How to Unlock iPhone Without Passcode or Face ID

For most of us, our phones are the first thing we look at in the morning and the last thing at night. How much we look at it between those two instances is another topic.

Cell phones have evolved; they are no longer the “old school” communication devices.  We use our phones for work, entertainment, data storage, etc. As the list grows, so is the need to secure it.

A forgotten 4 to 6-digit code is enough to hold back all that. For some users, a lock screen would mean a forced break from work, an inability to access information on the phone, etc.

In this article, we’ll avoid such scenarios by looking at other methods you can use to unlock your iPhone without needing your passcode or face ID.

How to Unlock iPhone Without Passcode or Face ID

So, what are the solutions when you’re locked out of your iPhone? The options below, including an interesting one from TikTok, will help you unlock your iPhone without a passcode or face ID.

Method 1. Use the “TikTok Method”

Video content dominates social media these days, and TikTok is probably at the top of the list. With over a billion monthly active users, the app features short videos from any genre you can possibly think of. No wonder it is currently the most downloaded app in the world.

One trending video from the app was a method of unlocking your iPhone by just opening your calculator or camera No face ID, no passcode!

The steps are as follows:

Step 1: Swipe up/down (depending on your iPhone model) on your control panel while covering your camera.

Step 2: Switch off your Wi-Fi, Data, and Bluetooth or turn on Airplane mode.

airplane mode iphone

Step 3: Open your calculator, then enter a decimal point.

Step 4: Enter the scientific mode by tilting your phone sideways, then press “IN,” followed by “Rand”

Step 5: Swipe up on your screen to finish the process.

Editor’s Comment

If you did it right, your iPhone would be unlocked. However, this hack is nothing but just a deception.

When you tilted the phone sideways to enter the scientific mode of the calculator and followed all those steps, the camera had more than enough time to validate your face.

Just another trending lifehack on TikTok!

Method 2. By Creating a Voice Control Command

This method will save you when you have temporarily forgotten your password, but it won’t help if you’re completely locked out.

As long as you still remember your passcode, you can set up a simple voice control command that will enable you to unlock your phone by simply saying the command.

To set up a custom Voice Control Command:

Step 1: Go to Settings, then tap Accessibility.

Step 2: On the Accessibility menu, tap Voice Control.

iphone voice control

Step 3: Tap Customize Commands on the next page.

iphone customize commands

Step 4: On the Customize Commands page, tap Create New Command.

iphone creat new command

Step 5: Enter a phrase you would like to use for the command in the phrase field, then click Action.

iphone run custom gesture

Step 6: Click Run Custom Gesture on the Action page.

iphone run custom gesture

Step 7:  Now tap the screen as if you were entering your passcode. Tap the area of the screen where your passcode digits are located.

This is a little tricky, so first, practice by locking the screen, then unlock it again by manually entering your passcode. This way, you’ll master the positions of the digits. Once confident, tap Save to save the gesture.

Step 8: Tap Save again to save the custom voice control command you have just created.

Step 9: Enable Voice Control by going to Settings > Accessibility > Voice Control. Toggle the switch to on. Alternatively, you can ask Siri to enable Voice Control.

Step 10: Now disable Touch or Face ID. Voice Control won’t work if either of the two is enabled. You can do this by going to Settings > Touch ID & passcode > Enter your passcode > tap the switch next to the lock to disable it.

That is it. Now lock your phone and try unlocking it by saying the phrase you saved.

Editor’s Comment

Please note that, unlike Siri, Voice Control accepts any voice, so anyone who knows your unlock phrase will be able to unlock your phone.

To avoid unauthorized access to your phone, consider using unique words and only use them when you’re alone.

Method 3. Use Tenorshare 4uKey

If you prefer using professional unlock tools for your iDevice (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch), then consider using Tenorshare 4uKey. Some of the features that always make it the first pick include:

  • Unlock iPhone without passcode or Face ID required
  • Bypasses MDM Screen & Remove MDM Profile
  • Removes Apple ID from iPhone/iPad/iPod without Password
  • Fixes Disabled iDevice without iTunes or iCloud
  • Removes Screen Time passcode within seconds
  • Compatible with the latest iOS/iPadOS, and the latest iDevice.

To unlock your iPhone using Tenorshare 4uKey:

Step 1: Download and install the application.

download buttons

Step 2: Connect your iPhone to the PC, then click Start

Step 3: Download the firmware package for your iPhone.

Step 4: Click Start Removal to start the unlock process. Wait for the process to finish, then set up your phone.

Editor’s Comment

This is the best & fastest way to unlock an iPhone when you forgot the passcode or don’t have the Face ID set before. It doesn’t require any password and the success rate is up to 98%.

Method 4. Via Find My iPhone

Apple’s Find My app can be a valuable tool for users with Apple devices. It allows you to track your device, display a message when lost, and in worst cases, completely lock (Activation Lock) and erase it.

This method performs a factory reset, which means you will lose all the data on your phone. You will need to restore your iPhone from a backup.

If you have an iPad or iPhone close to you, you can use Find My iPhone to unlock your iPhone by following the steps below.

Step 1: Open Find My app on your device.

Step 2: Login in by entering your Apple ID and password. You will see devices linked to your account displayed on the map.

Step 3: Tap your iPhone from the list of linked devices.

erase iphone with find my app

Step 4: Next, select Erase iPhone.

Step 5: If prompted, enter your Apple ID and password to confirm the process.

Step 6: After the erasing process, you’ll have to activate your iPhone. Just follow the steps it shows.

Step 7: If you don’t want to lose data, select Restore from iCloud Backup.

iphone x setup restore from icloud

Step 7: Enter your Apple ID password, pick the most recent backup, then wait for the process to finish.

Editor’s Comment

This way will help you out when you opened Find My iPhone on your iPhone before it’s locked. Except for using the Find My app, you can also visit with a browser to complete the process.

Method 5. Via Siri

You already know most of the stuff you can do with Siri. Make phone calls, send texts, check the weather, etc. What you may not know is another cool Siri trick that allows you to unlock your iPhone without passcode or Face ID.

Officially, you can’t use Siri to unlock your phone, but this trick beats that. You won’t need to enter your passcode or face ID anywhere. Follow the steps below to use this method.

Step 1: On your locked iPhone, long press the home button to activate Siri.

Step 2: Ask Siri to tell you the time. A simple “What’s the time now?” will do.

Step 3: Tap the clock widget when it appears on the screen.

Step 4: In the top right corner, tap the + sign.


Step 5: Type anything in the search box that appears, then select all the text you have typed.

Step 6: Select Share from the options provided.

Step 7: Tap the Message app.


Step 8: When the message screen appears, type anything in the “To” field, then tap the return button on the keyboard.

Step 9: Wait for a few seconds, then press your home button. Voilà! Your phone is unlocked!

Editor’s Comment

This way only work for old versions of iOS- from iOS 8 to iOS 10. Apple had fixed this bug on the following iOS versions.

Method 6. Use iTunes

This is another official solution you can use to unlock your iPhone. Using iTunes lets you put your phone in recovery mode, which lets you erase the phone and set it up again.

This method requires the following to be successful:

  • Mac or PC (Windows 10 or later)
  • The latest version of iTunes installed
  • Compatible cable

When everything is ready:

Step 1: Launch iTunes, then connect your iPhone to your Mac or PC.

Step 2: Put your phone into recovery mode by turning it off and pressing the right button. The recovery mode buttons are as follows:

iphone x later recovery mode

  • iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, or later, press the right side button.
  • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, press the Volume down button.
  • iPhone SE (1st gen) and iPhone 6s or earlier, press the Home button.

Step 3: If successful, iTunes will recognize your device, and a popup screen will appear with the options Update or Restore. Click on Restore.

finder recovery mode iphone

Step 4: Then click on Restore and Update on the popup screen.

itunes restore and update

Step 5: Wait until the process finishes, then disconnect your phone. All data will be erased, so restore from a backup if you wish to during setup.

Editor’s Comment

Although iTunes is powerful, it has a lot of bugs too. You may encounter some errors when trying to restore your iPhone. But this is still a good tool to try.


That’s everything we had for you today. I hope you will never again be locked out of your phone when you have forgotten your password. You can also play a trick on a few people using the TikTok method and watch how they react.

Let us know in the comments section if the methods discussed were helpful to unlock an iPhone without passcode or Face ID.

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About the Author

Darren is an Apple Certified Independent Technician with a passion for researching all aspects of phone locks, including Activation Lock, carrier lock, screen lock, FRP lock, and more. With years of experience in the mobile phone industry, Darren has become a leading authority in his field and has been a sought-after consultant for individuals and businesses seeking to unlock their devices.


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