"How do I factory reset my iPhone when it is locked?"

If there is no chance for you to remember the passcode of your iPhone or your iPhone is disabled, you will have to reset the locked iPhone to remove the password so that you can use it again.

But how can you reset your iPhone when you forgot your iPhone password? Generally, iTunes is considered as the default way to wipe a locked iPhone. That's true. But there are also other ways available for you to reset a locked iPhone, including using an iPhone unlocker and iCloud. Whether you want to factory reset a locked iPhone with or without iTunes, you will find the way to do it.

Before you factory reset the locked iPhone, you should know...

Although it's easy to reset a locked iPhone, it's a 'dangerous' action since it will delete almost all the data and settings on your device, including your lock-screen passcode. And data recovery is hardly helpful to retrieve the data on your iPhone. 

Besides, to use the iOS device again, you will need to remember the Apple ID and password that is previously used on the device, or the device will become totally useless. Thus, make sure you still remember your Apple ID and password.

How to reset a locked iPhone without iTunes
How to wipe a locked iPhone using iTunes
How to erase a locked iPhone via iCloud

3 Ways to factory reset a locked iPhone

If you don't mind erasing your iPhone, follow one of the ways below to factory reset a locked iPhone.

Method 1. Factory reset locked iPhone without iTunes

The most straightforward way to unlock your iPhone when you forgot its password is to use an iPhone unlock tool, like EaseUS MobiUnlock. With such a tool, you will be able to reset a locked iPhone without iTunes and you don't need to put your iPhone into recovery mode.

Whether you are using an iPhone 7, iPhone 8, or iPhone XR, you can apply the software to factory reset your locked iPhone.

To factory reset locked iPhone without iTunes:

Step 1. Plug your iPhone, iPad, or iPod into the computer with a USB cable and open EaseUS MobiUnlock. Select "Unlock Screen Passcode" from the main screen. 

connect your device to computer

Step 2. Click on the "Start" button after your device is detected by EaseUS MobiUnlock.

start the unlock process

Step 3. Click "Next" to download a suitable firmware for your device. Or you can also click "Select" at the bottom of the window to select the existing availbale firmware if you've previously downloaded one.

Download or select firmware

Step 4. After downloading firmware, click "Unlock Now" to continue. In a new warning window, enter the information required in the box and click "Unlock" again.

Unlock the device

Step 5. Wait for the unlock process to complete. Then, your iPhone or iPad will be erased and taken to its original settings.

Wait for the process to complete

Method 2. Factory reset locked iPhone using iTunes

If you don't want to apply third-party software to get into your locked iPhone, iTunes is one of the options to erase the iPhone, including the passcode. To reset the locked iPhone using iTunes, you need to enter the recovery mode first. The steps to enter the recovery mode vary, depending on the iPhone you use.

Step 1. Make sure your iPhone is not connected to your computer and turn off your device.

Step 2. Enter the recovery mode.

  • On iPhone 8/8 Plus and later: Connect your iPhone to the computer while holding the Side button. Keep holding the button until you see the recovery mode screen.
  • On iPhone 7/7 Plus: Connect your iOS device to your computer while holding the Volume Down button. Keep holding the button until the recovery mode screen appears.
  • On an iPhone earlier than iPhone 7: Connect your iPhone to your computer while holding the Home button. Keeping holding it until you see the recovery mode screen.

Step 3. iTunes will launch automatically on your computer. Click "Restore" to restore your iOS and remove your iPhone data.

Step 4. Set up your iPhone.

How to factory reset locked iPhone using iTunes

If you backed up your iPhone before, you can restore your iPhone from the iTunes or iCloud backup during the setup process.

Method 3. Erase locked iPhone via iCloud

If you have enabled Find My iPhone on the locked iPhone, there is one more way for you to factory reset the iPhone when you forgot the password, which is to use iCloud.

To unlock an iPhone without password:

Step 1. On your computer, go to iCloud.com and sign in with the Apple ID and password you use on your iPhone.

Step 2. Choose "Find iPhone" among the options.

Step 3. Click "All Devices" and select the locked iPhone.

Step 4. Choose "Erase iPhone" to factory reset the locked iPhone without iTunes.

How to factory reset locked iPhone without iTunes

The Bottom Line

It's inevitable that resetting a locked iPhone will erase the data on it and it's hard to restore the data using data recovery solutions. Thus, it should be your last resort to factory reset a device, either an iPhone, iPad or even Android.

After you encounter a situation in which you need to reset an iPhone, you should now realize the importance of data backup. If you have made a backup before, you can restore your data even after a factory reset. If there is no backup available, there is no way to retrieve your precious files.

Hope this guide is helpful to you.

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Updated by Myra

Myra joined EaseUS in 2017. As a big fan of Apple products, she mainly focuses on iOS data transfer and iOS troubleshooting tips. Meanwhile, she is expanding her knowledge and skills in other fields like data recovery and disk management. Myra is open-minded and likes both extensive and intensive reading. Other than reading and writing, she is also fond of mobile games and K-pop stars.

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Written by Sofia Albert

Sofia has been involved with tech ever since she joined the EaseUS editor team in March 2011 and now she is a senior website editor. She is good at solving various iPhone and Android issues, such as iPhone or Android data transfer & recovery. Rich experience in software companies helps her create a lot of popular articles.

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