How to Unlock an iPhone Without Siri

A locked phone isn't necessarily an expensive paperweight

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Whether you've forgotten your passcode, or you can't enter the code on your phone because of a damaged screen, all hope is not lost. Learn how to unlock your iPhone without Siri or a passcode.

Unlocking an iPhone with these methods could put you at risk of losing some, or all, of your data if you haven't backed up your device to iTunes or iCloud.

Access and Ethics: Is this Your Device?

Before we start, understand that this information is intended to help people access information on their own device. Passcodes are an important iPhone safeguard in preventing other people from accessing our private information. More importantly, unlocking a cellular device grants access to social media accounts, email accounts, and messaging apps that should only be used by the owner.

Unlocking someone else's phone without their permission may also be illegal, depending on where you live. Regardless of any lack of legal ramifications, unlocking someone else's device is an invasion of privacy and is unethical.

How to Unlock Your iPhone Without Siri or Passcode Using iTunes

When using iTunes to unlock your phone, you'll be wiping out the passcode of your device, which also wipes out the data. To use iTunes to unlock your phone, you can use any computer, including a non-Mac computer, as long as the computer has the latest version of iTunes.

However, when restoring your device using iTunes from a backup, you must use a computer you've previously used to sync your phone. Otherwise, your data will not be there. 

  1. Use a computer to open iTunes on a Mac or PC.

  2. Photo of iPhone connected to iTunes for Restore.
  3. On your computer, you'll see the option to Restore or Update in iTunes. Select Restore

    Screenshot of iTunes message to update or restore iPhone
  4. iTunes will begin downloading software for your device, which could take up to 15 minutes.

  5. If 15 minutes have passed, and the software hasn't downloaded to your device, your device will automatically exit recovery mode. Repeat the steps above.

  6. After this process, your iPhone should be restored with the information from its last backup, but will no longer require the password. Once the process is complete, you can set up and use your device.

Apple gives you an option to configure your device to erase itself after ten consecutive incorrect password attempts. While this is off by default, you can turn this on by going to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode. You'll be asked to enter your password to enter this area. At the bottom of the screen, tap the Erase Data toggle to On.

How to Unlock iPhone Without Siri or Passcode Using Find My iPhone

Find my iPhone isn't only useful for helping you locate a lost device, but can also be used to help you access a locked iPhone.

Using Find my iPhone will erase your passcode, and unfortunately, all of your data. However, once the process is complete, you can use iTunes or iCloud to restore your data.

  1. Use another device or computer to visit the Find my iPhone page.

    You don't need to use an Apple device to open this page, only a web browser with an internet connection.

  2. Sign in with your iCloud password, which is the Apple ID associated with your device.

  3. Select All Devices at the top middle of your screen.

  4. All of your devices associated with this Apple ID will appear on your screen. Select the device you are trying to unlock, then select Erase iPhone. This will delete all your data on your device, including your passcode.

    Screenshot showing the Erase Phone option on Find my iPhone
  5. Use iTunes or iCloud to restore your data.

Unlock iPhone After Entering Wrong Passcode Too Many Times

If you or someone else have entered the wrong password too many times, your Apple ID automatically locks, as a security measure. Here's how to unlock your Apple ID.

The Apple support page doesn't specify the number of attempts, but says, "After multiple unsuccessful attempts to unlock your account, your Apple ID will remain locked and you can try again the next day."

  1. Go to iforgot.apple.com to unlock your account with your existing password or to reset your password

    Screenshot of Apple ID Page for signing in.
  2. You may be required to answer a few security questions to verify your identity.

  3. If you've activated two-factor authentication, you can use a trusted device or phone number to unlock your Apple ID.

After You're iPhone is Unlocked

By following one of the methods above, your iPhone will unlock and you can set a new passcode. You can also restore the iPhone using an existing backup from iTunes or iCloud.