If you have forgotten your iPhone password don’t give up hope just yet. Assuming that your device fits the criteria described on this page then there is a good chance that you can get back into it without losing any information. In fact you may be in luck if you own an iPod or iPad and can’t remember your pass code. Of course if you are not concerned with saving the information stored on your iPhone then you can simply perform a hard reset and save yourself a lot of time. You can also restore your device from the backup file in iTunes and recover most of what you had saved. You’ll have to download your apps again but you won’t need to pay for them. If you want to get back into your phone without losing any information make sure that you are using one of the devices listed below. Even if your phone is not listed below you may have a few other options.
- iPhone 3GS
- iPhone 4
- iPad 1
- iPod 3rd generation
- iPod 4th generation
If you choose to perform a restore without attempting to recover your password you will most likely be required to upgrade your iPhone to the latest firmware version. Many people aren’t concerned by this but if you happen to own a device which has been jailbroken then you will lose your Cydia app and may not be able to get it back until a new jailbreak is released.
In order to use the software required for recovering your password you will need not just an eligible device but a very specific computer configuration. In some cases it may be possible to use a few variations but the Gecko Toolkit works best with the following:
- Windows 7- This is an absolute requirement.
- 32-bit version- You might be able to use the 64-bit version if you are familiar with command line prompts.
- Java- There is some question as to which version works. I am running 220.127.116.11 without any issues.
- Microsoft .NET 4.0- You need this to run the Gecko Toolkit.
- 5.0.1 IPSW for your device- Regardless of what version you have this one must be used for the password recovery.
- RedSn0w- This is a tool typically used for jailbreaking and must run during the process.
It is also important that you have the right device as you don’t want to waste time trying to recover a password with something that isn’t on the list of eligible devices. I get emails and messages on YouTube daily asking if this works with the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 4 and so on. It absolutely will not recover a forgotten password on anything not listed and it will not work on a Mac period. The only exception to this rule would be if you have installed dual operating systems on your Mac and can boot into Windows 7.
If you haven’t already done so you should definitely watch the official Smartphonepassword.com instructional video which demonstrates how to perform the procedure. Once you are familiar with the process, have downloaded all of the required files and are certain that your computer meets all of the specifications listed above then you should attempt to recover your forgotten iPhone password. You may or may not succeed the first time. In some cases your phone will behave in unexpected ways and we take no responsibility for any damage that you might cause regardless of whether or not you follow the instructions to the letter. That said I should point out that I do not know of a single case where the Gecko Toolkit has caused any sort of damage to an iPhone, iPad or iPod while attempting to recover a forgotten password.