How To Erase iPhone 7 And iPhone 7 Plus While Locked Out
If you own an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, you may want to know how to erase iPhone while locked out. Many solutions to erase iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus while locked out require completing a hard factory reset which can delete all your files and data on the smartphone.
The following is a guide that will teach you three different ways how to erase iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus while locked out.
Select a way to erase your iPhone 7 Plus
If you haven’t already done a backup or saved iPhone data, it’s impossible to save information on your iPhone 7 Plus before you go to reset password. To reset password on iPhone 7 Plus, you’ll need to erase the iPhone.
- If the iPhone 7 Plus is already synced with iTunes, use the iTunes method.
- If the iPhone 7 Plus is signed in to iCloud or Find My iPhone is tuned on use the iCloud method
- If you don’t use iCloud on your iPhone 7 Plus and you can’t sync or connect with iTunes, use the recovery mode method.
Erase your iPhone 7 Plus with iCloud
- Go to iCloud.com/find with a different device.
- If required, sign in with your Apple ID.
- Then at the top of the browser, select All Devices.
- Select the device you want to erase.
- Then tap on Erase [device] which’ll erase your device and its passcode.
- Now you can either restore from a backup or set up as new.
If your device isn’t connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network, you can’t erase it with Find My iPhone.
Erase your iPhone 7 Plus with iTunes
- Connect your iPhone 7 Plus to the computer.
- Open iTunes and enter the passcode if asked, try another computer you’ve synced with, or use recovery mode.
- Wait for iTunes to sync your iPhone 7 Plus and then make a backup.
- After the sync has been done, and the backup has finished, click Restore [your device].
- When the Set Up screen shows up on the iPhone 7 Plus, press on Restore from iTunes backup.
- Select your iPhone 7 Plus in iTunes. Look at the date and size of each backup and pick the most relevant one.
Erase your iPhone 7 Plus with recovery mode
If you’ve never synced with iTunes or set up Find My iPhone in iCloud, you’ll need to use recovery mode to restore your device. This will erase the device and its passcode.
- Connect your iPhone 7 Plus to your computer and open iTunes.
- While your iPhone 7 Plus is connected, force restart it: (Press and hold both the Sleep/Wake and Home button for at least 10 seconds, and don’t release when you see the Apple logo. Keep holding until you see the recovery mode screen)
- When you see the option to Restore or Update, choose Update. iTunes will try to reinstall iOS without erasing your data. Wait while iTunes downloads the software for your device.