iPhone says passcode is incorrect, but I KNOW it's right!

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by lanerss, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. lanerss macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2013
    I set a passcode on my iPhone 4S a few hours ago, and it was working and unlocking perfectly fine. Fast forward a few hours, and my phone keeps saying the pass. is incorrect. It got disabled for 15 minutes, and now it says "try again in 3 minutes". I tried connecting it to iTunes and the AutoPlay window pops up along with iTunes, and my phone shows up, but when I click Back Up Now, it says it cannot back up b/c "it is locked with a passcode". It shows all the apps and songs on it, but I can't unlock it! This is so frustrating. What can I do? Oh, and I promise you that this is my phone, I didn't steal it. Help :(
  2. aziatiklover macrumors 68030


    Jul 12, 2011
    Location: and
    Good night sweet prince! Time for a DFU mode and restore!
  3. lanerss thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2013
    What does DFU mode do? Does it clear everything? I've had the phone for a month and I have lots of pics and stuff on it. I think I can jump off a cliff now.
  4. jpadhiyar macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2012
    Ahmedabad, India
    DFU means Device Firmware Update and it basically wipes things off your iPhone so a new firmware can be installed on it. Restoring will erase the passcode data so you can enter the iPhone again.

    Restoring your device is the only option. Fortunately, I think you can use something like CopyTrans or iFunbox to extract photos and other data. On Linux, you can just plug in your iPhone to the system and then extract the DCIM folder which has all the photos.
  5. lanerss thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2013
    OH MY GOODNESS. My phone got disabled for 60 minutes, so I charged it during that time. I unplugged it from the charger and turned it off by holding down the home and top button (don't know what it's called) and waited a little. I turned it back on, entered the same password I've been entering the past gazillion times, and it worked! YAYY! Thank you all for your help. I don't know what was wrong with my phone.
  6. Terrie Birston macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2013
    My iphone wont let me share my photos or authorized items from otger sites ! It says wrong username or password, i use the sames ones on all.
  7. iamnotsmartwithiphones macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2018
    this is happening to my iPhone 4s as well, I just got it fixed and I decided im gonna put a password on it and when I go to type it in it says incorrect password.
    I know for a fact that the password is right because I had just set it and I remember.

    Pleassssseeeee HELP!!! I don't want to spend anymore money than I already have.
  8. internetrando macrumors regular


    Jun 5, 2018
    Restore the device in DFU mode using iTunes.

    You will lose everything on the device.

    That is your option.

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