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3 Best Ways to Erase iPhone without Passcode

In order to protect your valuable data from falling into the wrong hands Apple has placed several security measures, and erasing all the data from your device is one of them. Actually, if you even accidentally get locked out of your iPhone you cannot get into it again using normal methods. You can try to unlock the device using iTunes or iCloud but both the procedures will ultimately wipe all of the data from your iOS device. So, how to erase iPhone when locked, you will find all of the procedures in this detailed guide!

Way 1: Factory Reset Locked iPhone with iPhone Unlocker Tool

If it is the first time you have locked out of your iPhone then normally you would go for iTunes to fix the device. Unfortunately, if you haven’t connected to iTunes before then you will not be able to connect to iTunes in such circumstances. So, normally your next choice must be iCloud, here also there is a problem. iCloud uses Find My iPhone feature to erase the device and if you haven’t enabled that particular feature before to locate your iPhone then you won’t be able to use it now. So, you may be wondering how to factory reset a locked iPhone, the answer is very simple. Use the stellar iPhone unlocker tool called Tenorshare 4uKey. It can unlock any iPhone like the iPhone X/8/8Plus/7/7Plus/6/6S/5/5S/SE without any trouble whatsoever. Here’s how you can use it to erase locked iPhone without iTunes:

Step 1: Download and install it on your computer first. The tool is supported on both PC and Mac, so, you can use any one of them.

Step 2: Now, run the software and connect the iPhone to your computer.

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Step 3: After detection, click on “Start” to proceed.

Step 4: Now, it will ask you to download the firmware package. Select a destination for it and then click on “Download”.

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Step 5: When the firmware is downloaded you can click on “Unlock Now” to unlock the locked the device.

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The unlocking procedure will take a few minutes and after you have completed the procedure successfully the iPhone will be unlocked and all of its data will be erased completely.

Way 2: Erase A Locked iPhone remotely with iCloud

Most of the users don’t know this but you can also use the iCloud app to unlock the locked iPhone and even erase its data. You will have to use the “Find My iPhone” feature and you can erase everything remotely. So, how to erase iPhone without passcode? You can find the answer in the steps below:

You have to use your computer for this procedure or if you own any other iOS device then you can use that too.

Step 1: So, open that other device and visit the official website of iCloud.

Step 2: Now, you need to enter your dedicated iCloud account

Step 3: Provide your ID and password to log-in to that account

Step 4: Then, you have to click on “Find My iPhone”.

Step 5: Next, click on “All Devices” and choose your iPhone among the list of iOS devices.

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Step 6: Finally, click on “Erase iPhone” to erase all of the data from your iPhone remotely.

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This way you can factory reset locked iPhone without iTunes. This is a very simple procedure to erase your iOS device remotely but if you haven’t previously enabled this feature then you won’t be able to use this procedure to erase your device when it is locked. So, keep that in mind before going for it!

Way 3: Wipe A Locked iPhone with iTunes

iTunes is the official procedure granted by Apple for its dedicated users to unlock and erase the iPhone if it is locked or got disabled. No matter what situation you are in, you can always depend on the iTunes app to factory reset locked iPhone but be prepared to expect a very slow process. Anyhow, not many people know how to wipe a locked iPhone using the features of iTunes. So, they are mentioned below.

Step 1: Open the iTunes app on your computer and connect.

Step 2: Now, you have to put your device into Recovery Mode as it is currently disabled.

  • Hold the Volume up and then tap the Volume down button. Then hold the Side button to see the Connect to iTunes screen for iPhone X/8/8 Plus.
  • Tap and hold the Side as well as the Volume Down buttons at the same time for 10 seconds for iPhone 7/7 Plus.
  • Tap and hold the Home as well as the Power button until the device enters recovery mode for iPhone 6/6s etc.

Step 3: Now, plug in your iPhone with the original USB cable to the computer.

Step 4: Your iPhone will be detected in recovery mode now.

Step 5: You will see this prompt: “There is a problem with iPhone that requires it to be updated or restored”. Here click the Restore button.

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Step 6: Click the “Restore and Update” button and iTunes will erase your device and download new software.

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This is a very simple and an effective procedure but if you are unable to connect to iTunes then it would be impossible to wipe the device that way.

Conclusion

This article tells about 3 easy ways to erase your iPhone’s data when you do not have the passcode to open the device. These procedures include the official ways granted by Apple like iTunes and iCloud and a third party iPhone unlocker tool. If you use iTunes then you have to put your iPhone into Recovery Mode and then you can erase the device. If you use the iCloud app then you have to use “Find My iPhone” option, using which you can remotely erase the device. Finally, you have the third-party option Tenorshare 4uKey. If you use this app then you just have to connect the device to your computer and you will be able to erase the device. Clearly, 4uKey is the easiest option here and it is faster than the other methods as well. We highly recommend you to go for this amazing software!

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