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How to remove passcode on iPhone

Lucy Hattersley | June 3, 2016
This is a useful trick if you've forgotten your iPad or iPhone passcode: we show how to bypass the code and 'hack' your way in.

I've forgotten my iPhone passcode! Is there any way to hack into the device?

You're not alone. Passcodes get forgotten more often that you might think, and we are frequently asked how to bypass them and hack into an iPad or iPhone. Bypassing passcodes, generally speaking, is on what we'd call the "black hat" (or legally questionable) side of tech support, but there are legitimate instances where people have forgotten the passcode. In these instances, you'll need to get around the passcode to use your own iPad or iPhone. Nothing dodgy about that.

(If you're reading this page because you just pinched an iPhone and then discovered it was locked, the police have already been notified and are on their way as we speak.) 

In this tutorial, we'll take a look at your options for hacking an iPad (or iPhone) passcode. You'll have to restore your device, but it's worth it to get the iPad up and running again. If you have a bit more confidence - and a legitimate reason to want to recover an iPad's passcode - then there is software that can help you. We'll also remind you the basics in removing the passcode once you've managed to access your iOS device.

How to remove passcode on iPhone: Restore your iPad using Recovery Mode

Restoring an iPad and starting again is the best way to recover an iPad if you haven't got the passcode. It removes your personal information from the iPad, but if you have a backup you can restore it and it'll be as good as new (but without the passcode).

Trying to Restore the iPad from iTunes requires a passcode, but you can restore the iPad from Recovery Mode. This wipes the iPad completely and installs the latest version of iOS from scratch.

Note: You will need the Apple ID and password that was used to originally set up the device.

How to bypass a forgotten iPad or iPhone passcode: iTunes Detected iPad in Recovery Mode alert

Follow these steps to restore an iPad or iPhone from Recovery Mode:

  • Charge the iPad up to at least 20 per cent. 
  • Ensure that the iPad to a Mac or PC is not connected to the Mac or PC. 
  • Open iTunes on your Mac (or PC). 
  • Hold down the Sleep/Wake button and use the Slide To Power Off to turn off the iPhone. 
  • Hold down the Home Button. 
  • With the Home button held down, attach the Lightning cable to the iPad.

The iPad should power up in Recover Mode. The screen should display a blue iTunes logo and a white Lightning cable. iTunes should display a message saying 'iTunes has detected an iPad in recovery mode. You must restore this iPad before it can be used with iTunes'.


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