If my phone is locked can it be restored and unlocked?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Jamz00, Jun 29, 2009.

  1. Jamz00 macrumors member

    May 9, 2009
    A lot of my friends turn the passcode on "in case someone steals their phone." I turned my passcode on and connected my phone to see if I could restore it and it seems like I can. Does it just erase my data and keep the phone locked or does it completely wipe the phone clean and unlock it? I think they're idea behind this is to render the phone useless to a thief but it doesn't seem to matter.
  2. dave006 Contributor


    Jul 3, 2008
    Just West of East
    You are correct a simple restore allows the iphone to be reused if your iPhone is lost or stolen. However, without the "baclup file" your data is missing aka pretected from 99.9%.

    Even the fancy "Remote Wipe" from MobileMe or Exchange only kill the data, the iPhone can quickly be reused by the person that finds your phone or the person that the thief sells your prized iPhone to.

  3. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Unluckily this is very true. The passcode is there mainly to safe guard your personal info. However, to respond to that Apple gave us "Find my iPhone".

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