How to fix an iPhone that is disabled: complete guide

How to fix an iPhone that is disabled

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Full guide on how to fix an iPhone that is disabled outlines diffeent reasons it happens, how to fix each with or with iTunes or computer.

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If your iPhone is locked, you will see the following message on the lockscreen: ” iPhone is disabled “. In some cases the following message will also appear: “iPhone is disabled. Try again in 1/5/15/60 minutes “. And some people even get this crazy message: “iPhone has been deactivated for 23 million minutes!”. And in other cases it says: “iPhone is deactivated. Connect with iTunes”.

So why is your iPhone disabled? And how do you unlock a disabled iPhone 11 / X / 8/7/6/5/4 in order to access it again? Here are the answers for how to fix disabled iPhone problems.

  • How to fix a disabled iPhone: reasons it happens
  • Solution for: iPhone is disabled. Try again in XX minutes
  • How to fix an iPhone that is disabled: Solution 2 – quick unlock trick
  • iPhone is disabled –  Connect with iTunes. 
  • How to fix an iPhone that is disabled when you can’t connect to iTunes?
  • Reset a disabled iPhone without a PC
  • iPhone disabled. Recover without losing data

How to fix an iPhone that is disabled: reasons it happens

Your iPhone is disabled because you entered the code incorrectly too many times. Typically, if you enter the code incorrectly 5 times in a row, the iPhone will be deactivated for 1 minute. With 7 incorrect entries for 5 minutes, with 8 incorrect entries for 15 minutes and with 9 incorrect entries for 60 minutes. And if you enter the code incorrectly 10 times in a row, the iPhone will be deactivated and you will be asked to connect to iTunes.

Tips : If you have activated the option delete data under “Face / Touch ID & Code” , all data on the iPhone will be deleted if you enter the code incorrectly 10 times.

There are many situations in which the iPhone will be deactivated because the wrong code has been entered too many times. For example:

  • You forget your password and enter different, incorrect codes up to 6 times
  • You give the iPhone to your child and she / he presses different buttons on the lockscreen many times.
  • Someone is trying to guess your iPhone passcode and try to unlock your iPhone.

Solution 1: iPhone is disabled. Try again in XX minutes

If the message appears that the iPhone is disabled and you should try again in 5, 15, 60 minutes, then you can simply wait 5/15/60 minutes and then unlock your iPhone with the correct code or with Touch ID. So the disabled iPhone is easily restored without data loss. However, if you forget the passcode, then you can bypass the lock on iPhone using the following methods.

In these extreme cases, when the iPhone is disabled for 23/24/25 million minutes , the iPhone’s screen is mostly damaged or “jailbroken”. You can fix the problem with the following solutions.

How to fix an iPhone that is disabled: Solution 2 – quick unlock trick

If you get a used or locked iPhone from someone else, and after many attempts to enter the code incorrectly, the phone is deactivated, the quickest method to unlock it is to use a code cracking tool.

The top ones are:

  • Top 1: iMyFone LockWiper.
  • Top 2: dr.fone – Screen Unlock (iOS)
  • Top 3: Tenorshare 4uKey.
  • Top 4: Joyoshare iPasscode Unlocker.
  • Top 5: Elcomsoft iOS Forensic Toolkit.
  • Top 6: Fonepaw unlocker

They can safely and quickly remove all types of locks including iPhone code, Apple ID and screen time code from iPhone / iPad / iPod. Instructions below are for Fonepaw, to show you how simple the process it. But they will all have slightly different instructions

1. Download and launch Fonepaw Unlocker on the computer

2. Select a function to unlock.

  • Delete lock code : bypass a deactivated iPhone / iPad quickly
  • Delete Apple ID : Delete the old Apple ID and create a new one
  • Screen time : reset the screen time code and restriction code without losing data

3. Select Delete code and connect the device to the PC. Then check the model information and click on Start.

A firmware package will begin to download.

4. After the download, you will see a pop-up asking you to enter the number 0000 to confirm.

5. The unlocking process is running and during this time the device is automatically put into recovery mode . The process will then be completed in minutes and your iPhone will be reactivated.

Note :

  • All data and settings will be erased after unlocking. It works fine for a used device.
  • Find my iPhone must first be deactivated on the device. Otherwise you will be asked for the iCloud password when you set up the system.
  • The iOS version will be updated to the latest after unlocking .

How to fix an iPhone that is disabled: Solution 3 – Connect with iTunes. How do you get around that?

If the following appears on the iPhone 11, X, 8/8 Plus, 7/7 Plus, SE / 6s / 6 / 5s: “iPhone is deactivated. Connect to iTunes ”then you should connect the iPhone to iTunes to restore the device .

The recovery will erase everything on the iPhone including the code and all other data. If you have already created a backup on your PC / Mac, you should connect your mobile phone to it.

1. Connect the device to the computer, then open iTunes.

2. Click on the iPhone icon and then tap on ” Overview ” on the left . On the right-hand side, click “Create backup now”.

3. Click on “ Restore iPhone ”. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the recovery process.

4. After the restore, all data on your device will be erased and the device will be restored as a new device. When the iOS setup wizard asks you to set up your iPhone, select “ Restore backup ”. Just choose your device in iTunes and choose the most recent backup of your iPhone.

How to fix an iPhone that is disabled when you can’t connect to iTunes?

If you have not yet synchronized your iPhone with iTunes, the following errors will appear: “iTunes could not connect to the iPhone because it is protected with a passcode. You must enter your passcode on the iPhone before it can be used with iTunes ”. If that appears, you can bypass the disabled screen with iTunes by following these steps.

1. Turn off the iPhone.

2. Plug the USB cable into the iPhone, but do not connect the phone to the computer. Start iTunes.

3. Then put the disabled iPhone into recovery mode : For iPhone X / XS / 11, press the volume up key first and release it immediately; then press the volume down button and release it immediately; hold the side button while connecting iPhone to computer (make sure iTunes is open).

4. Continue to hold the side button until the “Connect to iTunes” screen looks like this:

How to fix an iPhone that is disabled

5. When you see the “Update or Restore iPhone” options, select “ Restore iPhone ”.

Solution 4: How to reactivate with iOS System Recovery

If you can’t use iTunes to unlock iPhone then you can use iOS System Recovery to unlock your locked iPhone / iPad.

Note : This method s for those who no longer need the data as it will erase everything on the phone.

1. Get iOS System Recovery for PC / Mac

Download the program to your PC / Mac and go to the “iOS System Recovery” interface.

2. Detect iPhone / iPad

When you connect the device to the PC, the program will recognize your device. Click “ Advanced Mode ” to unlock the disabled iPhone.

3. Put your device in DFU mode

In order to start the process and unlock your device, you need to put your iPhone in DFU mode.

4. Select device information

After the detection, the program will display the device information. Double click on the details and confirm that they are correct. If incorrect information is displayed, then manually select the correct information.

Tip : There is a guide for checking the model details by clicking the question mark next to “Device Model”.

5. Return your iPhone to normal.

In this step you need to keep the phone connected to the computer. The repair process will be displayed on the screen. When “ Repair Complete ” appears, you can access your iPhone again.

Tip : If the iCloud Activation Lock is activated on your device, you cannot change anything with these instructions, but you can read how to bypass the iCloud Activation Lock.

How to fix an iPhone that is disabled: Solution 5 – what to do without a PC

If you have activated ” Find my iPhone ” on your iPhone, you can delete the data and the code on your device remotely. You can then unlock the iPhone.

1. Go to iCloud . com with your Apple ID and code (the code you use for iCloud, not the code for your iPhone that you don’t remember).

2. Click on “ iPhone Search ” and then on “ All Devices ” at the top of the browser window . Then choose the device you want to delete.

3. Click Erase iPhone to remotely erase the device and passcode.

4. When the iOS setup wizard on your iPhone asks you to set up your iPhone, select “Restore from iCloud backup” or “Restore from iTunes backup”.

Solution 6: iPhone disabled, restore without data loss

As mentioned above, if iPhone is deactivated, after xx minutes you can enter the code again and this will not result in any data loss. But if you forget the code or it is one device from the other, all data and settings will be deleted when you restore. This happens both when restoring via iTunes or via third-party software.

Data rescue, what to do?

The usual way to recover data after a reset is to restore it from a backup. For this, iPhone data recovery is worth a try. This program can selectively restore deleted files from iTunes / iCloud backup. You can also perform a data scan for the iPhone’s internal memory. In this way you can find the data back despite no backup.

The iPhone is activated!

The iPhone is now unlocked. If you don’t want your iPhone to be deactivated if you forget your passcode, then you should either activate Touch ID on your iPhone 8/8 Plus / 7/7 Plus / SE / 6s / 6 / 5s or create a backup of your iPhone crate with iTunes or iCloud .