How to Unlock an iPhone without Knowing the Apple ID or Password

Ever since phones got smarter, we cannot imagine life without them. With phones, we can edit documents, send emails, read books, listen to music, and keep up with social media. Since there is so much vital data on phones, protecting them is important. Most phones have passcodes, patterns, and more recently, fingerprint and face recognition. To unlock an iPhone is easy if you know the details involved.

There are plenty of ways to access your device if you forgot a password or ID. However, it is comparatively harder if you lose access to your iPhone. The question stands: how to unlock an iPhone without the Apple ID or without the password?

What is an Apple ID?

This is an account used to access services offered by Apple and to unlock an iPhone. You can use an email from any provider to create one. Once you have an Apple ID, you can use it to activate your Apple devices. You can also access services like iCloud, iTunes, the App Store, and much more. Users may select security questions to help secure their accounts as well.

In short, it serves as an identifier in the world of Apple. Without the Apple ID and without the password, your data is not available to you.

Activation Lock

All new phones require activation of some sort. Similarly, a new iPhone requires you to create an Apple ID and sign in it. This is to verify your identity to protect your data. Upon verification, your device receives an identifier, unique to the user, and links it to the Apple ID. Registering with the Find My app turns on the activation lock. This way, other Apple IDs cannot use your device.

Others cannot reset or unlock an iPhone without the password and username for that certain Apple ID. Unless you reset your phone or have a major upgrade to authorize, the activation lock will not get in your way.

However, it can get worrisome if you forgot the Apple ID somehow. You cannot log in without a password or without the Apple ID. Since the Apple ID is an all-in-one account, without the Apple ID you may find it difficult to unlock an iPhone.

Regaining Access

1)     Resetting the Apple ID Password

Now Apple does not allow access without the Apple ID. Sometimes though, you simply forget details and end up without the password. If you have problems signing into your Apple ID, one method to regain access is to reset it. You can use any device owned by you or someone you trust.

The fastest method is to use another of your already signed-in devices. For a Macintosh, follow these steps:

  • Open the Apple menu, select the option for System Preferences, and select Apple ID.
  • Select the “Password & Security” option.
  • Select “Change Password”. You type the password used for accessing your Mac here. Remember this applies to an already signed-in device owned by you.

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In case you are using someone else’s device, use the Apple Support app, or try using the Find My iPhone app. Using the latter requires an Apple device with iOS 9 or higher. Then select the “Forgot Apple ID or Password” option, and follow the steps to reset your password.

Apple Support app

  • Navigate to the Apple Support app and open it. Open the “Get Support” tab at the end of the page.
  • Go to the bottom and tap the “Apple ID” option.
  • Select “Forgot Apple ID Password”, and then select “Get Started”.
  • Next, you select “A different Apple ID”, and then type in the Apple ID that needs password resetting and tap “Next”.
  • Follow the next steps. In the end, you get confirmation that you have reset your Apple ID password. Good job, now you are no longer without the password!

2)   Forgotten Apple ID

There are quite a few ways to recover your Apple ID. Without the Apple ID, you cannot unlock an iPhone. Your best shot is through any of your existing signed-in Apple devices. On iCloud, you simply tap on Settings, then on your name in your profile. On earlier iOS versions, you navigate to Settings and then select iCloud.

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From Settings, you can also see your Apple ID from Messages in Send & Receive; FaceTime, or iTunes & App Stores.

Still Can’t Unlock Your iPhone?

Well, it happens sometimes – you forget both your password and ID! Without the password and without the Apple ID, you cannot avail any Apple services. If you failed to unlock your phone using the above methods, visit to recover your account.

If you forgot or cannot access your Apple ID, you can select “look it up”. This takes you to a page where you can enter your name and the email address used to create the Apple ID. Enter as much information as possible, and then you can begin the waiting period for account recovery. It might take a while, but soon your account will be usable again.

If the iPhone belonged to someone else, they need to remove their details and erase the iPhone by signing in to Here, the previous owner should remove the device from their account in the “Find My” section. You should be able to restart the phone and activate it with your own Apple ID then.

Once you verify you are the Apple ID’s real user, unlocking your phone is a hop, skip and jump away!

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Muhammad Junaid Khalid: Welcome to the Galaxy of Technology related tips and troubleshooting guides, I am Junaid, an Engineer by profession and a blogger by passion, founder at HowToGalaxy. Here at HowToGalaxy, I usually write about Android, iOS, and Windows 10 related troubleshooting guides and tricks. In the near future, you will see much more information on HowToGalaxy as my aim is to make this blog a galaxy of authentic and useful information.
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