Did you forget your iPhone passcode, or did it get disabled? That happens to most of us. Not everything is lost, though. If you don’t have the patience to meet an Apple specialist, there are other options to access a locked iPhone.
After six failed attempts to insert a passcode, your iPhone gets disabled for one minute. And once you have passed the mark of 10 unsuccessful attempts, it will lock itself and reveal a “connect to iTunes” message.
How do you unlock a disabled iPhone?
Fixing a disabled phone includes all the data and configurations to be deleted. So if you’ve prepared your phone for the worse and backed it up, then your data is fine.
There are three ways to restore and activate your device: iTunes, iCloud via “Find my phone” and Recovery mode for iPhones.
You can go ahead and unlock it using iTunes, if you have access to a computer. Then keep your Apple ID and passcode ready if you want to use iCloud. Before becoming disabled, your iPhone should also be connected to the internet and the “Find my iPhone” feature is activated. Otherwise the data recovery mode is available to you.
Unlock via iTunes
Connect your mobile phone to your PC or Mac. If you are using a macOS Catalina, you must then pick your computer to open the Finder app. Then you can choose “Restore iPhone” option. You should open iTunes otherwise, then press the phone button. Then you can pick the option “Restore,” and then obey the command. This erases the data and helps you to set up your device.
Unlock using iCloud
If you can’t attach your device to your computer, then using the iCloud will be your other choice. Visit the iCloud website and then use your iCloud Apple ID to log in and then pick your computer. You can then press “Find My iPhone.” You can choose the “Erase iPhone” option after your smartphone is found.
Unlock using Recovery Mode
If the above conditions are not in your favor then use the Recovery Mode is your last resort. Attach the iPhone to the device, and start iTunes. You will need to push the phone to reset. Steps can differ according to the type of unit you have.
iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X or later
Click and keep the side button of the iPhone and all of the Volume Keys on the device. The Power Slider may appear on the screen. You will then turn the phone off by moving the slider. Attach the device to the computer, hold the side button, and wait until the screen appears in the recovery mode.
iPhone 7, 7 Plus
Click and hold the side button of the device, then wait for the power slider to appear. Drag the lever and toggle off your phone. You will then attach your phone to a device by keeping the side button still. If the recovery mode appears, the passcode can then be deleted.
iPhone SE (1st generation), 6s and earlier models
Keep and press the top button of the iPhone, or the side button. The power out slider should appear after that. Drag the Power Lever to turn off your iPhone. You will then attach your iPhone to your device while still keeping the Home button on your handset. Wait before the recovery mode pops up on the computer.