You go to sleep at night after chatting with several friends, only to wake up the next morning and discover your iPhone 12 not accepting passcode. This can result in a panic attack, especially when you are sure that this is the passcode you have used your entire life. First advice. Calm down. It is fixable.
Setting up a passcode to unlock your iPhone is a crucial security measure if you want to protect your data and keep your messages and photos safe from prying eyes.
But what do you do when your iPhone 12 won’t accept correct passcode? While this is very frustrating, rest assured, you’re not the only one experiencing this problem.
Luckily for you, we did the heavy lifting work and we found a solution to this problem.
The tips discussed in this article applies to iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max that won’t accept passcode in 2021.
Why is iPhone 12 not accepting passcode?
- Maybe you recently reset the passcode, and can not for the life of you remember what it was. If you enter an incorrect passcode, your iPhone will alert you about that. Maybe you hit the wrong keys. Slow down a bit and try again.
- Your iPhone may sometimes get corrupted and that could prevent the device from accessing passcode information. In other words, your device can’t access the security file that contains information about your passcode. As a result, it can’t compare the passcode you’re entering to the passcode you set up.
- If your iPhone won’t unlock with correct passcode after updating iOS, maybe the OS failed to install properly. That could trigger various glitches, including the passcode issue we’re covering in this guide.
How to fix iPhone 12 not accepting Passcode
At the risk of stating the obvious, but are you certain you have typed in the correct passcode? For sure, you can type it blindfolded, though mishaps and typos happen. When you are in a hurry, the finger might slip and miss the digit.
To ensure this is not the case, press the Side button and try to unlock your iPhone again. If you wanted to access notification from the Lock screen, it’s best to leave it alone for now and just try to unlock your iPhone. Hopefully, the face recognition scanner still works, so you’ll be able to gain access.
In fact, it would be best to try the unlock methods discussed in this article and avoid typing the invalid passcode a few times. Otherwise, your iPhone will be disabled when you attempt to input the wrong password continually . After the device being locked, the message of ”iPhone is disabled, try again in 1 minute” will appear on the locked screen. If the password you input is still incorrect 1 minute later, the message of ”iPhone is disabled, try again in 5 minutes” will appear. And if you enter the incorrect password too many times, the waiting period can also be 15 or 60 minutes.
And the worst result is that the iPhone will be disabled and the “Connect to iTunes” logo will appear on the screen. That’s to say, you will not have any opportunity to enter the password anymore. And you’ll need to erase your iPhone, which deletes all data and settings including the screen passcode.
iPhone 12 won’t accept passcode? Restore Your device
Apple has made sure you can reset your forgotten iPhone passcode. Hopefully, you backed up your iPhone recently though, as you might lose some of your most recent data from the process.
Before you reset your passcode, you are going to need to pick a way to fully reset your device. Unfortunately, this is usually a prerequisite for resetting your iPhone passcode if you have forgotten it. Hence the backup comment – if you did not back up prior, there is no saving your device’s data.
Also, before proceeding make sure that you know the Apple password associated with the Apple ID that is logged in on the phone. Once you perform a reset, your phone will start over brand new. But, as you go through the setup process you will need the Apple ID and password to remove Activation Lock on iPhone.
If you haven’t connected the iPhone to your computer for some time, a pop-up window will prompt you to select “Trust This Computer.” In this case, you’ll need the passcode to connect to iTunes. On the bright side, there are two tricks to work around this issue.
Turn off your iPhone and hold the Side button when you plug the phone into a computer. Keep holding until you see the “Connect to iTunes” screen on your phone (a cable and iTunes icon appears on your phone).
At this point, a pop-up window should appear in iTunes. Click Restore and your iPhone will restart when the restore finishes.
DFU mode is like an extended version of the recovery mode and the method is pretty similar. Connect your iPhone to a computer, manually launch iTunes, and turn off the iPhone. Once it’s off, hold the Side and Volume down buttons simultaneously. After 10 seconds, release the Side button, but keep holding Volume down.
When the screen goes black, the iPhone is in DFU mode and iTunes should recognize it. Now you can proceed to restore the device.
You’ll be asked if you want to set up a passcode upon the initial setup of the device. If you skip this step – or if you set up a passcode and change your mind about it later, you can set or reset it later. Just follow these simple steps.
- Head to Settings
- Scroll down until you find Face ID and PasscodeSelect either Turn Passcode On or Change Passcode. The former will require you simply to set a new passcode, while the latter will require you to enter your current passcode before changing to a new one.
Simple. Until you forget your passcode and have to erase the device and start afresh, in which case refer to the sections above.
Important Notes: If you just turn the iPhone off and then back on, it won’t help with the passcode problem. Remember, you are required to provide the passcode after the restart.
As you can see, there is really not much that you can do if your iPhone 12 is not accepting passcode. The quickest solution is to enter Recover mode and factory reset your iPhone.