How to Bypass an iPod Touch Passcode Without Restoring It

by Cee Jay

To bypass an iPod touch passcode without restoring through iTunes, you need to remove the files that store the password. This is only possible with disk access, which means the device has to be jailbroken. You don't have to unlock the iPod to perform the jailbreak, as most are automated and can be completed using a computer and USB cable. After the jailbreak, you need software that enables access to the root drive.


Connect your iPod to to your computer.


Tap "Settings," "General" and "About." Make a note of the firmware version shown.


Download and run a jailbreaking tool that applies to your firmware. The specific instructions for the jailbreaking vary depending on the version you need.


Download and install a file browser from, or


Double-click to launch the program from the desktop. The folders on the drive are scanned and displayed in the window.


Go to "Var/Mobile/Library/Preferences" and right-click "" This is the file that tells the device that a password is active.


Click "Delete," then navigate to "Var/Keychains."


Delete "Keychain-2.db."


  • close All passwords stored on the iPod are deleted during jailbreaking, so you will have to re-enter them. This includes passcodes used by apps and your Wi-Fi network.

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About the Author

Cee Jay began writing professionally in 2009 with work appearing on various websites. She has been repairing computers since 2000 and focuses on topics related to PC support/repair. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Franklin University and also studied advanced language arts at the Center for Arts and Sciences.

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