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iPhone Security Lockout How to Fix in 4 Ways 2024

by Anna Sherry   Updated on 2023-12-29 / Update for  iPhone Tips

What does Security Lockout mean on iPhone? Once you enter the wrong passcode several times or more, you will receive a notification on the lock screen saying “iPhone unavailable” or “Security lockout”. This feature locks your iPhone and protects your iPhone from unauthorized use. But how do you fix iPhone Security Lockout and enter your iPhone again? Let's read on.

I. When Will iPhone Security Lockout Screen Appear

iPhone unavailable try again in 1 minute” is the first thing that will appear after 5 failed passcode attempts to unlock an iPhone. More wrong times you try, your iPhone will be locked for longer time. Later, the “Security Lockout” message will show.

So how long does security lockout last on iPhone at least? In most cases, it may last for 15 minutes or 3/8 hours longer. It will not disappear unless you enter the correct passcode or erase iPhone.

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* Security Lockout iPhone How to Unlock without Losing Data

One thing to know is, if you want to unlock iPhone without data loss, unfortunately, your iPhone has to be erased and factory reset as long as you cannot remember the correct passcode. But to restore your data, you can restore from a previous backup after the process.

II. How to Erase iPhone Security Lockout Directly

Unlike "iPhone is disabled connect to iTunes", the new “Security Lockout” eases the process of unlocking your device when you forget the passcode. But it only works for iOS 15.2 or later iOS 16/17 versions, requires internet access and your Apple ID password. Otherwise, it will not work for you.

Here is the simple guide to erase iPhone in Security Lockout without computer directly on the lock screen:

  • On iPhone in security lockout mode, “Erase iPhone”("Forgot Passcode" in iOS 17) will appear on the screen. If not, try more times of wrong passwords.
  • Tap “Erase iPhone”. It will say that your device is in security lockout and advises you to enter the right passcode later or erase it. Just click “Erase iPhone”.
  • You will be prompted to enter your Apple ID passcode. Then, your iPhone will be reset automatically.

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Of course, Erase iPhone option is not the only way to unlock your locked iPhone especially when there is no timer or no Erase option in iPhone Security Lockout. There are other tested and trusted methods that you can rely on below.

III. How to Unlock iPhone Security Lockout without Passcode

If you are locked out of iPhone, no matter with "Security Lockout" or "iPhone is disabled" screen, take a look at Tenorshare 4uKey now. It supports both the old and new versions of iOS. Besides, it works perfectly for removing 4/6-digit passcode, alphanumeric code, Face ID, Touch ID, etc. Let's see how to use 4uKey to unlock iPhone security lockout screen without passcode below.

  • Download Tenorshare 4uKey on your computer. Now, run the software and click on “Start” to proceed.

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  • With a USB cable, connect your iPhone to the computer with Tenorshare 4uKey. Then download the latest firmware package file.

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  • After downloading the firmware package, start automatic passcode removal of your device. Wait a few minutes.

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  • Set it up after your iPhone restarts and no Security Lockout screen apprears. Your data can be restored from any previous iTunes/iCloud backup.

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IV. How to Reset iPhone Security Lockout via iCloud

There is another way to erase your iPhone in security lockout, and that is iCloud website, which resets your device remotely. This method needs Find My iPhone enabled and Apple ID password. To unlock your locked iPhone with iCloud, follow the instructions below:

  • Visit www.icloud.com on any devices and enter your Apple ID and password.
  • Once you sign into iCloud, click the “Find iPhone” option.
  • With the device available on the All Devices list, select the iPhone in security lockout to start unlocking. Click the “Erase iPhone” option.

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  • After inputting your Apple ID passcode again, your device will be reset. You need to set it up again like a new iPhone.

V. How to Fix iPhone Security Lockout with iTunes

The last recommended tool to fix iPhone security lockout is iTunes. iTunes can restore your iPhone to factory settings and bypass security lockout screen. It is easy to connect your iPhone to iTunes but what to do if iTunes cannot detect your iPhone?

  • Connect your iPhone to your computer and open iTunes or Finder.
  • Enter your iPhone into recovery mode by pressing buttons.
  • After that, you will see the pop up telling you that iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode. Click on OK, and then Restore iPhone.

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From this post, you can see there are different ways to unlock your locked iPhone and fix iPhone security lockout or iPhone unavailable screen. You can always count on Tenorshare 4uKey. It works smoothly to unlock your iPhone without any passcode, compitable with the latest iPhone 15.

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