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How to bypass an iPad or iPhone passcode: Forgot your passcode?


Passcodes get forgotten more often that you might think, and we are frequently asked how to bypass them and hack into an iPad or iPhone. Bypassing passcodes, generally speaking, is on what we’d call the “black hat” (or legally questionable) side of tech support, but there are legitimate instances where people have forgotten the passcode. In these instances, you’ll need to get around the passcode to use your own iPad or iPhone. Nothing dodgy about that.

In this tutorial, we’ll take a look at your options for hacking an iPad (or iPhone) passcode. You’ll have to restore your device, but it’s worth it to get the iPad up and running again. If you have a bit more confidence – and a legitimate reason to want to recover an iPad’s passcode – then there is software that can help you.

How to bypass a forgotten iPad or iPhone passcode: Restore your iPad using Recovery Mode

Restoring an iPad/iPhone and starting again is the best way to recover an iPad/iPhone if you haven’t got the passcode. It removes your personal information from the iPad/iPhone, but if you have a backup you can restore it and it’ll be as good as new (but without the passcode).

Trying to Restore the iPad/iPhone from iTunes requires a passcode, but you can restore the iPad/iPhone from Recovery Mode. This wipes the iPad/iPhone completely and installs the latest version of iOS from scratch.

[Note:  You will need the Apple ID and password that was used to originally set up the device.]


Follow these steps to restore an iPad or iPhone from Recovery Mode:

  • Charge the iPad/iPhone up to at least 20 per cent.
  • Ensure that the iPad/iPhone to a Mac or PC is not connected to the Mac or PC.
  • Open iTunes on your Mac (or PC).
  • Hold down the Sleep/Wake button and use the Slide To Power Off to turn off the iPad/iPhone.
  • Hold down the Home Button.
  • With the Home button held down, attach the Lightning cable to the iPad/iPhone.
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The iPad/iPhone should power up in Recover Mode. The screen should display a blue or red iTunes logo and a white Lightning cable. iTunes should display a message saying ‘iTunes has detected an iPad/iPhone in recovery mode. You must restore this iPad/iPhone before it can be used with iTunes’.


  • Click OK and Restore and Update.
  • Click Restore iPad/iPhone and let iTunes wipe the software and restore the iPad/iPhone.
  • Enter the Apple ID and Password that was used to set up the iPad/iPhone.
  • Click Continue.
  • Choose Restore From This Backup to restore the iPad/iPhone to its earlier state Or you can set up the iPad/iPhone as a fresh model by choosing Set Up As New iPad/iPhone.
  • Click Continue.

Your iPad/iPhone will now be up and running as before but without a passcode.