confirm iphone model

Step 6: After the firmware is downloaded, click Unlock Now to restore your iPhone.

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Since this process will wipe your iPhone data, dr.fone will ask you to confirm the operation.

start to reset iphone without password

Step 7: When the process is complete, you can start using your iPhone normally.

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You can celebrate, everything is complete!

We hope you agree with us that this, using dr.fone is the best approach.

However, if you do like the approach of starting again, of wiping your phone clean, losing all your data, you might also want to try the steps described below.

Tips: Permanently erase your iPhone without passcode

There is a way to permanently erase your iPhone without a passcode. Some users perform a factory reset to remove all their private information. One obvious time when this is a very good idea is when you sell your phone. As you probably know, from all the forensic detective programs on TV, it is not so easy to completely delete all data. It can be recovered, quite often, quite easily. In this case, if you do not know the password, then you can use dr.fone -Erase (iOS) to permanently wipe all data on iPhone XR, XS (Max), or any other iPhone model. Any new person who acquires your phone will not be able to recover your private information.

dr.fone -Erase (iOS)

Permanently erase all data from iPhone without password in one click!

  • Simple, click-through, process.
  • Nobody can ever recover and view your private data.
  • 100% Safe Guarantee. It won't keep, modify or leak any data on your device.
  • Work for all models of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
  • Fully compatible with the latest iOS version.
Available on: Windows Mac
3981454 people have downloaded it

For full details, of how to make your personal data safe, delete it forever, you can read this article 'How to Erase All Content and Settings on iPhone'.

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