Can you recover a disabled iPhone?

Answered by Randy McIntyre

It is possible to recover a disabled iPhone. When an iPhone is disabled, it means that you have entered the wrong passcode too many times, and the device is locked for a certain period of time. However, there are a few methods you can try to regain access to your disabled iPhone and get it back to working condition.

1. Using iTunes on a computer:
– Connect your iPhone to the computer using a USB cable.
– Open iTunes (or download and install it if you don’t have it already).
– If prompted for a passcode on your iPhone, use another device or computer to reset the passcode via iCloud or Find My iPhone.
– Once your iPhone is recognized by iTunes, select it from the list of devices.
– In the Summary tab, click on the “Restore iPhone” option.
– Confirm the action and wait for iTunes to reset your iPhone to its factory settings.
– After the reset, you can choose to restore your iPhone from a previous backup or set it up as a new device.

2. Using Find My iPhone web page:
– Go to on a computer or another device.
– Sign in with your Apple ID and password.
– Click on “Find iPhone” and then select your disabled iPhone from the list of devices.
– In the device’s info window, click on “Erase iPhone” to reset it to its factory settings.
– Confirm the action and wait for the process to complete.
– Once the iPhone is erased, you can set it up as a new device or restore it from a backup.

It’s important to note that restoring your iPhone to factory settings will erase all the data on your device. Therefore, it’s crucial to have a recent backup available to restore your apps, settings, and data after the reset.

If you have previously backed up your iPhone using iCloud or iTunes, you can restore your data from the backup during the setup process after the reset. This will bring back your contacts, photos, messages, and other data to your iPhone.

In case you don’t have a backup, you may lose your data permanently. However, if you have been using iCloud backup, there might still be a chance to recover some data if it was automatically backed up recently.

To avoid getting your iPhone disabled in the future, make sure to remember your passcode and consider using biometric authentication methods like Touch ID or Face ID for added convenience and security.

Recovering a disabled iPhone is possible by resetting it to factory settings using iTunes or Find My iPhone. Just remember to have a backup handy to restore your data after the reset.