How to factory reset an iPhone or iPad without an Apple ID

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If you urgently need to factory reset your iPhone or iPad but you don’t have the registered Apple ID credentials, there are a few things you can try.

There are quite a few reasons why someone might want to reset their iPhone to factory settings, such as wiping it before transferring it to another family member or friend. If you are going to sell or exchange the device, you will also need to remove your data, and a factory reset will do that.

Your iPhone or iPad can also be running slow or have very little free space. Resetting the device to factory settings will remove any bloated apps, as well as give you a clean slate to set yourself up again.

This is all well and good, but there is a chance that you may not be able to perform a factory reset just because you do not know the Apple ID information of your iPhone.

If you have an old iPhone, but you’ve set up a new Apple ID for a new device, you may not necessarily remember the password for the old account. Likewise, if you bought a second-hand iPad, it may still be associated with the previous owner’s Apple ID, and you may not be able to contact them.

This is a problem that can be solved in several ways, including using a utility called AnyUnlock.

How to factory reset iPhone with Find My iPhone disabled

The two easiest methods we cover include a factory reset if Find My iPhone is disabled on the device.

The reason is that if you reset your iPhone if it is enabled in Find My network, you will have to enter your Apple ID to bypass iCloud activation lock. If Find My iPhone is disabled on the device, you will not be prompted for these unknown credentials.

To achieve this, you have to put your iPhone in recovery mode and restore it from within Finder on macOS or iTunes on PC.

To put your iPhone in recovery mode, connect your iPhone to your Mac or PC, and open Finder or iTunes. Once connected, you must perform one of three actions to enter the recovery mode itself, with the method different between models.

  • For iPhone 8 or later and the second generation iPhone SE, press and release the Volume Up button, then the Volume Down button, then press and hold the Side button until you see the recovery mode screen.
  • For iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and 7th generation iPod touch, press the top or side button and the volume down button at the same time until you see the recovery mode screen.
  • For the first generation iPhone SE, iPhone 6s and earlier, and iPod touch 6th generation and earlier, you press and hold the top or side button at the same time as the home button, again until you see recovery mode.

Once the iPhone is in recovery mode, locate the device in Finder or iTunes. When asked if you want to update or restore, tap Restore, and wait for your iPhone to complete the setup process.

How to factory reset iPhone with Find My iPhone enabled using AnyUnlock

If you know Find My iPhone is enabled, either through prior knowledge or see iCloud Activation Lock after following the first method, there is a second path you can follow.

AnyUnlock – iPhone Password Unlocker is a tool that, as the name suggests, can help you factory reset iPhone without worrying about lack of Apple ID details. In short, it can allow you to reset and start using your iPhone very quickly, even if you don’t know the credentials at all.

AnyUnlock offers many different tools to repair your iPhone or iPad.

AnyUnlock offers many different tools to repair your iPhone or iPad.

As a professional unlock tool, it can handle more than just an occasional factory reset.

It can unlock many different screen locks in cases where the user is unable to use Touch ID or Face ID and has forgotten the password. This includes cases where multiple attempts failed, even if the screen is cracked and prevents you from typing the correct passcode.

It can also bypass the iOS Mobile Device Management lock, which can help in cases where you get a used device from an organization that uses MDM.

The utility can be used in cases when the user’s iTunes backup is encrypted and the password has been forgotten. The app can recover the backup password and remove the encryption settings for you, all without damaging the backup file or retaining data.

If you have set up Screen Time with a passcode and forgot about it, AnyUnlock can help you here too, by removing the passcode without data loss.

While AnyUnlock is referred to as iPhone Password Unlocker, you can also use it to reset your iPad to factory settings.

To start the factory reset process, install AnyUnlock on your Mac or PC. Once installed, connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer via a Lightning to USB or USB-C to USB cable.

Open AnyUnlock, and tap Unlock Apple ID. If you haven’t connected your device, the app will remind you to do so at this point.

You will be reminded to plug your iPhone into the AnyUnlock app.

You will be reminded to plug your iPhone into the AnyUnlock app.

Under Unlock Apple ID, click Start. The app will display your device, along with your iOS version and battery percentage on the next screen. If all is well, click Open Now.

Make sure you have enough battery on this screen before proceeding.

Make sure you have enough battery on this screen before proceeding.

You will be warned that you should not erase the content and settings on the connected device or restore with iTunes, as it will require your Apple ID to activate again after restarting. You also cannot use AnyUnlock again if you erase or restore. Once understood, click Understood.

After removing the Apple ID, the iPhone will restart, and you can enter your Apple ID and proceed with the standard setup process.

No password? All is not lost

Both methods should have a device erased from its current Apple ID, ready for you to add your own and set up your iPhone or iPad exactly the way you want it.

Although it is highly recommended that you try to retrieve your Apple ID credentials as the first port of call or get the previous owner, you can see that there are ways to solve the problem.

Camel He also recommends making sure you have backup copies of your data on hand. Not only does this mean that you will have your data available and you won’t lose it, but it will make device setup faster after a factory reset as well.

AnyUnlock – iPhone Password Unlocker costs $45.99 for a three-month plan, which covers one iOS device and one Mac, or $49.99 for the one-year plan, or $69.99 for a lifetime plan that covers one Mac and five iOS devices. Customized plans and educational discounts are also available.