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What to Do When iPhone Won't Accept Enter Passcode 2024

‘iPhone not accepting passcode’ is one of the most common issues that many iPhone users meet when their update the iOS system version. They are baffled when facing such an issue cause this will make them fail to access the device.

In this article, we have shared with you what to do when your iPhone won't accept the passcode.

Part 1. Why Won't iPhone Accept Passcode?

Face ID in Apple has helped a lot of users to quickly access your iPhone instead of entering your passcode. This helps our iPhone to be more secure. However, there are few times where our Face ID fails to recognize our face. This will automatically direct you to enter the passcode. This may create a problem where users enter the correct passcode but iPhone says it is not correct.

When entering the passcode wrongly too often, your iPhone may trigger glitches which includes your passcode. This may automatically delete your data. Such error often occurs after iPhone users update their iOS version to a newer version.

iphone wont accept enter passcode

Part 2. Basic Ways to Fix iPhone Won’t Accept Enter Passcode Issue

Several users have adjusted the passcode problem by carrying out a few basic solutions. One of the solutions listed below should be able to solve for this issue.

  • Resetting the device forcefully should help you getting rid of the software blockage.
  • Fully charge your iPhone's battery. Once done, take off the charger and turn off the device. After several minutes, turn on the device and enter the passcode and see if it unlocks your iPhone now.
  • Another solution you can try is to enter 123456 as your passcode and see if it works. Various users have confirmed that they can access the settings and turn off the requirement for the passcode by putting in 123456.
  • You can also bring your iPhone back to life by charging it. Using a power adapter rather than USB port to charge the device for more than an hour. If the iPhone still won’t accept the passcode, just try the following methods.

Part 3. How to Remove Passcode to Unlock iPhone

3.1 Remove Enter Passcode of Your iPhone without iTunes/iCloud

Cannot use iTunes/iCloud to bypass the enter passcode? No worries! Use FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker to remove the enter passcode from your iPhone and iPad without the need to restore the iPhone system via iTunes/iCloud, and you will be able to regain full control over your iPhone/iPad.

All kinds of screen locks can be removed using FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker software, such as:

  • 4-digit/6-digit passcode
  • Touch ID
  • Face ID.

FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker allows you to simply remove the screen passcode and iCloud Activation Lock on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It is easy to use and you don't have to be a tech geek to use it. The only thing you need to do is to connect your iPhone to computer and do a few clicks, and your device will be accessible.


Here are some easy steps for you to gain access to your iPhone using FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker:

Step 1: This program must be installed beforehand into your computer and once completed, you can launch it. From the main interface, select “Unlock Screen Passcode”. The iPhone must be connected to computer using an USB cable.

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Step 2: Your iPhone will be put into recovery mode. However, if the device is in recovery mode already, you can proceed to the next step when the program is detected. If the device is in FDU mode already, it will also work.

enter dfu mode

Step 3: Once the iPhone is in DFU mode or Recovery mode, you will be informed to download the designated firmware. To download the firmware, press “Download” and wait for the download process to complete.

download firmware

Step 4: Once completed, the program will remove the enter passcode immediately you click “Start Unlock” button.

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There is many software that can unlock you phone but with FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker, you will be able to:

  • Bypass iCloud Activation Lock without entering the Password.
  • Remove various screen locks in minutes.
  • Won't be blocked by the previous owner after the removal process
  • 24/7/365 customer service support
  • High success rate.
  • Broad compatibility.
  • The cheapest price.

3.2 Unlock iPhone via 'Find My' Feature

You can reset your iPhone and create a new passcode without computer by using Find My iPhone instead.

  • Log into your iCloud account on a different iPhone.
  • After loggin into the iCloud account, all the devices connected to your Apple ID will be detected.
  • You can select the problematic iPhone and choose the Erase iPhone option. This step will get rid off all the data that is saved on your device.
  • Your phone can be set up again, including the screen passcode.

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3.3 Fix iPhone Passcode Not Working with iTunes

Case 1 : If Your iPhone Has Never Been Synced With iTunes

In an event of where you have never synced your iPhone with iTunes, your will have to put your iPhone into recovery mode to get it recognized to remove the passcode. Here are some simple steps:

Step 1 : Your iPhone must be connected to the computer by using an USB Cable. Once done, launch your iTunes.

Step 2 : You can force restart the device once iTunes recognizes your device. The following are the steps for different devices:

  • iPhone 8 and above (iPhone 12 included): The Volume Up Button must be pressed and quickly released following the Volume Down button with the same step. After that, press the side button until your iPhone is put in  the recovery mode.

  • iPhone 7/7Plus: Press both of the Volume Button and Side button simultaneously until your iPhone is put in the recovery mode.

  • iPhone 6s or earlier: Hold down the Home and Power button simultaneously until your iPhone is put in the recovery mode.

recovery mode

Step 3: A message in iTunes will be shown with an option to either to update the device or to restore. Select “Restore” and the firmware will be downloaded for your device in iTunes.

itunes recovery mode

Step 4 : You can set-up your iPhone once the process is complete.

Case 2 : If Your iPhone Has Been Synced with iTunes

If your iPhone has been synced up with iTunes before this, you can follow the easy steps to remove the old passcode.

  • Connect your iPhone to the computer that has been synced with before.
  • Launch iTunes on your computer. If you are asked for a passcode, you may try that on a different computer or use recovery mode as explained above.
  • The iTunes will take some time to backup your iPhone. After the backup process, click "Restore iPhone" and select the iTunes backup you have backed up recently.
  • You can create a new passcode when the restore process is completed.

restore iphone with itunes

Erase Your iPhone (For iOS 15.2 or later)

If your iPhone’s iOS version is iOS 15.2 or later, you can erase the device through it’s built-it feature. However, Apple ID password is required here. If you forgot the password, just ignore this method and try other methods.

  • Keep entering the incorrect passcode until your iPhone is disabled.
  • When you see ‘Erase iPhone’ on the iPhone screen, click on this option.
  • Enter the Apple ID passcode to erase the device.

erase iphone


If your iPhone won’t accept the passcode, try the methods mentioned above and pick the one that matches you best. Some of these methods require you to provide Apple ID passcode, if you don’t have this information, FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker is the best choice for you.

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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