How to Fix “iPhone is Disabled” Issue on an iPhone and iPad

If you have encountered with the "iPhone is disabled" error, you need to check out these smart tricks to resolve the issue right away.

Most iPhone and iPad users secure their devices using passcodes. The passcode safeguards your device from unauthorized access. However, at times passcode protection can become a cause of annoyance if you forget to remember it.

In case, you have forgotten your passcode and you try to unlock your iPhone or iPad with wrong passcodes six number of times consecutively, your iOS device will be disabled for a minute. With every wrong attempt, the time duration increases and eventually your iPhone will be disabled.

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iPhone Is Disabled Issue

If you have also encountered with this issue, here is how you can fix “iPhone is disabled” error.

How to Fix “iPhone is Disabled” Issue on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Connect your iPhone to Mac or PC.

Step #2. Launch iTunes.

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Step #3. Select your device from the top left corner.

Step #4. Click on Back Up Now to backup your device in the Summary tab. Make sure you have successfully backed up your device. You can see the Latest Backups with date and time in the Summary tab itself.

Take iPhone and iPad Backup to iTunesStep #5. Next up, put your iPhone in DFU mode.

Step #6. Once you have put your iPhone in DFU mode, iTunes would ask you to restore your device. When you click on Restore, it would erase all the data of your device including the passcode.

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Step #7. Now, make sure not to set up your device straight away. Quit iTunes, disconnect your device and connect it with computer again and then launch iTunes. Select your device from top right corner and click on Restore Backup in the Summary tab. You should see the time and date of the latest backup, click on Restore to confirm.

Restore iPhone or iPad Backup from iTunesYou would have to wait for some time until your device has been restored. Once the process is done, you would be able to use your device without passcode.

Troubleshoot “iPhone is Disabled” Error using iCloud

Step #1. Head over to and sign in to your iCloud account.

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Step #2. Next up, you have to click on All Devices at the top.

Step #3. Now, select the device you want to erase.

Select Device from iCloudStep #4. Up next, you need to click on the “Erase iPhone” button. It will get rid of all the data along with the passcode lock on your iPhone.

Click on Erase iPhone in iCloudStep #5. After your phone has been erased, you have the option to restore it with a backup or set it up as a new device.

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Wish there had been some easy workaround to troubleshoot this issue. But then again, you wouldn’t complain much as it is all there to provide the needed security to your iPhone.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is our editor-in-chief and reviewer who takes care of He is passionate for wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.


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