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You’ve set a passcode on your iPhone because you want to protect your data. That’s fair. But what do you do if you can’t remember the passcode? After all, you have to keep a difficult passcode that nobody can guess, and you may have trouble remembering it yourself.

If you do find yourself in such a situation, don’t keep trying again and again. Six passcode attempts aren’t that many, and you don’t want to get locked out of your phone entirely because you’ve entered too many wrong passwords.

There’s no need to panic as you can do a few things to ensure your data isn’t lost and you can access your phone.

Data backup

If you still haven’t backed up your data, do it right away. To backup your phone via the cloud, connect your phone to Wi-Fi > go to your phone’s settings > tap the iCloud option > click on the Backup tab > toggle on iCloud Backup. Then, click on Backup Now and let your phone backup while connected to Wi-Fi.

You can even set your phone to regularly backup data, so you don’t have to do it daily manually.

If you have sensitive data on your iPhone that must be absolutely confidential and you’re not confident of the cloud’s security, you can backup data using iTunes. Yes, it is a lot more than a music application. All you need to do is plug your phone into your computer > open iTunes > when your phone shows the program, click on the Settings tab > go through the content you wish to sync and click the boxes. Moreover, iTunes offers the option to encrypt your data backup. Data encryption is useful if your data is sensitive and you want additional protection.

Bypass activation lock on your iPhone (or iPad), erase data, and recover

Apple activation lock is specifically designed to protect your information if your iPad or iPhone is stolen or lost. The activation lock is built to make sure your hardware is useless in the wrong hands.

But, theft is not the only time when you would need to bypass iPad activation lock. You might need it when the screen is unresponsive, or you don’t remember the activation credentials.

To bypass the activation lock, you’ll need the Apple ID and password of the device and the screen code. You can even bypass the activation via iCloud, where you’ll need the Apple ID. Moreover, you can ask Apple to help you bypass the activation lock. The method is tricky, but it can be done if you can provide proof of purchase or proof that you’re the owner of the device. Then, you can erase data safely.

After you’ve erased all the data from your phone, the next step is to recover the data. If you have backed up your content using iCloud, start by switching on your phone and going through the iOS Setup Assistant steps > sign into a Wi-Fi network and iCloud > choose the option to restore from an iCloud Backup. The process will start automatically after you’ve selected the appropriate backup files.

If your backup data is on iTunes, you need to plug in your phone to your computer, and the app will walk you through the process of data recovery.

Password manager

You’ve made several attempts to remember the password but to no avail. You have failed six times and have been locked out of your phone. Ironically, it would help if you still had the password to restore your phone.

If your memory isn’t great, it is high time to download a password manager. Password managers are great as they help users remember their passwords and keep them safe in an encrypted vault. Most password managers even recognize the app or webpage you are trying to access and auto-populate it on your behalf.

With a password manager, you don’t have to worry about remembering several different passwords, and the app will do it for you.

So, these are some of the tried and tested methods of restoring your iPhone without losing your precious data when you’ve forgotten the phone’s password. However, if you have not backed up your data anywhere, there isn’t any official way to restore data, and you may have to speak to the professionals at the Apple service center.

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