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I Forgot My iPhone 13 Passcode, How Do I Unlock It

You may want to figure out how to unlock iPhone 13 when you forgot your passcode.

When you forgot your passcode on iPhone 13, you are likely to get your iPhone disabled, if you tried too many failed passcode attempts. Your iPhone 13 screen may show you iPhone is disabled, iPhone unavailable, or security lockout. It depends on the iOS software versions to show that corresponding lock screen message. On iOS 15.2 or later, it shows iPhone Unavailable Security Lockout. It also shows you the message iPhone Unavailable or Security lockout on iOS 16 or later.

In this article, we’ll show you If you forgot your iPhone 13 passcode, how to unlock it, including iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max.

If you Forgot iPhone 13 Passcode, How to Unlock it.

If you have never gone through the experience of forgetting an iPhone 13 passcode, you should know the basic facts.

You have to restore and reset your iPhone 13 to unlock the forgotten passcode. What matters to you is your data.

In a brief word, you will lose your existing data to unlock the forgotten passcode on iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, or iPhone 13 Pro Max, no matter what methods you adopt. Luckily, if you have any backups, you can restore your backups later to retrieve your data.

When You Forgot the Passcode on iPhone 13, How to Unlock it?

  • Option 1. Unlock it with the Erase option on the iPhone screen.
  • Option 2. Use proven 3rd party software – SD iPhone unlocker.
  • Option 3. Unlock the forgotten passcode iPhone 13 with Apple iTunes or Finder.

Option 1. Unlock iPhone 13 Forgotten Passcode with the Erase Option on the Device Screen.

The Erase iPhone option may appear when you forgot the passcode on iOS 15 or later. The no Erase option showing up is also very common among Apple users. so this method works only for those people who can see the Erase iPhone option.

Skip to the next option if you can’t see the Erase iPhone option on iPhone 13.

You may ask why there is no Erase iPhone option on my iPhone 13.

The short answer. It’s caused that your iPhone 13 running on slightly different iOS versions.

Our expert can tell you that through many tests, the Erase option can occur with some different iOS versions, but not for all options. If you don’t get the option this time, after a factory reset, you are likely to get it on the new restoring iOS software later.  You just can’t see the Erase option on your current software version. It’s not perpetual.

Step 1. Tap Erase iPhone.

Step 2. Tap Erase iPhone again. Be aware that you should erase all content and settings when doing it.

Step 3. Enter your Apple ID password.

Erase iPhone 13 with Erase iPhone option
When locked out of iPhone 13, you can erase and reset the iPhone use Erase iPhone option.

After taking the above steps, the iPhone 13 will start to erase itself. Wait for a few minutes. Set up your iPhone 13 when it opens.

During the setup, if you meet with the Reset End-to-end Data, tap “Reset Encrypted Data” to proceed. It only reset your iCloud keychain passwords related to that iCloud account, all your photos, messages, calendars and more are intact.

After using this method, I set up my iPhone on Mac, and my backup data is also restored.

Option 2.  Use the Third-Party software – SD iOS Passcode Unlocker.

To use this method, you should have a computer to install the app. Maybe you’ll ask why can’t I reset it with iTunes on my computer. If you have a computer, you can also use iTunes to restore the iPhone 13 with a forgotten passcode. We’ll guide you in the next part option 3.

SD iOS Passcode Unlocker can do a lot more than iTunes in unlocking iPhone passcodes. Let’s explain it to you.

  • Unlock iPhone or iPad’s forgotten passcode, or unlock the security lockout screen.
  • Unlock the iPhone screen time passcode without data loss.
  • Force sign out of Apple ID if you can’t sign out of your iCloud account.

To use the app, you need to have a computer and a USB cable. Preparation: Download and install the app on your computer PC, or Mac.

Choose the PC or Mac version according to your system.

Step 1. Open the program. Navigate to the Wipe Passcode section.

This section of the app can unlock your forgotten passcode on your iPhone 13, 13 Pro, or Max. If your iPhone 13 got disabled, showing “iPhone is disabled”, “iPhone Unavailable” or “Security Lockout”, the program works perfectly to unlock it. If you are worried about your data. Our experts can tell you the fact that, when you forgot your passcode on your iPhone 13, your data is doomed. You can only save your data if you have previous backups. You should take the necessary step to reset the lockout iPhone and later retrieve your data from the backups. There are no other workarounds to salvage the existing data on it.

Meanwhile, the app shows you with notice that to reset the forgotten iPhone 13 passcode, it will reset and wipe all data. It’s important for you to know this before you start.

Step 2. Connect your iPhone 13 with forgotten passcode to the computer.

Connect your iPhone 13 to your computer with the lightning to USB cable.  Refer to our detailed guides to put it in recovery mode or DFU mode. You can also follow the onscreen directions of the program to do it.

Follow the onscreen directions to see if you need to put it in recovery mode. Then put it in recovery mode or DFU mode.

How to Put iPhone 13 in Recovery Mode.

How to Put iPhone 13 Pro in DFU Mode.

Step 3. Confirm your iPhone 13 information. Click Start to download the firmware to unlock the iPhone 13.

Wait for a while, the firmware package should be downloaded in a few minutes. Later, the app extracts it automatically. Then it shows up the Unlock button.

Step 4. Enter “0000” and Hit the Unlock button.

When you click the Unlock button, the app prompts the Buy Now option if it’s a trial version. Enter the registration code to proceed. Unlock your forgotten passcode iPhone 13 will start immediately. When the unlock is complete, it shows you the “Wiped passcode successfully” screen.  At the moment, please disconnect your iPhone 13 and wait for it opens.

When the iPhone opens with Hello Screen in different languages, set it up from scratch or restore it from backups.

Video Tutorial

Option 3. Unlock the iPhone 13 with iTunes/Finder If you Forgot Passcode.

If you want to unlock your forgotten iPhone 13 passcode with iTunes or Finder, you can refer to Apple’s guide on the unlocking process steps. Apple Support.

Make sure you know the recovery mode or DFU mode. You still need to put your iPhone 13 in recovery mode or DFU mode with iTunes or Finder.

If your iPhone 13 exits recovery mode when Finder or iTunes downloads the iOS software, let the download finish and then put your iPhone 13 in recovery mode later.

Click Restore on Finder or iTunes.

When you forgot your iPhone 13 passcode, you can use the above ways to unlock it. If you have Find My iPhone on and remember your Apple ID and password, you can also erase it on iCloud without a computer. Check our guide on How to Bypass Disabled iPhone or iPad without ComputerWhat Happens If I Reset End-to-End Encrypted Data on iPhone.

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Amanda Lee

I am the chief editor of I have been engaged in software and computer gadgets fields for over 10 years, offering proven guides, tips, and software solutions in data recovery, and multimedia field.

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