How to Delete Everything from iPhone Without Password

Last Updated: June 29th, 2023By Categories: Unlock Apple Device

There’s a thing you must do before you present or sell it – delete everything from the iPhone.

After months or years of usage, there will be dozens of GB of data left on this iPhone. Deleting them one by one manually is so impossible. Phone producers have given us the shortcut to erase all personal data from an iPhone, which is through a factory reset.

On iPhone, after unlocking the device, we can find a Settings app. Amid this app, we will easily find access to a factory reset. However, to wipe out everything on this iPhone, you will need to enter the iCloud password to the current account.

If you have the digits, things get much easier. If you don’t, well, we have workarounds for you to erase your iPhone too. Read on.

How to Delete Everything from iPhone Without Password

Method 1: How to Delete Everything on iPhone With Settings

The easiest method to erase your iPhone is on the Settings app. But you need to fulfill these two:

  • The iPhone is not disabled and you can get in with Face ID or screen passcode;
  • You can sign off the Apple ID: you are the legit owner or you know the digits;

Launch Settings and choose General.

For newer iPhones, tap on Transfer or Reset iPhone. For the old ones, it’s Reset.

Then, choose to Erase All Content and Data, and enter the iCloud password to disable the account. Next, the erase will start and your iPhone will boot into this White Apple screen.

Reset iPhone Settings

When it’s finished, you can restart your iPhone and start to set it up. Everything will be erased from it.

Method 2: How to Erase iPhone Without Screen Passcode Through iTunes

iTunes is the perfect tool to erase your iPhone when you can’t remember the passcode or the handset is currently disabled. Prepare your computer and a USB cable. Let’s roll.

Step 1

Plug your iPhone into a USB cord of the computer via the USB cable.

Normally, iTunes launches automatically.

If it doesn’t, maybe your iPhone is locked or disabled for too long. in this case, you need to boot your iPhone to Recovery mode.

  • Power off the device;
  • Press and release the Volume Up button;
  • Repeat the press-release on the other Volume button;
  • Long press the Power button, don’t release it till the Recovery mode logo pops out

iPhone Recovery Mode

iTunes will launch this time. You can hit the Restore button on a pop-up and instantly erase your iPhone.

iPhone Recovery Mode

Step 2

On the iTunes interface, click on the thumbnail iPhone button and then click on Restore iPhone. Note that iTunes will ask you to turn off Find My iPhone if this is activated on the mobile.

Restore iPad with iTunes

But you can do it when you can’t enter the iPhone. Well, in this case, boot up the device into Recovery mode.

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  • Fix locked, disabled, unavailable iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch
  • Remove Apple ID/iCloud account without password
  • Bypass Mobile Device Management (MDM) with clicks

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Method 3: How to Erase iPhone Without iCloud Password Via Find My

The Find My iPhone will stop us from erasing the iPhone, this is a fact. But it can help us erase the device too.

Do you have another iPhone or iPad that’s registered to the same Apple account? If you do, launch the Find My app from this new Apple device. Then, hit Devices and browse to select the target iPhone you want to erase. Hit Erase This iPhone to complete.

Erase This iPad or iPhone Via Find My

No passcode or password is required! Fast and handy.

If this is the only Apple device you have, you can try logging into the Find My iPhone Web.

When the browser asks for a verification code and you can get it as the iPhone is disabled or locked, get the code via a phone number or email. Click the Didn’t get a code option on the login page and choose a preferred option.

Erase This iPad via Find My on iCloud

Next, on the Find My iPhone website, locate the target iPhone and click Erase iPhone. Hit Erase on a pop-up to start the erase.

Method 4: How to Wipe an iPhone Without Password with 4uKey

If you have no iCloud password, well, all three above may cause big trouble for you.

Without the iCloud password, Settings and Find My iPhone Web will not let you complete the erase. And while you boot the iPhone to Recovery mode and wipe it with iTunes, the Activation Lock will be triggered and can be disabled. This screen will stop any access until the correct details are typed in. You will be locked out of it forever if you don’t have the password.

To solve your issue, 4uKey will be the best option for deleting everything on your iPhone.

4uKey iOS Unlocker Interface

4uKey is this professional and convenient iPhone unlocker program. With this, you can remove the Apple ID that you’ve forgotten the password. You won’t have to figure out the unknown iCloud password but erase your iPhone with the easy screen passcode.

No matter whether Find My iPhone is turned on or not, 4uKey will give you an iPhone that’s 100% clean.

Besides removing the Apple ID without a password, 4uKey can also delete everything from your iPhone.  None of the data erased by 4uKey is recoverable. You can give it iPhone out to anybody without worrying about privacy leaks.

Download 4uKey on your computer and let’s start to wipe out everything from your iPhone.

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Remove Lock screen, Apple ID, and MDM restrictions in one tool

  • Fix locked, disabled, unavailable iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch
  • Remove Apple ID/iCloud account without password
  • Bypass Mobile Device Management (MDM) with clicks

*Compatible with iOS 16 & iPadOS 16

Step 1:

Before starting, make sure your iPhone is locked by a screen passcode and you know the digits. If there isn’t one, go to your iPhone Settings to Create one.

  • Follow this path: SettingsFace ID & PasswordAdd Screen Passcode.

Next, check if the Two-factor Authentication is enabled here: SettingsApple ID(Your name) –  Password & SecurityTwo-factor Authentication to turn it on.

Step 2:

Launch 4uKey on your computer and on the program interface, hit Unlock Apple ID to start.

Step 3:

Connect your iPhone to the machine via a USB cable.

Next, click Yes twice on the following two screens when 4uKey asks you if this iPhone has a screen lock and Two-factor Authentication enabled.

4uKey Unlock Apple ID

Step 4:

Next, 4uKey will list the precautions for the following erase process:

  • All data will be erased;
  • The iOS version will be updated to the latest one.

Hit Next to start.

Start To Remove Apple ID

Step 5:

Now, if your iPhone is running iOS 11.3 and below, you need to unlock your iPhone and go to SettingsGeneralResetReset All Settings. This will restore all the iPhone settings to the original and 4uKey will detect your iPhone settings. It will start to erase your iPhone at the same time.

Unlock Apple ID Successfully

If your iPhone is running the latest iOS, you may click on the Download button on the 4uKey interface to get the firmware for erase.

Then, when the download is done, hit Start Removal to allow 4uKey to delete all the data from your iPhone.

4uKey Unlock Apple ID

In just a few minutes, the erase will be done and everything on your iPhone will be wiped out. You can launch your iPhone and check again.

During the setup, you still need to do one more thing: when it comes to the Activation Lock scree, choose to Unlock with Passcode and enter the previous passcode. Then, this lock screen will disappear.

Set Up iPhone After Removing Apple ID

4uKey iPhone Unlocker

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Remove Lock screen, Apple ID, and MDM restrictions in one tool

  • Fix locked, disabled, unavailable iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch
  • Remove Apple ID/iCloud account without password
  • Bypass Mobile Device Management (MDM) with clicks

*Compatible with iOS 16 & iPadOS 16


It depends on which kind of factory reset you’re talking about. A complete and thorough reset is surely enough to wipe an iPhone or iPad for sale. On the contrary, if an incomplete reset is done, this device is not suitable to give away.

  • Complete Factory Reset: Enter the iCloud password on the Settings app to turn off Apple ID and Find My first;
  • Incomplete Factory Reset: Boot iPhone to Recovery mode and reset it via iTunes or any third-party app.

When an iPhone is reset while the Find My iPhone is not signed off, an Activation lock will appear and block any access. Only the correct Apple ID and password can disable this restriction. So, if you know the password of the associated iCloud account, a factory reset is surely enough to prepare your iPhone for sale.

To soft reset an iPhone/iPad when you encounter bugs like a frozen screen or boot loop, try this:

  • Press and hold the Volume Down and Side buttons at the same time. Don’t release them till you see the White Apple screen.

Yes, you can boot your iPhone or iPad to Recovery mode and connect the Apple device to iTunes. Then, you can factory reset the iPhone/iPad via iTunes.

To enter Recovery mode, you need to power off your device first. Then,

  • for iPhone: press and release Volume Up, press and release Volume Down, long press the Side button;
  • for iPad: long press the Side button.

Release the button when the Recovery mode screen appears. Connect it to iTunes now.

Then, you can hit the Restore button on iTunes to factory reset your iPhone without touching the screen.

There’re posts teaching iPhone/iPad users to bypass the Activation Lock by changing the DNS settings.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t work in most cases. And we haven’t found any solid proof or case for this method. But of course, as a free method, it is worth a try.

Nope, the Activation lock on iPhone or iPad will not be removed when you jailbreak it. Jailbreak itself is incapable of doing so. You need to apply extra tools to remove the lock.

A factory reset for iPhone varies based on the tool that we use to reset the iPhone.

If we do a factory reset to iPhone with Find My iPhone’s Erase This iPhone feature, yes, the factory reset will be disabled. This is the same when we reset iPhones with the Settings app.

But if we connect the iPhone to iTunes with Recovery mode and do a factory reset there, the Activation lock will be turned on.

I‘m afraid not. You need either the password of the target Apple account or the solid proof of purchase like a receipt. Otherwise, you can’t prove yourself as the legit owner of this iPhone. When this is a secondhand iPhone, ask the previous owner for the exact proof of evidence.

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