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4 Ways to Unlock A Disabled iPhone [iOS 16]

by Jenefey Aaron   Updated on 2022-10-28 / Update for  Unlock iPhone

Getting locked out of your own phone is nothing new and this problem happens to many iPhone users. But the question still remains, how to unlock disabled iPhone? In this situation, most users panic and takes their iPhones to the nearest Apple store. But instead, you can try a few simple ways to unlock your iPhone whether you are using iPhone 14, iPhone 13 or even iPad! Each of the methods is elaborated in this article to help you solve your problem.

Way 1: How to Unlock Disabled iPhone with iPhone Unlocker

If you are locked out of your iPhone, the reason can be anything like constantly entering the wrong password or being unable to enter the password with broken screen, then you can use the Tenorshare 4uKey. It is an easy tool specially designed to unlock your iOS devices without iTunes.

No matter what the passcode like 4-digit/6-digit/custom numeric code/alphanumeric code/Touch ID /Face ID, 4uKey can remove it in minutes.

  • The first step of using this tool is to download and install the software on your computer.

  • Click Start to unlock the disabled iPhone. Now, get a USB cable and connect your iPhone to your computer.

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    4uKey will detect the device automatically, then click on Next to proceed.

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  • Then you will be prompted to download the firmware package. Select a location for the package and click on Download.

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  • After the firmware has been downloaded on your computer, you need to click on Start to Remove to start the unlocking process.

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  • This is the end of iPhone is disabled how to unlock using 4uKey. In a few minutes, you will get a fully unlocked iPhone and the passcode will be removed successfully. Just wait for it to restart.

Way 2: How to Unlock Disabled iPhone with Find My iPhone

iCloud can not only back up your iPhone data, but also provides Find My iPhone to locate and erase your iPhone, which helps remove the forgotten passcode and fix the disabled iPhone problem. So, in case you have a disabled device and Find My iPhone is enabled on your device, this is how to unlock a disabled iPhone:

  • You need to Start by visiting icloud.com and enter your Apple ID account to sign in.
  • Hit Find iPhone and then go to the “All Devices” option at the top.
  • A list of devices will be available to you, choose your iPhone that has been disabled.
  • Now click on the “Erase iPhone” option to erase the device. This procedure will eliminate all the data and it also removes the lock.

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iCloud website can be accessed with browsers on any devices, even on an Android. So you can also unlock a disabled iPhone with Android phone. If you have another Apple devices, you can go to Find My app to erase the disabled iPhone too.

Way 3: How to Unlock Disabled iPhone with iTunes

Well, most people think about iPhone is disabled connect to iTunes. This may be a solution but to get there, you cannot just connect it to iTunes, put your iPhone into recovery mode to proceed further, especially when iTunes cannot detect the disabled iPhone.

  • Run iTunes app on your computer. And connect your iPhone to it with a USB cable.
  • Put your iPhone into recovery mode, and you will see a message “There is a problem with iPhone that requires it to be updated or restored."

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  • Hit “Restore” and confirm the process. After this, the lock will be removed from your disabled iPhone as it will be restored back to factory settings.

Way 4: How to Unlock Disabled iPhone without Computer

How to unlock a disabled iPhone without iTunes or computer? Find the Erase iPhone option on the iPhone Unavailable lock screen in your disabled iPhone. This is supported by the Apple ID and password signed in.

Note: The iPhone Unavailable screen only appears on iOS 15.2 and later. For older iOS versions, you will see iPhone is disabled, which does not have the Erase iPhone option. Go back to the first iPhone unlocker to unlock disabled iPhone.

  • Tap on Erase iPhone on the iPhone Unavaialble or Security Lockout screen. You may need to enter wrong passcodes 7 or more times to see the option.
  • Tap on Erase iPhone again and then enter the Apple ID password to start the erasing prosess.

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Getting your iPhone disabled is a very common problem but how to unlock a disabled iPhone is easy. You have the option to restore disabled iPhone via iTunes or use Find My iPhone to erase the device completely and the lock will be eliminated. What's more, the third-party option called Tenorshare 4uKey will remove iPhone passcode efficiently and it is the easiest way to get it done. Highly recommended!