Forgetting or losing the password of your iPhone or iPad (alphanumeric password) no longer has to be a serious situation, at least not so much as to take away hours of sleep. In this tutorial that we offer below, we explain how to proceed step by step.
You will have to restore your device and erase its current content, but at least, you can use it again. Moreover, if you have followed the recommendations of making regular backups, everything will be much easier.
Finally, we cover the most basic aspects of removing or resetting the access code once you have gained access to your iOS device, so that the device does not remain locked.
Is it legal to avoid the password?
Most likely, if you are reading this article, it is because you have just tried to access your phone and have discovered that it is locked and asks you for a password. The new models have unlock by Touch ID or Face ID, so you will use less alphanumeric password.
However, there are cases, such as when you turn on the iPhone after it has been turned off, in which you are asked for the alphanumeric code instead of using the unlocking systems mentioned above.
In this article, we explain how to use iTunes on your Mac and how to get the most out of it.
Restore your device using recovery mode
This process of restoring an iPad or iPhone and starting over is the best and simplest solution if you don't remember the access code. Delete your personal information, but if you have a backup copy a day, you can restore it and have your iPhone recovered.
Trying to restore the device from iTunes requires an access code, but you can always restore it from Recovery Mode without using any code.
Note: You need the Apple ID and password that were used to configure the device originally.
Here are the steps to take to restore an iPad or iPhone from the recovery mode offered by iTunes:
- Charge the device at least 20%
- On your Mac or PC, close iTunes if it is open. Connect the iPhone or iPad and manually re-open iTunes, assuming it doesn't do it automatically.
- Now, force your device to restart. If it's an iPhone X, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, press and release volume up, press and release volume down, and then press and hold the power side button.
- If it's an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, press and hold volume down and the side button at the same time, until you see the iTunes screen. If it is any other device, you must press and hold the start and power buttons at the same time.
- Now you will get the option to Restore or Update. The second option takes a little more time since you download the latest iOS software. However, anyone should work.
- Configure your device
Your iPhone or iPad is working as before but without a security access code. You may be asked to enter the Apple ID again, depending on the version of iOS you are running.
If you set up an access code and want to delete it completely, after accessing your iOS devices, simply go to Settings> Touch ID and Access code to press on the option Disable Disable access code.
Do you want to know how it is possible to deactivate the 'Search my iPhone' function? We explain it to you in this article.
Use forensic software
Occasionally someone discovers a technique to bypass Aple's access code. Sometimes, this is a finger trick that allows a person to access something on the locked phone. Usually contacts or messages. This is not hacking the access code, but only bypassing it.
It is proven that it is possible to hack the access code of the iPad or iPhone, but you will need advanced software that is currently known as forensic software, something that some law enforcement agencies have used when they need to analyze a mobile phone.
Those interested can consult Elcomsoft iOS Forensic Toolkit, a tool that allows you to decipher the access code of an iPad. The software is not available to the general public and you must request a license (and show your credentials).
There are several recognized forensic Mac tools available in the market, such as Elcomsoft iOS Forensic Toolkit or Blacklight.
These tools can extract an access code from an iOS device, however, you must be willing to pay a huge amount of money that very few can afford.
How does the iPhone unlock the FBI?
The iPhone access codes reached the headlines of the press in March 2016, with the news that the FBI had an iPhone 5c whose owner was a terrorist from the San Bernardino attack.
The feds managed to obtain a court order that ordered Apple to help them access the phone and the information stored inside. Apple refused. As far as is known, the FBI will have resorted to an Israeli firm known as Cellebrite, to unlock the terminal.
If you don't know how to put the iPhone or iPad in DFU mode, we'll explain it here.
For many, the fact that Apple did not agree to unlock the device is good news because the privacy of the terminal owner is somehow protected. On the other, it seems obvious that someone has the means to avoid the security means implemented.
However, there are reasons to think that the method used will not work on later iPhone or iPad models. Apple carries out security implementations on a regular basis in each new generation to make them more secure.
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