What to do if you forget your iPhone password

The iPhone’s passcode feature is an important way to keep prying eyes out of your personal data. But what if you forget your iPhone passcode? According to reports.

Entering the wrong passcode six times triggers a message that says your iPhone has been disabled. Whether you have got this message or just know you forgot your passcode, follow these steps to regain access to your iPhone:

The solution is to erase your iPhone or iPod touch

There’s really only one way to solve this problem and you may not like it: erasing all the data on your iPhone and if you have one, restoring from backup.

Erasing all data from your iPhone erases the old, forgotten passcode and lets you set up the phone again.

This may seem extreme, but it makes sense from a security perspective. If your iPhone was stolen, you wouldn’t want it to be easy to bypass the passcode and access your data.

The problem, of course, is that this approach erases all of the data on your iPhone. This isn’t a problem if you have a recent backup of that data you restore onto your phone (this is a good reminder: if you have access to your phone, make a backup right now and get in the habit of doing it regularly). But if you don’t, you will lose anything added to your phone between when you last synced with iCloud or iTunes and when you restore it.

Three options for fixing a forgotten iPhone passcode

There are three ways to erase the data from your iPhone, remove the passcode, and start fresh: iTunes, iCloud, or Recovery Mode.

iTunes: If you have physical access to your iPhone, sync it regularly with a computer and have that computer nearby, this may be the easiest option. Here are step-by-step instructions on using iTunes to erase and restore your iPhone.

iCloud: If you’ve enabled Find My iPhone on your device, you can use iCloud to erase it. Use this option if you don’t have access to the phone or if you sync with iCloud and not iTunes. Look here for instructions on how to use iCloud to erase your iPhone.

Recovery Mode: This is your only option if you’ve never synced your phone with iTunes or iCloud. In that case, you probably won’t have your data backed up and will lose what’s on your phone, but you’ll be able to use your phone again. Read this to learn how to put your iPhone into Recovery Mode.

After you erase your iPhone

No matter which of these options you use, you’ll end up with an iPhone that’s in the state it was when you first took it out of the box. You’ve got three options for your next step:

Setting up iPhone from scratch: Choose this if you want to start completely fresh with your iPhone and don’t want to restore any data (or don’t have any to restore).

Restoring from backup: This is best if you have a backup of your data, either on iTunes or iCloud and want to put it back onto your phone. We have the instructions for doing this.

Re-downloading content: Even if you didn’t have a backup, virtually anything you’ve bought from the iTunes, App, and iBooks Stores can be re-downloaded to your device.

What about a content restriction passcode?

There’s one other kind of passcode you may have on your iOS device: the passcode that protects content restrictions.

This passcode allows parents or Information Technology administrators to block certain apps or features and prevents anyone who doesn’t know the passcode from changing those settings. But what if you’re the parent or administrator and you forget the passcode?

In that case, the options mentioned earlier for erasing and restoring from backup will work. If you don’t want to do that, you need a programme called iPhone Backup Extractor (it’s available for both Mac and Windows). The process of using it takes you through a lot of files that may look complex or intimidating, but it shouldn’t be too hard for the average user.

The bottom line

The iPhone’s passcode feature being relatively strong is good for security, but bad if you forget your passcode. Don’t let a forgotten passcode now stop you from using a passcode in the future; it’s too important to security. Just make sure that next time you use a passcode that will be easier for you to remember (but not too easy to guess!)

#Takeaway

iTunes

iTunes is a piece of software that lets you add to, organise and play your digital media collection on your computer, as well as sync it to a portable device. It’s a jukebox player along the lines of Songbird and Windows Media Player, and you can use it on a Mac or Windows machine.

According to www.howstuffworks.com, the most significant difference between iTunes and some other media players is the built-in iTunes Store (where you can get podcasts; iPhone, iPad and iPod touch apps; music videos; movies; audiobooks and TV shows, too) and it is multi-level integration with Apple’s iPhone and its iPod portable media player.

But a portable media player isn’t the only way to enjoy iTunes content. There’s your Mac OS X or Windows computer, first off – if you’ve got a sound card and a set of speakers (and you probably do), that’s all you need to use iTunes. There’s also Apple’s popular entry into the smartphone market, the iPhone. Or you can play your iTunes library with one of the few phones Apple authorised to access the service, such as the Motorola ROKR E1 phone. Some enterprising hackers have created apps that let you synchronise non-Apple products with iTunes, but these aren’t supported by Apple and may not work with every version of iTunes. Apple’s wireless networking hub, AirPort Express, lets you wirelessly stream iTunes music from your computer to your hub-connected home-theater speakers. With this setup, you control playback via your computer, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

With another iTunes stream receiver, Roku’s SoundBridge Network Music Player, you control everything through the SoundBridge remote control. So you’re not limited to any single option when it comes to playback. But you may be limited by the type of player you have and the capabilities of your computer system.

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