3 Working Ways to Factory Reset iPhone without Apple ID Password

by J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young iOS Published On Nov 23, 2022 Updated On Nov 23, 2022
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Do you want to remove your Apple ID on your iPhone by performing a factory reset but you forgot the Apple ID password?

This article will show you the proper ways to reset the iPhone without Apple ID password and how to recover forgotten Apple ID password.

You can use the tips and information below as a guide for your iPhone reset concerns.

Don't Factory Reset the iPhone Directly If You Forgot the Apple ID Password

Before we get started, it's important to note that you should not do a factory reset on your iPhone directly if you don't remember the Apple ID password.

Why? When Find My iPhone is enabled and you do not know your Apple ID password, a direct factory reset will not completely remove the Apple ID from your iPhone.

This is because the Activation Lock will be triggered if you factory reset your iPhone without turning off Find My iPhone.

The Activation Lock prompts you for the Apple ID and password you used on your iPhone before the factory reset. You won't be able to bypass the Activation Lock unless you input the correct Apple ID and password.

If you can't recall your Apple ID password, you will be permanently locked out of the Activation lock screen and won't be able to get into to the iPhone.

Now, let's go over to the options you have to erase iPhone without the Apple ID password.

Options to Reset iPhone without Apple ID Password

Using the Unlockit iPhone Apple ID remover software is the most recommended way to permanently reset your iPhone that does not require your Apple ID password.

You can also reset the iOS device without using Apple ID password by using iPhone Recovery Mode and iTunes on your computer. But it only works when the Find My is turned off on your device.

In addition, you can also choose to reset the forgotten Apple ID password and then factory reset the iOS device.

Below are the details of the methods to reset an iPhone without an Apple ID Password.

  • Reset iPhone without Apple ID password using Unlockit iPhone. (Recommended)
  • Using Recovery Mode and iTunes. (Works only when Find My is turned off)
  • Reset Apple ID Password and then reset iPhone.

Reset iPhone Without Apple ID Password Using Unlockit iPhone

If you want an easy, safe and fast solution for any of your Apple ID issues, then try Unlockit iPhone.

This powerful tool helps you reset your iPhone without an Apple ID password, regardless if the Find My iPhone is on or off.

It supports a variety of iOS, from the old iOS up to the latest iOS 16. Plus, it also offers an easy-to-use interface and consistently provides the expected results.

Note: Using Unlockit iPhone to reset your iPhone without an Apple ID password will completely erase all the stored data. Therefore, please make a backup of all your essential data, if you want to keep a copy of your data.

Now, to reset your iPhone without a password using Unlockit iPhone, follow the steps below.

Step 1. To begin, download and install Unlockit iPhone on your computer.

Step 2. Launch the software and click Unlock Apple ID (Remove Apple ID from iOS device).

Step 3. Then, connect your iPhone to your computer with a USB cable. Then click Start.

Step 4. Then Unlockit iPhone will automatically reset your iPhone, follow the on-screen instructions to proceed.

Note: Avoid disconnecting your phone intentionally or accidentally during the whole reset process, as it may cause some permanent damage to your iPhone.

Finally, wait for the process to finish.

There you have it, with just a few easy steps, your iPhone has been reset. You may now log in with another Apple ID, or you can just create a new one.

Using iTunes

If you have forgotten your Apple ID password, and the Find My iPhone is turned off on your device, you can also try to resolve this issue with the help of iTunes.

Note: It is recommended to backup your data before proceeding because resetting your iPhone via iTunes will delete all your data.

  1. To begin, download and install iTunes on your computer.
  2. Then, connect your iPhone to your computer with a USB cable.
  3. Put your iPhone in Recovery Mode. The steps will vary depending on the iPhone model. To enter Recovery Mode, here are the steps for every model.
  4. iPhone 6s or earlier: Press and hold both the Home and the Power/Wake buttons simultaneously. Hold until you see the recovery mode screen.
  5. iPhone 7/iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold the Power/Wake and Volume Down buttons at the same time. Hold them until you see the Recovery Mode screen.
  6. iPhone 8 or later: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Then, press and hold the Power/Wake button until you see the recovery mode screen.
  7. iTunes will detect the DFU mode and will alert you. Click OK in the message box.
  8. Now, on iTunes, click your iPhone in the Locations.
  9. Next, click Restore iPhone.
  10. Then, click Restore to confirm.

Note: If your iPhone is not running the latest iOS, Restore and Update will be prompted instead. Click Restore and Update to confirm.

Finally, wait for the process to finish. With just a free Apple software, a computer, and a cable, you can easily reset your iPhone without the Apple ID password.

Forgotten Apple ID Password? Try Reset It

If you have forgotten your Apple ID password, you can also try to reset it. Below are the methods to recover your Apple ID and password:

Reset Password on Settings

  1. Firstly, go to Settings.
  2. Then, tap User > Password & Security > Change Password.
  3. Enter your iPhone's passcode and tap Done.
  4. Now, enter your new password under New and Verify twice.
  5. Finally, tap Change.

Reset Password on Mac

This method is exclusive to people with a MacBook.

  1. To begin, on your MacBook, go to Apple menu > System Preferences.
  2. Then, click Apple ID > Password & Security.
  3. If asked to enter your Apple ID password, click Forgot Apple ID or password.
  4. Click Change Password.
  5. Now, enter your Mac password when prompted and click Allow.
  6. Enter your new password. Once again enter your new password under Verify.
  7. Finally, click Change.

You can now reset your iPhone.

Reset Password with a Browser

Using your iCloud account is another method to reset a forgotten Apple ID and password.

  1. To begin, go to appleid.apple.com.
  2. Then, enter your Apple ID email.
  3. Click Forgot Apple ID or password.
  4. Now, enter Apple ID again and click Continue.
  5. Choose how to reset your password and click Continue:
  6. Get an email: An email will be sent to you with steps on how to reset your Apple password.
  7. Answer security questions: This only works if you have an account with security questions set up. If you have, select this and follow the on-screen instructions.

Once the password has been reset, you will be asked to sign in again using the new password. When everything is done, you can now reset your iPhone.

Reset Password With a Two-Step Verification

If you set up your Apple account with a two-step verification, follow the steps below to recover your forgotten Apple ID password.

  1. To begin, go to appleid.apple.com.
  2. Then, enter your Apple ID email.
  3. Click Forgot Apple ID or password.
  4. Enter Apple ID again and click Continue.
  5. Now, enter the Recovery Key you were given during the two-step verification and click Continue.

Note: You will be unable to change the Apple password if you have lost your Recovery Key or access to the trusted device. It's best to stop here if you have done so. If not, let's continue.

  1. Next, select a trusted device when prompted. Then on your iPhone, you will receive a verification code.
  2. Now, enter the verification code on your browser.
  3. Finally, create a new password, then select Reset Password.

After resetting your password, you must sign in again using your new password. When everything is done, you can now reset your iPhone.

Wrapping Up

You may reset your iPhone in a number of ways. Simply pick a method from the set of steps above that works best for you, then carefully carry out each procedure for a successful outcome.

In case you're having problems recovering your Apple ID and password, we have provided guides for almost every possible option for you to choose from.

We hope you find the information in this article helpful for your troubles, whether now or in the future. If you have any thoughts, please feel free to comment below.

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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