Many iOS users may forget their screen lock passcode or the Apple ID password. Fortunately, there are many solutions to these two issues. Using third-party software is one of the easiest solutions.
Here, we’ll make an in-depth review of the top two unlocking software: Tenorshare 4uKey and iMyFone LockWiper. Don’t know which one is better? Read on to find the answer.
- Part 1. iMyFone LockWiper & Tenorshare 4uKey Review
- Part 2. Common Questions about Them
Part 1. LockWiper & 4uKey Review: Comparison & Free Alternatives
Here, I’ll make a full review of iMyFone LockWiper and Tenorshare 4uKey by comparing the functions of the two software and offering a free alternative for each function.
Here is the general comparison of the two tools to help you understand this review better:
|Functions||1. Unlock Apple ID|
2. Unlock screen passcode
3. Unlock Screen Time passcode
|1. Unlock Apple ID|
2. Unlock screen passcode
|iTunes Installation||It cannot work without iTunes installation.||Can work normally without iTunes|
1.1 How “Unlock Apple ID” Works?
“Unlock Apple ID” means remove Apple ID from a device that is activated (not locked by iCloud Activation Lock).
Before we talking about the differences between 4uKey & LockWiper on this function, you need to learn how this function works:
When you reset all settings on your iPhone, there will be a certain time period that Find My iPhone will be turned off temporarily (a bug existing in iOS 11.4 and below). When this happens, restoring an iTunes backup in which Find My iPhone has been disabled will enable you to “Unlock Apple ID”.
If you have a prepared backup, you can do this on your own.
Comparison of “Unlock Apple ID”
I made a table to help you learn the difference between LockWiper and 4uKey.
|Supported iOS (Find My iPhone Enabled)||iOS 11.3 and earlier versions||iOS 11.4 and earlier versions|
|Supported iOS (Find My iPhone Disabled)||All iOS versions||All iOS versions|
|Data Security||You’ll lose all your data||Same as LockWiper|
|Limitations||1. Can only remove Apple ID/iCloud from your device|
2. Cannot remove activation lock
3. After removal, DO NOT RESTORE OR UPDATE, or your device will be locked by iCloud
|Same as LockWiper|
As we can see from the table, the Tenorshare 4uKey is more powerful than iMyFone LockWiper.
Free Alternative of “Unlock Apple ID”
Just like what I said before, you can “Unlock Apple ID” on your own if you have an iTunes backup in which Find My iPhone has been turned off.
Here are the detailed steps to Unlock Apple ID on your own:
Step 1. If you don’t have an appropriate iTunes backup, you can download from here.
Step 2. Copy the downloaded backup to the iTunes backup folder.
- For Windows: \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
- For Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/
Step 3. Connect your iPhone to your computer, then open iTunes. Tap on “Trust this computer” from your iPhone.
Step 4. Go to Settings > General > Reset, tap on “Reset All Settings”.
Step 5. Your iPhone will restart, and from here you must be quick:
Right after iTunes recognize your iPhone, you must be fast to click on “Restore Backup”, then select the downloaded one.
After restore, you’ll find the Apple ID disappeared from your iPhone, you can login with a new account now!
1.2 How “Unlock Lock Screen Passcode” Works?
The “Unlock Lock Screen Passcode” on Tenorshare 4uKey and iMyFone LockWiper is designed to solve the problem of “iPhone is disabled”.
Here is how this function works:
- Detect your iPhone, then download a compatible firmware package
- Put your iPhone into DFU/Recovery mode
- Then restore the firmware
Comparison of “Unlock Lock Screen Passcode”
|Supported iOS||All versions of iOS||All versions of iOS|
|Data Security||All your data will be erased||Same as LockWiper|
|My Rating||4.5/5||4.8/5 (more easier to use)|
As you can see, this function on both of the two software works the same as iTunes. So, you can also do it yourself without paid the money.
Free Alternative of “Unlock Lock Screen Passcode”
Here is how you can Unlock Lock Screen Passcode with iTunes:
Step 1. Open iTunes (make sure it is the latest version).
Here is how you check the updates of iTunes:
- For Windows: Click on Help > Check for Updates
- For Mac: Go to Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Software Update
Step 2. Put your device into Recovery mode. No matter which model is your device, you need to turn if off first. Then follow the instructions bellow to put it into Recovery mode:
- For iPhone 8 or Later: Connect your iPhone to your computer. At the same time, holding the Side button until you see the recovery-mode screen
- For iPad with Face ID: Just like the above, but you need to hold the Top button.
- For iPhone 7 (plus) & iPod Touch 7: As the above, but hold the Volume down button.
- For iPhone 6s or earlier: Like the above, but hold the Home button.
Step 3. When your device is in Recovery mode, there will be a pop-up message says “There is a problem with the iPhone…”, click on Restore.
iTunes will download the firmware package. After downloading iTunes will restore your device automatically.
Step 4. After restore, set up your device. That’s it!
1.3 How “Unlock Screen Time Passcode” Works?
This function only exist in iMyFone LockWiper. It is special programmed to find your Restriction (for iOS 11 and earlier) or Screen Time passcode (for iOS 12 and later).
Don’t know what is Restriction or Screen Time? Read this:
Restriction or Screen Time is a built-in app on iOS device aims to help parents manage which features, apps, and content their kids can and can’t access.
So, if you forgot the passcode, this function will help you out without losing data.
As for how it works, I’m sorry that I can not find any idea on this. But I find a free alternative for this function.
Free Alternative of “Unlock Screen Time Passcode”
This free alternative is Pinfinder. This is a program developed to solve the problem that you forgot your Restrictions or Screen time Passcode. It supports iOS 7 and later and can be used on Windows/Mac/Linux computer.
Like iMyFone LockWiper, Pinfinder won’t affect any data on your device. As it recovers the passcode from your iTunes backup.
To get the software or learn the detailed steps, just visit this site.
Part 3. Common Questions about Tenorshare 4uKey and iMyFone LockWiper
Q1. I want to remove the iCloud activation lock, which one should I choose?
Like what I said before, neither of them can work for you! They only work when your iPhone is activated. To remove the iCloud unlock, you can try DoctorUnlock or iCloud Unlock Solution.
Q2. 4uKey or LockWiper, which one is better?
As you can see from the above, Tenorshare 4uKey is more powerful & cheaper than iMyFone LockWiper. If you don’t need the function of “Unlock Screen Time”, 4uKey will be a better choice.
Q3. Is there any free registration codes of LockWiper/4uKey?
Of course, but you’d better not to try these. The free registration codes on the Internet have already been used for too many times, so you won’t register the software successfully.
Q4. Can I try the cracked version of LockWiper or 4uKey?
As for the crack version, most of them are malware that will get your personal information or inject your computer. So, keep away from them.