4 Easy Ways to Fix iPhone Passcode Not Working Issue (2021 Update)

"When I wrote my passcode, the same passcode I have been using for 3 years, it was wrong... now my iPhone is deactivated. Why does this happen? How do I solve this without deleting everything on it?"

To some degree, to prevent others from stealing the privacy information of your iPhone, password should be set on iPhone to protect the security. It will be very anxious if iPhone passcode is not working and the device gets bricked finally. So, why is iPhone passcode not working? Some users said that their iPhone passcode doesn't work for iOS upgrade. Others left the comment that they enter the wrong passcode for more than 10 times, and the device finally gets bricked. In this article, 4 ways are introduced to fix iPhone passcode not working error.

Part 1. What Will Happen When iPhone Password Is Not Working

You will be locked out of your iPhone when you attempt to continually input the wrong password. After the device being locked, the message of "iPhone is Disabled, try again in 1 minute" will appear on the locked screen. If the password you input is still incorrect 1 minute later, the message of "iPhone is Disabled, try again in 5 minutes" will appear. And if you repeatedly enter the incorrect password in 5 minutes, you ave to wait for 15 minutes to have another try.

And the worst result is that the iPhone will be disabled and the "Connect to iTunes" logo will appear on the screen. That's to say, you will not have any opportunity to enter the password anymore.

Part 2. What to Do When iPhone Password Not Working

1. Force Reboot iPhone

If iPhone passcode is not working for these reasons, force reboot the device could be one of the optional method. Besides removing screen lock, other minor issues that you have on your iOS devices could also be fixed by forcing reboot iPhone. Forcing reboot iPhone will not erase the content of the device. You can force reboot the device even if the screen is blank or the button is not responding. The steps to restart iPhone vary from different models of iPhone. Please follow the steps below:

  • For iPhone 8 and Later Versions: Press the Volume Up button and release it quickly. Press the volume down button and release it quickly. Then press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo.

  • For iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold the side button and Volume down button for at least 10 seconds until you see the Apple logo.

  • For iPhone 6s or Earlier Models, iPad and iPod Touch: Press and hold the Home button and the top (or side) button for at least 10 seconds until you see the Apple logo.

reboot iphone

2. Fix iPhone Passcode Not Working via iTunes

The most commonly-used method to unlock iPhone is restoring iOS system via iTunes. If you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer and you have backed up your iPhone with iTunes before, iTunes would be the best choice for users who have problems of iPhone passcode not working. Check the steps below:

Step 1: Connect the locked iPhone to your computer that you have ever connected with before the device is disabled.

Step 2: If the computer requires you to click Trust on the iPhone screen, then try another computer or simply put iPhone into Recovery mode.

put iphone in recovery mode

Step 3: When iTunes detects the disabled iPhone, click "Restore iPhone" button.

Step 4: Select the previous backup or the latest iTunes backup, then click Restore to restore the disabled iPhone with iTunes backup. After the restoring, the iPhone will be reset as a new one and you can set a new passcode now.

3. Fix iPhone Passcode Not Working without iTunes or iCloud

It will be much difficult if "Find My iPhone" is turned off previously or you fail to remove the screen lock with iTunes restore solution. In this case, FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker is persuaded to use. It is an easy to comforting tool to unlock iPhone without passcode. What makes the program more powerful is that it could also be regarded as the repair tool to fix any issues related to iOS system error. Let's check the core features of FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker:

  • One click to unlock disabled/locked iPhone without iTunes or iCloud. No password required.
  • In addition to removing screen passcode, FoneGeek also enables to bypass iCloud account without entering the password.
  • Unlike iTunes restore, your iPhone data will not be damaged after the unlocking process.
  • Easily settle all iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch issues without hassle.
  • Fully compatible with all iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch models, even iOS 14, 13 are also supported.
  • It has the Highest success rate to unlock iPhone and fix iOS issues is guaranteed.


Step 1: Visit the product page or click the download button to have the FoneGeek application downloaded and installed on your computer. After running it, click on "Unlock Screen Passcode".

unlock screen passcode

Step 2: Attach the locked iPhone to your computer using an original USB cable. Then follow the on-screen instructions to put the device into DFU/Recovery mode.

enter dfu mode

Step 3: After proper connection, the device information will be detected by the program. Verify the details and choose proper firmware and pick "Download" button.

download firmware

Step 4: The unlock process will get started after that. Once the whole process is over, your iPhone passcode will be successfully removed.

start to unlock

unlock ios screen

4. Downgrade iOS 14 to iOS 13 or Previous iOS Version

Is the iPhone passcode not working problem still not resolved? Possibly the last way you can try is to downgrade iOS version if this issue is caused by iOS upgrade. While upgrade iOS version fixes various bugs, it may also prevent the device from recognizing the old passcode. Thus, downgrade iOS version could sometimes be a good choice. Try the steps below:

Step 1: Firstly, an iTunes should be downloaded on your computer. Then the disabled iPhone should be attached to the iTunes over an usb cable.

Step 2: You can follow the steps above to put the device into Recovery mode and the Apple logo will be displayed on the screen.

put iphone into recovery mode

Step 3: When iTunes recognizes that the iPhone is in Recovery mode, click Update option. Then choose one IPSW file that is older than the current iOS version to download. When the download process is over, the iPhone will be downgraded to an older iOS version.


The above 4 solutions could help you easily overcome the issue of iPhone passcode not working. Even though the passcode could be retrieved or removed with these tips, it is still advisable to back up your iPhone passcode and data regularly to avoid such troublesome issues.


By Edwin J. Parke

Posted on Apr 04, 2019, 11:16:37

As a professional writer who is interested in technology, Edwin J. Parke has helped thousands of users by offering various tips to solve their problems.