There is a huge explosion in articles and forums with software and guides on how to unlock a stolen iPhone.
But is this possible?
Is it even one of them for real or just trying to “exploit” the despair of someone who accidentally acquired a stolen iPhone with speculation and lies? (for a price, of course). Without further delay, let’s see what our choices are when we deal with a stolen iPhone.
Updated on 05/03/2019
What is the iPhone passcode?
The most common way to protect your iPhone from prying eyes is by activating a passcode on it.
The iPhone passcode is just a password used to provide access to the original owner and only to him. It is usually installed during the installation process, but this step can easily be skipped and turned on at any time.
The password is required when you do the following:
- Turn on or restart iDevice
- Unlock device to access Home Screen
- iOS Update
- Erase the device
- View or change passcode settings
- Install iOS Configuration profiles
In older iPad and iPhone models, this is usually a four-digit password similar to the password you can use for an ATM bank card.
On the latest iPhone and iPad models, you can still enter a four-digit passcode but you can also use a 6-digit or even fully alphanumeric password for better protection.
The newer devices, of course, don’t just stop there:
- you can use your fingerprint instead of your passcode if your device supports the Touch ID
- you can use face recognition instead of your password if your device supports a Face ID
Needless to say, but if either of these features is enabled (Touch ID and Face ID) then the chances of unlocking a stolen iPhone passcode are extremely low.
Having said what we need to know about the iPhone Passcode, the time has come to see if we can bypass it.
How to Unlock a Stolen iPhone without knowing the Passcode
As you understand how to unlock a stolen iPhone passcode is not that easy or at least as easy as many websites want you to believe. So let’s take a closer look at your options.
How to Unlock iPhone Stolen Password with Brute Force Attacks
Most people use a similar four-digit passcode like
- or the famous squares 1397 or 7139.
If I have already guessed your passcode don’t worry, I’m not a psychic.
A recent survey showed that these ten iPhone passcodes were used by almost 20% of 200,000 entries. Most popular was “1234”, which was used by about 9,000 people. The rest of the codes are either very simple (repeating a number), they create a pattern (line, square, etc), or even a word (LOVE = 5683).
Simply testing these 10 passwords gives you a pretty good chance of unlocking a stolen iPhone, even on newer models since the same logic is also used in six-digit codes.
But before you start trying them all out you have to seriously consider that you get only 5 attempts to guess the stolen iPhone passcode right before seeing the “iPhone is disabled, try again in X minute” warning and then 5 more before the phone is completely disabled with the “iPhone is disabled, connect to iTunes” screen.
How to Unlock Stolen iPhone Passcode with iTunes Restore
Restoring a stolen iPhone through iTunes can bypass the passcode is possibly your best chance but at the same time, it will delete all iPhone data and settings.
Restoring an iPhone through iTunes is extremely helpful if you forgot your passcode and thankfully a person who accidentally bought a stolen iPhone can use the same trick to his advantage.
How to unlock stolen iPhone Passcode using SIRI
You may also be able to use Siri to skip any passcode on a stolen iPhone 4S, 5, 5C or even 5S (only if the Touch ID is disabled), but only to some extent and only if the user has configured it so that allows Siri access when the device is locked.
While there are rumors about an iPhone passcode bypass method that works on all iPhone models and iOS versions, it might have been possible up to iOS 10.3.3.
The reality with iOS 12 Siri is as follows. Provided the iPhone is connected to the Internet and Siri is working while the device is locked, this method will work only if the stolen iPhone was turned on when you purchased it which is practically unlikely unless you are the one who stole the iPhone.
Anyway, this method will allow you to communicate with the original owner and nothing more.
Pressing and holding the Home button will activate Siri, but you should be smart about what you will ask. Here are some good ideas that you could try in this case:
- “Reading the Call Log” – perhaps the best course of action.
- “Call my husband”
- “Call my mom”
- “Call my dad”
- “Call my boss”
- “Read my last message”
- “Who Owns This iPhone?”
- “What is my email address?”
Unfortunately, after a number of tests, it appears that Siri has a limited amount of information that is likely to be revealed before eventually requiring the passcode.
How to unlock stolen iPhone passcode using an iOS restrictions passcode cracker
I’m not going to focus particularly on these allegedly stolen iPhone passcode bypass tools for a simple reason: None of them works.
At best you will get some software that makes iPhone restore on your behalf. There is no reason to buy any kind of iOS restrictions passcode cracker since I already showed you how to do that.
Can You Unlock a Stolen iPhone? – The Conclusion
Where did we end up?
The passcode of a stolen iPhone may well be overcome with a lucky crack or iPhone restore. But our problems don’t stop here even if we unlocked the stolen iPhone passcode.
Most of the time, a stolen phone will also be:
- iCloud Locked
- In this case, the iCloud Status of the device (CLEAN, LOST, ERASED) plays the most important role in removing the iCloud lock. Suffice to say that as long as an iPhone remains locked in the original owner’s Apple ID, there is no way to use it.
- If the original owner reported the theft on his network then the stolen iPhone has become blacklisted, which means it can’t be used with any network inside the country it was stolen. How to deal with a blacklisted iPhone is very special and covers specific networks.
In any case, the main problem with a stolen phone is the lack of information which is the only means of successful unlocking. The only way to get them right now is an IMEI Check service. So you will learn all the problems and of course how to solve them.
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