We have all thought about this situation. Will I lose everything if my iPhone is disabled?
While we never want to lose years' worth of pictures and other data that we collected over the years. You should make sure it will never happen to you.
Here we will go over all the methods you can do to enable a disabled iPhone without losing data.
Part 1: Check If Your iPhone is Completely Disabled
To begin with, enabling a disabled iPhone without losing data, you need to make sure if your iPhone is disabled first.
Every time you input an incorrect password, depending on how many times you've done it. Your iPhone will give you different waiting times until you can try again. The more wrong passcodes you input the longer the waiting time is.
Normally on the 10th incorrect input your device will be locked out and there will be a message saying that iPhone is disabled connect to iTunes.
In case you're wondering about the wait times and how many incorrect attempts you have until your device shows you, this message will be:
Five incorrect entries in a row – iPhone is disabled try again in 1 minute.
Seven incorrect entries in a row – iPhone is disabled try again in 5 minutes.
Eight incorrect entries in a row – iPhone is disabled try again in 15 minutes.
Nine incorrect entries in a row – iPhone is disabled try again in 60 minutes.
Ten incorrect passcode entries – iPhone is disabled connect to iTunes.
Part 2: Back Up to Avoid Data Loss
If you get to the connect to iTunes message, you NEED to back up your data so that you won't lose any of your data on your iPhone.
You won't have to worry if your phone is still disabled; you're able to back up your phone so that you can enable a disabled iPhone. To back up your phone, you should know which iOS version your phone is in.
For iOS Version 11.4.1 & Below
You can connect your iPhone with iTunes on your computer, and you can then sync the device with iTunes to back up your data.
For iOS Version 11.4.1 & Above
It will greatly depend on if you turned on your USB Accessories in the Settings menu. If it's turned on, then you're able to connect with iTunes and back up your phone.
To Back Up With iTunes:
Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your computer.
Step 2: Open iTunes.
Step 3: Click on the Device icon.
Step 4: Click "Summary" from the sidebar.
Step 5: Select "Back Up Now" under Manually Back Up and Restore.
Step 6: Lastly, click "Done" when it is finished.
Part 3: Enable A Disabled iPhone without Losing Data
Once your iPhone has been disabled, there is no way to unlock it with your passcode. So, your only options would be to use tools such as iTunes, iCloud, WooTechy iDelock.
To begin the process, you will need to erase back up your device, then erase the device, and at the end, we can start on restoring your device.
1. Using WooTechy iDelock
Using WooTechy iDelock to enable a disabled iPhone is a great easy way to start. iDelock helps with bypassing Apple ID/iCloud account, screen passcode, Screen Time passcode, MDM lock, iTunes backup lock, and iTunes backup encryption settings with a high rate of success on most Apple iPhones and iPads.
To start, follow these steps:
Step 1: Launch WooTechy iSalvor and select "Unlock Screen Passcode".
Step 2: Select "Start" and connect your device to your computer using a USB cable and then click "Next".
If your device is not there or can't be recognized, then you need to put your device into Recovery mode so your computer can find it.
Step 3: You will need to download and extra the firmware package. When the device is connected, it will auto-detect the device model and then choose the firmware and click "Download".
Wait till the download finishes and select "Start to Extract".
Step 4: Unlock passcode.
Click the "Start Unlock" button, and now you will begin the process to unlock iPhone without a code.
Read the notice and enter "000000" to confirm you agree to unlock your device, then click "Unlock".
You will then need to wait only a few minutes until the lock is removed on your iPhone.
2. By iTunes
If your Mac isn't updated to macOS Catalina, then you could try this option. Although a drawback to this option is you will have to remember your Apple ID for your iPhone to be synced to the computer.
Now, if you fit the requirements, then follow these steps.
Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cord, then open iTunes.
Step 2: Click on your device icon located at the top left side of the screen.
Step 3: Select "Summary" and click "Restore iPhone".
That if you get a message saying Find My iPhone must be turned off, you need to use the iCloud method in Part 3.3.
After you restore your iPhone and follow the instruction, your iPhone data will be erased, and it will then start up as a new iPhone that you just bought. Make sure to restore your data with your backup.
3. Via iCloud
Again, to enable a disabled iPhone without losing data, you will need to know your Apple ID and password for this step.
To begin this process, follow these steps:
Step 1: Go on your computer and open icloud.com/find.
Step 2: Log into your Apple ID and provide your password.
Step 3: Select "All Devices".
Step 4: Select your device and click "Erase".
Step 5: Confirm the erase and enter once again your Apple ID and password.
Your device will then be wiped, and your iPhone will boot up like new.
FAQs about Enabling a Disabled iPhone
Q1: How Do You Unlock a Disabled iPhone without iTunes or iCloud?
Q2: How Can I Keep My iPhone Data from Being Disabled?
For you to keep your iPhone data from being disabled, you can leave your iPhone without a passcode so that you won't run into this problem. If this doesn't suit you, then you can frequently back up your iPhone using iCloud or iTunes, so if this does happen, you will be able to get your data back.
Q3: How Do I Reset My Disabled iPhone without a Computer?
If you don't have a computer handy, you can use Apple's Find My iPhone Service. Here you will be able to perform actions on any other iOS device remotely.
Q4: How Do I Fix a Disabled iPhone?
Fixing a disabled iPhone is possible. However, you will need to back up your data first to lose it forever. After you backup your device, you can use iTunes or iCloud to enable a disabled iPhone. Be aware that this will erase everything from your phone, but since you backup your phone, you'll be able to get it all back.
If you follow any of these methods to enable a disabled iPhone without losing data, you won't have to worry about having a locked device.Especially when you have WooTechy iDelock, any locks problem can be fixed within a few clicks.