Go on, admit it – behind this question of how to reset the passcode of the iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR you actually have a bigger and more concerning question, don’t you? You want to know if you have any alternative to the hard factory reset that many would jump straight to, don’t you?
To spare you from all the anxiety, here’s the essence of this tutorial: there are at least 3 other methods you can use to reset the passcode and they don’t involve this kind of reset!
The bitter aftertaste that may come with these solutions is that not all of them are necessarily a fit for your particular situation. Otherwise said, just because there are different ways to cope with this problem, you’re not guaranteed that all of them will work for you. What makes the difference, you wonder?
Let’s look at the main options and you should see for yourself:
- The first option is connected to the iTunes – you must have synced the iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR with the iTunes before and that’s the only mandatory condition;
- The second option is connected to the iCloud – you must have created a backup of your iPhone X or iPhone 10 data in the iCloud before and, in addition, the iPhone whose passcode you need to reset must be connected to the internet;
- The third option is connected to the iTunes once again – it only involves updating the iOS version, which will also spare you from the forgotten passcode, without losing any data.
If you want to try the iTunes method…
- Connect your iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR to a computer and launch iTunes
- Wait for the iTunes to run a sync and create a backup;
- When you’ve prepared your backup, you can use the Restore Device Name option;
- In the Set Up Screen that will load next, tap on the Restore from iTunes backup;
- Switch to the iTunes app and select your iPhone in there as well;
- Choose which backup you wish to restore, select it, and wait for the process to finish.
If you want to try the iCloud method…
- Navigate to the iCloud.com/find page on a computer and use the Apple ID if necessary;
- Select All Devices >> select the iPhone you wish to reset >> select Erase [Device Name];
- Choose either the Restore from a backup option or the alternative to Set up as new.
If you want to try the Factory Reset method…
This method involves connecting the iPhone to a computer and booting into Recovery Mode. But it is only possible if you force restart the smartphone while connected to iTunes. When you do that, you can choose to update the iOS and have the iTunes app do the update only on the operating system side. Your other information should be untouched, helping you to keep everything important in place.
Now, we will assume that you know how to set up the connection with the PC and launch the iTunes. Let’s show you how to force restart the iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR:
- Tap and hold the Sleep/Wake button;
- At the same time, also tap and hold the Home button;
- Wait for 10 seconds or so, until you at least see the Apple logo;
- After that, the Recovery Mode screen will load and you can let go of all the buttons.
From there, you’ll see the Restore and the Update options. As suggested above, to keep your data and reset the passcode by rewriting the iOS software, you must choose the Update option and wait for it to finish.
We told you, the hard reset is certainly not the only way to go about resetting the passcode on iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. Even though you’ve made it until the end of this tutorial, we are confident that you’ve found – or you are about to find – your solution in one of the three processes that we have outlined for you in this tutorial. Let us know if you have additional questions!