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How to Reset Your iOS Device Forgotten Password

Updated on June 19, 2013
The iOS system is very secure; however, forgetting your password isn't such a problem, when you know just how to reset it.
The iOS system is very secure; however, forgetting your password isn't such a problem, when you know just how to reset it.

If you have an iPod Touch or iPhone then undoubtedly you value your device. This is because for most people, these devices and indeed other iOS-based devices hold a great deal of important files whose loss or lack of access to can prove quite inconveniencing and in some cases even downright devastating. For this reason people tend to secure their devices in different ways including using passwords. Passwords are indeed important but there is one problem as far as they are concerned and that is the fact that there is always a chance that one might forget them. If this is what has happened to you then you might be in need of a few tips on how to reset your password.

Connect to PC/Mac

First and foremost you will have to connect your iOS device to your PC or laptop; for this to work you will need the iTunes software. You also have to ensure that your computer is connected to the internet because you will have to sign into your Apple account.Now switch on your iOS device by holding down the Sleep/On button as well as the Home button (you have to do this simultaneously). Do this for about half a minute. When the Turn Off menu is displayed, simply skip it and continue holding down the aforementioned buttons.By doing the above, your iOS device will be switched off and a couple of seconds later, Apple's logo will appear; continue holding down the two buttons. About 25 seconds after the logo appears, a graphic with the words "Connect to iTunes" will appear.iTunes will then inform you that it has detected an iOS device in recovery mode.

A nice advice is to write down your most important passwords on a piece of paper and putting the piece of paper in your wallet.
A nice advice is to write down your most important passwords on a piece of paper and putting the piece of paper in your wallet.

Restoring your iOS device

You will be advised to restore it prior to using it with iTunes. Remember, for this to work, you must have connected your device to iTunes at the very beginning.At this point, simply click on the restore button provided on iTunes. It is important to understand that by choosing to restore your device, you are actually deleting all the contents therein. The reason why this is so is because the whole purpose of the password you put on your device is to safeguard everything that the device holds from unauthorized access. It is assumed that when you set your password in the first place, you did not want anyone else to access your files and documents. By performing a restore, you will actually reset your password so that when you power up your iOS device, there will be no problems accessing it; it will be password-free. Of course you do not have to lose all your things for good if you had created a backup of the same prior.


Once you are done restoring your device just power it up and you will access it without any issues. You should also sync your device with iTunes after you are done. If you still experience problems then chances are that you skipped or messed up at a certain point. You should therefore re-do everything; this time round paying close attention.


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