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JoeDausk Calculating status...
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Nov 18, 2012 1:19 PM

I forgot my iphone password - how do I change it or get access to the phone.

iPhone 4S
  • Jeremy123123 Calculating status...
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    Nov 18, 2012 1:38 PM (in response to JoeDausk)

    If you have find my iphone activated on the phone, you can set a different password on it using the find my iphone app or your will have to restore it to factory settings.  Your best bet is the find my iphone app.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,015 points)
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    Nov 18, 2012 1:42 PM (in response to JoeDausk)

    If You Are Locked Out Or Have Forgotten Your Passcode


    iTunes 10 for Mac- Update and restore software on iPod, iPhone, or iPad

    iPhone, iPad, iPod touch: Wrong passcode results in red disabled screen

    iOS- Understanding passcodes


         If you have forgotten your Restrictions code, then follow the instructions

         below but DO NOT restore any previous backup. If you do then you will

         simply be restoring the old Restrictions code you have forgotten.


    A Complete Guide to Recover Your iDevice if You Forget Your Passcode


    If you cannot remember the passcode, you will need to restore your device using the computer with which you last synced it. This allows you to reset your passcode and resync the data from the device (or restore from a backup). If you restore on a different computer that was never synced with the device, you will be able to unlock the device for use and remove the passcode, but your data will not be present. Refer to Updating and restoring iPhone, iPad and iPod touch software.


    Try restoring the iOS device if backing up and erasing all content and settings doesn't resolve the issue. Using iTunes to restore iOS devices is part of standard isolation troubleshooting. Restoring your device will delete all data and content, including songs, videos, contacts, photos, and calendar information, and will restore all settings to their factory condition.

    Before restoring your iOS device, Apple recommends that you either sync with iTunes to transfer any purchases you have made, or back up new data (data acquired after your last sync). If you have movie rentals on the device, see iTunes Store movie rental usage rights in the United States before restoring.

    Follow these steps to restore your device:

         1. Verify that you are using the latest version of iTunes before attempting to update.

         2. Connect your device to your computer.

         3. Select your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch when it appears in iTunes under Devices.

         4. Select the Summary tab.

         5. Select the Restore option.

         6. When prompted to back up your settings before restoring, select the Back Up

             option (see in the image below). If you have just backed up the device, it is not

             necessary to create another.

         7. Select the Restore option when iTunes prompts you (as long as you've backed up,

             you should not have to worry about restoring your iOS device).

         8. When the restore process has completed, the device restarts and displays the Apple

             logo while starting up:

               After a restore, the iOS device displays the "Connect to iTunes" screen. For updating

              to iOS 5 or later, follow the steps in the iOS Setup Assistant. For earlier versions of

              iOS, keep your device connected until the "Connect to iTunes" screen goes away or

              you see "iPhone is activated."


         9. The final step is to restore your device from a previous backup.


    If you can not restore your device then you will need to go to recovery mode.


    Placing your device into recovery mode:


    Follow these steps to place your iOS device into recovery mode. If your iOS device is already in recovery mode, you can proceed immediately to step 6.

         1. Disconnect the USB cable from the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, but leave the other end

             of the cable connected to your computer's USB port.

         2. Turn off the device: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button for a few seconds until the

             red slider appears, then slide the slider. Wait for the device to turn off.


              If you cannot turn off the device using the slider, press and hold the Sleep/Wake

              and Home buttons at the same time. When the device turns off, release the Sleep/Wake

              and Home buttons.


         3. While pressing and holding the Home button, reconnect the USB cable to the device.

             The device should turn on. Note: If you see the screen pictured below, let the device

             charge for at least ten minutes to ensure that the battery has some charge, and then

             start with step 2 again.

         4. Continue holding the Home button until you see the "Connect to iTunes" screen.

             When this screen appears you can release the Home button.

         5. If necessary, open iTunes. You should see the following "recovery mode" alert:

         6. Use iTunes to restore the device.


    If you don't see the "Connect to iTunes" screen, try these steps again. If you see the "Connect to iTunes" screen but the device does not appear in iTunes, see this article and its related links.

    Additional Information:

    Note: When using recovery mode, you can only restore the device. All user content on the device will be erased, but if you had previously synced with iTunes on this computer, you can restore from a previous backup. See this article for more information.

  • myAppleLove Calculating status...
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    Jan 11, 2013 11:48 PM (in response to Kappy)

    I really appreciate you for this informational post, it helped me.

  • Mflash99 Calculating status...
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    Jan 27, 2013 8:07 PM (in response to Kappy)

    If u do it that way can you restore from iCloud?

  • bftiedt Calculating status...
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    Sep 8, 2013 8:53 PM (in response to JoeDausk)

    Hopefully this will help someone. I ran into the same problem, nephew playing with my phone. After hours of searching I was just about to restore the phone and I found a site that said they could fix it. As a last resort I sent my phone in and sure enough they actually did. If you are stuck like I was give these guys a shot . .

  • giselle731 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 22, 2013 11:35 AM (in response to JoeDausk)







  • tamara2474 Calculating status...
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    Sep 24, 2013 1:22 AM (in response to giselle731)

    Hi Giselle,

    Where is sync in itunes?

    Hoping this might be an easy way to get into my iphone 4 - just updated the latest update and it's asking for my password - I can't ever remember entering a password


  • giselle731 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 24, 2013 6:37 AM (in response to JoeDausk)

    Connect your phone to computer. If iTunes doesn't open automatically then just open it. Click on the device that you connected on the left hand side of iTunes. Then you should see the phones information on the right hand side. And on the bottom right there will be a "Sync" button. Click it and then up top in the middle bar quickly click the small "x" to cancel the sync. This method is only if your phone is disabled from too many password attempts. If you don't know the password then you will have to restore the phone.

  • bertha611 Calculating status...
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    Oct 1, 2013 12:07 AM (in response to giselle731)

    I have a question i tried to do the computer one but my phone isnt on and its diabled how can i get in or is there a way i can change my passcode from some where else

  • djnewtdog Calculating status...
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    Oct 24, 2013 9:25 AM (in response to JoeDausk)

    I have done everything suggested on this thread.


    1) On iPhone 4 (not S)...

    2) On iOS 7.3 update, updated my password, I remember it, did it 10 minutes ago, not working.


    * Synced on my PC

    * Updated iTunes

    * Restore iphone > "Find My iPhone must be turned off, before it can be restored"

    * Restore backup > "Find My iPhone must be turned off, before it can be restored"


    Obviously, the only way I can turn off "find my iphone" is to get past the password. did I find a loophole? Please reply asap. Thanks!

  • Snoorgat117 Calculating status...
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    Nov 2, 2013 10:54 PM (in response to djnewtdog)

    I got the same problem as you!!!

  • benfisher22 Calculating status...
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    Nov 7, 2013 2:49 PM (in response to djnewtdog)

    I also got this problem. I did a full restart on my iPhone and now I can't use it at all. I remember my password, but it still never work and it requires the password after restart. It won't let me restore until I do something within my phone which is now impossible. PLEASE HELP SOMEBODY


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