100% Working Guide to Unlock A Disabled iPhone 15/14/13/12/11

"My little sister played with my iPhone and entered wrong password multiple times, and then got the message said the iPhone is disabled for 23 million minutes, how to unlock a disabled iPhone? Any suggestions will be appreciated."

How to Unlock a Disabled iPhone

The lock screen password is a security measure on iPhone. If someone enters wrong passwords for 6 times in a row, the iPhone will be locked and prevent anyone from accessing it. Wait for a few minutes, the lock screen will come back. What about more than 6 times? The iPhone will be disabled completely.

In this tutorial, we are going to tell you how to unlock disabled iPhone effectively.

Part 1: How to unlock a disabled iPhone via iPhone Unlocker (Easiest)

The first way is highly recommended method to unlock a disabled iPhone. Apeaksoft iOS Unlocker is the professional unlock software to get your disabled iPhone out and you can use it without waiting a years or inputting the password.

  • Remove locks from Face ID, Touch ID, 4-digit, 6-digit, customized numbers and alphanumeric code.
  • Remove Apple ID for the password-forgotten iCloud account.
  • Recover and wipe Screen Time password to use iPhone without limits.
  • Compatible with all iOS devices like iPhone 15/14/13/12/11/XS/XR/X, iPad Pro, iPad mini, iPad Air, etc.

Now, let’s check how to unlock the disabled iPhone.

Step 1. Connect disabled iPhone to computer

Free download iOS Unlocker and run it after the successful installation.

Choose Wipe Passcode mode. Connect your iPhone to computer via a USB cable. Click the Start button to continue. This software can detect your device automatically after connecting.

Wipe Passcode

Step 2. Confirm iPhone information

Then the information of your iPhone will be detected automatically. Confirm it. Otherwise modify the information if it is not correct, and click the Start button to continue.

Confirm iPhone Information

Step 3. Download iOS firmware

Then this program will download the iOS firmware from Apple server for solving the disabled iPhone.

Download Firmware Package

Step 4. Unlock disabled iPhone

After the firmware downloading is complete, click the Unlock button and input 0000. After that, click Unlock button again to confirm your decision. Then it will start wiping password from your disabled iPhone.

Confirm Unlock

During the process, your iPhone will reboot automatically and you just need to wait patiently.

After that, you can set a new password for your iPhone.

Part 2: How to unlock a disabled iPhone with computer

Generally speaking, there are two kinds of methods to unlock a disabled iPhone: wipe the old password or bypass the lock screen. If you forgot your password and want to reset it, a computer is necessary, no matter you do it with iTunes or iCloud.

Method 1: Unlock a disabled iPhone by iTunes

Step 1: Install the latest iTunes on your computer. If you have one, open it and update to the latest version. Hook up your disabled iPhone to the computer with a USB cable, too.

Step 2: Wait for iTunes to detect your device (iTunes not recognizing iPhone?). Click on the "iPhone" icon at upper left side, and then go to the Summary tab. If you want to protect your information on your iPhone, make a backup by clicking on the "Back Up Now" button in the Backups area.

Step 3: Next, press the "Restore iPhone" button and follow the onscreen instructions to wipe your PIN passcode and other contents on your device. If this does not work, you have to move to the next step.

Step 4: Disconnect your device and put the disabled iPhone in recovery mode first.

For iPhone X/8/8 Plus and later, press and release the Volume Up key quickly, do the same on Volume Down key and then hold the Side key until the connect to iTunes appears on screen.

On iPhone 7/7 Plus, you can hold the "Side" and "Volume Down" keys simultaneously, a few seconds later you will see the message.

For iPhone 6s and earlier, you need to keep pressing "Home" and "Side" keys at the same time, when you see the message, release them.

Step 5: Now, connect your iPhone to your computer, open iTunes and when prompted, select "Restore iPhone". When it is done, you can unlock disabled iPhone.

Method 2: Unlock a disabled iPhone via iCloud

Step 1: Make sure you have turned on Find My iPhone on your device and put it online.

Step 2: Access iCloud website in any browser on your computer, sign in your Apple ID and password. If prompted, answer your security questions.

Step 3: Go to "Find My iPhone" > "All Device" and select your device. When you are presented the options screen, click on "Erase iPhone" to erase all data and settings, including the PIN lock screen passcode.

Congratulations! You unlock a disabled iPhone successfully.

Unlock iCloud

Part 3: How to unlock a disabled iPhone without compute

Even though you do not have a computer, it is possible to unlock a disabled iPhone. Siri is an artificial intelligent assistant available to all iOS devices. Users discovered that Siri has a bug that allows people to bypass the lock screen.

Step 1: Say "Hey Siri, what time is it now?" to activate Siri on your lock screen. Or you can touch the Home or Side button to evoke it. (How to fix Siri not working?)

Step 2: Tap the "clock" icon when time is displayed. This will bring you to the Clock app. Go to the "World Clock" tab, press the "Plus" icon at the top of the screen, input anything in the box, trigger the floating options, touch "Select all" and then "Share".

Step 3: Choose "Message" from the list, type something in the "To" box and hit "return" on the viral keyboard.

Step 4: Tap the "Plus" icon next to the "To" box and touch "Create New Contact". Next, select "Add photo" > "Choose Photo" to go to the "Photos" app.

Step 5: Now, you can tap the "Home" button or swipe up from the bottom edge to access your home screen.

Siri Unlock

That is just to unlock disabled iPhone without computer temporarily. If you want to get rid of disable message, you have to go to "Settings" > "General" > "Reset" and tap "Erase All Contents and Settings".

Part 4: How to retrieve data for disabled iPhone

As you can see, all the methods to unlock a disabled iPhone will erase all contents and settings on your device. If you do not have a full backup, your information will be lost. That is why we recommend Apeaksoft iPhone Data Recovery. Its key features include:

1. Retrieve lost data from iPhone or iCoud/iTunes backup.

2. Works on a wider range of data types, like photos, messages, videos and more.

3. Preview lost iPhone data and decide to recover certain files.

4. Support iPhone 15/14/13/12/11/XS/XR/X/8/7/6.

5. Available to iOS 17/16/15/14/13/12 and earlier versions.

6. Compatible with Windows 11/10/8/8.1/7/XP and Mac.

How to retrieve data from disabled iPhone

Step 1: Install iPhone Data Recovery

Install and launch iPhone Data Recovery on your computer. After connecting the disabled iPhone to computer via USB connector, your device will be detected immediately. Select iPhone Data Recovery > "Recover from iOS Device" to continue.

Connect iPhone to Computer

Step 2: Preview lost iPhone data

After that, you can click the “Start Scan” button to scan the files on iPhone. When preview window pops up, select a desired data type from left side, preview and choose the data you want to get back.

Step 3: Retrieve data from a disabled iPhone

Make sure to select all desired files and items, click on the "Recover" button. On the popup dialog, pick up a proper destination to save your data and hit "Recover" again to initiate data retrieving.

Recover iPhone Notes


Now, you should get multiple methods to unlock a disabled iPhone without data loss. First of all, whether iCloud/iTunes or Siri cannot only erase the PIN password, but also help you get rid of disabled iPhone issue. In another word, you have to take the risk of losing important data during the process. Fortunately, Apeaksoft iPhone Data Recovery is able to retrieve lost data when unlock disabled iPhone.

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