iPhone Password Recovery

by Guest Author on June 26, 2012

in Guest Posts, iPhone

As technology continues to advance we find ourselves creating new passwords for everything from ATM machines and email accounts to security alarms and Wi-Fi networks. It’s no wonder that on occasion we find ourselves drawing a blank when it comes to remembering what our latest pass code is. The fact is that even if we wanted to we could not use the same code everywhere. Not only would that be a security risk but each password will often have different requirements and restrictions as far as which characters must be used to create it in the first place.

In most cases forgetting your password is an inconvenience which requires sending a request for assistance, answering a couple of security questions or in some cases simply requesting a password reset. Unfortunately when it comes to handheld devices like smartphones it is often not so simple. In the worst case scenario you might be required to restore the software on your phone to factory settings which means losing any personal information as well as multimedia which may be stored on the devices hard disk. We all know just how valuable and priceless this information can be.

Thanks to the Apple Dev Team we now have an alternative to wiping out everything on our iPhone in a situation where our password has been lost, forgotten or maliciously changed without our knowledge.  By downloading a piece of software called Gecko Toolkit along with RedSn0w and the correct IPSW file which is used for performing software restoration you can recover your four digit iPhone pass code.  The difficulty level for executing a password recovery using this process is relatively easy but should be performed by someone who is familiar with the restore process. It is also necessary that you use a PC which is running Windows 7. The process will not work with any other operating system.

The recovery process involves a brute force password crack which simply attempts every possible numeric combination starting with four zeros. The next combination will be three zeros with a one at the end and so on with the last possibility being four nines. Note that if you have disabled the four digit password option and changed yours to something more complex the process will not be successful. An iPhone will typically disable itself after too many unsuccessful password entries. This software will enable an unlimited number of attempts thereby allowing the Gecko Toolkit to decipher your password. It also has the ability to bypass the screen which says that you have already made too many incorrect attempts.

Currently the Gecko Toolkit supports the iPhone 3GS iPhone 4 and 4S, iPod 4th generation and iPad 1 up to software version 5.1.1. You can find the required software download links as well as video tutorials at www.forgotiphonepassword.com

If you happen to own an earlier device such as a 3G iPhone or iPod 2nd and 3rd generations you will still have the ability to bypass the “Connect to itunes” screen after too many unsuccessful attempts. However, you will need to enter new passwords manually as the exploit which allows the password to be read automatically only works on newer devices which are eligible for, although not necessarily running, the 5.0.1 software version.

Guest article submitted by Dave, a TechPatio reader – thanks!

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Chaz June 28, 2012 at 01:30

That is INCREDIBLE. I always thought that if I forgot my password I would be out of luck and have to do a complete system wipe. this method has potentially saved me quite a bit of time with my iPhone

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Paul Smitherman June 30, 2012 at 13:59

Quite interesting post. Thanks for giving such a great information that how to Recover iPhone Password. I hope that your post will help lots of readers who have issue of password recovery. Keep Doing such a nice work. I will definitely keep in touch with this blog to get new information regarding new technologies. Thanks Again.

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EdwinMiller July 12, 2012 at 12:03

This is really good tool and would like to give thank you and also to Apple’s Dev Team who developed such tool for iPhone password recovery. But i am little confused here, during the recovery process, is there any risk of data loss?

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