How to Erase iPhone Without iCloud Password

  1. Published on May 11, 2022
  2. Updated on May 11, 2022
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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, erasing the iPhone can mean that you will be unable to set it up again.

So, is there a way to erase an iPhone without the iCloud password? Well, there are ways that you can bypass the iCloud account so you will not need it to erase the device.

In this article, we will talk through why you need your iCloud password and the solutions to erase your iPhone without an iCloud password.

Background

The reason you will need your iCloud password to erase your iPhone is because of an Apple security feature known as iCloud Activation Lock.

This feature is meant to protect the data on your iPhone in case the device is ever stolen.

When setting up any iPhone, the user is often requested to create or enter an existing Apple ID.

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

To make sure that you are the owner of the device, you will be requested to enter this password when you erase or reset the device in the future.

The device will display the message: “This device is linked to an Apple ID. Enter the Apple ID and password that were used to set up this 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.

This feature is also automatically enabled when you turn on Find My iPhone and can also be used to locate a missing iOS device using the Find My app.

The following are the options you have when you want to erase the iPhone but you don’t know the iCloud password:

Remove the Apple ID without Password Using Unlockit: the Easy Way

Unlockit is a third-party unlocking tool that can be very useful in erasing your device when you don’t have the iCloud password.

It is easy to use, highly reliable and works for all iPhone models. It is also one of the best ways to get rid of a forgotten screen passcode or remove a Screen Time passcode.

The following are some of its main features:

  • It will allow you to easily erase the iPhone in a few clicks
  • It supports all versions of iOS, including iOS 15
  • It is also a good way to bypass MDM, Apple ID, 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” and then connect the iPhone to the computer.

Step 2: If Find My iPhone is disabled on the device, the device will be erased automatically.

If Find My iPhone is enabled, you will need to reset the device before you can erase it. Just unlock the iPhone and go to Settings > Reset > Reset All Settings.

If you have two-factor authentication enabled, follow the on-screen guide, and click “Unlock” to begin the removal.

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

Forgot the iCloud Password? How to Reset It

Reset iCloud/Apple ID Password on Your Device

If you know the Apple ID, but you have forgotten the password, you can always 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://appleid.apple.com/ on your browser and select “Forgot Apple ID or Password?” to reset the password.

Reset iPhone Using iTunes

You can also reset the iPhone without an iCloud password using iTunes, but it only works if Find My iPhone is turned off.

Follow these steps to do it:

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

Step 2: Click on the device icon and in the “Summary” tab, click on “Restore iPhone.”

Step 3: Click “Restore” again to confirm and iTunes 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.  

restore iPhone

Erase iPhone using iCloud

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 your computer, go to https://www.icloud.com/ and sign in with your Apple ID and password. Click on the “Find iPhone” section.

You can also use the Find My app on any other iOS device.

Step 2: If there is more than one device on that account, click on “All Devices” to select the device that you would like to erase

Step 3: In the options that appear, click “Erase iPhone” and enter your Apple ID and password again to erase the device remotely.

Erase iPhone using iCloud

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.

Sovan Mandal

A tech enthusiast to the core, I make it a point to keep myself updated on the latest developments from the world of technology. Android and iPhone trouble-shooting is another aspect that interests me a lot, as do a few of the more recent developments such as self-driving automobiles, AI, and such.
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