When you’re not able to unlock your iPhone with Touch ID, you’re asked to enter the password. Here are the two things you don’t want to do in this situation:
Enter the wrong password six times – you’ll get locked out of your iPhone.
Forget your password
The reason you wouldn’t want to do the latter is that the only way to overcome it is to erase your entire iPhone. Apple prides itself on how well they protect their users’ privacy, so as soon as it seems like someone has gotten a hold your phone without your permission, the only thing left to do is delete all data.
If you’ve forgotten your password, here are the main ways of erasing your iPhone and starting from scratch:
If your iPhone is synced with iTunes (which it should be for many reasons), you can restore it by using the desktop version of iTunes. Here’s how:
Connect your iPhone to the computer which you’ve previously used to sync the device.
Open iTunes. You shouldn’t be asked for a password, but if you do, you can try another computer, or use the Recovery Mode, which will be explained later.
Wait until iTunes has synced and made a backup.
Click Restore iPhone.
Here’s the good news: if you have backed up your iPhone, you can restore all your data easily. Within the restore process, you’ll get to the Set Up screen at one point. While there, you’ll be offered an option to restore your data from various sources. Simply tap Restore from iTunes Backup and your data will come back.
Using Recovery Mode
If your iPhone isn’t synced with iTunes, you can use the Recovery Mode to reset it. This is a bit more inconvenient than the previous option, but it’s still a simple process. Here’s what to do:
Connect your iPhone to your computer and run iTunes. If you don’t have it, you can download it here .
Once the iPhone is connected, you have to force restart it by pressing the Volume Down and Side button at the same time, and holding them until the Recovery Mode screen appears.
You’ll see options to either update or restore your iPhone, so click Restore.
iTunes will download all the necessary software to your device. Don’t unplug it until the process is complete.
Once your iPhone has been restored, you can set it up from scratch, you can use the same data recovery options to download from the backup.
The Final Word
As you can see, forgetting your password might cost you everything on your iPhone, if you don’t have a backup.
If you haven’t already, make sure to always back up your data to iCloud or iTunes just in case you ever forget your password again. If you have any other questions regarding Apple’s security options, go ahead and drop them in the comments below.