Presently, our smartphones are referred to as extensions of memories and storing things, in the past, we used to write down anywhere or just memorized them. This indicates that protecting our data is our priority.
However, did you think about what you will do in case you forget your iPhone passcode? Although the passcode is only of 4 digits, we are human, and now we have become accustomed to the devices doing remembering for us. And if we forget those four little digits, we will be unable to get our music, photos, contacts, and more from that shiny small rectangle.
Luckily, you don’t have to worry about your data if you forget your iPhone passcode because there are several methods, and by using these methods, you can reset it. At the moment, always keep in mind that whenever you use one of these ways to reset your iPhone, it is going to take your smartphone back to the last time you backed it up. That’s why regular back up is crucial.
Moreover, it begins with the removal of the data on your phone, but we let you know, this is the perfect advert you are going to seek for backing up frequently.
iTunes/Apple Finder [1st Method]
In this technique, you can start the process in two different ways. The first-way relies on the type of PC you are going to utilize, such as an Apple Mac or Windows PC.
First of all, plug your phone in to sync and utilize the Finder app to start a reset in case you are using Apple Mac. On the other hand, if you are going to use a Windows PC, you have to use a good-old-fashioned iTunes. For the rest of this article, we have utilized “iTunes,” and if you are using an Apple Mac, you can apply the same to Finder.
Use the second method if you have never synced your phone with the computer before. This method is not for you.
You should go for a different machine if iTunes request for that passcode you forget. And you can go straight to the second method as well if you still have no joy.
Now suppose that all is going right, your smartphone and iTunes will sync automatically. Trigger a fresh backup before doing anything else. The reason behind this is to save the content as much as possible.
Click on ‘Restore iPhone’ after iTunes has completed the process of syncing ( you can apply the same approach to an iPad or iPod Touch as well).
Afterward, you will have to initiate the setup process after unplugging your device. Choose “Restore from iTunes backup” when you are requested. There will be a list of backups of all your devices. Please select the most recent backup after picking it from the relevant devices.
Device’s Recovery Mode [2nd Method]
This technique is too inflexible, and you will be unable to create a fresh back up; consequently, once again, we recommend you back up your devices repeatedly; otherwise, you could lose your data and regret it later.
You will require iTunes for this technique as well. At first, connect it up and restart your phone once the connection registered as connected.
The computer will ask you either you want to restore or update your phone, choose restore. After that, your smartphone is going to start downloading iOS from scratch and flash itself. You will get a box-fresh iPhone once this process is finished. Also, there will be no passcode set.
Now choose the passcode.
You are going to be requested to select a passcode at the time you will rerun the setup, in case you needed to reset your device. And in case you failed to sort it during setup due to any reason (probably you clicked “skip,” or realized that “0000” was not a good option for a code), take it easy. It is straightforward to select one later too.
You need to go to the settings screen and search Touch ID and Passcode. Select ‘Change Passcode’ or ‘Turn Passcode On’ as relevant. Nevertheless, you are going to find any shortcuts here. You will be requested to enter your old passcode first if you select the change option.
At the moment, select your passcode. However, keep in mind that your passcode should not be too obvious. The inducement to choose something for the passcode that is easy to remember, such as “1234” is abvious. But, it revokes the point of having a passcode primarily.
And if you are not good at remembering numbers, one thing you can try is selecting a date that is easy to remember as well as is not closely related to you.
We again you not choose something that has a close connection with you, such as your birthday, heaven forbid, your bank PIN. In this case, a committed hacker will get access to your phone.
A completely random series of digits would be a perfect option for an advanced user. You can then store these series of numbers in a password manager. And in case you forget that passcode, you are going to require a different device to access the record of your stored passcode because iOS and almost every other operating system does not let applications fill in lock screen passcode. Despite that, it does make sure that you will always have it stored elsewhere.
You must be on your iPhone once you have followed all the guidelines as mentioned above. Also, you will face minimal data loss and will be ready to fight another day.