I think you will agree with me when I say:
Getting the ‘iPhone disabled’ message having tried your passcode several times makes your heart sink.
It gets worse if you continue to guess at the passcode and still get it wrong.
You will be thrown into a panic when it tells you “iPhone is disabled, connect to iTunes”.
Just follow the simple instructions in this article and you will be able to use your iPhone again.
Which model of iPhone does this apply to?
These instructions will work for iPhone 3 / 3GS /4 / 4S / 5 / 5S / 5C / SE / 6 / 6S /6 Plus / 6S Plus / 7 / 7 Plus.
So you don’t need to worry that it won’t work for your device.
Well, the security used to lock the iPhone down is dependent on the software installed.
The software, called iOS, is the important thing not the model of iPhone you have.
If your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch have been locked to a previous owners iCloud account then this article will not help you.
Instead, you should look at this article on How To Remove, Unlock, or Bypass iCloud Activation Lock on iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch.
If you want to network unlock your iPhone or iPad so you can use any SIM in it then this article will not help you.
You should look at this article instead which gives detailed instruction and reviews of third party unlock services:
You will get easy to follow, in-depth instructions on what to do.
How to fix this error
The fix you need to unblock your iPhone passcode depends on your circumstances.
Pick the option below that best describes your situation:
- How to unlock your iPhone passcode if you have previously synced your iPhone to iTunes
- How to unlock your iPhone passcode if you have never synced your iPhone to iTunes
- How to unlock your iPhone passcode if you don’t have access to a computer
1. Remotely wipe your iPhone using Find My iPhone. This will remove all of the data on your iPhone so only do this as a last resort.
2. Restore your iPhone from your latest iCloud backup. The video below explains how to carry out this procedure.
Considering upgrading to the new iPhone?
Before you splurge on such an expensive device, you might want to seriously consider upgrading your phone to the iPhone 6s, instead. The iPhone 6s has many of the same awesome features offered by the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Yet, it’s significantly cheaper — especially if you buy it through Gazelle Certified.
It’s also important to consider that Gazelle Certified devices go through a 30+-point inspection process to ensure their quality and functionality. Plus, Gazelle Certified devices come with a 30-day return policy so you can test-drive the iPhone 6 to see if you like it. Lastly, you can get around those pesky carrier contracts because Gazelle Certified means no contracts. You can simply get a great phone at a great price without strings attached.
It’s totally cool to upgrade, but upgrade smart so you don’t spend a mint on a phone that may not live up to the hype.
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