How to Unlock a Disabled iPhone with or without iTunes

If you are holding a disabled iPhone and want to unlock it, you've come to the right place. In this article, I'll introduce five effective methods to unlock a disabled iPhone, including the solutions with or without iTunes. I hope it's helpful.

Unlock a Disabled iPhone

Part 1. Why Is the iPhone Disabled

Usually, the iPhone becomes disabled because you have entered the wrong passcode many times. When you forget your iPhone passcode, the iPhone gives you several opportunities to guess and try passwords. Still, if you keep entering the wrong ones for six attempts in a row, you may discover the message that says, "iPhone is disabled connect to iTunes," meaning your iPhone is completely locked down. The same thing could happen when someone else tries to crack your passcode. But don't worry since many solutions can help you unlock a disabled iPhone.

Part 2. Unlock Disabled iPhone with iTunes

Just as the prompt on your disabled iPhone says, it's a straightforward solution to unlock the disabled iPhone with iTunes. But be aware that your data will all be erased after the restore unless you have backed up with iTunes before. If you use a Mac with macOS Catalina or later, you can directly open the Finder instead of iTunes.

Step 1.
Connect your iPhone to the computer via a USB cable and launch iTunes. If you've synced your iPhone with iTunes, no "enter password" is required.
Step 2.
iTunes will automatically sync your iPhone and create a backup file. If it doesn't, click Back up Now in the "Summary" window to backup your disabled iPhone manually.
Step 3.
After the sync process, click Restore iPhone in the "Summary" window to unlock your disabled iPhone.
Restore iPhone
Step 4.
During the setup process, tap Restore Backup to restore iPhone from iTunes backup files and then you can reset your iPhone passcode without losing any data.
Restore Backup

Part 3. Unlock Disabled iPhone without iTunes

3.1 iPhone Unlocker

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How to unlocked a disabled iPhone with Aiseesoft iPhone Unlocker

Step 1.
Free download and install iPhone Unlocker on computer.
Step 2.
Launch App and select Wipe Passcode mode and then click the Start button to enter the passcode-wiping process.
Step 3.
Connect your iPhone to computer via a USB cable, and then confirm your device information.
Wipe Passcode Connect Device
Step 4.
Click the Start button to download firmware package for unlocking iPhone passcode.
Download Firmware
Step 5.
When the firmware has been downloaded, click Unlock to remove your iPhone screen passcode.
Unlock iphone

3.2 iCloud

As most people find it complicated to unlock disabled iPhone via iTunes, they would rather look for a method to unlock disabled iPhone without iTunes. If you've enabled Find My iPhone feature in iCloud, you can use this feature to remotely fix a disabled iPhone by erasing the device.

Step 1.
Go to and log in with your Apple ID and password on your computer.
Step 2.
Click Find iPhone in the LaunchPad, then click All Devices at the top of your browser window.
Step 3.
Select your iPhone from all the devices listed. Click Erase iPhone to erase the disabled iPhone, along with its passcode.
Unlock Disabled iPhone with Find My iPhone
Step 4.
Once the reset is finished, you'll be prompted to setup your iPhone as if it were new. Till now the disabled iPhone is unlocked. You can restore iPhone via Setup Assistant, as well as reset a new passcode.

3.3 Find My App

If you have other Apple devices, like a Mac computer, iPad, Apple Watch, etc, you can also unlock the disabled iPhone by erasing it on Find My App on those devices. This method requires you to enable the Find My feature on your iPhone and connect it to the Internet.

Step 1.
Open the Find My App on other Apple devices. Choose Devices and select your disabled iPhone from the list.
Step 2.
Tap or click on Erase This Device, choose Continue, and enter the password to erase the disabled device. This method will unlock your iPhone and delete all settings and content.
Erase Disabled iphone Find My

3.4 iOS System Recovery Tool

How to unlock a disabled iPhone without iTunes or iCloud? Apart from the official tools from Apple, there are actually some reputable third-party iPhone unlockers to help you. For example, iOS System Recovery is one of the most professional tools that assist you to unlock disabled iPhone or fix other types of iOS issues like iPhone overheating, iPhone stuck in Recovery mode/DFU mode, etc. It is completely compatible with iPhone running from iOS 8 to iOS 17.

You can free download this program on your computer, and follow the steps below to learn how to unlock disabled iPhone within simple clicks.

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Step 1.

Open iOS System Recovery

Launch iOS System Recovery tool on your computer, connect iPhone to computer via USB cable. You'll see the main interface as below.

Step 2.

Enter into Recovery/DFU mode

Choose "iOS System Recovery" feature, and the program will detect your disabled iPhone automatically. Click "Start" button, then you'll be lead into Recovery Mode/DFU mode.

Enter into Recovery DFU Mode
Step 3.

Download iOS firmware

Select your iPhone model and other info, then click "Repair" to download the iOS firmware.

Check iOS Info
Step 4.

Unlock disabled/locked iPhone

Wait until the firmware download is completed, then you'll get your disabled iPhone unlocked.

Repair Forgot Passcode

Part 4. FAQ of Unlocking a Disabled iPhone

Why is my iPhone disabled?

1. An iPhone will become disabled after six different failed passcode attempts.
2. iPhone is disabled because of a bug in the latest iOS version. Wait the new version to see if this bug continues.
3. It also may be the abnormity for the time system on your iPhone.

How do you unlock disabled iPhone without a computer?

One way to unlock a disabled iPhone without computer is to use the Apple's Find My iPhone service that allows you to remotely perform actions on an iOS device. The detailed steps you can view Part 2 of this article. Another way is related to Siri. Well, the voice assistant - Siri can help you unlock your disabled device.

How do you unlock an iPhone If you forgot the password?

Forget your iPhone passcode? Aiseesoft iPhone Unlocker is the professional iPhone Passcode Remover. It can unlock damaged or locek iPhone/iPad and iPod. For more methods, you can visit this article to try more easy ways:


This article mainly showed you five methods to unlock a disabled iPhone with iTunes or without it. If you still have more questions about disabled iPhones, please leave your comments below.

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