How to Unlock an iPhone Without Passcode or Face ID?

Tips • Oct.8, 2022

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With more and more accounts we are creating to use several platforms, we cannot avoid forgetting the details of some accounts. Regarding iPhones, the new technologies such as the Face ID and Touch ID have given enough incentive to never use the passcode when unlocking. This often leads to people forgetting the iPhone passcode.

And when any issue arises, or the Face and Touch ID does not work, people cannot remember their passcode. This issue is increasing daily; this is proven by the enormous list of questions in public forums about unlocking iPhones without a passcode.

If you are one of the users who forgot their passcode and cannot unlock your iPhone without it, do not worry. Several solutions below can unlock an iPhone without a passcode, Face ID, or Touch ID.

Unlock iPhone without passcode/faceID

Unlocking an iPhone without a passcode or Face ID is a bit difficult but is not an impossible task. Apple does understand that people forget their passwords and have set up tools and processes to solve this issue.

Many third-party tools can help solve this issue for you. We have compiled several solutions in this article that you can use to unlock your iPhone.

Note: Before you proceed with the process below, its recommended to take a backup of your iPhone. This would help keep your data safe if something ever goes wrong while unlocking your device.

Solution 1. Using a third-party tool

Dr. Fone is one of the best tools for all your iPhone problems. This tool can unlock screen locks, bypass the MDM login screen, etc. So, if you want to unlock an iPhone without a passcode or FaceID, using Dr. Fone may be the best you can do.

Before proceeding with this solution, you can visit this site and install Dr. Fone on your computer.

Follow the below steps to unlock your locked iPhone with Dr. Fone.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the computer with a cable.

Step 2: Launch the Dr. Fone application and select the “Screen Unlock” option from the main menu.


Step 3: Click the “Unlock iOS Screen” on the program and boot your device in recovery mode.


Step 4: You will then require to verify the device’s information and let the tool download the necessary firmware. For this, click on the download option.

Step 5: Click on the “Unlock Now” option after downloading.


Step 6: The tool will process the entire unlocking, and you will have your device ready in a few minutes.

These steps will effectively unlock your iPhone screen without any passcode or Face ID. If in case, you do not want to use third-party tools, there are also solutions only using tools provided by Apple.

Disclaimer: This product aims to help users remove passwords on their devices. Illegal passcode removal for business purposes is prohibited. You shall bear legal responsibility if the use of this product violates the laws.

Solution 2. Erasing iPhone

After you try multiple times to unlock your iPhone with a passcode, Face ID, or Touch ID, the iPhone will not let you try again and asks you to wait for some time.

In that case, you will see a button that says ”Erase iPhone”. This button will let you erase your iPhone and reset it. After the erasing, you can unlock the iPhone and set up a new passcode.

But you will also lose all the data from the iPhone. Fortunately, if you have backed up all your iPhone data on iCloud, this will be a non-issue. You can restore the backup and have the same iPhone again, which is unlocked.

Follow the steps below to erase your iPhone, restore and have an unlocked iPhone.

Step 1: Try multiple times to unlock your iPhone with a passcode until the iPhone asks you to wait for some time. Now, look for the Erase iPhone button in the bottom-right corner and tap on it.

erase lockscreen

Step 2: You will see another screen asking if you want to erase all content and settings. Tap on Erase iPhone button.

Step 3: Now, the iPhone will ask you to input your Apple ID password to sign out. Input the Apple ID password.

Step 4: The iPhone will start factory reset and turn on after the reset.

Step 5: You can now set up the iPhone again. Set up a new Face ID and Passcode, and when it comes to Apps and Data, you can restore them from the iCloud backup.

Step 6: After the iCloud backup is restored, you will have the iPhone back to normal with a new FaceID and passcode, you know.

This is a simple way to unlock an iPhone without a passcode, Face ID, or Touch ID. If in case, you cannot find the Erase iPhone button on Step 2, you can try the solutions below.

Solution 3. Using iTunes / Finder

Unlocking an iPhone using iTunes or Finder is also very easy. But you will lose the data from the device as you need to restore your iPhone in the process. So, this is a prolonged and heavy approach if you want to unlock the iPhone.

However, if you want to continue unlocking your iPhone using iTunes or Finder, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open iTunes / Finder on your computer.

Step 2: Place your iPhone on recovery mode and connect it to the computer. Click Trust if you are prompted to trust the computer.

Note: Putting an iPhone into recovery mode varies from one device to another. To determine the required ways for your device, visit the Apple support page. In addition, you can search for your device and look for the key bindings to put your device in recovery mode.

Step 3: Now, when the device is shown on iTunes / Finder, you can choose it and click on the ”Restore iPhone” button. You may have to sign out from Find My iPhone before restoring.

finder recovery

Step 4: On the next screen, confirm the restore by clicking Ok. It will now restore your iPhone and unlock it as a new device.

Note: If you want, you can use the previous iCloud backup to restore your iPhone data. You can also use your local iTunes backup to restore your iPhone.

However, if you do not want to use iTunes for any reason, there is another method you can use to unlock your iPhone.

Solution 4. Using the “Find My iPhone” feature

Find My iPhone is an Apple feature that can track, locate or erase the iPhone remotely. This is meant to find iPhones when they get lost or misplaced. You can also use the “Find My iPhone” feature to reset and unlock an iOS device.

However, you will lose all the data once you reset the device remotely. Fortunately, iPhones usually keep a backup on iCloud storage, which you can restore to bring back the data.

Follow the below steps to reset, unlock and restore your iPhone.

Step 1: Get access to another iOS device and install the “Find My iPhone” application.

find my iphone

Step 2: Use your Apple ID and password and log in to the tool.

Step 3: From the main screen, hit the “Actions” button.

Step 4: You will have an option that says “Erase iPhone” Click on that.

Step 5: Post completion, search for another option that says “Restore from iCloud backup” Tap on that and continue with the desired file. In a few minutes, you will have your device unlocked.

This method presents a risk of losing data not already backed up on iCloud. So, ensure you always back up your data so that it won’t be a problem when you want to restore your iPhone.

Final words

Unlocking an iPhone without a Face ID and passcode can be done in various ways. But most methods will erase your data from the iPhone, which is a big problem. You can counter this problem by using a third-party tool or simply resetting your iPhone.

Moreover, the iCloud backups are a savior in this situation. Make sure you back up your data before applying the solutions presented above.