How to Unlock Your iPhone If You Forget Your New Passcode in iOS 17

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When I was in 7th class, I was playing a game on my mom’s phone. During the game, I set a password lock on it. After setting it, I went out to play cricket. By the time I returned, I had forgotten the password. To make matters worse, my mom was using an iPhone 8 back then, and resetting the password was a significant challenge. However, with iOS 17, resetting passwords has become much easier. Now, if you forget it, there’s no need to visit an Apple store to unlock your phone.

With iOS 17, if you change your password and forget it soon after, you have a 72-hour window to reset it without your phone getting locked. This means Apple provides you 72-hour grace period to prevent your phone from becoming inaccessible.

In iOS 17 and iPadOS 17, it’s now possible to reset your iPhone or iPad passcode. However, you need to remember the old passcode you used up to three days after you made a change. Apple allows you to use your previous passcode within a 72-hour window after setting a new one. This feature is especially useful for those who might forget their newly set passcode.

With devices running iOS 17, if you enter the wrong password multiple times, you can simply select the “Forgot Passcode” option, which will appear at the bottom of the display. Once you click on it, the passcode reset option will prompt you. You’ll then have the opportunity to use an older passcode to reset and establish a new one. Here’s how to unlock your iPhone when you’ve forgotten the password:

How To Unlock Your iPhone When You Forgot The Password

  1. Find the setting icon.
  2. Tap on Settings.
  3. Now Scroll down under Siri & search you will find Face ID/Touch ID & Passcode Now click on it.
  4. Under “Temporary Passcode Reset,” tap Expire Previous Passcode Now.
  5. Tap Expire Now to confirm.

Many might wonder, what if someone knows Your previous passcode? The Apple developers have thought of this. Anticipating this issue, they’ve included an “Expire Previous Passcode Now” setting. Please note that if you activate this option, you won’t be able to use your old passcode to access your device if you forget the new one

Apple is still exploring alternative solutions, but no updates have been introduced so far. To enhance security, Apple suggests that users shift from a four-digit code to a mixed character passcode. This makes it tougher for potential thieves to guess. You can make this change in Settings, by navigating to Face ID & Passcode -> Change Passcode.

Final Thoughts

This year, iOS 17 introduced a slew of fresh features. Notably, users can now use their previous passcode to reset their new one within 72 hours of making a change. This is a handy feature for those who might momentarily forget their newly set passcodes.

Did you know Apple released New Ringtones And Text Tones? Check out How To Use New Ringtones And Text Tones On Your iPhone in iOS 17

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