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How to undisable an iPhone with video guide

This post explains how to undisable an iPhone and what that even means. As you read through this guide, you will find various ways to undisable your iPhone. For those who might find it difficult to follow, I also included a YouTube video that is easy to follow. If you ever wondered why your phone was locked, check out this section. Let’s get into the point right away.

How to undisable an iPhone

Don’t worry. There are several ways to undisable your iPhone. Because your phone is disabled, you cannot use your phone to undisable it. You must use a PC or laptop with iTunes.

Use iTunes to Remove Your Passcode

Prepare your computer and iTunes before you start the steps below. Also, you need to know the model of your iPhone because it uses a different method. If you don’t remember the model of your phone, check this section.

In common, please don’t connect your iPhone to your computer yet and follow the steps below. After these different steps, continue to the iTunes section.

iPhone X or later, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus

  1. Press and hold the Side (on the right) button AND any of the volume buttons (on the left) until the power-off slider shows up.
  2. Move the slider to power off your iPhone.
  3. Now, connect your iPhone to your computer WHILE holding the Side button.
  4. Keep holding it until the screen turns to the recovery mode.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

  1. Press and hold the Side (on the right) or the Top button until the power-off slider shows up.
  2. Move the slider to power off your iPhone.
  3. Now, connect your iPhone to your computer WHILE holding the Volume down button.
  4. Keep holding it until the screen turns to the recovery mode.

iPhone 6s or earlier

  1. Press and hold the Side (on the right) or the Top button until the power-off slider shows up.
  2. Move the slider to power off your iPhone.
  3. Now, connect your iPhone to your computer WHILE holding the Volume down button.
  4. Keep holding it until the screen turns to the recovery mode.

Go to iTunes on your computer

  • On iTunes, find your iPhone on the left menu.
  • When you see the Restore or Update option, select Restore.
    • This will make Finder or iTunes download software for your phone.
    • If the download takes more than 15 minutes, it will exit the recovery mode and you will have to repeat steps 2 – 4 above again.
  • Wait for the process to finish and set up and use.

The method above was by using iTunes. And, I believe this is the safest and most reliable way. So, please try this way first. If it was not successful, I hope that one of the following ways would work.

Use Finder on Mac

If you have a Mac and the OS version is Catalina or above, you can also undisable your iPhone using Finder. If you are unsure about the version, check this section to find your Mac OS version.

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer. Select Trust This Computer on your iPhone if asked.
  2. Choose your iPhone on the Finder menu in your mac.
  3. Next, select Restore Backup.
  4. Select your backup (the latest one will be better).

This alternative way may not work if your Mac OS version is lower or if you don’t have any backup. You might not like returning to an older state. There

Use iCloud with Web Browser

Using iCloud on your web browser is similar to the previous one. You need a computer, a backup, and an Apple ID.

  • On your browser, go to https://icloud.com/find.
  • Log in with your ID and password.
  • Select All Devices at the top bar.
  • Select your iPhone that has been disabled.
  • Click Erase iPhone and confirm.
  • Enter your password for authentication.
  • Once erasing is done, your iPhone will be restarted as a new iPhone.
  • Continue with the set-up process.
  • When you are prompted to restore from a backup, recover your iPhone with the latest backup from iTunes or iCloud.

How to check your iPhone model

If you are wondering what model your iPhone is, simply look at the small text on the back of your phone. There should be a text that reads like “Model AXXXX”. Use the list below to find your iPhone model.

If you cannot identify the text for some reason, you can also use the iOS setting menu. Go to General > About > Model (or Model Number). Tap on Model to see the model number.

  • A2161 – iPhone 11 Pro Max (2019)
  • A2218 – iPhone 11 Pro Max (2019)
  • A2220 – iPhone 11 Pro Max (2019)
  • A2160 – iPhone 11 Pro (2019)
  • A2215 – iPhone 11 Pro (2019)
  • A2217 – iPhone 11 Pro (2019)
  • A2111 – iPhone 11 (2019)
  • A2112 – iPhone 11 (2019)
  • A2113 – iPhone 11 (2019)
  • A1921 – iPhone Xs Max (2018)
  • A2101 – iPhone Xs Max (2018)
  • A1920 – iPhone Xs (2018)
  • A2097 – iPhone Xs (2018)
  • A1984 – iPhone Xr (2018)
  • A1865 – iPhone X (2017)
  • A1901 – iPhone X (2017)
  • A1864 – iPhone 8 Plus (2017)
  • A1897 – iPhone 8 Plus (2017)
  • A1863 – iPhone 8 (2017)
  • A1905 – iPhone 8 (2017)
  • A1661 – iPhone 7 Plus (2016)
  • A1784 – iPhone 7 Plus (2016)
  • A1785 – iPhone 7 Plus (2016)
  • A1786 – iPhone 7 Plus (2016)
  • A1660 – iPhone 7 (2016)
  • A1778 – iPhone 7 (2016)
  • A1779 – iPhone 7 (2016)
  • A1780 – iPhone 7 (2016)
  • A1662 – iPhone SE (2016)
  • A1723 – iPhone SE (2016)
  • A1724 – iPhone SE (2016)
  • A1634 – iPhone 6S Plus (2015)
  • A1687 – iPhone 6S Plus (2015)
  • A1690 – iPhone 6S Plus (2015)
  • A1699 – iPhone 6S Plus (2015)
  • A1633 – iPhone 6S (2015)
  • A1688 – iPhone 6S (2015)
  • A1691 – iPhone 6S (2015)
  • A1700 – iPhone 6S (2015)
  • A1522 – iPhone 6 Plus (2014)
  • A1524 – iPhone 6 Plus (2014)
  • A1593 – iPhone 6 Plus (2014)
  • A1549 – iPhone 6 (2014)
  • A1586 – iPhone 6 (2014)
  • A1589 – iPhone 6 (2014)
  • For more, refer to this full list.

You can find your iPhone model number by looking at the small text on the back of the iPhone. There should be something that says “Model AXXXX”. Match that to the list below to find out which iPhone model you own.

If you cannot read the text on the back of the iPhone, launch the iOS Settings app and navigate to General > About > Model (or Model Number). Tap once on Model to reveal the model number. Any iPhone using iOS 12.2 or later can see the Model Name under General > About > Model Name.

How to check your Mac OS version

Checking your Mac OS version is easy.

  • Go to the top left corner to find the small apple icon.
  • Click the icon and select “About This Mac”.
  • A new window will pop up. In the default overview tab, you can find your OS version name in the biggest bold font.
    • FYI, The version number of Catalina starts from 10.15 (Wikipedia) So, the version below is lower than Catalina.
This Mac OS version is Sierra
This Mac OS version is Sierra

Video Guide

If you are more keen to watch a video guide, have a look at the one below. You might find it easier because it shows the undisabling steps.

How to Remove Forgotten Passcode of ANY iPhone – XS/XR/X/8/7/6…

Why would you disable your iPhone?

It is Apple’s security policy that if you put the wrong passcode too many times, your iPhone will become disabled. This blog explains in detail about the policies.

  • If you can’t put the right passcode on the 6th attempt, your phone will be disabled for one minute.
  • If you can’t put the right passcode on the 7th attempt, your phone will be disabled for five minutes.
  • If you can’t put the right passcode on the 8th attempt, your phone will be disabled for 15 minutes.
  • If you can’t put the right passcode on the 10th attempt, your phone will be disabled for 60 minutes!
  • After 10th, if you still cannot put the right passcode, your iPhone becomes disabled.

If you set up your phone to erase your data after the 10th failed attempt, your data will be gone.

Conclusion

We have learned several ways to undisable your locked iPhone. I hope that the first option works well with you. If not, don’t worry, you can still try any of the rest. Plus, check the YouTube video if you found the written guide difficult.