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iPhone Disabled after Entering Wrong Passcode? Here’s the Fix

It’s nothing new for iPhone or iPad users to find their gadgets disabled when they try to wake up the devices after a while. Maybe, it’s the kids who have tried to open the device with multiple incorrect attempts. Or, it can be you who has currently changed the Passcode, and now you can’t remember it. Basically, iOS freezes or disables your device when it sniffs too many false attempts have been made to wake the iPhone or iPad up. After your iPad or iPhone gets disabled, it’s quite tricky to enter the interface immediately. Whether you can remember the right Passcode now, the Apple devices don’t give you the chance to enter the Passcode.

Well, the final consequences might drive your Apple gadgets to face permanently disabling conditions with data loss scenarios. So, let’s dive into the reasons and recoveries for your iPhone and iPads that have entered the disabled state.

Why is your iPad or iPhone Disabled?

According to iPhone repair experts, the iPhone or iPad usually goes disabled after 6 failed attempts. When you go with the wrong Passcode for a stretch of six times, the iOS senses it as a threat. iOS presumes that some stranger is trying to invade into your devices and sneak into the iPhone details. Well, if you can’t remember that it was you who provided the incorrect Passcode and misguided the iPhone, then it must be your kids.

Here’s the complete list and the timespan for which your iPhone or iPad remains disabled.

  • 6 wrong attempts drive the iPad and iPhone disabled for a minute.
  • With 7 incorrect Passcode attempts, iPhone or iPad switches to the disabled condition for 5 minutes.
  • It can stretch up to 15 minutes when you have made 8 wrong trials.
  • And, you can expect the iPhone to offer the space for entering the Passcode after an hour when the attempts exceed 9 trials.
  • And, after ten invalid attempts on your iPad or iPhone, the gadget goes permanently disabled.

Therefore, the picture is crystal clear that your iPhone or iPad is safe, till you make 10 wrong attempts. iPhone repair experts say that you can notice the warning: ‘iPhone is disabled. Connect to iTunes”. For an iPad, the message is somewhat similar.

iPhone Disabled

How to unlock disabled iPhone?

However, the solution to this tragedy is mentioned on the device and that is to connect to iTunes. Well, this is not the only way to recover your Apple devices from such a crucial situation. We have mentioned all the possible fixes to bring your iPad or iPhone to the mainstream of digital life. It would be better if you had a backup of all data stored on your iPad or iPhone. Let’s continue with the fixes.

Connect to iTunes

If you want to retrieve your gadget through a PC, then you can easily opt for this method. Although make sure that you haven’t upgraded your PC to Catalina, in case you have a Mac device. Here’s what you need to follow sincerely during an iTunes backup:

  1. Plug the iOS device into your PC by using a USB cable. It should immediately explore iTunes if it doesn’t manually launch iTunes.
  2. On the interface of iTunes, look for the iOS device you have connected to the PC. It should be somewhere in the left section of the screen. You can observe every piece of information regarding your iOS device.
  3. To trigger the synchronization, you need to select the ‘Back Up Now’ option.

Now, this is the trick. If your iOS device responds to the synchronization, then it might allow you to enter the Passcode on the device. And, voilà! You need not go through the entire process of backup and restore.

Restore via iTunes

In case, the previous trick doesn’t reap any benefits, then restoring your Apple device using iTunes can make the miracle happen. As a safety measure, you should keep the last iOS device backup files handy. Because this fix would wipe out the stored information on your iOS device, and if you don’t want to lose them from your iPad or iPhone, then a backup is necessary. Now, you have to abide by the following guidelines:

  1. Connect the iOS device to your PC with a USB cable. Explore iTunes if it doesn’t appear automatically.
  2. Select your iOS device from the top-left corner. Click on Summary and opt for Restore iPhone or Restore iPad.
  3. Go through the instructions on the PC screen. These would restore your device but wipe out all data from the device.
  4. You would experience your iOS device just like a brand-new one. For better synchronization, you have to load the latest backup files from iTunes or iCloud backup.

Restore iPhone via iTunes

Use Find My iPad or iPhone

If you want to avoid those restore tantrums and have no objection regarding data loss on your iOS devices, then this fix is for you. This option would reset your iOS device to the factory default instance. Additionally, it neither requires iTunes nor you have to connect the iOS device to your computer. Fortunately, it works for remotely set iOS devices, too. However, it works for the registered iOS devices on iCloud, only.

  • Sign in to your account on iCloud.
  • Locate the option named Find My iPhone.
  • Afterward, choose the device and continue with Erase iPhone. For the iPad, it would be ‘Erase iPad’.
  • Provide your Apple ID and password for a safe connection.

This would wipe out everything from your device and you can easily enter into iPad or iPhone. Additionally, you can sync the device with the latest backup plan.

Switch to Recovery Mode

In case you never made a connection between your iOS device and the PC, then Recovery Mode is the best option for you. On the other hand, an iCloud backup can save your day, if you have one for the iOS devices. Therefore, escape from disabled iPad or iPhones with the following instructions:

For iPad

  • Detach the USB cable from the iPad, but allow it to connect to the PC. Hold down the Sleep button to switch off your iPad. Next, you need to slide the power slider off.
  • When you hold the Home button, you need to plug in the USB cable to the iPad. It would switch the iPad on. Don’t lift your finger from the Home button unless you notice the message stating ‘Connect to iTunes’.
  • iTunes might have detected an iOS device in Recovery mode. Continue with OK, and then followed by Restore.
  • You have to go through the on-screen instructions. In addition to this, you have to set up the device. If you have stored the backup on iCloud, then you have to select the Restore option from Backup.

Finally, you have to stick to the latest backup version for a successful recovery of your disabled iPad.

For iPhone

  • Connect the device to your PC and explore iTunes.
  • Force restart the iPhone. If yours one is the iPhone 6 or former, then hold the side or top and home buttons, until the Apple logo appears. It would make your device enter the Recovery Mode.
  • If it’s an iPhone 7 or similar, then hold volume down and side or top buttons simultaneously.
  • For later models, swiftly press volume up followed by down one. After that, you have to hold the side button for entering the Recovery Mode.
  • Once iTunes identifies your iPhone in recovery mode, you need to Restore the iOS device.

Enter recovery mode iphone

It might consume time. However, when it completes you can set up your iOS device and download the most recent backup.

Finally…

The lesson learned from all this is that recovering a disabled iOS device is not an easy task. So, keep your backups ready and set an easy yet strong passcode for iPads and iPhones. Make sure that you don’t get confused with the Apple ID password and Passcode. Don’t forget to make your iOS devices childproof, as well.

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