How to Recover Disabled iPhone or iPad

Most of the iFolks, including me, are using Touch ID to keep their data protected. Besides the Touch ID, iOS automatically adds up a passcode lock as a backup security option. This option is convenient for cold days, when you have your gloves on, and when some of your relatives or friends are using your iDevice. However, if you type a wrong password “too many times” on the lock screen, your iPhone or iPad will display “iPhone / iPad is disabled.” And, when you see this message on the screen, you are unable to make phone calls, send messages, browse the net, or do any other everyday task.

Here is what you can do to fix your disabled iPhone after too many failed passcode attempts. This article will help you use your iPhone even if you have forgotten or can’t remember your passcode. So, if you want to regain access to your disabled iPhone or iPad here is your solution.

When you want to fix a disabled iPhone or iPad, you basically have three options. Here I will explain to you all of them. So, you can pick the one that fits your needs.

Solution 1: Restore Your iDevice from a Backup

First, let me tell you that for performing this solution you will need access to a computer. Additionally, your iDevice must be previously synced to iTunes. So, if you meet the requirements, you can start with the first step.

  1. Connect your iDevice to your computer (Mac or PC).
  2. Sync your iPhone / iPad with iTunes.
  3. Make a backup of your iDevice and wait for the process to finish.
  4. After your backup and sync are done, restore your iDevice from the backup.

When you finish with all the steps, your iPhone or iPad should work as usual.

Solution 2: Reset the Passcode Using iOS Recovery Mode

If you have never synced your iDevice to iTunes, this solution is the right for you. You can reset your iPhone or iPad passcode by using iOS recovery mode. Here is the procedure.

How To Enter iOS Recovery Mode

  1. Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes on your computer.
  2. Close iTunes if it is already open.
  3. Connect your iDevice to your computer (Mac or PC), and then launch iTunes.
  4. Perform a forced restart on your iPhone or iPad. Check the following article to find how to do a force restart on your iDevice Fix: iPhone’s Dead ‘Won’t Turn On’.

Reset your iDevice Passcode Using iOS Recovery Mode

  1. DO NOT release the buttons when Apple logo appears on the screen.
  2. Hold the buttons until you see the recovery mode screen.

  3. When your iDevice is in recovery mode, restore your device. Keep in mind that this will erase everything from your device, including your passcode.
  4. Then, you can restore your device from a backup, either iTunes or iCloud.

Solution 3: Erase Your iDevice Using iCloud

This solution works only if you have “Find My iPhone” enabled on your iDevice. However, the good news here is that you DO NOT need a computer to get the job done. You can do the steps from any device with internet access.

  1. Go to If you are using an iOS device, follow the steps in this article How to Login to Using Your iPhone or iPad.
  2. After you signed in, click “Find My iPhone” and select your disabled iPhone or iPad.
  3. Click on Erase iPhone.

This procedure will delete everything from your iDevice. After it finishes, you can restore your device from iCloud, and you will be able to use it as normal.

Wrap Up

As human beings, we are all prone to forget things. So, entering a wrong passcode can happen to anyone. Feel free to use any of the solutions from above and get back access to your iPhone or iPad.

Kevin Arrows
Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.

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