Full Guide to Change/Reset/Remove iPhone Passcode

by Lorena Hill

Updated on 2024-03-19

5min read

The configuration of a screen passcode on your iPhone is very important so prying eyes can’t access your device and the information on it in your absence. When you lose or forget this passcode, using the device becomes a challenge but you don’t have to beat yourself up about it as the problem is a fixable one. In this post, we will share with you a short guide that explains how to reset or change the passcode to your iPhone easily and quickly.

How to Change Passcode on iPhone

Perhaps you desire to create a new passcode after sharing the previous one with a friend or you want to replace a weak passcode with a strong one, you can complete that via the settings panel.

Use the stepwise guide below to change the screen passcode on your iPhone:

  1. Locate the Settings icon on your home screen and click on it.
  2. Browse through the options displayed and choose Face ID & Passcode (if you use an iPhone without the home button). For folks with iPhone using the home button, you will see Touch ID & Passcode instead.
  3. Input your current screen passcode on the subsequent screen.
  4. Swipe down the next interface and click on Change Passcode.
  5. Now, enter the current screen passcode in the space provided.
  6. Another screen will appear, input the new screen passcode you want to use henceforth.  Confirm your passcode by retyping it in the space provided.
  7. Afterwards, your new passcode will be registered with your iPhone and you can use it to bypass screen lock in no time.
  8. change iPhone passcode in Settings | Change or Reset iPhone Passcode

Having discussed how to change your screen passcode on your iPhone, let’s proceed to how to reset your passcode when you forget it. The next section of this post will walk you through how it’s done.

How to Reset iPhone Passcode Without Data Loss

Generally, resetting your screen passcode leads to data loss. But you can avoid that if you use an iPhone that’s running on iOS 17.0 or later. As for this solution, you will need your previous passcode to complete the operation. However, there is a condition to satisfy and that is:

Ensure that you have changed your screen passcode at least once in the last 72 hours and you remember the old passcode.

If you satisfy this condition, follow these steps to reset your iPhone passcode without losing the data on it:

  1. Enter the wrong passcode on your iPhone as many times as possible until you see the Security Lockout interface or iPhone Unavailable.
  2. Tap on Forgot Passcode? at the bottom right corner on the screen displayed.
  3. Next, an interface with the option to Enter Previous Passcode will pop up. Click on the corresponding button.
  4.  Input the old passcode and follow the on-screen guide to set up a new passcode to unlock your device henceforth.
  5. tap Enter Previous Passcode | Change or Reset iPhone Passcode

How to Remove Forgotten iPhone Passcode from iPhone Without iTunes and iCloud

Fail to reset the screen passcode with the method above and unable to access your iPhone? No worry. Passixer iPhone Unlocker can help you out. As a specialized iOS unlocking utility, Passixer can remove the forgotten passcode, Face/Touch ID from your locked iPhone/iPad within a few clicks but with a high success rate. Plus, it supports removing other iOS restrictions like MDM lock and Screen Time from your iDevice without password, which enables you to fully use your iPhone/iPad.

Key Features

  1. 1-click to remove the 4-digit/6-digit passcode or custom passcode on any iOS device.
  2. Instantly bypass all types of screen lock, including Face ID, Touch ID from your iPhone.
  3. Bypass iCloud Activation Lock for any iOS device without providing the Apple ID details.
  4. Fix lost or forgotten iTunes backup Passcode issue without hassles.
  5. Passixer has a comprehensive interface which makes screen unlock operations easy and quick.

Steps to Remove Forgotten iPhone Passcode from iPhone Using Passixer

Step 1: Install Passixer on your computer and launch it. Tap on Wipe Passcode on the quick start page.

select Wipe Passcode | Change or Reset iPhone Passcode

Tap on Start on the subsequent screen.

Step 2: Connect the locked iPhone to your computer with the help of a USB cable. Passixer on detecting that your device is connected would quickly scan it and display some information about it. Confirm the information and click Start to download the firmware to reset your phone.

download firmware for iPhone unlocking | Change or Reset iPhone Passcode

Step 3: Input 0000 in the empty space provided on the subsequent screen and click on Unlock. Passixer will start screen unlocking. In the course of this, your iOS will be updated to the most recent version.

enter confirmation code to unlock iPhone | Change or Reset iPhone Passcode

Note: If you have enabled Find My on your iPhone, iCloud Activation Lock will be activated on the device after resetting with Passixer. You will have to bypass iCloud Activation Lock with Apple ID if you remember or use the same tool Passixer afterward.

How to Unlock iPhone Without Passcode and Computer

Not in possession of a computer and you need to unlock your iPhone without a passcode? You don’t have to beat yourself up if your device runs on iOS 15.2 or later. iPhone using this OS comes with the Erase iPhone option which you can use to unlock your screen if you can’t remember the passcode.

However, for this solution to be effective, you must remember the Apple ID connected to the iPhone. If you have this ready, then follow the stepwise guide below to unlock the phone:

  1. Enter the wrong screen passcode as many times as possible until you see the Security Lockout interface.
  2. Tap on the Erase iPhone icon at the lower right corner.
  3. Next, a prompt warning you about the consequences of your action will pop up. Hit the Erase iPhone option again and proceed to the next step.
  4. Now, input the Apple ID password in the space provided on the subsequent screen. Your iPhone will be erased.
  5. tap Erase iPhone and enter Apple ID | Change or Reset iPhone Passcode

Note: Unlocking your iPhone using this solution would result in data loss.


Using any of the solutions provided in the guide above, you can reset your passcode on any iPhone model from the comfort of your home. However, mind you, it’s best you consider the conditions for each solution before implementing it.

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