Forget Passcode? How To Restore iPhone/iPad Without Losing Data

If you forget your iPhone passcode, then you will be locked out of your device. Unfortunately, there’s not any way to recover the passcode since it’s gone. However, it does not mean all is lost. In such cases, your biggest worry might be your personal data. How everything is bad if you lose all your precious photos and files. Do be nervous, there is still a safe way out.

You can still restore your iPhone as it was before you were locked out. You will not lose any of your data during the process as well. All you need is to erase your phone and then restore it again. However, you can then restore your data from a backup.

How To Restore iPhone/iPad Without Losing Data

As long as you have already backed up your phone to a computer once, and you’ve already added that computer to the trusted devices list, you can then back up your iPhone without unlocking it first. However, if you haven’t backed up your iPhone to a computer previously, this method is invalid. To get started:

Step 1: Plug your iPhone/iPad into the Mac or PC with a Lightning cable.

Step 2: Launch iTunes and click on the device icon from the left menu.

Step 3: Wait for a while so that iTunes can automatically start syncing your device.

Wait until the backup is done. Next, return to the main menu and you can see the time stamp for the latest backup. Confirm it’s the backup you have just made.

If the backup does not work automatically, you should check if you have turned on a feature that could prevent your iOS device from syncing automatically. Simply go to Preferences in iTunes, click on Devices and uncheck the “Prevent iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically” option.

Also see: How to recover forgotten Screen Time passcode on iPhone/iPad

Remove Passcode By Restoring iPhone/ iPad Using iTunes 

After the backup is ready, the next you need to is restoring your iPhone or iPad through iTunes. It’s similar to performing a factory reset using iTunes. Your iPhone will be erased and it will install the latest operating system. Once the process is done, your iPhone/iPad will return to the state that it was when it’s brand new. Since you have got the backup, you don’t need to worry about. You can then restore your device from the backup by following the steps above.

Step 1: If your iPhone still connects to the computer, head to the main screen in iTunes and choose your device. Next, click on Restore button.

Step 2: Confirm your action on the next step and iTunes will start downloading the latest software then installing it on your device. The process can take more than 30 minutes, depending on the internet connection.

Step 3: After the restore process is completed, iTunes will ask you whether want to set up your phone as new. From there, tap on the Restore from iTunes backup option and then select the latest backup.

Once the restore is done, you will see your iPhone/iPad in the state that it was previously and all your apps and data still remain.


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