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How to Restore a Disabled iPhone 6/7/8/X/XR/11/12


Apr 18, 2021 (Updated: Oct 09, 2021) • Filed to: iPhone Passcode Unlocker

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Ordinarily, owners of electronic devices, most certainly Apple devices, are advised to customize stronger passwords for their devices to bulwark against unauthorized access. Even so, users may in certain moments forget their passwords, screen lock, eventually causing the iPhone to be disabled. This necessitates the users to learn how to restore the disabled iPhone.

One exemplary way of restoring disabled iPhone without iTunes to factory settings is through the use of WooTechy iDelock. Other methods included using iCloud or connecting the disabled iPhone to iTunes which puts the phone on recovery mode before restoring it.

Part 1: Restore a Disabled iPhone Using WooTechy iDelock(iOS 15 Supported)

When you enter an incorrect password for the tenth time on your iPhone, the device will permanently disable. While there are many methods of restoring the device, WooTechy iDelock offers an outstanding method of removing the lock.

wootechy idelock

Features of iDelock:

  • Takes little time to restore devices – a few minutes specifically.

  • It's safe and reliable and hardly causes loss of data.

  • It's simple to use and requires no technicality.

  • Compatible with all iOS versions including the newest iOS 15.

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Follow these steps to restore your disabled device:

Step 1. Download the WooTechy iDelock app and launch it on your computer. Click the "Unlock Screen Passcode" prompt.

unlock screen passcode

Step 2. In order to proceed with the process, you need to activate the "Start" prompt.

unlock iphone screen passcode

Step 3. Use an intact USB cable to connect the iPhone to the computer and click the "Next" prompt.  Ensure that the device has been automatically recognized; and if not so, follow the steps provided by iDelock to usher it into the DFU/Recovery mode.

connect idevices

Step 4. Download firmware in order to reset the iPhone. If it doesn't, click the "Copy" prompt and it will use a browser to download the firmware. Click finally on the "Select" prompt and choose the file.

download firmware package

Step 5. Click on the "Start to Extract" prompt and wait until iDelock extracts the file.

start to extract

Step 6. Click on the "Start to Unlock" prompt, insert the confirmation code "000000" and click on "Unlock." The process of restoration begins.

enter 000000 to unlock

Step 7. Wait for a few minutes and the iPhone will be restored. After completion, you can proceed to set up the device.

removing screen lock

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Make a back up before you restore your iPhone with WooTechy iDelock, for it will erase data.

Part 2: Use iCloud to Restore a Disabled iPhone

The "iPhone is disabled" message on your iPhone screen is often a distressing thing, especially when you need to access your phone urgently. However, this safety mechanism is important to guard the device against unauthorized entry. The message appears when a wrong password has been input in 10 attempts. When you encounter the problem, you can use iCloud to restore the iPhone.

Follow the following steps to restore your disabled iPhone:

Step 1. Access the iCloud page using your computer's browser.

sign in to icloud

Step 2. Use your Apple ID and Password to access your iCloud account.

Step 3. Once you have accessed the account, click on the "All Devices" prompt which is located on the top of the screen.

All devices

Step 4. Choose the device that has been disabled and you want erased.

earse iphone

Step 5. Click on the "Erase" prompt and confirm the option.

erase this iphone

Step 6. Input your Apple ID Password to confirm that the iPhone has been wiped anew. This will automatically power up the iPhone. If the "Apps and Data" screen shows that there is an available backup, select the "Restore from iCloud" prompt. If that is not possible, choose the "Set Up as New iPhone" option and wait until the process is complete.


The downside of this option is that you must have the Apple ID and password for the process to work.

Part 3: Restore a Disabled iPhone with iTunes or Finder

When you have entered 10 incorrect passwords on your iPhone, the device may get disabled or it may display the message iPhone disabled, iTunes, a Mac, or PC" on the screen. This message means that to restore the device, you must connect it to a Mac or PC. By connecting the device, you will be able to restore or recover the data on your iPhone.

iphone is disabled

To restore when it displays connect to iTunes, follow the steps below:

Step 1. Enter the recovery mode. This process depends on the model or settings of your iPhone.

headHow to Put Devices into Recovery Mode:

For an iPhone 8 or later models:

Press and hold the Side button and one of the volume buttons until the power-off slider manifests on the screen. Then drag the slider to turn off the iPhone. Using a cable, connect the iPhone to a Mac while pressing the Side button, until the recovery screen pops up. Finally, follow the instructions displayed on-screen to recover the iPhone.

For iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models:

Press and hold the Side button and one of the volume buttons until the power-off slider manifests on the screen. Then drag the slider to turn off the iPhone. Using a cable, connect the iPhone to a Mac while pressing the Volume button, until the recovery screen pops up. Finally, follow the instructions displayed on-screen to recover the iPhone.

put iphone into recovery mode

Step 2. Locate your iPhone on your Mac or PC.

headWhen using macOS Catalina:

Access the Finder window and click on the iPhone under Locations.

headWhen it’s PC running iTunes for Windows:

Click on the iPhone icon in the upper-left corner of the iTunes window for iTunes 12 and older; click on the iPhone tab displayed on the right side of the iTunes window for iTunes 11.

Step 3: Once you have clicked on your phone, click on the "Restore" option.


This process is only successful when your disabled iPhone had synchronized to the computer with iTunes or Finder before.

FAQs about Restoring a Diasbled iPhone

Q1: How do You Unlock a Disabled iPhone without iTunes?

When your disabled iPhone is connected to iTunes, you have to unlock it using the iCloud routine. However, this can only be possible if you had set up the Find My iPhone feature and that the disabled phone had access to the internet.

Q2: How do You Completely Reset a Disabled iPhone?

To completely reset the disabled iPhone, you have to connect it to a Mac or PC and put it into recovery mode; locate your iPhone device, choose the option to restore, and finally set up your phone. This method completely erases the phones data and you will have to input new settings to the device.

Q3: How Can I Restore My Disabled iPhone without Backup?

To restore your iPhone without back up, you will have to put the device under recovery mode. This process virtually erases all data on the phone so that you can set up the device afresh. This means that all your data, including the initial passcode, contacts, documents, emails, pictures and others will be lost. Once restoration is complete, you follow on-screen prompts to set up the iPhone.

Q4: Can You Back Up iPhone If It's Disabled?

You can back up your disabled iPhone by connecting it to iTunes through a Mac or PC. Once connected to the Mac or PC, you can back up your iPhone if you had initially initiated one or have automatic backups initiated in your Settings.


It's quite giveaway that when may at one point find yourself with a disabled iPhone or disabled iPhone, connect to iTunes because of inserting incorrect passcodes, 10 times. When this happens, do no tense. You can restore your disabled iPhone device by using iCloud, using iTunes, or quite easily, using the WooTechy iDelock. When you screen displays "disabled iPhone" follow the steps aforementioned so that you can access your device.

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