How to unlock an iPhone without the password

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Photo credit: Getty Images

A YouTuber has found a way to unlock an iPhone without the passcode, which is equal parts scary and impressive.

Have you ever found an iPhone belonging to a stranger in a bar/taxi/the floor and wanted to find out who it belongs to so you can return it to its rightful owner, but have been blocked by a pesky passcode? Or, have you ever locked yourself out of your phone during a memory blank and just had *no idea* what you might've changed your password to? We've all been there.

Aside from hoping and waiting for the phone's owner to make contact somehow (or, er, hoping a memory might come to you,) there's not a lot you can do in that situation. Until NOW, that is, after a YouTuber has discovered a sneaky little hack which allows you to access the phone without using a four or six digit code to gain entry.

It's worth noting that we tried the trick a number of times, and although we were OVERWHELMED that it worked the first time, the phone seemed to wise up, so it didn't work so smoothly. But it's worth a try nevertheless, in case you've accidentally locked yourself out of your phone or need to get into someone's device for emergencies.

Also, it's worth nothing people might be using this iPhone unlocking hack for the wrong reasons, so perhaps it's only a matter of time before Apple wise up to it and stop it working.

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

So here's how you do it, courtesy of YouTubers Social Star...

  1. Activate Siri by saying 'Hey Siri' or clicking the home button.

2. Ask Siri, 'What time is it?'

3. Once the clock app has popped up, click the world clock icon to add another clock feature. Now tap the 'plus' sign to add it to the display.

4. Now click the 'share' button, before selecting to write a new message. Use the virtual keyboard to select the 'To' field, before asking Siri to 'Create a new contact' by tapping the 'plus' button again.

5. Siri will provide an 'Add Contact' blank screen, which will allow you to provide text, in the name and details of your new contact. Instead of adding text, click to 'add photo' to your contact from your photo library.

6. From your home media library, hit the home button, return button, or the return key, and you should now have entry into your phone without the password.

Et voilá!

Here's how it works in action:

It's worth noting that we tried the trick a number of times, and although we were OVERWHELMED that it worked the first time, the phone seemed to wise up, so it didn't work so smoothly. But it's worth a try nevertheless, in case you've accidentally locked yourself out of your phone or need to get into someone's device for emergencies.

Also, it's worth nothing people might be using this iPhone unlocking hack for the wrong reasons, so perhaps it's only a matter of time before Apple wise up to it and stop it working.

But as long as the morally right purposes outweigh the more dubious ones, we'd say it's useful to know. Whether that means accessing a phone book in emergencies (although hopefully everyone has their emergency contacts on) to to relocate an owner with their lost phone.

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

How to unlock an iPhone synchronised to a Mac or PC

Apple have also published a way to unlock your iPhone without the passcode on their website. The method includes This process requires plugging your iPhone into a computer (Mac or PC), putting it in recovery mode and restoring the iPhone.

This process deletes your data and settings, including your passcode, giving you access to set up your iPhone again. You can then restore your data and settings from back up, or set your phone up as a new device and download any data you have stored in iCloud.

How to unlock an iPhone synchronised to iCloud

This will also involve restoring and wiping your iPhone, before late packing it up from iCloud, but it's worth it if you really can't remember the password.

Use your iCloud login details to sign into your Apple ID on another device. Click 'Find My iPhone' and select the iPhone you want to wipe and later restore. Click 'Erase iPhone', enter your Apple ID password and phone number, before erasing the phone. *Hopefully* you've got the latest version of your phone backed up your phone to iCloud before wiping it, so you can then restore the information.


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