Forgot iPhone/iPad Password: Unlock Disabled iPhone and Restore Data on it

Forgot iPhone/iPad Password: Unlock Disabled iPhone and Restore Data on it

Forgot iPhone/iPad screen lock password? Don't worry! This article shows you how to fix forgot iPhone/iPad screen lock password, as well as data backup and restore.

For iPhone users, we are used to getting into our devices through Fingerprint unlock or passcode, but sometimes we not only get the passcode to our device wrong, but we get completely locked out. Although Apple allows us to try for 6 times, if you keep trying and failing, then your device will be disabled, and it may pop up the message like “[Device] is disabled, connect to iTunes", "iPhone is disabled try again in 22,312,198 minutes". In this case, you need to recover your iPhone with iTunes or recovery mode, but this will erase all of your files on your device. (See also: How to Put your iPhone in recovery mode?)

In fact, for data security, we would like to set up a lock screen password to protect privacy and information. But when your device has been disabled after entering the wrong passcode six times in a row, you may get into trouble. So, here I would like to show you three essential ways to unlock disabled/locked iPhone or iPad without the passcode.

To avoid some unnecessary loss, you should backup all your data before unlocking iPhone/iPad screen via this awesome tool. Toolkit - iOS Data Backup & Restore is a reliable software which allows you to selectively backup your data and then you can restore them after you unlock iPhone/iPad screen.

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Supported Devices: iPhone7/7 Plus/SE/6/6 Plus/6s/6s Plus/5s/5c/5/4/4s that run iOS 9.3/8/7/6/5/4
iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 2, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2
iPod touch, iPod Nano, iPod shuffle, iPod mini, iPod Classic
Compatible Version: Windows 10 or Mac 10.11

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Step 1. After you launch the program, you’ll find a menu with several options. Choose "Data Backup & Restore."

Step 2. Connect your iPhone/iPad to your computer. The program will immediately recognize the device so you’ll find a menu of all the types of files in the iPhone/iPad. Select the ones you want to backup, and then click on "Backup."

Step 3. It will take you a few minutes to finish the backup.

Step 4. Finally, you can view and access all the backed up data in a gallery. If you want, you can also "Restore" them or "Export" them to your PC or your iPhone/iPad later.

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Solution 1. Unlock Disabled iPhone/iPad with iTunes

Solution 2. Unlock Disabled iPhone/iPad/iPod without iTunes through Find My iPhone

Solution 3. Unlock Disabled/Locked iPhone/iPad in Recovery Mode

Solution 1. Unlock Disabled iPhone/iPad with iTunes

Step 1. Open iTunes and connect your device to the computer via an USB cable. If asked to enter the password, skip this method to use recovery mode introduced below.

Step 2. Click on your iPhone/iPad icon. Choose “Back up Now” to create an iTunes backup before restoring iPhone/iPad.

Step 3. When the backup is finished, click “Restore iPhone/iPad”.

Step 4. When you reach the Set Up screen, tap “Restore from iTunes Backup”.

Step 5. Select the most relevant iTunes backup according to the date and size of the backup files, click “Restore”.

Step 6. After the process, the passcode will be removed and your device will be restored to the last backup.

Solution 2. Unlock Disabled iPhone/iPad/iPod without iTunes through Find My iPhone

Step 1. Go to from another device or computer.

Step 2. If prompted, sign in with iCloud Apple ID, and click all devices at the top browse window.

Step 3. A Select device which you want to erase. If you can't find your device on the list, you should use Recovery Mode.

Step 4. Click Erase iPhone (iPad or iPod touch) to remote wipe the device and its password. The device itself needs to be connected to the network, or this won’t work.

Step 5. Now you can restore from a recent backup. If there is no backup, just check your iCloud photos, contacts, notes etc. before you set up as a new iPhone.

Solution 3. Unlock Disabled/Locked iPhone/iPad in Recovery Mode

If you've never synced your iDevice with iTunes or set up of Find My iPhone, then you may need to put your iPhone/iPad into recovery mode, which will erase your device and passcode.

Step 1. Open iTunes and connect iPhone/iPad to computer. A message will pop up, saying “iTunes could not connect to the iPhone because it is locked with a passcode”.

Step 2. Hold down the “Sleep/Wake” button and “Home” button at the same time. Let go of the “Sleep/Wake” button but keep pressing the “Home” button when an Apple logo appears on your device. Release “Home” button until you see the recovery mode screen.

Step 3. A message will appear in iTunes alerting your device in recovery mode has been detected. You will be prompted to choose whether to restore or update your iPhone/iPad, choose “Restore”. iTunes will download software for your device.

Step 4. Wait until the restore finishes. After restoring, you can set up your device as a new iPhone/iPad and reset a new password.

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Recover Lost Data on iPhone/iPad/iPod touch

All of your data are wiped after unlocking your disabled iPhone/iPad? Here you may need iPhone Data Recovery, it is a program which can help you recover lost data like text messages, iMessage, contacts, call history, photos, video, WhatsApp and more from iPhone 7/7 Plus/SE/6S/6S Plus/6/6 Plus/5S/5/4S/4 and iPad, iPad Mini/Air/Pro in just a few easy steps.

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone/iPad to the computer, and it will immediately detect the device. Choose the "Recover from iOS Device" option, then select the file types that you want to restore, and click on "Start Scan".

Step 2. Now you can go through an entire gallery of all the data that has been lost from your device. Select the data you want and then click on "Restore to Device" or "Recover to Computer."

Now just free download the trial version to have a try!

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