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6 Ways to Unlock iPhone without Face ID or Passcode 2024

Face ID is a whole new way developed by Apple to unlock iPhone. When it officially became a part of iOS security features, most people saw it as the most effective way to protect the device and data on it. But in recent times, certain iPhone users have reported that they are unable to access their devices due to a problem with Face ID authentication.

If you’ve been locked out of your iPhone due to failed Face ID authentication, don’t worry. In this guide we are going to look at this problem and offer you practical solutions to unlock your iPhone without Face ID or passcode.

How to Unlock iPhone without Face ID or Passcode

Quickly Unlock iPhone with FoneGeek iPhone Unlocker

If you are unable to access your iPhone due to a malfunctioning Face ID, and you have forgotten the iPhone passcode at the same time, the best way to unlock the device is to use a third-party unlocking tool called FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker. With this tool, you can easily unlock your iPhone without passcode or Face ID. The following are some of the features that make it the best solution:

  • It can instantly unlock iPhone without Face ID.
  • It can unlock 4-digit and 6-digit passcode as well as the Touch ID on all iPhone or iPad.
  • It supports all iOS devices, including a device with a broken screen or a disabled screen
  • You can also use it to unlock the iPhone from iCloud Activation lock to enjoy all features.
  • The unlocking process is very simple and click-though, no tech knowledge is required.

Here’s how to unlock iPhone without passcode or Face ID:


Step 1: Install FoneGeek iPhone Unlocker on your computer and then launch the program. In the main window, choose the option of "Unlock Screen Passcode" and then click on "Start".

unlock screen passcode

Step 2: Click "Next" and connect your iPhone X to your computer using USB cable, then wait for the program to detect the device.

connect ios device

If not, you can follow the on-screen steps to put your iPhone into DFU mode or Recovery mode to get it detected.

enter dfu mode

Step 3: Now you’ll be asked to download the corresponding firmware package. Just click on "Download" and the necessary firmware for the device will be downloaded.

download firmware

Step 4: When the firmware package has been downloaded to your computer, click on "Start Unlock" to begin unlocking your iPhone without Face ID.

start unlock

The process will take a few minutes. Please keep your iPhone connected during the unlocking process. The device will restart when the process is done.

Tik Tok Method To Unlock iPhone

In case you’ve been searching for a genuine new method for unlocking your device without success, don’t fret because there’s actually a new way to do it. It involves a little set-up but it certainly works.

  • Start by activating the Voice control. You can find it in Settings under the Accessibility option. You can also just search voice control directly in the search bar.

voice control

  • Next, create a new custom command.
  • You need now to type in the phrase that you’ll use to open your iPhone. You can use any phrase you want like for us we simply used “Open”.
  • From there, press the “Run custom Gesture” option, and then on the screen of your device, type exactly where your passcode is supposed to be. For instance, if 1111 is your passcode, you would press the top left part of the screen four times.

run custom gesture

  • After doing that, just press save and try it out. Go to your lock screen, then try using the phrase you created to run the gesture.
  • Should your button presses be somewhat off or a little bit slow, keep editing the gesture until it’s exactly the way you expect it to be.

Try Recovery Mode with iTunes

Putting iPhone into recovery mode and restoring it in iTunes is another great way to fix a Face ID that is malfunctioning. Here’s how to do it:

  • Launch iTunes on your computer and then connect the iPhone to the computer using USB cable.
  • Press and hold the Side button and either of the Volume buttons until the power off slider appears. Drag it to turn the device off and connect the device to the PC while holding the Side button. Keep holding the button until the recovery mode screen appears.

itunes recovery mode

  • You should see a message in iTunes asking you to restore the device. Click “Restore” and iTunes will attempt to restore the device and install the latest firmware.

itunes recovery mode

When the process is complete, you should be able to unlock your iPhone without Face ID or a Passcode.

Unlock iPhone with iCloud

iCloud is yet another viable method for unlocking iPhone without using a passcode or Face ID, especially if you tried iTunes and it didn’t work and you don’t intend to use a third-party tool. More specifically, iCloud offers the Find My iPhone service which you can use to erase and unlock any locked iPhone. The caveat is that this method is only successful if you have the Find My feature already enabled on your locked device.

First, ensure that you’ve switched on your locked iPhone and it’s connected to the network. If it’s all set, follow these steps to unlock it.

  • Find any accessible device such as a phone, iPad, or computer. Open the web browser on the device and visit icloud.com. Borrow one from a family member or a friend if you only have your locked iPhone.
  • Use the same Apple ID you’ve used on the locked iPhone to sign in to icloud.com.

Note: You may need to try another method in case you are unable to sign in to icloud.com due to authentication problems.

  • Once you get signed in, there will be several apps available in iCloud. So, click on Find iPhone to access Find My iPhone web app.
  • When you’re directed to iCloud Find My iPhone page, choose your iPhone. Your iPhone will show up on the map. When it does, click Erase iPhone and simply follow the displayed instructions to erase and then unlock your iPhone with no passcode or Face ID.

erase iphone

Unlock Locked iPhone Without Using Another Device

Themethods above require you to use another device probably a computer or iPad in order to unlock your iPhone without using a passcode or Face ID. This method, however, doesn’t require using another device to unlock your locked iPhone, so if you can’t access or borrow another device, then it’s perfect for you. The only requirement is that your iPhone has to be running iOS 15.2 or newer version and it should have the Find My feature enabled. If all that is set, follow these steps:

  • Enter your wrong passcode 7 times nonstop. You’ll see a pop-up message on your iPhone screen that says “iPhone Unavailable, try again in 15 minutes”. On the bottom right end of the message there will be an Erase iPhone option, so tap it.
  • Tap the Erase iPhone option once more and enter the exact Apple ID password that you used to log in to you iCloud account on your iPhone. Once you do that, your iPhone will immediately erase and unlock itself.

erase iphone

Unlock Your iPhone via Siri

There is a way to unlock your iPhone without a passcode, Face ID, or even a computer using Siri. This method works on iPhone running iOS 8.0 to iOS 13, and it will not erase any existing data on your device. Follow the steps below to unlock your iPhone using Siri.

  • Press and hold the home button on your locked iPhone to activate Siri.
  • Ask Siri "What time is it now?", Siri will display the current time in your location.
  • Tap on the clock symbol that appears.
  • You will see a World Clock menu with small icons. In the top right corner, tap the "+" sign.
  • A search window will appear. Enter any characters in the search box and tap "Choose All" to select all of them.
  • You will see various options. Tap on "Share" and then select the Message app.

fix disabled iphone via siri

  • A new message window will open. Tap on any character in the "To" field and then tap the Return key on your keyboard.
  • Wait a few seconds and then tap the home button to unlock your iPhone.

While this method may seem unconventional, it is an effective way to bypass the passcode and unlock your iPhone using Siri. However, it is worth noting that this method may not work on newer versions of iOS.

Extra Tip: What will Happen If You Don’t Use Face ID

How to Use Face ID with a Mask

If you have an iPhone with Face ID capabilities, you can set up an alternative appearance by going to "Face ID and Passcode" in your settings and selecting "Set up an alternative appearance". The iPhone will then scan your face with the mask on and allow you to use Face ID with it.

face id alternate appearance

What to Do If You Don’t Use Face ID

If you don’t use Face ID, there are certain nice features that you will lose. The following are just some of them:

  • Without Face ID, you will not be able to unlock the device by scanning your Face. You will need to swipe and then provide a passcode to unlock the device
  • You will also not be able to use Face ID to authenticate other services like payment when using Apple Pay purchase.
  • Your device will not be able to scan your Face until you set up Face ID.


When you are unable to authenticate Face ID, you may be unable to unlock your iPhone and therefore be unable to use the device. The solutions above are all designed to help you bypass this problem and get Face ID working normally again or use a different authentication method like a passcode. Choose a method you can trust and follow the simple steps to implement it. Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts or any questions you may have on this topic or any other iOS related issue and we’ll do our best to try and help you out in any way we can.

Joan J. Mims

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.

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