Unlock disabled iPhone

You Can Unlock Disabled iPhone or iPad Without Passcode!

iPhone or iPad is built with a high security which will get it disabled if you attempt entering the passcode too many times. You will see the “iPhone Is Disabled” message on your phone screen. And the steps to remove it might be tedious to you.

Therefore, this article will guide you on how to unlock disabled iPhone or iPad without using your iPhone passcode through the Finder, or connecting to iTunes or iCloud, or even Recovery Mode.

Why Is My iPhone Disabled?

iPhone gets the “iPhone is Disabled” after you wrongly input the passcode six straight times. On this lock, you will be locked out of your iPhone for 6 minutes. While another wrong attempt will get it locked for five minutes, and the eighth attempt for fifteen minutes. And so, the lock period extends with each failure. At the tenth attempt, your iPhone will be disabled and if its set at auto erase, your files will be erased.

How to Unlock iPhone without Passcode

if your iPhone or iPad is disabled, it’s difficult to unlock it unless you use Finder, iTunes, iCloud, or Recovery Mode which will erase your device data and restore your phone to factory mode.

So, if you haven’t erased your phone due to important files stored there, then, here are step by step guides to recover your disabled iPhone.

  • If you haven’t updated your mac to macOS Catalina or with your PC, you can use the iTunes method.
  • While with an updated mac (macOS Catalina or later), you can use the Finder Method.
  • Also, if you’re signed into iCloud and your iPhone Fine My iPhone is active, you can use the iCloud Method.
  • If none of the methods above is available to you, then use the Recovery Mode Method.
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Phone Disabled? Connect to iTunes

before the advent of macOS Catalina, an “iPhone is Disabled, connect to iTunes” message always appear when your iPhone is locked.

If your mac isn’t updated and the aforementioned tools are not in your reach but you have a PC, then you should try the following guidelines.

  1. Connect your iPhone to the PC using a USB or USB-C type or by Wi-Fi
  2. iTunes will automatically open. If it doesn’t, you can open it manually.
  3. Once in iTunes, click on the phone symbol seen at the top left side of the screen.
  4. This will bring out all information regarding your device and what it contains.
  5. Select the Summary tab.
  6. Choose to Restore iPhone/iPad.
  7. If a message pop up that Find My iPhone must be enabled, then try the iCloud method or Recovery Mode.
  8. If the Find My iPhone is enabled, then follow the screen instructions and erase your iPhone.
  9. After erasing your iPhone, you can start afresh with it and always remember to back up your iPhone data with the recent iTunes or iCloud backup.

Fix Your Disabled iPhone Using Finder

If you have updated Mac that runs on Monterey or the earlier macOS with Catalina, you can use the Finder to unlock your iPhone.

  1. Connect your iPhone to the macOS with USB-C cord or through Wi-Fi.
  2. Your computer will initiate Trust This Computer or request your iPhone passcode.
  3. Choose the Finder option.
  4. Select the device from the menu.
  5. Choose to Restore Backup
  6. Select the RECENT BACKUP you did before your iPhone locked up, and if the backups are encrypted, you will need to use your password to decrypt it.
  7. After that, click on Restore to restore your phone data.
  8. Your iPhone should be connected to the PC until it restarts and synchronizes the backup data.
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Fix Your Disabled Device with iCloud

  1. With your laptop, visit icloud.com/find.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID and Password.
  3. Choose All Devices seen at the top.
  4. Select your iPhone or iPad that is disabled.
  5. Select the Erase iPhone/iPad, then confirm.
  6. When it requests for password, enter your Apple ID password.
  7. After restoring your iPhone, it will power up as new one.
  8. Now, with the setup process, restore your iPhone backups from iTunes or iCloud.

Use Recovery Mode

If all other methods above have failed to unlock your disabled iPhone or iPod or your PC doesn’t recognize your iPhone or says it’s in recovery mode, then you can use the Recovery Mode to restore your device.

  1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your PC. If it fails to open automatically, click on iTunes, while if you’re using Catalina or later, select Finder.
  2. From this page, you can force restart your iPhone.
  3. With iPhone 6s and earlier, or iPad that has a home button, or your iPod Touch 6th Generation or earlier. Hold the top or side button alongside the home button for some seconds. The Apple logo will appear on your screen, still hold the buttons, and your phone will enter into Recovery Mode.
  4. If you’re using iPhone 7 or 7 Plus and iPod Touch 7th Generation: Hold the top or side button with the Volume Down key at the same time. The Apple logo will appear, don’t leave the keys till it enters Recovery Mode.
  5. With iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X,11,12, or 13 models: Press and release the Up button immediately followed by the Volume Down key. Now, press and hold the side key to let the device enter Recovery Mode.
  6. For iPads with Face ID: Press and release the Volume Up button immediately followed by the Volume Down key. Now, press and hold the Top key and the device should restart. Don’t release the key till the device enters Recovery Mode.
  7. Now your device has entered recovery mode, locate iTunes or Finder and tap on it to open.
  8. A pop up will appear asking to Restore or Update your device, choose Restore.
  9. It will take time to download it restored iOS or iPadOS data. So, should this take up to fifteen minutes and exits the recovery mode screen. Allow the restore to complete, then try the force restart again to enter recovery mode.
  10. After the Restore is complete, your iPhone will come back anew. Also remember, when it’s time to restore backups. Choose from your most recent backups from either iTunes Finder or through iCloud.
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