Top 3 Ways to Reset iPhone without Apple ID Password

You may want to reset your iPhone if you have been using it for a long time and you’re going to sell it or give it to someone else. Or if you purchased a used iPhone and it still has all the contents and settings from the previous owner, you may also need to factory reset the device.

Whatever the reason, you may find it very difficult to reset an iPhone if you don’t have the right Apple ID and password. But don’t worry, there are still some workarounds to that and we will take a look at three of them in this article. Follow the detailed steps below to reset iPhone without Apple ID/password.

Way 1. Reset iPhone without Apple ID Password from Settings

You are able to reset an iPhone from the device’s Settings. But to do that without the Apple ID password, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Find My iPhone must be disabled on the iPhone.
  • If the iPhone has a passcode restriction, you should have the passcode.

With that said, here’s how to reset iPhone directly from the settings:

  • Step 1: Go to Settings on your iPhone and then tap on “General”.
  • Step 2: Tap on “Reset” and then select “Erase All Contents and Settings”
  • Step 3: You will be prompted to enter the passcode, then tap “Erase iPhone” to confirm resetting the device.

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Way 2. Reset iPhone without Apple ID Password using iTunes

Another good way to reset the iPhone without Apple ID is to restore the device in recovery mode via iTunes. Here’s how to do that:

Step 1: Launch iTunes and connect the iPhone to the computer using USB cable.
Step 2: Follow these simple steps to put the device in recovery mode while it is connected to the computer.

  • For iPhone 8 and later- Press and quickly release the Volume Up button, press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Then keep pressing the Power (Side) button until get to the recovery mode screen.
  • For iPhone 7 and 7 Plus- Press and hold both the Power (Side) button and the Volume Down button until get to the recovery mode screen.
  • For iPhone 6 and earlier- Press and hold the Power button and the Home button until get to the recovery mode screen.

Step 3: When a message appears in iTunes, click “Restore” and iTunes will attempt to update the device to the latest version of iOS and reset the device.

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Note: If the process takes more than 15 minutes, the iPhone will exit the recovery mode and you may have to repeat steps 2 and 3 again. After resetting, your iPhone may also be stuck at the iCloud activation lock, and you still need the Apple ID password to set it up.

Way 3. Reset iPhone without Apple ID Password by iPhone Unlocker

The solutions above are not useful if you can’t unlock the device or if it is damaged in some way. The best solution in this case is using third-parry tools that designed to remove the Apple ID without password and allow you to easily access the device. Here we recommend FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker, which can help you reset iPhone without Apple ID even when Find My iPhone is on.

   

Key Features of FoneGeek iPhone Password Unlocker:

  • Reset an iPhone or iPad without Apple ID/password even Find My iPhone feature is on
  • Helps to remove Apple ID and iCloud account from iPhone/iPad when resetting the device.
  • Allows you to log into another Apple ID or create a new one, then enjoy all Apple services and iCloud features.
  • Bypass all types of security locks including 4-digit/6-digit passcode, Touch ID, Face ID from iPhone.
  • Works on all iOS versions even iOS 13 and compatible with all iOS devices including iPhone 11/11 Pro/XS/XR/X etc.

Follow Steps Below to Reset iPhone without Apple ID Password:

Step 1: Download and install FoneGeek iPhone Backup Unlocker on to your computer and then launch it. Click on "Unlock" and choose "Unlock Apple ID", then connect the iPhone to the computer using USB cable.

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Step 2: You need unlock the iPhone screen and tap "Trust" on the device if it is connected to this computer for the first time. Then wait for the program to detect iPhone automatically.

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Step 3: Once the program detects the device, click on "Unlock Now: and it will immediately begin factory resetting iPhone and removing the Apple ID on the device when Find My iPhone is off.

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Step 4: When Find My iPhone is on, you need reset all settings on iPhone: Go to Settings > General > Reset All Settings. After that, the iPhone will restart and the program will begin removing Apple ID.

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After Reset an iPhone, How to Selectively Restore Data from Backup?

Once you’ve reset your iPhone to factory settings, you may need to restore data back to the device. You can choose to restore your iTunes or iCloud backup to the iPhone but a full restore will overwrite all existing data on the device. Thus, we suggest you try FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery to selectively restore data from iTunes/iCloud backup.

   

Option 1: Restore Data from iTunes Backup

  • Download, install and run FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery on your computer. Choose “Recover” from the tool list then select “Recover iOS Data”.
  • Choose “Recover from iTunes Backup File” and the program will detect and list all iTunes backup files on this computer.
  • Choose the backup file you need to extract data from and click on “Start Scan” to begin scanning and extracting data from it.
  • After that, you can preview all data in the iTunes backup file and choose those you want only, then click on “Restore to Device” to “Recover to Computer” as you like.

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Option 2: Restore Data from iCloud Backup

  • Launch FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery, choose “Recover” > “Recover iOS Data” > “Recover from iCloud Backup Files”.
  • Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID and password, then the program will find all iCloud backup files in your account.
  • Choose the backup file you want to recover data from and click on “Download”, then choose the data types from the pop-up and click on “Next” to begin downloading.
  • After that, you can preview all data in the iCloud backup file and check the items you need, then click on the recover button to save them to your device or your computer.

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Note: If you choose to “Restore to Device”, you will have to connect your iPhone or iPad to the computer using a USB cable.

Conclusion

With the methods above, you can easily reset the device even if you don’t have the Apple ID password. Select a solution that works for you and follow the steps to implement the solution completely. If you prefer a simple and quick way, FoneGeek iPhone Password Unlocker can be your best choice. It can help you factory reset iPhone without Apple ID password as well as remove the Apple ID from the device, and you won’t be stuck at the iCloud activation lock screen.

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By Edwin J. Parke

Posted on Mar 03, 2019, 19:48:53

As a professional writer who is interested in technology, Edwin J. Parke has helped thousands of users by offering various tips to solve their problems.