By Demi / Last Updated May 20, 2021

Need to factory reset and no passcode.

I am trying to do a factory reset on my wife's iPhone 8 and we don't know the password. Is there a way to wipe everything and reset to factory without any passcode or without using iTunes? Or does it need to be done at an apple repair place?

- Question from MacRumors

Apple allows you to factory reset your iPhone or erase all the data on it for some personal reasons, but you are always asked to log in password for further operation. Thus, it’s difficult for you to erase iPhone without password.

However, there is no need to go to an Apple repair place if you want to wipe an iPhone without password. Besides, this guide elaborates you two other ways to factory reset iPhone without passcode except iTunes.

Why do you want to erase iPhone without password?

Before seeking for solutions, let’s figure out why you want to erase iPhone without passcode so that you can choose a more suitable method.

● Forget the password. It is the most ordinary reason which has also shown in the question above.
iPhone is lost or stolen accidentally. It is unfortunate, but to protect your information from using by others, you have to wipe iPhone clean as soon as possible.
To sell the used iPhone. It is wise to sell the used iPhone after you have bought the latest iPhone. And for the sake of your privacy and the safety of your data, it’s necessary for you to reset iPhone to factory.
iPhone is not working well. It will be troublesome if your iPhone doesn’t perform well as it should and factory resetting is the last hope for you to make iPhone operate well again.

Note: If you intend to reset your iPhone to factory, make sure you have backed it up or transferred data from old iPhone to a new one.

How to erase iPhone without password?

Method 1. Factory reset iPhone with iCloud

If you want to restore iPhone to factory setting, you can try to wipe it remotely with the help of iCloud. Here is how to do with it. It’s a good way to reset iPhone when you lost iPhone by accident.

Step 1. Go to > Log in your iCloud ID > Click Find My iPhone.

Step 2. Click on the option All Devices > Find the locked iPhone > Click it on.

Step 3. Click on Erase iPhone. Then your iPhone will be completely wiped.

Erase Iphone From Icloud

Tip: Factory reset iPhone with iCloud can be available when you have previously enabled Find My iPhone. If not, try other ways below.

Method 2. Wipe iPhone using iTunes

Apple also offers you iTunes to wipe iPhone completely which can be a decent choice if you forget the password of your iPhone. After wiping iPhone by iTunes, you’ll be able to access your iPhone without a password. The steps are as follows.

Step 1. Open and update the latest iTunes on a computer > Plug iPhone into the computer.

Step 2. Click the Device tab > Click Summary > Click Restore iPhone...option.

Restore Iphone

Tip: You won’t be able to reset iPhone with iTunes unless you have previously backed it up to your iTunes account before the reset.

Method 3. Erase iPhone by using a third-party app with ease

AOMEI MBackupper is not only a professional backup and transfer software designed for Apple users, but a tool to reset iPhone without losing your important data.

If you just want your iPhone work well again after erasing, you can easily backup and erase iPhone for free at the same time. If you plan to sell your iPhone after erasing, you can also take advantage of AOMEI MBackupper, because data erased by it can not be recovered any longer. Thus, data in your iPhone would not fall into the wrong hands.

Download AOMEI MBackupper first. Then have a try.

Step 1. Run AOMEI MBackupper > Connect iPhone to computer with a stable USB cable.

Step 2. Click Erase iPhone on the interface. (If you want to save iPhone data first. Click Custom Backup.)

Erase Iphone

Step 3. Click I have understand the consequence of erasing data, and I am sure to erase data.

Erase Options

Step 4. Click Erase iPhone.


Hope you can factory reset iPhone without passcode after reading this passage. If you concern your data safety, it is suggested that AOMEI MBackupper is your best choice. Besides, you’d better backup your iPhone regularly with it to avoid any data loss.

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