iPhone Is Disabled? Here's the Fix!

Fix Disabled iPhone

Recently we've heard from users who complain that their iPhone X/8/7/6/5/4 has been disabled. iPhone gets disabled for various reasons. The message of "iPhone is disabled, try again in 1/5/15/60 minutes'' makes people frustrated. In this article, we will explain the reasons why your iPhone is disabled and provide ways to fix the disabled iPhone with or without connecting iTunes.

Part 1. Why does your iPhone get disabled

1. Snoopers. Some inquisitive friend, family member or even a stranger may try to unlock your iPhone, but he or she is not aware of the limited passcode attempts.

2. Kids. Kids love to tap buttons when they get your iPhone, so sometimes the device may be disabled because of kids.

3. Yourself. You may forget your iPhone passcode and fail to unlock it. Or you may accidentally active the iPhone screen in your pocket and unintentionally enter passcode for several times.

Part 2. How many passcode attempts are allowed before iPhone is disabled

You need to provide Touch ID or the passcode to unlock iPhone. If you consecutively fail to enter the passcode for 5 times, the iPhone will automatically get disabled, and will prompt you of a message of "iPhone is disabled, try again in 1 minute." In another word, you have to enter the passcode and bypass the annoying disabled reminder after one minute. And the following provides information of how many times for incorrect password attempts are required to disable the iPhone.

◆ 1-5 incorrect consecutive attempts: iPhone will not be disabled.

◆ 6 incorrect consecutive attempts: iPhone is disabled for 1 minute.

◆ 7 incorrect consecutive attempts: iPhone is disabled for 5 minutes.

◆ 8 incorrect consecutive attempts: iPhone is disabled for 15 minutes.

◆ 9 incorrect consecutive attempts: iPhone is disabled for 60 minutes.

◆ 10 incorrect consecutive attempts: "iPhone is disabled. Connect to iTunes" or iPhone is completely erased if Erase Data is turned on in Settings > Touch ID & Passcode.

Part 3. How to unlock the disabled iPhone

What should you do when it prompts you of "iPhone is disabled"? Keep reading.

Unlock iPhone stuck in "iPhone is disabled, try again in X minutes"

When you disabled iPhone is stuck in "try again in X minutes", you have to wait 1/5/15/60 minutes and enter the correct passcode to unlock iPhone.

Fix disabled iPhone with iOS System Recovery

If you want to directly fix the disabled iPhone, you can rely on iOS System Recovery to help you do that. First, you should free download and install it on your computer.

Launch iOS System Recovery

launch Fonelab

Launch this disabled iPhone fixing software on your computer. Connect your iPhone to it with USB cable. Click "More tools" on the left column and then tab the "iOS System Recovery" on the preview window. After that, click "Start" button to begin to fix disabled iPhone.

Lead iPhone into Recovery or DFU mode

Led iPhone into DFU

Click "Question" button and follow the guide to turn your iPhone into Recovery or DFU mode. Here we put disabled iPhone into DFU mode.

Fix disabled iPhone

Fix iPhone Blue Screen to Normal

Select the right iPhone model and then click "Download" to download the repaired device plug-in. When the plug-in download is finished, this software can automatically fix disabled iPhone blue screen issue and bring it back to normal.

Erase iPhone stuck in "iPhone is disabled. Connect to iTunes"

If your iPhone reminds you that "iPhone is disabled. Connect to iTunes", you have no choice but to erase and restore your iPhone. Hopefully you have recently made an iPhone backup to iTunes or iCloud, otherwise you will have to erase all data of it and start from scratch. We will show you how to fix your disabled iPhone with or without iTunes.

Erase iPhone data with FoneEraser

And here, we'd like to sincerely recommend you iPhone Data Eraser, a reputable iOS data erasing tool. The reliable program can permanently and thoroughly erase your iPhone data.

  • Connect iPhone
  • Step1. Connect your iPhone to computer with USB cable. It will detect your device soon.

Next
  • Select Erasing Level
  • Step 2. Select an erasing level (Low, Medium and High)."High Level" is recommended here.

Next
  • Erase iPhone
  • Step 3. Click "Start" button and get ready to erase all data of your iPhone.

After that, all your iPhone data will clearly erased.

Restore disabled iPhone with iTunes

Connect your iPhone to the computer where it has synced before and launch iTunes.

Click the device icon.

Click the button of Restore iPhone.

Then your iPhone will reboot and let you enter the Setup interface. You are allowed to restore iPhone from iTunes backup or iCloud backup.

Restore iPhone from iTunes

Enter iPhone Recovery Mode to restore disabled iPhone

Plug your iPhone into computer and launch iTunes.

Press and hold Power button and Home button simultaneously until iTunes logo shows on iPhone screen, which means the device has forcibly enter iPhone Recovery Mode.

iTunes will prompt you of "There is a problem with the iPhone that requires it to updated or restored". Choose Restore to erase all content and settings of your iPhone. Later, you can restore iPhone from iTunes backup or iCloud backup.

Erase iPhone in iTunes Recovery Mode

Use iCloud to remotely erase disabled iPhone

If you turn on Find My iPhone before iPhone is disabled, you can choose iCloud to remotely erase your iPhone. Visit icloud.com and sign in to iCloud with Apple ID and password. Click Find My iPhone, and select the disable iPhone from "All My Devices" menu. Tab Erase iPhone at the upper-right corner of the map. All content and settings will be removed then, and you can again set up your iPhone.

Erase iPhone Data with Find My iPhone

Part 4. Recover iPhone Data from iTunes/iCloud backup

Apart from restoring iPhone from Setup interface, iPhone Data Recovery can help you handily and easily recover iPhone data from iTunes backup or iCloud backup. Download and install the software on your computer.

Launch iPhone Data Recovery and connect your iPhone to computer via USB cable.

Choose Recover from iTunes Backup File and scan the device after choosing the proper iTunes backup file.

Preview and choose iPhone files. Click Recover to retrieve iPhone data.

Choose iTunes Backup File

Is your iPhone enabled? Hope this article can help you when your iPhone is unfortunately disabled.

If the above ways still cannot help you to fix the disabled iPhone, then you had better back up locked disabled iPhone.

You can learn the steps from the video below:

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November 01, 2017 07:21 / Updated by to iPhone, iTunes
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