How to unlock an iPhone you’ve forgotten the password to, even if it’s disabled

If you’ve forgotten the password to your iPhone and it’s disabled, you can still attempt to unlock it using a process called recovery mode. This method involves erasing your device and setting it up as new. Please note that this will result in the loss of all data on your iPhone, so make sure you have a backup if possible. Here’s how to do it:

Using Recovery Mode:

  1. Connect to a Computer: Use a USB cable to connect your iPhone to a computer that you’ve previously synced with.
  2. Open iTunes or Finder: Depending on your computer’s operating system, open iTunes on Windows or Finder on macOS.
  3. Enter Recovery Mode:
    • For iPhone 8 and later models:
      • Quickly press and release the Volume Up button.
      • Quickly press and release the Volume Down button.
      • Hold the Side button until the recovery mode screen appears.
    • For iPhone 7 and 7 Plus:
      • Hold the Volume Down button and the Sleep/Wake button simultaneously.
    • For iPhone 6s and earlier models:
      • Hold the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button simultaneously.
  4. iTunes/Finder: A message will appear in iTunes or Finder saying that your device is in recovery mode and must be restored.
  5. Restore: Choose the option to restore your device. This will erase all data on your iPhone and install the latest version of iOS.
  6. Set Up Your iPhone: After the restore process is complete, your iPhone will restart. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your device as new.
  7. Restore from Backup: If you have a backup available in iTunes or iCloud, you can choose to restore your data during the setup process.

Remember that this method is meant to help you regain access to your iPhone when you’ve forgotten the password, but it involves erasing your device. If you’re unable to use recovery mode or you’re concerned about data loss, it’s best to contact Apple Support for further assistance.

Additionally, if you’ve set up two-factor authentication on your Apple ID, you can reset your password through Apple’s account recovery process. This can help you regain access to your device without erasing it, but it might require some waiting time and verification steps.

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