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Important Things to Know about Passcode

Updated on July 5, 2014

Five Important Tips in Using Passcode

iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch are considered personal gadgets. Users load it up with personal information, only they should have access with. It includes personal data, most intimate photos and videos, list of all finances and security information, business schedules and business contacts, and most confidential notes and reminders. Taking this in mind, Apple did not forget to include the most useful security feature, the Passcode Lock. However, many users ended up losing data by careless use of this feature.

Here are a few tips on making sure this feature works for you:

  • Keep passcode confidential. Associate a memorable event for easy recall.
  • Keep only one Pass code. When changed, make sure to write it down and keep the information in a vault. When it is hard to recall which one is the last entry, you know where to go.
  • You may assign a trusted friend to write it down for you, just in case you don't remember it at all.
  • Refrain kids from using the device. A higher percentage of these reported cases were as a result of kids manipulating the menu screen, while the device is unlocked.
  • Always have a back -up of all your confidential information. Although we want everything electronics, still nothing beats the art of keeping the data safe the conventional way. Write it and keep it safe somewhere else.

These five tips, I tell you, are the most basic. This list should be seriously considered by those who have enabled “passcode lock” on their devices. Each time a Passcode is forgotten, there is always a disastrous consequence of losing important data. Why?, because when a Passcode is forgotten, there is no other choice but do a “Force Restore”.

That is why it is always good to know how this feature works and what you can do to avoid circumstances of doing a "force restore". Knowing all these, will save you from the hassles, at the same time enjoying one of the iPhone's most useful features.

You have the most advanced platform in the world, be in the know, and work out to learn more about the latest iPhone technology.

What is Force Restore?

A force restore is an iPhone technology term, this is the process of setting an iPhone to factory default under a not-so-normal circumstances, such as forgotten Passcode, or when iPhone refuses to perform a typical restore in iTunes, etc.

Why do we want to avoid it?

  • First, a Force Restore process erases all existing data from the iPhone, as it sets back the device to how it has been when it was first bought. No apps, no music, nothing at all. After a "Force Restore", the iPhone is back to factory default.
  • Second, unlike a normal restore process, backing up is impossible. In other words, after a force restore, there would be no chance to get the same information back into the device. Unless, there was a previous back up that was created the day before “passcode lock” settings was enabled. Why? Restoring the device from a computer back up after a force restore process is a big waste of time. The passcode settings will be restored and the user ends up having the same passcode problem. In other words, after a force restore, it should be followed by setting up a device as new.
  • Third, it is a very time consuming process, always affected by several factors like Internet connection, USB timing, anti-virus or scanner software in the computer , just to name a few. Instead of a 5-minute minimum duration, it can take longer than 3 hours.

How to do a Force Restore

A normal restore process, (restore process by the way, is done when there is OS update or when there appears to be glitches in the OS) is relatively fast, but Forced Restore is a hassle. Some of the calls that Apple Customer Service receives about restoring is due to a forgotten passcode.

The process is supposed to be as easy as a normal restore, but when connecting the device to iTunes, it requires a “passcode” before it can proceed in restoring the device. The user may then find it stupid to be asked for a Passcode; in the first place, he is restoring the iPhone because he has forgetten what it is. This is where the challenge is, so in this article, let me provide a short list of steps so you can do it yourself, rather than staying on queue, waiting for the next available customer service Advisor.

Here is how:

  • Make sure to disable any security software in your computer
  • Open iTunes. Make sure you have the latest version in your computer. If you don’t have iTunes make sure to download it first.
  • Prepare a USB cable and connect it to one of your computer’s USB port. The other end of the USB cable should not be connected to anything yet.
  • Turn off the device by pressing the sleep/wake button at the top until a red slider appears. Slide the slider to completely turn it off.
  • Press the home button as you connect the USB cable into the device. Continue holding the home button, as the device turns on. It should display a USB cable pointing to iTunes. Check the iTunes screen for a note like this

iTunes has detected an (device) in recovery mode. You must restore this (device) before it can be used with iTunes”.

  • Release the home button of the device and click on the “restore” option in your iTunes screen.
  • Wait until restore is complete before you eject the device from iTunes. Make sure to set it up again.

So far, this is the most effective plan for resolving passcode related issues. However, it can also be used in some other issues regarding iPhone use.

  • First, when the device continually restarts with no home screen at all.
  • Second, when there is an incomplete update and the device is no longer recognized in iTunes.
  • Finally, when the device is totally bricked and all the basic steps had been exhausted; forced restore is needed.


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