“Disabled iPhone” is an ingenious security feature of iPhone that bars outsiders from hacking or breaking into your device. When an iPhone is disabled, it restricts any further attempts to unlock or access it, effectively rendering the phone useless.

But once an iPhone gets disabled by mistake and you do not remember the passcode, things could get really tricky.

So today we are going to have a look at the things you could do when your iPhone gets disabled.

Part 1: iPhone Disabled: What Does It Mean?

If you’re getting an “iPhone is disabled” message on your iPhone screen, it means that someone has entered its passcode incorrectly for at least six times in a row. Depending on how many times you have entered the password wrongly, the device may ask you to “try again in 1,5, 15, 30, or 60 minutes”, and in the worst-case scenario, you get a plain “iPhone is disabled” message, and you will not be able to input any password again.

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Inadvertently disabling an iPhone is too common and everyone can experience it. Lucky for you, this issue is not as complex as it may look. There is an official guide on Apple’s website for this specific issue. However, the official guide is far from the best solution.

Part 2: Reset Disabled iPhone without iTunes: iSalvor (iOS 15 Supported)

Coming to the solutions, there are a myriad of ways to reset disabled iPhone without iTunes. However, if you’re looking for the most efficient method to reset a disabled iPhone, then WooTechy iSalvor is your perfect companion.

It is third-party software that helps you unlock the screen lock of a disabled iPhone without any technical complication. Additionally, your mobile won’t be stuck on the Activation Lock screen once you have bypassed the screen lock using iSalvor – unlike that of using iTunes. Moreover, it is compatible with iOS 15 right now, making it outstanding among other competitors.

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What’s more, it puts foremost emphasis on ensuring the safety and security of your device – as we all know the security pitfalls associated with using unreliable third-party tools.

Follow the below steps to troubleshoot this issue using iSalvor:

Step 1: Start by downloading and installing the WooTechy iSalvor on your Mac/PC and then double click on the iSalvor icon to launch the program. On the main interface, hit on the “Remove Screen Lock and Bypass Activation” option.

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Activation lock is a feature associated with the Find My iPhone function. If the Find My iPhone function is not turned off, then your device will be locked after resetting. iSalvor makes sure that your device does not get locked after resetting whatsoever.

Step 2: Then connect your disabled iPhone to the computer via original cable and follow the on-screen guidelines to put your phone into recovery mode. After that, iSalvor will ask you to confirm the device’s information to continue the process.

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Step 3: Now, iSalvor will automatically download the jailbreak package corresponding to your device model. Here, click on ‘Start Jailbreak’ and then you need to follow the on-screen instructions to start the screen lock bypassing process. The process will change slightly depending on the iOS version running on your device.

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Step 4: Lastly, the program will undergo a range of processes to download the firmware packages matching your iPhone’s details and then remove the screen lock. Wait patiently until the bypass process is completed and then start using it as a new device.

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It doesn’t get any simple than that. But there are some other ways too that you can use to get past iPhone disabled screen, which is discussed in the following paragraphs.

Part 3: Reset Disabled iPhone without Computer: iCloud

The only drawback of iSalvor is that you must have a Mac or PC to perform the resetting. But if you are wondering if it’s possible to reset a disabled iPhone without using a computer. The answer is YES.

Various techniques teach users how to reset disabled iPhone without a computer, but the easiest one is using iCloud to bypass the screen lock. The only condition is that the disabled iPhone must be synced with your Apple ID. If it’s, then follows the below steps to reset iPhone using iCloud:

Step 1: Using another device, go to iCloud.com/find.

Step 2: On the main page, log in to your Apple ID and then choose the “All Devices” option at the top.

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Step 3: You will see a list of all the devices synced with your Apple ID. Select the iPhone that’s currently disabled.

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Step 4: Now, hit on "Erase iPhone". A pop-up confirmation window will appear showing that all the data on your device will be removed. Click on Erase to confirm the action.

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Step 5: Once your iPhone is erased, enter your Apple ID credentials to restore all your apps and other purchases on the iPhone.

Part 4: Why the Official iTunes Resetting is Not Recommended

Most people have a misconception that using iTunes, as instructed on Apple’s website, is the easiest way to get out of this uncomfortable situation, which is far from reality. A lot many reasons justify why one shouldn’t be using iTunes to reset disabled iPhone, which includes but not limited to:

Bad Ease of Use: iTunes is not easy to use even for regular users, given the fact that every iPhone model has its own key combination to enter the recovery mode using iTunes. Also, the process of resetting your iPhone can vary significantly depending on the version of iTunes you’re using. On Windows, you need iTunes; On Mac, you could need Finder instead of iTunes.
Time Consuming: The process is too lengthy and can take a few hours to complete.
Bugs: Even worse, many users have reported that the program often shows bugs during the resetting process and you have to restart the whole process.
Restrictions: The biggest downside of using iTunes is that your iPhone would still be locked by Activation Lock after resetting it, which we will discuss later.

If you are still interested in going with Apple’s method to reset your disabled iPhone, then you can refer to Apple’s official guide to reset a disabled iPhone. But here we will provide you a more effective way to reset and unlock a disabled iPhone.

Part 5: FAQs About Disabled iPhones

This section will answer some FAQs of iPhone users pertaining to disabled iPhones to help readers develop a better understanding of the process. Read the answers carefully to get answers to your queries.

Q I Remember the passcode. Can I unlock the disabled iPhone?

If your device is permanently disabled, the answer is NO. There’s no way a user can unlock a disabled iPhone without resetting it. The very purpose of this security feature is to protect your data from outsiders. So, you need to reset it and restore your data from iCloud or any other backup, else your data will be wiped out permanently.

Q Why is there an activation lock on my iPhone after resetting?

Activation lock appears when the Find My iPhone feature on the disabled iPhone is turned on. In such a scenario, you have to enter the iCloud credentials after resetting, if you’ve reset it using iTunes. Apple has inducted this feature to keep your data secure, in case your device lands in the wrong hands.

However, you can avoid facing this situation by using iSalvor which removes both screen lock and iCloud account so you won’t be stuck on the Activation Lock screen.

Q Will my iPhone be damaged by using iSalvor?

The developers of iSalvor pay foremost attention to ensure the safety of users’ iPhones. Not to brag about it but iSalvor doesn’t cause any damage to an iPhone – as long as you’re clearly outlined instructions. That’s why thousands of iPhone users rely on it to bypass the screen and activation lock.

Q Is iSalvor free to use?

Although iSalvor is not completely free to use, it does offer a free version to help assess its efficiency and authenticity. Since the very purpose of this software is to help the users get past the iPhone disabled screen, it doesn’t lure users into buying the paid version until they are satisfied with the product. You can download the program for free and give it a try with the download buttons below.

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Final Remarks

To sum it all, the “iPhone is disabled” message pops up when someone enters the incorrect screen passcode at least six times. Cases of entering the wrong password inadvertently are far too common.

However, this issue can be fixed rather easily and the best way to do so is by using WooTechy iSalvor. We have outlined a step-by-step guideline on how you can regain access to a disabled iPhone using iSalvor. Additionally, we also discussed how users can set up the disabled iPhone as a brand-new device using iCloud.