Have you forgotten your iPhone or iPad password? If so, you may have managed to temporarily disable your iPhone or iPad. In this guide, we will tell you how to restore a disabled iPhone or iPad. If your iPhone or iPad is disabled, then you will have to wait a while before you can enter the password, or if you enter the wrong password 10 times, you have no choice but to restore it to its factory settings. Either way, you can restore a disabled iPhone, but it may not always end with restoring the phone to the state before it was disabled. In this process, you are likely to lose data, but we will try our best to avoid this.

Why is my iPhone disabled

Before starting to perform these steps, let us talk about why the iPhone is disabled. When you enter the wrong password on your iPhone multiple times, it will be disabled and you will need to wait for a while before you can try to enter the password again. For the first five incorrect password entries, you will only receive a prompt stating that the password is incorrect. If the wrong password is entered for the sixth time, the iPhone will be disabled for 1 minute. After the seventh wrong attempt, your iPhone will now be disabled for 5 minutes. The eighth attempt to disable your iPhone for 15 minutes, the ninth attempt to disable it for one hour, and the tenth attempt to disable the device permanently. If you enable this setting in iOS, you can even delete all data by entering the wrong password 10 times.

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After 10 incorrect password attempts, your only option is to restore your iPhone to factory settings. This means that all your personal data, photos, videos, etc. will be lost. This is a good time to remind you to back up your iOS device via iCloud or computer regularly.

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How to restore a disabled iPhone without iTunes

If your iPhone is disabled and you want to restore it without iTunes, then this is your best choice.

  1. If your iPhone is not permanently disabled, you can enter the correct password and the iPhone will work normally.
  2. If you forget the passcode, you can follow the steps below to restore your iPhone to factory settings. This will erase all your data. Then, you can restore the iPhone’s data from the backup via iCloud or iTunes. This is the best way to restore a disabled iPhone without iTunes.

How to restore a disabled iPhone SE, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus or older iOS devices

  1. Press and hold the power button until the power off slider appears. Drag the slider to turn off the iPhone.

  2. While holding the home button, connect the iPhone to the computer. Keep holding the button until you see the recovery mode screen.

  3. On the computer, you will have to find the iOS device on iTunes (Windows or earlier macOS version), or if you have macOS Catalina, Finder. Open the correct application and click on the connected iOS device. Now click Restore.

  4. On the next screen, you will receive a prompt asking if you want to restore your iPhone to factory settings. Click “Restore and Update” to continue.

  5. Next, follow the prompts on the screen, and then Finder will automatically download new software for your iPhone. Wait for the process to complete, and when finished, set the device as a new device.

How to restore a disabled iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

  1. Press and hold the power button until the power off slider appears. Drag the slider to turn off the iPhone.
  2. Next, hold down the volume down button to connect the device to the computer. Keep pressing the volume down button until you see the recovery mode screen.
  3. Now proceed to step 3 according to the above steps.
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How to restore disabled iPhone 8, iPhone X and newer iOS devices

  1. Press and hold the power button and any volume button until the power off slider appears. Drag the slider to turn off the iPhone.
  2. Next, press and hold the power button to connect the device to the computer. Keep holding the power button until you see the recovery mode screen.
  3. Now follow step 3 above to restore iPhone SE, 6S and older iOS devices.

In the case of forgetting the password, this method can restore the disabled iPhone. Now, the best way to avoid this situation is to always remember your password. After all, you still forgot the password anyway and managed to disable your iPhone anyway, then in this case, we recommend that you always keep the latest backup of your device. Finally, you can always return to this article and find your own way.

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