4 Easy Methods To Fix iPhone is Disabled Error


If your toddler has disabled your iPhone by putting the wrong passcode too may time then don’t worry. We are here to help you with that. In this guide, we will tell you 4 ways through which you can enable your disabled iPhone. The ways in which we are going to tell you won’t remove your data in the due process of enabling the iPhone. Usually, if users fail to remember their passcode they simply erase the whole phone in order to be able to use it again. It’s not good since you will have to let go of all the data on your phone. The following are the ways through which you can Fix iPhone Is Disabled Error.

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Why iPhone is Disabled Error Occur?

“iPhone is disabled” error occurs due to too many wrong attempts with a passcode. Simply put, if you put the wrong passcode 5 times the iPhone will automatically disable itself for 1 minute, giving the “iPhone is disabled” error message on the screen. Further, if you put it wrong 7 times the phone will disable itself for 5 minutes and the pattern goes as follows: 8 times – 15 min, 9 times – 60 min, and finally 10 times – you will have to connect to iTunes or the iPhone wipe itself of all data if self-destruct mode is turned on.

Sometimes, the system tries to play cheeky with you. After several wrong attempts, it will show the message that says the iPhone or iPod is disabled for 23 million minutes and to try back later. Well, that’s practically disabled for a lifetime since no one is going to wait for 44 years before they could make another attempt at passcode.

How To Make Sure That iPhone is Disabled Error Doesn’t Occur Again?

As it’s been established that why this error occurs. So, if you want to avoid yourself getting locked out of your own device then take the following precautions:

  1. Set an easy passcode that you could remember easily. Also, make sure to don’t set it too easy that could become guessable by anyone. Anything in between, would reduce the risk of forgetting it and then eventually would reduce the chances of getting your iPhone disabled.
  2. Use Touch ID for Face ID: If you are using either of these security features then you won’t have to even put the pas code. Hence, no chance of locking your iPhone.

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How to Fix iPhone is Disabled Error – 4 Easy Ways

There are 4 ways to solve this issue. First is using Finder, second using iTunes, third using iCloud and forth using Recovery Mode. It means that you enabled disabled iPhone even without iTunes or iCloud.

Method 1: Using Finder

If you’re using a Mac updated to macOS Catalina, you’ll use the Finder.

  1. Connect your iPhone to the computer via USB Cable.
  2. Launch iTunes if doesn’t open automatically.
  3. In iTunes click on the icon of your device.
  4. This will open all the information about your device and will also show what’s on it.
  5. Click on Summary.
  6. In summary, you will see the option to Restore iPhone. Click on that.
  7. If you get an error message that ‘Find My iPhone’ must be turned off, use the 3rd and 4th method which are iCloud method or Recovery Mode method respectively. Otherwise, move to Step 8.
  8. Follow the on-screen instructions. This will completely erase your iPhone. Meaning you will lose all the data as well. Therefore, it’s of paramount importance to ensure that you have access to the recent iTunes or iCloud backups.
  9. Once your iPhone is restored, it will be as if you have just removed it from the box.
  10. Follow the on-screen instruction to set up your iPhone.
  11. When it asks to restore from a backup select from iTunes or iCloud backup.

Method 2: Using iTunes

If your Mac isn’t updated to macOS Catalina or you have a PC, you’ll use the iTunes method.

  1. Connect your iPhone to the computer via USB Cable.
  2. Your computer may trigger “Trust this computer” warning or asks for a passcode.
  3. Choose your device from the Finder menu, then choose Restore Backup.
  4. Choose your backup.
  5. If your backups are encrypted then the system will ask you to type in the password which you had set for your backup.
  6. Keep your device connected until the backup is restored, the device is restarted and synced. After that, you can remove your device from the computer.

Method 3: Using iCloud

If you’re signed in to iCloud and Find My iPhone enabled, use the iCloud method.

  1. Open http://icloud.com/find on your computer.
  2. Log in with your Apple ID and password.
  3. Select all devices at the top.
  4. Click on the device of yours that is currently disabled. Like the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
  5. Click erase iPhone and confirm.
  6. Before initiating an erase process system will ask you to enter your Apple ID and password once again.
  7. Once your device is wiped out. It will boot as a new one.
  8. Follow the instructions to set up your iPhone.
  9. When it’s time to restore from a backup, use your most recent backup via either iTunes or iCloud.

Method 4: Using Recovery Mode

If all of the above methods fail, this is the one you will have to use. Let’s find out how to enable disabled iPhone using recovery mode.

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer via a USB cable.
  2. If it doesn’t automatically, launch iTunes. Or if you’ve recently updated your Mac to Catalina, open the Finder.
  3. Now you will have to force restart your iPhone. There are different methods for different models of iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch.
    1. For iPhone 6s or earlier, iPad with a Home Button, or iPod Touch 6th Generation and earlier:
      1. Hold down the Top (or Side) and Home buttons simultaneously.
      2. When you see the Apple logo on your screen, do not let go of the buttons.
      3. Keep holding both until your device enters the recovery mode.
  1. For iPhone 7 or 7 Plus and iPod Touch 7th Generation:
    1. Hold down the Top (or Side) and Volume Down buttons simultaneously.
    2. When you see the Apple logo on your screen, do not let go of the buttons.
    3. Keep holding both until your device enters the recovery mode.
  1. For iPhone 8, 8 Plus, iPhone X, or 11 models:
    1. Press and release the Volume Up button then quickly press and release the Volume Down button.
    2. Next press and hold the Side Button until your device enters recovery mode.
  2. For iPads with Face ID:
    1. Quickly press and release the Volume Up button, immediately followed by the Volume Down button.
    2. Next press and hold the top button and keep holding it until your device restarts and enter in recovery mode.
  3. Once your iPhone or iPad enters recovery mode, find your device in iTunes or the Finder and click on it.
  4. A prompt will come on your screen asking whether you want to restore or update your device. Select Restore.
  5. It may take some time before your iPhone downloads restored iOS or iPadOS software.
  6. If the download takes more than fifteen minutes and exits the recovery screen, fret not. Let the download complete and then try again to force restart your iPhone and let it enter the recovery mode.
  7. Once your device is restored, it will start as a new one.
  8. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup process.
  9. Where it asks that if you need to restore any backup, select from recent backups of iTunes or iCloud.