Don't know the password! Help!

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Suegr, Mar 14, 2014.

  1. Suegr macrumors newbie

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    Ok. So I recently upgraded from a 3GS to a 5, and I opted to keep to old phone since it's not really worth anything. One of my roommates children snagged it, and changed the password on it. I would very much like to get into the phone so I can find out which of the lovelies did the deed so I can give it to whoever did not. I'm, as you can imagine, not terribly pleased. So. How do I get into it without deleting everything? Thanks!
     
  2. Shrink macrumors G3

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    Just curious since I don't know the technical issue...don't you have to know the password already in order to change the password?
     
  3. Suegr thread starter macrumors newbie

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    As I had a knew phone I deleted everything and didn't bother putting a new password. Obviously a poor choice with three teenage girls. :/
     
  4. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Visit Apple in California?

    Seriously, if prosecutors in South Africa are flying to California to have Apple unlock a phone (without erasing the contents) where the password was forgotten, I'd guess there's really no easier way.

    http://www.daytondailynews.com/ap/a...s-investigators-meet-apple-over-iphone/nd2ZW/
     
  5. Suegr thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Damn. I didn't think it was that intense!!! There really isn't another way?
     
  6. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Not that I know of, other than guessing at the password.

    If you have a recent backup, you can put the phone into recovery mode, restore iOS, and then restore the latest backup.

    But that's all I can think of. Sorry. :(
     
  7. Shrink macrumors G3

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    Water boarding the darlings?

    The rack?

    Strappado?

    Nah...too intense also.

    A trip to California sounds better!;)

    :rolleyes: :D
     
  8. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Great story but the passcode cannot be bypassed for obvious reasons.
    You'll have to restore the phone. And if it has an activation lock with icloud and findmyiphone you will not be able to do anything with it.
    Just so you know if one of those kids accidentally snagged it and set all that up too;)
     
  9. Jstuts5797 macrumors 6502a

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    Wow the stories people come up with... Do people not realize that it's really not possible? The story you make up doesn't change the laws of computing or physics.
     
  10. maliu macrumors 6502a

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    3GS would not be running iOS 7, just restore it as new.
     
  11. carjakester macrumors 68020

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    Just spitballing here but um, ask the child what the password was?
     
  12. magilla macrumors regular

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    Mr. Spock says "Too logical Captain.":rolleyes:
     
  13. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    Nope. Plus, (no offense intended) but what tells us (if we knew how to break it) that the phone wasn't stolen or something. Anyhow - to keep it short the answer is no.
     
  14. Miz.Michele macrumors newbie

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    I thought activation lock is only on IOS7 and on the 3GS a restore will wipe it out.
     
  15. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Deprivation of their allowances might nudge a memory if they even remember it! Otherwise you are truly stuck.
     
  16. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I'm not 100% but you're probably right.
     
  17. JasminBarby macrumors newbie

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    I guess the only way is to RESTORE...God Bless You.;)
     
  18. magilla macrumors regular

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    What about deprivation of the data, text and talk privileges on THEIR equipment for some stated time?
     

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