How to Connect iPhone to iTunes to Unlock Phone

iPhones are an expensive piece of technology and one of the primary reasons for its high price is the superior security measures applied by Apple on the platform. However, the security can sometimes prove to be a hindrance for users too. There might be instances where you forget your iPhone passcode or lock yourself out of the device. In such situations, the only solution left with the user is to reset the phone through iTunes. In this blog, we shall explore the process of connecting the iPhone with iTunes to unlock the phone.

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What’s Needed:

To connect your iPhone to iTunes, you would need the following:

1. A computer with the latest version of iTunes installed and updated to the latest version.
2. A lightning cable (the cable used to charge an iPhone) that is compatible with your iPhone model.

What Should I Pay Attention to?

Before proceeding with the unlocking process, it is imperative to acknowledge the following:

1. Resetting the phone through iTunes will delete all data on the device. Hence, it should only be attempted in case of emergencies.
2. The process of resetting the phone through iTunes involves a complicated procedure. Hence it is essential to follow every step cautiously and carefully.

Method 1: Using iTunes to Erase the iPhone

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your computer using a lightning cable.
Step 2: Launch iTunes on your computer.
Step 3: Enter the recovery mode by pressing and holding the home button and the power button simultaneously. Release the power button once the Apple logo appears on the screen but keep holding the Home button.
Step 4: A message will appear on the computer screen, indicating that the device is in recovery mode.
Step 5: Once the recovery mode is activated, click on the Summary tab.
Step 6: From the Summary tab, click on the ‘Restore iPhone’ option.
Step 7: A pop-up window will appear, displaying two options – ‘Restore’ and ‘Update.’ Click on ‘Restore.’
Step 8: The process will take a few minutes. The phone will reboot, and the set-up screen will appear. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the set-up process.

Method 2: Using Third-Party Software to Remove iPhone Passcode

Step 1: Download and install iMyFone LockWiper on your computer.
Step 2: Launch the software and select the ‘Unlock Screen Passcode’ option.
Step 3: After clicking on the option, connect your iPhone to the computer.
Step 4: The software will detect the device and download necessary firmware for your phone.
Step 5: After the firmware is downloaded, click on ‘Start to Unlock.’
Step 6: Read the warning message and enter ‘000000’ to confirm the operation.
Step 7: The software will now start to unlock the phone.
Step 8: The process may take a few minutes, and once the passcode is removed, the device will reboot.

Method 3: Using Find My iPhone Feature

Step 1: Log into using your Apple ID credentials.
Step 2: Click on the ‘Find My iPhone’ option.
Step 3: Select your iPhone from the list of devices connected to your iCloud account.
Step 4: Click on the ‘Erase iPhone’ option.
Step 5: A pop-up message will appear, asking for confirmation to erase the contents on the device. Click on ‘Erase.’
Step 6: Wait for a few minutes until the device is erased.
Step 7: After the device is erased, you will have to set up the phone again.

Why Can’t I Unlock My iPhone?

There can be several reasons why you might not be able to unlock your iPhone. Some of the most common reasons include:

1. Forgetting the passcode to unlock the iPhone: The passcode is the only way to unlock your iPhone. Hence forgetting the password can lock you out of the device until the right passcode is entered.

2. Entering the wrong passcode multiple times: If you repeatedly enter the wrong passcode, the device can lockout, and the only way to gain access to the phone is through a factory reset.

3. iPhone is disabled: If the incorrect passcode is entered too many times, the phone will disable itself for security purposes.


Q. How can I reset my iPhone without iTunes?

A. You can reset your iPhone without iTunes by going to the Settings app and selecting the ‘General’ option. From there, select the ‘Reset’ option and click on ‘Erase All Content and Settings.’ This will erase all the data on your iPhone.

Q. Will resetting my iPhone using iTunes erase all data on the device?

A. Yes, resetting the phone through iTunes will delete all data on the device.

Q. If I use a third-party software service to unlock my iPhone, will it void the phone’s warranty?

A. Yes, using third-party software services may void the phone’s warranty.

Q. Can I remove the passcode on my iPhone remotely?

A. Yes, if you have enabled the ‘Find My iPhone’ feature on your device, you can remove the passcode remotely.

Q. Can I use the same passcode that I had used previously?

A. Yes, you can use the same passcode you had used previously. However, it is recommended to change the password regularly for security reasons.


Resetting your iPhone through iTunes should only be attempted as a last resort. It is essential to keep your passcode in a safe place that can be easily recovered whenever needed. It is also recommended to keep regular backups of your iPhone data on your computer or iCloud.


We have explored three methods to connect your iPhone to iTunes to unlock the phone. Using iTunes to erase the iPhone or Find my iPhone feature to erase the phone are some of the commonly used methods. However, if you want to remove the passcode without losing data, iMyFone LockWiper is the most efficient method. Always ensure you back up your data regularly to avoid data loss if your phone gets locked.

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