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iPhone Security Lockout How to Fix in 4 Ways 2023

by Anna Sherry   Updated on 2023-07-27 / Update for  iPhone Tips

iOS 15.2 brings the feature called security lockout to protect your iPhone from unauthorized use. Once you enter the wrong passcode several times or more, you will receive a notification that says “iPhone unavailable” or “Security lockout” on the lock screen. How do you solve this iPhone Security Lockout problem specifically? 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 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 ask how to unlock iPhone without data loss, unfortunately, your iPhone has to be erased and factory reset to fix this problem 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 the "iPhone is disabled connect to iTunes" before iOS 15.2, the new “Security Lockout” eases the process of unlocking your device when you forget the passcode.

It is easy to erase iPhone in Security Lockout without computer. But it only works for iOS 15.2 or later version, requires internet access, and your Apple ID password. Otherwise, it will not work for you.

Here is the simple guide to erase iPhone directly on the lock screen:

  • On iPhone in security lockout mode, “Erase iPhone” 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.

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. Afterward, select “Next” on your screen.

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  • Download the latest firmware package file.

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  • After downloading the firmware package, just hit the “Start to Remove” button for automatic removal of the passcode of your device.

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  • Wait a few minutes. Make sure your iPhone is connected to the computer throughout the process.
  • Set up your iPhone after successful passcode removal. 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 Reset iPhone Security Lockout with iTunes

The last recommended way to reset iPhone security lockout is iTunes. It is easy to connect your iPhone to iTunes and restore iPhone. What to do in the situation where 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 while facing iPhone security lockout or iPhone unavailable. And you can always count on Tenorshare 4uKey. It works smoothly to unlock your iPhone without any passcode, compitable with the latest iPhone 14.

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