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How to Erase iPhone without Password - Best 4 Solutions

Updated by Brian Davis on Aug 10, 2023 10:00 AM • Category: Unlock iOS
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"Does anyone know how to erase iPhone without passwords? I want to factory reset my iPhone and sell it, but the screen passcode is forgotten. All the suggestions will be greatly appreciated." - Tim from Quora

Sometimes, you need to erase your iPhones because of some reason. If you want to sell a used iPhone, erasing the data of the iPhone would be helpful to protect your privacy. Or you have bought a second-hand iPhone but the device is locked. Your iPhone is unfortunately lost and you can't get it back, you have to wipe your iPhone as soon as possible.

In fact, Apple has already offered a way to reset your device to factory settings. Just go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. However, it requires you to enter your screen passcode to make it happen. The thing is that you may forget the passcode or you can't enter it on the stolen device. To solve the issue, I will show you 4 effective ways to erase iPhone without passcode or Apple ID.

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Video tutorial: 4 methods to erase iPhone without passcode

First of all, you can take a quick look at the following video guide, which recommends 4 ways to help you wipe iPhone without passcode. If you want to learn more details, please keep on reading the post.

Method 1. How to erase iPhone without passcode via iCloud remotely

iCloud could be helpful if you can't remember the passcode of the iPhone screen or your device is lost. To erase your iPhone via iCloud, the Find My iPhone feature should be abled on the locked iPhone, and you need to know the Apple ID and the corresponding password. If you know both, take a look at how to make it via iCloud. You do it on a computer or another iOS device.

Here are the detailed steps for how to erase iPhone without passcode and computer.

Step 1: Launch a web browser on your iPad or another iPhone device, then navigate to the iCloud website. Log in to your Apple ID.

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Step 2: In the iCloud interface, you will see a lot of features. Click on the Find My iPhone option to the next step.

Step 3: Click on the All Devices tab, and find the device that you want to erase in the dropdown. Then, click the Erase iPhone and the device will be wiped completely.

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This method can only be available when you enabled Find My iPhone feature in advance, and you still remember your Apple ID and password. If not, please try other ways below.

Method 2. How to erase iPhone without password via iOS built-in feature

If the operating system of the iPhone that you are going to erase is iOS 15.2 or later, this method would be helpful. With the update of iOS 15.2, users can erase their iPhone without entering the right screen passcode. Like the above method, Apple ID is necessary for this method.

Step 1: Wake your iPhone and keep entering the wrong passcode until the iPhone is disabled.

Step 2: Then, an Erase iPhone option will appear on the button right corner of your iPhone. Click it and enter your Apple ID passcode to erase the iPhone.

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This method can only work on iPhones that are running iOS 15.2 and above. And you need to remember your Apple ID and password. If not, please try other ways below.

Method 3. How to erase iPhone without passcode via iTunes/Finder

iTunes and Finder will always come in handy when iPhone users encounter various iOS issues. It is worth noting that if you need to erase your iPhone via iTunes or Finder, you should sync your iPhone with them before. Otherwise, this method will not be able to work, or will require you to enter the screen passcode. If you have a computer and you had synced the iPhone before, take this method a try.

Step 1: Launch iTunes or Finder on your Windows or Mac computer. Then, connect your iPhone to the computer via a workable lightning cable.

If you are a Windows user: Click on the little iPhone icon on the toolbar, and you will see a menu on the left interface. Then, click on the Summary tab and select the Restore iPhone option. Follow the guide to erase your iPhone.

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If you are a Mac user: Select your iPhone when it is detected by Finder. Then, click on the General tab and hit on the Restore iPhone option to erase the iPhone.

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This method can only be available when you have synced iPhone to iTunes in advance. If not, you need to first put your iPhone into recovery mode manually, and then a pop-up box will appear to ask you to Restore iPhone. If you think the process is too complex, please try the next way below.

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Method 4. How to erase iPhone without passcode/Apple ID via TunesKit iPhone Unlocker [100% Working]

Though you don't know the Apple ID and the password, there are still ways for you to erase iPhone without passcode. Here, I will recommend TunesKit iPhone Unlocker to you. It is a mighty and user-friendly iPhone unlocking tool that allows users to erase their iPhones without entering any passwords, or unlock an iPhone with a broken screen or unresponsive screen. Besides, TunesKit iPhone Unlocker allows users to remove Screen Time passcodes, bypass MDM control in a couple of clicks only. Because of the intuitive interface, users will not meet any obstacles using this software.

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Key features of TunesKit iPhone Unlocker:

  • Erase iPhone without any password within several minutes
  • Enable to factory reset iDevices without passwords
  • Unlock iPhone/iPad/iPod touch at ease
  • Remove Face ID and fingerprint recognition at ease
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Here is how to erase iPhone without Apple ID password or screen passcode using TunesKit iPhone Unlocker.

Step 1Connect your iPhone to a computer

To begin with, please connect your iPhone to a computer, and then launch TunesKit iPhone Unlocker. When your iPhone is detected, choose Unlock iOS Screen and click on the Start button to the next step.

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Step 2Put iPhone into DFU mode

Then, please put your iPhone into Recovery mode or DFU mode. There will be a detailed guide for how-to in the TunesKit iPhone Unlocker interface.

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Step 3Download firmware package

In this step, TunesKit iPhone Unlocker will start to download a firmware package that can help you erase your iPhone. Before that, please ensure that all the given information is corresponding to your device. Then, click on the Download button to download the firmware package.

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Step 4Wipe iPhone without passcode

TunesKit iPhone Unlocker will start to erase your iPhone when the firmware package is downloaded. It won't cost too much time.

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After reading this post, erasing iPhone without passwords would be an easy job for you. Most methods require an Apple ID and the corresponding passcode. If you can't remember the Apple ID passcode, using a third-party tool like TunesKit iPhone Unlocker will be an effortless choice. It is a professional iOS unlocking utility to help you remove any locks on iPhone with highest success rate. If you have any other questions, you can leave us a comment.

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