5 Ways to Erase iPhone Without iCloud Password

by J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young iOS Published On Jan 11, 2023 Updated On Mar 30, 2023
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You may need to rest your iPhone to fix a recurring issue. But if you don't have the iCloud password for that device, you will get stuck on the iCloud Activation lock screen after erasing the iPhone.

So, is there a way to erase an iPhone without the iCloud password? Well, in this article, we will talk through 5 solutions to help you erase your iPhone without an Apple ID password.


The reason you may need the iCloud password to erase your iPhone in some cases is because of an Apple security feature known as iCloud Activation Lock.

This feature is automatically enabled when you turn on Find My iPhone, which is used to protect the data on your iPhone in case the device is ever stolen.

This Apple ID and password are then connected to the device's unique IMEI number and Apple Servers notes this connection.

You will be requested to enter the Apple ID account and password when you setup the device after erasing the device, to make sure that you are the owner of the device.

If you don't know the Apple ID and password, you will be stuck at the iCloud Activation Lock screen and unable to set up the device.

Fortunately. the following are 5 options you have when you want to erase the iPhone but you don't know the iCloud password:

Erase iPhone without iCloud Password Using Unlockit: the Easy Way

Unlockit iPhone is a third-party unlocking tool that can help you erase your device when you don't have the iCloud password, even if you have turned on the Find My feature on your device.

After erasing the device using Unlockit iPhone, your device won't get stuck in the iCloud Activation lock or Locked to owner screen.

It is easy to use, highly reliable and works for all iPhone models to help you erase your device and Apple ID without password.

The following are its main features:

  • Erase the iPhone without Apple ID password in a few clicks.
  • Remove the Apple ID without password.
  • It supports all versions of iOS, including iOS 17.
  • It is also a good way to bypass MDM, Screen lock, and all types of screen locks

Download and install Unlockit on your computer and then follow these simple steps to use it:

Step 1: Open Unlockit, click on "Unlock Apple ID".

launch Unlockit iPhone

Step 2: Then connect the iPhone to the computer.

connect your iOS device to the computer

Step 3: Verify that If you have two-factor authentication enabled, and click "Yes" to proceed.

confirm two-factor authentication

Step 4: Then follow the on-screen guide to start the unlocking process.

Start Unlocking Apple ID

In a few minutes, the Apple ID on your device will be erased and you should be able to erase the device easily.

the Apple ID should already be removed

Via Settings

You can try to reset your device directly from Settings without an iCloud password, if the Find My iPhone feature is disabled on your iPhone and you didn't set any restriction passcode for this operation before.

Note: If the Find My is enabled on your device, you will be required to enter the Apple ID password during the process.

Follow the steps below to factory reset the iPhone from settings.

Step 1: Go to "Settings" on your iPhone > "General" > Scroll down and select "Transfer or Reset iPhone".

Transfer or Reset Device

Step 2: Choose "Erase All Content and Settings".

Erase All Content and Settings

Step 3. Press "Continue" to proceed and enter your passcode if requested.


Depending on your device, erasing your data may take a few minutes.

Via Password Resetting

If you know the Apple ID, but you have forgotten the password, you can always try to reset the password.

But this method will only work if you are signed in to iCloud and you have two-factor authentication enabled on the device.

Here's how to do it:

Step 1: Open the Settings on your device and tap on your name at the top. Select "Password & Security" and then tap on "Change Password."

Step 2: Enter the device's passcode and choose a new password.

Step 3: Tap on "Change" and choose if you would like to sign out of other devices.

Once this is done, you can use the new password to erase the iPhone.

You can also go to https://support.apple.com/ on your browser and select "Forgot Apple ID or Password?" to reset the password.

Forgot Apple ID or Password

Via iTunes or Finder

You can also reset the iPhone without an iCloud password using iTunes on your Windows computer or Finder on your Mac computer, but it only works if Find My iPhone is turned off on your device.

Note: If you enabled Find My iPhone, Activation Lock is activated, and your iPhone will be stuck at the iCloud Activation Lock / Locked to Owner screen after the erase process. To gain access to the iPhone, you must enter the iCloud account and password on the Activation Lock screen.

Follow these steps to do it:

Step 1: Make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes or Finder, open it, and then connect the iPhone to the computer.

Step 2: Click on the device icon and in the "General" tab, click on "Restore iPhone."

restore iPhone

Step 3: Click "Restore" again to confirm and iTunes/Finder will install new firmware on the device before erasing it.


When the process is complete, you should be able to set up the device as new. If the Find My is enabled on your device, your device will be stuck on the iPhone Locked To Owner screen as below:

iPhone Locked To Owner

Via iCloud

Note: This method will work for you if you can get in touch with the previous owner, and most importantly,  they are willing to help you, because the steps are not easy to follow.

If you bought a second-hand iPad and do not know the Apple ID or password. In this case, the only option is to remotely erase the device with the help of the original owner.

You can ask them to erase the iPhone using iCloud as the following simple steps:

Step 1: On his or her computer, go to https://www.icloud.com and click the Sign in button.

click the Sign in button

Step 2: Sign in with your Apple ID and password.

Sign in with your Apple ID and password

Step 3: Enter the Two-factor authentication code that's sent to your other devices to proceed.

Enter the Two-factor authentication code

Step 4: Click on the "Find iPhone" section.

Click on the

Step 5: Click on "All Devices" to select the device that you would like to erase.

Click on

Step 6: In the options that appear, click "Erase iPhone".

If your device is online, the remote erase will begin once you complete the onscreen instructions. If your device is offline, the remote erase will begin the next time it connects to the internet.

Erase iPhone

Step 7: Confirm your operation and enter your Apple ID and password again.

Confirm your operation

Step 8: Enter the verification code that's sent to your other devices again.

Enter the verification code

Step 9: Enter a phone number where the device can be reached and the text messages which you want to show on the device optionally.

Enter the phone number

Step 10: Wait for the erase process.

Wait for the erase process

Step 11: After the device is erased, click Remove from Account to allow the device to be activated and used by other person.

Remove from Account

Step 12: Confirm your operation.

Confirm your operation

After the previous owner finishes the steps above, the device will be erased and removed from the previous owner's account. You can now get access to the device and start the setup process.

the device is erased

To Conclude

To avoid getting stuck on the Activation Lock screen, you should always make sure that you know the iCloud password before erasing your iPhone.

But if the iCloud account associated with the device is not your own, you may not have the password or even be able to reset it. In this case, only Unlockit presents the most advantageous solution.

J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young

Mako is a technical freelance writer with a passion for all things tech. Whether you're wondering about how to fix your iPhone or trying to get something to work in your settings, Mako is your go-to for professional help. He loves writing, testing solutions, and most of all, making sure his research is factually accurate.

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