We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
2,862 Tutorials

How to reset a forgotten iPad or iPhone passcode: Restore your device with iTunes

Fix and restore an iPad or iPhone when you've forgotten your passcode

Reset a forgotten iPad passcode

If you're locked out of your iPad or iPhone then don't fret because here's how to reset a forgotten iOS passcode.

If you've forgotten your passcode for your iPhone or iPad, or maybe someone thought it was funny to add one, then we've got you covered. Even if you've put a wrong passcode in six times and are presented with an "iPad is disabled" messages, not all is lost. See all Apple tutorials.

Luckily, Apple has thought about this possibility and made a way for devices to be reset. The key question is have you already synced your iPad or iPhone with iTunes on your computer? We've written a guide for those that have and those of you who haven't. The guide should also work for anyone with an iPod touch.

How to reset a forgotten iPad or iPhone passcode: Already synced with iTunes

Step one

Connect your iPad or iPhone to the PC or Mac that you normally sync with and open iTunes. If iTunes asks you to enter the passcode, use another computer that you have previous synced with. Otherwise, refer our guide below for never synced with iTunes.

Connect iPad to iTunes

Step two

If the device is still disabled, or if iTunes does not automatically sync your device, sync the device with iTunes.

Sync iPad with iTunes

Step three

When the backup and sync is complete, restore your device.

Restore iPad

Step four

When the iOS Setup Assistant asks to set up your device, click "Restore from iTunes backup".

Restore from iTunes backup

Step five

Select your device in iTunes and choose the most recent backup of your device.

How to reset a forgotten iPad or iPhone passcode: Never synced with iTunes

If you see one of following alerts, you need to erase your device.

"iTunes could not connect to the [device] because it is locked with a passcode. You must enter your passcode on the [device] before it can be used with iTunes." Or "You haven't chosen to have [device] trust this computer"

If you have enable Find My iPhone (or iPad), use the Remote Wipe feature to erase the contents of your device. Then where possible, use iCloud to restore the most recent backup and reset the passcode.

Note: To use Find My iPhone, you'll need to have set up a restrictions passcode.

If this doesn't work or you don't have access to Find My iPhone or iCloud then follow these steps.

Step one

Place your device in recovery mode. Find out how to do this in our How to get an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch in and out of recovery mode guide.

Step Two

Click 'ok' on the message from iTunes stating the device is in recovery mode.

iPad and iPhone recovery mode

Step Three

Now restore your device from iTunes.

IDG UK Sites

Microsoft smartwatch release date, price and specs rumours: Launching within a few weeks

IDG UK Sites

Why you shouldn't buy the iPad mini 3: No wonder Apple gave it 10 seconds of stage time

IDG UK Sites

Halloween Photoshop tutorials: 13 masterclasses for horrifying art, designs and type

IDG UK Sites

Should I upgrade from Mavericks to OS X 10.10 Yosemite? What you need to know before updating to...