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Forgot iPhone Passcode – How to Remove It without Restore

If you forgot your iPhone passcode, Apple’s official recommended solution is to restore your iPhone to factory settings to remove the passcode. However, many people don’t like this method, because it’s troublesome and may cause some unexpected problems that make the iPhone worse. So, here, we’ll show you how to remove forgotten iPhone passcode without restore.

Why is it not a good choice to restore your iPhone

Apple offers you two ways to restore your iPhone of which you forgot your passcode, but both have their limitations and disadvantages. That’s one of the reasons why many people want a way to remove forgotten iPhone passcode without restore.

1. If you restore your iPhone with iTunes, you must turn off Find My iPhone before you can restore your device. However, Find My iPhone is enabled by default on all iPhones, and few people turn it off. If you’ve forgotten your passcode and can’t access your iPhone, you can’t turn off Find My iPhone, and therefore can’t perform a restore.

2. If you restore your iPhone using recovery mode, the process will be more cumbersome. Moreover, it’s said that some people’s iPhones get stuck in recovery mode loop, unable to exit, and eventually become unusable. This is not inevitable, but it actually happened.

Can I remove forgotten iPhone passcode without losing data

Frankly, unless you have backed up your iPhone using iTunes or iCloud before you forgot your passcode, you won’t be able to save your data because any method to remove your forgotten iPhone passcode will also delete your personal data, including the methods given by Apple and any third-party methods. If you backed up your iPhone, you can restore your data after your passcode is removed, without worrying about data loss.

How to remove forgotten iPhone passcode without restore

Method 1: Using iCloud

iCloud contains Find My iPhone feature which was designed to facilitate the user to find a lost or stolen iPhone, but it also can be used to erase your iPhone to remove your forgotten passcode. Erase iPhone only wipes all your personal data and settings, including your passcode, but does not restore your iPhone to factory settings or change your iOS version. Compared to restoring iPhone, this method is much easier and safer. You need a device with internet access to follow these steps, such as a computer or smartphone.

Step 1: Use your Apple ID to sign in to in a web browser on any available device. The Apple ID should be the same as the one used on your iPhone. Once you’ve signed in, click the Find iPhone option.

click Find iPhone

Step 2: After you enter the Find My iPhone page, select your iPhone and click Erase iPhone, so all your data and settings will be deleted, including the passcode you forgot.

erase iPhone to remove passcode

Method 2: Using iPhone Passcode Refixer

To remove your forgotten iPhone passcode without restoring your device, the second option is to use a professional iPhone passcode removal tool. iPhone Passcode Refixer is one such tool that allows you to remove your forgotten iPhone passcode with just a few clicks of your mouse, without having to perform a restore using iTunes. Make sure you have a Windows computer, and follow these steps. If you don’t have a Windows computer, borrow one from a friend.

Step 1: Download and install the iPhone Passcode Refixer on your computer. After installation, launch it.


Step 2: On the main interface, click Unlock Lock Screen, and on the next page, click Start to proceed.

click Unlock Lock Screen

Step 3: Make sure your iPhone is connected to the computer and click Next, so the software will recognize your iPhone.

click Next

Step 4: Once the software recognizes your iPhone, you will see the following screen. Click Download to download the firmware package for your iPhone. The download will start automatically and complete in a few minutes. Just keep your iPhone connected to the computer and wait for the progress to complete.

click Download

Step 5: Everything is ready. Now click the Unlock button, and the software will start removing your iPhone passcode immediately. Then just wait for the delete process to complete. It takes only a few minutes.

click Unlock

Step 6: When “Unlock Screen Successfully” is displayed on the software screen, your iPhone passcode has been removed. Then you can re-set up and use your device.

iPhone passcode is removed

The Bottom Line:

The above are two simple and effective ways to remove forgotten iPhone passcode without performing restore. They may not be perfect, but at least can ensure the safety of your iPhone, without you having to worry about making your iPhone unusable due to improper operation.