How to recover your iPhone password

In order to recover your iPhone password you will need to have the following software installed on your computer.


Gecko toolkit.

Download it from this website.

The correct 5.0.1 IPSW for your device. Earlier models not listed can use the bypass connect to iTunes feature but cannot read passwords.

RedSn0w.  Make sure to select the Windows version as this will not work on Mac. Currently I am using 0.9.14b1 and it seems to be completely stable.

If you are using Java version 7 you might need to uninstall it and then download 6.0 from here.

This works best with Windows 7 32-bit version. Some have reported that it will work with 64-bit and Windows 8. For more information about using these operating systems see this page.

This does not work with Mac.










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  1. Andrew

    There are IPSW’s for the Iphone4s but redsnow will not work with the 4s. Are there any plans to work with the 4s?


    1. admin

      Nothing yet. Something was changed with the 4S that prevents Gecko from working. If it becomes available I will definitely add it to this site.

      1. justsomeone

        GREAT! All my dreams were just CRUSHED! :( I have a disabled iPhone 4s for 2-1/2 months now, and again I was JUST ABOUT to restore and came across this website thru macrmors. And now I read this and it says it doesn’t work :(

  2. alex

    gecko is saying i have a complex passcode but the device doesnt (it just has the 4 digit passcode screen), any ideas?

    1. admin

      I have run into this once before. You can clearly see that the standard four digit prompt is visible on the screen but the Toolkit cannot read it for some reason. I sincerely wish that I had a better answer for that one. Looks like you are stuck for now.

  3. damion

    having the same issue as alex, i have a simple 4 digit code as i can see from my password prompt but…tells me i have a complex code , sadly leaves me in a position of having to loose quite a bit of new info since i dont backup often

    1. admin

      You could wait for a future solution depending on how important your data is. Unfortunately the only other ways that I know of currently are either limited to law enforcement agencies or very, very expensive services. When I say expensive I don’t mean in the hundreds I mean in the thousands.

  4. brent

    hey.. firstly thanks for the disabled connect to itunes bypass it worked perfect, just now im trying to sort out and read my password but ive downloaded th IPSW version for my iphone 4 but when i hit boot and search for file i find the exstracted ipsw file on my desk top but when i hit open it opens the file to firmware etc then the others dfu etc but can’t find or select an IPSW file so nothing activates and it just says file not found although i know all the info is there??? any ideas? thank you for your help

    1. admin

      Are you running 32-bit Windows 7?

  5. brent

    im running 64-bit Windows 7

  6. Brent

    Hey just tried doing all again for passcode by-pass on my girlfriends computer she is running 32-bit windows 7 and i was running 64-bit windows 7, same problem happens as i described before, any ideas? thanks

  7. r0cks0ul


    If i can remember the numbers I used as pass code but I just can’t remember the combination. Gecko should have some sort of an option to enter those numbers and use it to quicken the brute force stage.

    permutations of 4 to 4 rather than 10 to 4 = 5040 possible combinations against xxxx to 4 = 24 combinations

  8. Imraan

    Can you make this run on XP?
    I run many tools on XP as seems more open and stable platform for these kind of tools.
    Any updates soon so we can run also on XP?

    1. admin

      At this time you cannot run it on XP. I believe that the developer may eventually make a version that is compatible with different OS but when is another question.

  9. Chad

    I have an iphone4 CDMA, is the redsnOw_w_0.9.14b1 updated june 18,2012 stable for this version iphone?

    1. admin

      Should be fine.

  10. Diamond

    Is redsnow running with the 4s yet? Or are 4s users not able to use the password finder?

  11. admin

    So far no one has found a bootrom exploit for the A5/A5X processor. Until that happens you will not be able to use the Gecko Toolkit with the 4S.

  12. mariel

    im trying to bypass my disabled iphone 4s but i dont know my ipsw and version :( if i jailbreak it with redsnow will i lose my data? pls help my husband is a jerk! heve done this to my phone and now please answer me

    1. admin

      At this time the Gecko Toolkit does not work with the iPhone 4S.

      1. Ipod 5

        Hello does it work on Ipod 5 cus i lost my pass

        1. admin

          It does not.

  13. Ray

    I’m having the same issue as Brent. I downloaded the IPSW to my desktop and when I tried to open it shows the firmware folder. I cannot see an option for the IPSW file. Please help me.

  14. War

    Does this works for iPhone 4S iOS6?

  15. John

    Same problem as Brent and Ray. I downloaded zip file which contains the following:

    Firmware folder, 038-3697-001.dmg, 038-3710-001.dmg, 038-3713-001.dmg, BuildManifest.plist, kernelcache.release.n88, and restore.plist.

    Nowhere is there an .ipsw file…..even did a search on the drive using *.ipsw….found nothing……what gives?

    1. John

      BTW I’m dual booting Windows 7, 64bit on a Macbook Pro, and the file I downloaded was the link to 3GS

  16. Radman


    very very thank you ‘forgotiphonepassword’ .
    my phone is lock factory .
    i used this steps and finally i recovered the forgotten password without restore and unlock factory….

    i’m very glad , and thanks everyone that release this solution..

  17. Skip

    its november, any news on a fix for bypassing the passcode on a 4S?

    1. admin

      Nothing yet. Once the jailbreak for 6.0 is untethered then there may be a solution.

  18. Dave

    One problem I ran into was that Gecko could not find the ipsw file even though I know I downloaded it…twice. I unzipped it and searched all the folders. After searching I found that the solution was simple…rename the zip file I downloaded to .ipsw and it worked!

  19. Selena

    Can you make this able to work with iPod Touch 5G ? Please ?

  20. Hemant

    Does this work on iPad2, iOS 6.01?

  21. Rahman

    Ok, i actually used this on my iphone 4 ios 5.1.1 and it worked perfectly. I downloaded the ios 5.0.1 since thats the default one the program can read and then i just followed the steps and it actually worked and showed my password. Now im going to try on a friends iphone 4 running ios 6.0

  22. Corey

    Could not have gotten into my phone without this! VERY VERY Helpful. KUDOS!

  23. Mark Herda

    Gecko dropdown only has a choice for iphone 4 (GSM) I have a CDMA version. The IPSW file I downloaded is for the CDMA version. Am I missing something or am I ok to proceed?

    1. admin

      You should be able to use the GSM option as long as the correct IPSW is selected.

      1. zac

        ok so the bypass worked PREFECT!! but now im stuck on getting the passcode

  24. burn m'sia

    Hi mate, using 3gs face prob after Select the iOS 5.0.1 IPSW with error “Unable to recognize specfied IPSW:”
    Someone pls help me on this.

    1. Chobes

      you running it on Win7?

  25. zach

    does this work for i.o.s 6.0.1

  26. zac

    ok so the bypass worked PREFECT!!

  27. eva

    I’m getting an error message “INIT FAILED (mux thread)!
    Possible causes:
    iTunes 9 or newer is NOT installed.
    Could not bind to the port 2202 (make sure only one instance is running!”
    I’m running iTunes 11 and only one instance of the Gecko Toolkit. Any ideas?

    1. Riyadh

      downgrade your Java run time to Java 6 or Java 7 update 2 max

  28. armony

    it says i must have the correct NET? No clue whats its asking for

  29. Junior

    I have an ipod touch 2G and i can not get it into DFU mode or recovery mode, it just says ipod is disabled connect to itunes. Helpppp !

  30. Chobes

    I am trying to unlock my sons Verizon Iphone 4 CDMA. Redsn0w has been at the waiting for reboot for a few hours. THe Iphone has not displayed the OK screen yet. Can i unlock a Verizon Iphone 4 CDMA with the Gecko software? Do I need a different RedSn0w program, Running the latest version. Well i downloaded it but the program says I’m running 0.9.10b3. I downloaded 0.9.15b3.

  31. dlin

    how bout iphone 5

  32. ???? ????

    Does this work on iOS 6?

    1. admin

      I have been told that it does but have not verified this.

  33. yassine

    does this work for iphone5 ios 6.0.1

    1. admin

      It does not work for iPhone 5.

  34. Mid-Zer0

    I own an iPod 4G which was locked with a password.
    The kids kept on trying till it showed: iPod is disabled, connect to iTunes.
    The iPod is running iOS 6 and Jailbroken already with Cydia installed.
    I downloaded your tool and ran it while device in DFU mode, and all I got within the cmd window was: Fatal Error: Network error: Connection refused.
    Please advise!

  35. Tarek

    I went into Gecko Toolkit and i select my device (iPhone 4 GSM) I click boot after and search for the IPSW when i click open i get :
    Command Line Error:
    Unable to recognize specified IPSW: C:\Users\HP\Desktop\iPhone3,1_5.0.1_9A405_Restore.ipsw

    Plz help <3

  36. Julien

    Hi, I have an Ipod 4g on I don’t know the firmware but I find my password with Gecko. I got a problem when I want to bypass “Ipod disabled” I got an error it’s this one :

    Extracted resource to C:\Users\Julien\AppData\Local\Temp\ssh_rd\native\jsyringeapi.dll
    Extracted resource to C:\Users\Julien\AppData\Local\Temp\ssh_rd\native\mux_redux.dll

    INIT FAILED (mux thread)!
    Possible causes:
    iTunes 9 or newer is NOT installed.
    Could not bind to the port 2202 (make sure only one instance is running!

    But I don’t have more than one instance and i have i tune 10.3 installed so i dont know what is my problem

    Thank you

  37. Mush

    This really does work! it worked for my iphone 4 on 6.1.3. Saved me a hell lot of money and time!

    Thanks a lot guys! Actually something unbeleivable that works for once! :D

  38. faig

    Where can I download gecko toolkit mac version from ? wanna read passcode on my ipod 4th gen. Thanks

    1. admin

      There is no Mac version.

  39. Judas

    I did everything right and it came back..
    Device UDID : 0f310d1146d362d62350f9f21e830717caa33737
    Keybag: SIGN check FAIL
    Keybag UUID : 8fed0578494b4009a9c74da87e4f6085
    Saving C:\Users\Jbertrand0305\AppData\Local\Temp\tools\bruteforcef310d1146d362d62350f9f21e830717caa33737/20ac6a3db2b82917.plist
    passcodeKeyboardComplexity : {‘rangeMinimum’: 0, ‘value’: 0, ‘rangeMaximum’: 2}
    Trying all 4-digits passcodes…
    BruteforceSystemKeyBag : 0:28:25.617000
    The phone has a password NOT a passcode any help..

  40. Naomi

    When I downloaded the link for the iPhone 4, it comes up with iPhone3,1_5.0 .. is this right? I’m worried that it won’t be.

    1. admin

      It should be 5.0.1. I have verified the download links so I’m not sure how you are getting 5.0

  41. Nicholas

    the touch 4g doesn’t seem to contain a ipsw file
    or do I need to rename some thing
    my daughter has forgotten her password for her ipod touch 4 and has a lot of pictures she wants off ii

    any help would be appreciated
    thank you

    1. admin

      You can download the IPSW from here.

  42. Kevyn

    I select .ipsw and prgm starts the exploit, says “exploit using lime rain” but instead of continuing the exploit it boots the ipod touch (actual device).Stays stuck on Limerain exploit screen. any suggestions?

    1. admin

      Have you tried more than once? Sometimes when it hangs there I reset the phone using power+home for ten seconds, power back on and then put it back into DFU mode again.

  43. usl

    I want to add something to my earlier message. What I want is to recover password for my ipod touch 2nd generation. Is it possible?

  44. juan

    ive used gecko for the disable bypass and it worked great! so thanks for that! but when i try to read my password, problems arise. after choosing my device(ipod touch 4g) and the the proper firmware, it gives me a prompt saying: redsn0w error…unexpected parameter…. this software is so awesome, please help! i would like to be able to use it to the fullest! thanks again guys!

  45. KB

    When I run the bypass it says decice not supported. I am trying to bypass a ipod 4G. Any suggestions?

  46. aj

    WTF , I tried failed…. is this Gecko iPhone Toolkit works on IPHONE 4s as mentioned i followed all steps but failed

    workaround steps:-

    i run Gecko iPhone Toolkit in built in redsn0w ver 0.9.10b3, and boot iPhone4,1_5.0.1_9A405_Restore
    unable ro reconize specifed file C:\Users\Easyman\Desktop\Iphone\iPhone4,1_5.0.1_9A405_Restorewith fingerprint: d546faf8282e50c3843a25b21c9d3a1c075fb5ba with version of redsnow 0.9.10b3 which default bundle Gecko software.

    then i proceed boot with iPhone3,1_5.0.1_9A405_Restore, it detects on step 1 redsn0w selected IPHONE 4 (GSM) and proceed go with DfU MODE.

    i get error” EXLPLOIT FAILED.

    I keep trying again then i see progress bar loading ram halfway hangs

    i have tried detect with other version of redsn0w still failed

    can the developer give clear guides and do a pilot test before uploading and getting users test with all failed results.

    which is which redsn0w version can detect iPhone4,1_5.0.1_9A405_Restore software. with gecko built in redsn0w ver 0.9.10b3

    is really redsn0w ver 0.9.10b3 bulit in with gecko software or if is install in computer , then where do i delete/uninstall in windows 7

    please advise thanks

    1. admin

      iPhone 4S is not supported.

  47. Seth

    Hi, I have an iPod 4G with a complex passcode. Will this still work?

    1. admin

      Only to bypass the disabled screen. It will not recover complex passwords.

  48. Nozlat

    I was able to use the password recovery just fine, but when i try to do the bypass, it comes back saying:

    MobileDevice event: DfuConnect, 4f9ffff, ffffff00
    DFU device ‘UNSUPPORTED’ connected
    Ignoring unsupported device UNSUPPORTED

    My device is an ipod 4g

    1. admin

      Most likely you have a software version above 5.1.1. In that case it is a matter of finding the right combination of Java and iTunes versions.

  49. microxaen

    does it work for ipad version 2???

    1. admin

      It does not.

  50. Siddharth Tewari

    Will this work for the ipod touch 2g? please reply asap

    1. admin

      It will only bypass the disabled screen for iPod Touch 2nd gen.

  51. Juno

    Do you have a download link for Windows XP? I have a windows 7 computer but it is currently broken. Can you please send me a download link? Thanks!

    1. admin

      I don’t know how you can get Windows XP since MS no longer sells it.

  52. Kaylie

    I really want to try out this software but the download widget on the link doesn’t seem to be working!

    1. admin

      Try again and let me know if there is still a problem.

  53. Aj

    I have iPod touch 5th generation and it is locked, I would very much appreciate a way to unlock it without restoring it because I have a lot of my kids pics on it, please let me know how to unlock the iPod

  54. Anna

    Please make this work for ipod 5th gen ios6 please please please . . . :(

  55. Danielle

    Last night I was at a sleepover, and my friends decided it would be funny to put in a random passcode on my iPod touch. They kept putting it in, and it was disabled for 60 minutes. Later I tried to get on, and it said: iPod is disabled, connect to iTunes. What should I do? When I plug my iPod in, it says that the computer does not recognize the device. Please, I really want my iPod to work again. Is there any way I can restore it without losing everything?


  56. Tim

    I used the Gecko Toolkit to retrieve the password for an IPOD Touch 4G with no issues. I am now trying to bypass and have the same issue as shown in the comments above:

    MobileDevice event: DfuConnect, 4f9ffff, ffffff00
    DFU device ‘UNSUPPORTED’ connected
    Ignoring unsupported device UNSUPPORTED

    The solution states to find the right combination of Java and ITunes. I downgraded from ITunes 11 to 10.7, and have tried multiple versions of Java below 7 u4 and throughout Java 6. Do you have any other recommendations for this error?

  57. nijan

    i tried to go in recover mode nd its shows itunes logo in screen but in my pc’s itunes its not showing the recover mode detection msg. I check my cable as well as itunes. i restart my pc as well as i do what i can. Plz help me.

  58. paul

    If I downloaded ipsw to my phone will will the program find it? Why the gecko I think caused problem with my CPU.and had to restore it.

  59. Ryan

    I own a Macbook Air and is there anyway I could run software like this on a MAC. Do I just somehow get MAC Redsnow? I don’t know. Just wondering if this works on a MAC and if not how would I be able to do it.

  60. John Hagen

    For all those people who don’t want a restore and Gecko isn’t working, try something out that I found out. You won’t lose any of your data. Just make sure you do this on the computer you use for everything iTunes on your device. Here are the steps:
    1) Disable your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch (preferable for a longer period of time like 5 mins)
    2) (You have to be fast because it doesn’t work after every minute unless you repeat this step until you have successfully done step five) Press and hold the lock button on your device until slide to power off appears
    3) Press cancel
    4) Open iTunes on your computer and plug in your device holding comand (mac) or Shift and Control (Windows) until your device comes up.
    5) Go to your device and click back up now. (Make sure step two is still in force and i___ is disabled is not seen. (If iDevice is disabled appears when backing up, iTunes may show an alert saying, “iDevice is locked with a passcode. To back up, enter passcode and click try again” If this shows up, repeat step 2 and 5.)
    6) Restore your device.
    7) When your device appears again, restore from backup (the one you just made before you restored)
    8) All your music goes on along with your app data, only the apps take a long time because they have to redownload. If you happen to have a lot of apps like me (168), just wait an hour until they all download. Go watch a movie.

    TADA!!!! No passcode, but everything else is there.
    Did I mention this works with any device (I’m pretty sure. I don’t have every device. I’m not that rich :( I wish.)
    If this does not work or you did it on the wrong computer and lost everything, it is not my fault. I have had to do that a couple of times because I typed in google the same way twice in a row and couldn’t unlock my iPod. I’ll make a YouTube video showing how to do it as soon as someone asks me.

    1. iphone4sHELP

      hey John

      thanks for the advice still not working unfortunately i haven’t got my first computer i had when i purchased my iphone (that being the one that i used to back up the phone on.) I’ve got a new pc with no backups of the phone saved onto it and unfortunately the phone has become disabled from a bender of a weekend and leaving my phone with friends when we were all drunk :-/ i really need to save the contacts, photos and everything else on the device as its my only copy of it all. I tried to do ur step 2 but the phone is disabled unconditionally (no time limit) and when i plug it in i cannot back up the device. I downloaded gecko and tried various things with it then read further on the page n found 4s isnt supported with gecko (waste of $9.99) :( so now im stuck not knowing what to do. Any more advice would be great!!!


  61. admin

    If I can confirm that this works I will make a video also. Which iPhone were you using and what iOS version?

  62. Iphone4 problem

    I forgot my password on my Iphone 4 and tried and tried to get it right till it got blocked.
    it says Iphone is blocked connect to itunes.
    but i never connected my Iphone to itunes before so if I try to connect it it says your iphone has a password so type the code to connect to itunes but i can’t type the code cause it says : it says Iphone is blocked connect to itunes. Please help me!!

    1. admin

      Did you try using the Gecko Toolkit to bypass the disabled screen?

  63. Cass

    Worked like a charm on my iPad 1. Absolutely made my day. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  64. saaqi


    sir i have big problem on iphone 4s i forgot passcode i didn’t care about my data but i have icloud id on my iphone 4s and i don’t know that icloud password as well plz help me how to bypass passcode on my mobile plz kindly guide me thanks

  65. username

    iPhone 3GS with what I believe is iOS 6, the “Connect to iTunes” bypass doesn’t work. It acts as if it’s working, but once it says “Connect to localhost” and plink appears, nothing happens and the phone reboots, still disabled. Any ideas?

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