iPhone offers passcode security feature that helps you keep intruders away from the phone. Even if your device is stolen, no one can open the device without the passcode and invade your privacy. This is an excellent feature, but it can also put you in a miserable situation. If you have forgotten your newly set password or your kids have entered a wrong password, then your device will get disabled after 10 wrong attempts. This often happens when kids enter wrong passwords while playing with the phone.

If your iPhone is disabled and you are stuck, we are here to help you out. In this article, we will tell you how to unlock a disabled iPhone with or without using iTunes. Let's start the discussion.

Part 1: How to Fix a Disabled iPhone without iTunes

Method 1: Unlock Disabled iPhone with WooTechy iDelock (Easiest Way)

It would be easy and fast to solve the problem if you try WooTechy iDelock. Anyone can use this method, and there are no prerequisites or restrictions. Install the application, and you are good to go.

Features of iDelock:

  • 1. iDelock works on all iOS versions, including the latest iOS 14. You can use it on any iPhone or iPad to unlock it. The trial version is available, and you can check the compatibility of the device using it. After satisfaction, you can buy the license.

  • 2. You don't need to be an expert; follow the simple and steps, and your device will be unlocked. You don't need any help, and you can unlock your device at your home.

  • 3. You only need to download and install iDelock, and the firmware and all the files will be downloaded automatically.

  • 4. iDelock only requires a few minutes to complete the process. It is quicker than other tools and methods.

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Steps to Unlock Disabled iPhone Using iDelock

Before explaining the steps, we would like to tell you that your data will be erased if you used iDelock, and your device will be updated to the latest iOS version. Moreover, if Find My iPhone is enabled on the device, you will need to enter the Apple ID and Password after unlocking the device.

Step 1: Launch iDelock on your computer. You will see six different options because iDelock can be used for various purposes. Click on Unlock Screen Passcode.

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Step 2: You will see another screen. Click on Start to proceed.

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Step 3: You need to connect your device to the computer. After connecting it, click on Next.

If iDelock cannot recognize your device, you need to put it on DFU/Recovery mode. iDelock will tell you the steps, and you can see the steps according to the iPhone model.

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Step 4: iDelock can detect your iPhone. You will see the model on the screen and make sure your device is correctly detected. Otherwise, you can click on Doesn't match? Please tell us. Then, you can tell the model number to the software.

Step 7: Within a few minutes, your device will be unlocked. Now, you can set up the device and use it without any restrictions.

You can also select the firmware version. Click on Download. iDelock will download the files automatically. If it cannot download the firmware, you click on Copy at the bottom of the screen. This will help you download via a browser. After that, you can click on Select to select the downloaded file.

Step 5: After downloading the firmware, click on Start to Extract. iDelock will start extracting the file, and it will take a few moments.

Step 6: After extraction, click on Start Unlock. A confirmation box will appear. To start the process, you need to enter "000000" to confirm. Click on Unlock.

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Step 7: Within a few minutes, your device will be unlocked. Now, you can set up the device and use it without any restrictions.

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Method 2: Unlock Disabled iPhone with Siri (For Old iOS)

You can unlock your disabled iPhone using Siri, but this is a temporary method. It will help you reach the home screen without entering the passcode, so it does not remove the passcode from the device. This method has some prerequisites.

Prerequisites:

  • 1. Siri should be allowed to be used when your device is in the locked mode. If you have disabled it in the past, you cannot use Siri on the locked screen.

  • 2. It only works on iOS 8.0 to iOS 11. So, if you have the iOS in the range, you should not update it if you want to use this method.

Steps to Unlock Disabled Phone Using Siri

Step 1: You need to press and hold the Home button to activate Siri. Siri will be ready for your questions. Ask, "What time is it?"

Step 2: Siri will open a clock on the screen. Open the clock by tapping on it. There will be all the clocks that you have set on your device.

Step 3: You need to add a new clock, so tap on the "+" button. You will see a search bar. Enter the name of any city. Tap on Select All. You will see four options, tap on Share.

Step 4: Once you tap the Share button, you will have different media where you can share. Look for Messages and tap on it.

Step 5: You will be directed to the Messages app. Tap on the "To" field and type anything. Select the word, and you will have options, tap on Create a New Contact.

Step 6: You will see the same screen when you create a contact on your iPhone. But this time, you need to tap on Add Photo. Now, tap on Choose Photo. The Photos application will open so that you can select the image. Now, press the Home button, and you will be on the home screen without any passcode.

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This method works only on a few versions of iOS that we have mentioned. You should only use this method on your own device. Moreover, it only helps you to unlock the screen; it cannot help you remove the passcode.

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Method 3: Unlock a Disabled iPhone Using Find My iPhone (iCloud Password Needed)

This is the most used method that people prefer when they forget their passcode. It works very well on all iOS versions because it is an official method. You can use it remotely from anywhere. This is the only method that can be implemented using a computer or iPhone/iPad.

Prerequisites:

  • 1. You should know the Apple ID and password which you need to log in via iCloud to reset the device.

  • 2. Find My iPhone should be enabled on your device. If you have never enabled it in the past, this method cannot work.

How to Unlock a Disabled iPhone Using Find My iPhone

Step 1: Open any browser on your computer and go to iCloud.com. You need to enter the Apple ID and Password to log in to your account. Go to the Find My iPhone/iPad section.

Step 1 (Alternate): If you are using another iPhone or iPad, install the Find My iPad/iPhone app. Open the app, and enter the credentials.

Step 2: There can be many devices on a single Apple ID. You need to click on All devices. This will show you the entire list of connected devices. You need to click on the device that is disabled.

Step 3: After clicking on the device, you will see three different options. Click on Erase iPhone/iPad.

Step 4: For confirmation, you need to enter the credentials again. Then, your device will be reset remotely.

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Anyone can use this method from anywhere. However, this method will erase the data from your device. This is a simple method, and it takes no time. Keep in mind that your device must have enough power to reset it remotely.

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Part 2: Fix a Disabled iPhone Using iTunes

iTunes is the first method you should try because it is also an official method that works perfectly. It works on all iOS versions and updates the device.

Prerequisites:

  • This method only works if your device is synced with iTunes. If you have ever done it in the past, you can use this method.

How to Unlock a Disabled iPhone Using iTunes

Step 1: Open iTunes on your device and check its version. It must be up to date if you want to complete the process. Older iTunes versions might not work well or update your device. Close the iTunes after updating it.

Step 2: Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB to lightning cable.

Step 3: Open iTunes on the computer. Your device will be shown in the Summary tab. The device will be detected automatically, and you will see the device name and model on iTunes.

Step 4: Look for the "Restore iPhone…" button. It will be on the top of the window. Click on it.

Step 5: You need to confirm that you want to reset the device, and you will lose data after it. Click on Restore.

Step 6: You will see a new window on the screen. It will be for iPhone Software Update; click on Next. Now, click on Agree to accept the terms and conditions.

Step 7: iTunes will automatically download the firmware and file required. After that, it will restore the device. Once the process is completed, you can use the device without any hassle.

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Part 3: Things to Know Before Unlocking a Disabled Device…

Data Loss

When you unlock a disabled device, all your data is erased. You will not have any images, videos, audio, files, and application data. Therefore, all methods require confirmation before starting the unlock. Your device will be like a new device once you unlock it. However, if you have ever created a backup of your data on iTunes, you can restore that backup.

Supported iOS Versions

Not all methods work on all iOS versions. So, you need to make sure what iOS version is on your device and whether you can use it or not. iDelock, iTunes, and iCloud (Find My iPhone) work on all iOS versions.

Prerequisites

Unlocking methods have some prerequisites. You need to check those perquisites before you use the method. For instance, iCloud needs ID and Password, and iTunes demands syncing of your device. All these prerequisites should be in your mind before you use the method.

Part 4: Tips: iTunes Not Working Properly? Try These

Quickly Detect iTunes Problems with iDelock

iDelock can help you detect any problem with iTunes. You only need to open iDelock. You will see the iTunes repair icon on the title bar. Click on that icon. This will start the detection of problems with iTunes. If everything is up the mark, you will see a message "Your iTunes doesn't need to be repaired!" Click on Done. If there is any problem with iTunes, you will have a message accordingly.

Try Connecting Device to iTunes with DFU Mode

If iTunes is not working, you must put your device in DFU mode manually. Then, iTunes may detect your device. The problems that usually appear in the normal mode do not appear in the DFU mode. You can follow the method to put your iPhone to DFU mode.

For iPhone 8 or later: press the Volume Up button quickly and release it. Then do the same with the Volume Down button. Press and hold the Side button, and the device will automatically enter the DFU mode. Once it enters the DFU mode, you can leave the Side button.

For iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: press the Volume Down button and Top button at the same time. Hold the buttons until the device enters the DFU mode.

For iPhone 6s and earlier: press Home and Top buttons. Hold them until you see the recovery mode on the screen.

Fix Apple Mobile Device USB Driver

Sometimes iTunes does not work properly because of the Apple Mobile Device Driver. You need to update the driver. On Windows, open Device Manager, you will see the drive under Portable Device. Update the driver. If you are using macOS, you need to install the latest updates.

Bottom Line

iPhones get disabled when someone deliberately or accidentally enters the wrong passcode ten times. Once your iPhone is disabled, you cannot use it. You need to unlock the device to use it. We have listed several methods to unlock the device if it is disabled. However, you must keep in mind that you will lose your data if you unlock the device. We recommend WooTechy iDelock because it is a beginner-friendly tool, and it does not have any prerequisites. It works on all iOS versions, and anyone can unlock the device within a few minutes by using iDelock.

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