How to Completely Reset an iPhone Without a Password

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How to Completely Reset an iPhone Without a Password
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The password function is useful in preventing your iPhone from getting stolen and keeping privacy--until you forget your password, that is. After several incorrect guesses, the iPhone will automatically disable itself for a short period of time. Plugging it into iTunes has the same problem since it asks you to type your four-digit password into your phone. Fortunately, there is a solution: setting the iPhone back to factory settings.

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Things you need

  • iPhone
  • USB cable
  • iTunes

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  1. 1

    Turn the iPhone off.

  2. 2

    Plug the USB cable into your computer.

  3. 3

    Press the "Home" button on the iPhone while you connect the other end of the USB cable to the iPhone.

  4. 4

    Press the "Home" button down until the iPhone's screen shows a USB cable and an arrow pointing to the iTunes logo.

  5. 5

    Open iTunes. A box will appear, telling you it is in "recovery mode." Click "OK."

  6. 6

    Click "Restore and Update." Then click "I Agree" when the license agreement appears. iTunes will then restore your iPhone to its original factory settings.

Tips and warnings

  • The "Home" button is the round button with a grey square on it below the iPhone's screen.

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