5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 8, 2015 11:38 AM by j37h3r
moni312 Level 1 (0 points)



My son created a password for his ipod and forgot it. We've tried figure it out, to no avail. Is there a way to change it or figure out what it is?

  • Kappy Level 10 (266,058 points)

    If You Are Locked Out, Have Forgotten Your Passcode, or Just Need to Restore Your Device


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

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    3. iOS- Understanding passcodes

    4. What to Do If You've Forgotten Your iPhone's Passcode

    5. How to Recover Forgotten iPhone Restrictions Passcode | The iPhone and iPad

    6. Restoring iPod touch after forgotten passcode

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



         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. This

         same warning applies if you need to restore a clean system.


    A Complete Guide to Restore or Recover Your iDevice (if You Forget Your Passcode)


    If you need to restore your device or ff you cannot remember the passcode, then you will need to restore your device using the computer with which you last synced it. This allows you to reset your passcode and re-sync 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. 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 do not have a

              backup to restore or have forgotten your restrictions passcode, then restore as New.


    If you are restoring to fix a forgotten Restrictions Code or as a New device, then skip Step 9 and restore as New.


    Placing your device into recovery (DFU) 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.

  • princemuhire Level 1 (0 points)

    i frogot my passlock and i what to reset it.

  • lllaass Level 10 (176,163 points)

    Follow the instructions already given in this discussion.

    princemuhire wrote:


    i frogot my passlock and i what to reset it.

  • Kstous Level 1 (0 points)

    I followed the instructions to use recovery mode (since I couldn't do anything without entering the forgotten screen lock password) multiple times and it would start the process of restoring the iPod but then give me an error message saying that it couldn't complete the process because I would have to enter the password. I thought that this process would erase all data and the password....??? What now? Help please!!!!

  • j37h3r Level 1 (0 points)

    You dont need to do a backup or restore or any of that. You dont even need iTunes! You just need to get rid of the file on the device that controls the PIN:


    Download Deeper, a free application. Mount, install, run, etc.



    Under the Finder options tab, enable "Show hidden files and folders". Ignore any warning.


    Plugin your iPod. Open a Finder window and go to the Devices menu on the left sidebar. You should see your iPod and you should be able to access it like a drive. If not, you need to adjust your Finder preferences to show Devices in the sidebar.


    From here, drill into the folders like this:


    iPod_Control > Device


    From here, delete/move to trash the item called _locked or simply rename it _unlocked.


    Eject the device. Go back to Deeper and disable 'Show hidden files or folders', if you want.


    Enjoy your PIN-free iPod