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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.

How to bypass a forgotten iPad or iPhone passcode: iPad Screen in Recovery Mode

Now do the following:

  • Click OK and Restore and Update. 
  • Click Restore iPad and let iTunes wipe the software and restore the iPad. 
  • Enter the Apple ID and Password that was used to set up the iPad. 
  • Click Continue. 
  • Choose Restore From This Backup to restore the iPad to its earlier state Or you can set up the iPad as a fresh model by choosing Set Up As New iPad.
  • Click Continue.

Your iPad will now be up and running as before but without a passcode. 

How to bypass a forgotten iPad or iPhone passcode: iTunes restoring an iPad in Recovery Mode

If you do set a passcode and you're looking to remove it completely, after having access to your iOS device, then simply go into Settings > Touch ID (if your device has it) & Passcode, and look for the option to turn off the passcode entirely.

How to remove passcode on iPhone: Use forensics software

Every so often someone discovers a technique to bypass the Apple Passcode. This is sometimes a finger-tapping trick that enables the person to access something on the locked phone: typically either Contacts or Messages. This isn't hacking the passcode, it's merely bypassing it.

Forget the finger tricks you'll see in YouTube videos. It is possible to hack the iPad passcode, but you need serious software to do so. This is known as forensics software because law enforcement agencies use them when analysing a mobile phone. We tested Elcomsoft iOS Forensic Toolkit and found it a reliable means of cracking an iPad's passcode. The software is not available to the general public and you will need to apply for a license (and show your credentials). Here are three of the Mac forensic tools available on the market:

Elcomsoft iOS Forensic Toolkit | Blacklight | Lantern 4

How to bypass a forgotten iPad or iPhone passcode: iOS Forensics Software

Software tools like this can enable you to extract a passcode from an iOS device. You'll need to be good with computers (at least capable of handling yourself using the Command Line in Terminal). Read this review of Elcomsoft iOS Forensic Toolkit to find out more information about how forensics software works.

How to remove passcode on iPhone: How did the FBI do it?

iPhone passcodes hit the headlines in March 2016, with the news that the FBI had obtained an iPhone 5c used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino terrorist attack (but owned by his employer), but couldn't get past the passcode security. The Feds managed to get a court order instructing Apple to assist them and break into the phone. Apple refused.

 

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