2 Easy Ways to Unlock a Disabled iPhone / iPad

Are you aware that if you incorrectly enter your iPhone or iPad password will make it disabled temporally? Well, if the answer is no, then doing this repeatedly can get it disabled permanently and this is exactly what happened to my friends iPad some months ago when one of her friends came visiting.

2 Easy Ways to Unlock a Disabled iPhone / iPad

This made the iPad disabled completely and there was no given way to enter the right password any longer. If you’re facing this same issue with your iPad or iPhone and want to know how to unlock a disabled iPhone or iPad, this piece of article written will offer 2 completely different solutions for you to fix it up:

Method 1. By unlocking the disabled iPhone/iPad via iTunes
Method 2. By unlocking the disabled iPhone/iPad without the help of iTunes

While each mentioned methods work perfectly fine, whichever method you prefer greatly depends on the one that seems easier and convenient for you.

How to Unlock a disabled iPhone or iPad without making use of iTunes

For the first method that I’ll be talking about, it’ll need a third-party program like dr.fone. This program is a great toolbox if you make use of an iOS device.

To unlock your disabled phone without making use of iTunes, you need to carefully follow these steps below:

1. First, you need to download the dr.phone app and launch it. From the welcome page, choose the option that says Unlock to get started.

dr.phone unlock

2. Connect the disabled device either iPad or iPhone through a working USB cable and wait for the app to detect it. Click on the Start button and you’ll be shown a screen with a bit of instruction on how to get your device to DFU mode.

dr.phone ipad unlock

3. Your phone ought to be in DFU mode by now, you should also check to verify that the right model and iOS version of your device is automatically selected. If it shows you wrong info, make sure to select the correct options.

4. Click on the download button shown there and the right firmware will be downloaded automatically for you. This would possibly take a couple of time and it greatly depends on the speed of your internet connection speed.

5. When it finishes the downloading process, click on the button that says Unlock Now. Please note that this process will fully erase your device.

A confirmation code will be shown to you, simply enter the code to continue the process.

6. You will get a confirmation message when everything is completed. Power on the device and your iPhone or iPad should be successfully unlocked by now.

ipad unlocked

You can then follow the on-screen directions to set up your device the right way.

How to Unlock a disabled iPhone or iPad With the Help of iTunes

1. First, you need to download the most recent firmware for your iPhone or iPad, to do this simply visit ipsw.me. Make sure to download the correct firmware it is important.

2. Get a working USB cable and plug your iPhone or iPad to the PC and put the device to DFU mode.

For iPhone 8, X, Xs, etc

  • You need to quickly press the volume up button.
  • You also need to quickly press the volume down button.
  • You have to press and hold the sleep/wake button till the screen goes black.
  • Release the side buttons you were pressing as soon as screen blacks out.
  • Now, quickly press and hold both sleep/wake and volume down buttons at once for 5 seconds.
  • After 5 seconds, you can release the side button but keep on holding the volume down button.
  • Continue holding the volume down button for a minimum of 5 seconds.
  • Keep your eyes on iTunes, you will see a message saying your device is in recovery mode.

For iPhone 7

  • Simply press and hold the volume down button and sleep/wake button for precisely 10 seconds
  • Now, release the sleep/wake button but continue pressing the volume down button
  • You will see a message on iTunes telling you your device is in recovery mode.

For older iPhones (6, 5, etc) with a physical home button

  • Simply press and hold the power button and home button for about 10 seconds
  • After 10 seconds, quickly release only the power button and keep holding the home button.
  • You will see a message on iTunes telling you your device is in recovery mode.

3. Now, for Windows users, all you have to do is press the SHIFT + Restore button to select the downloaded firmware on your PC. If you’re on Mac, simply click the OPTION + Restore button at once.

iphone restore

4. Again, you should be aware that this process will fully erase your device however when it completes the erasing process, your iPhone or iPad should be unlocked without any problems.

ipad restore

After everything is done if you previously did a backup of your device you can restore your backup through iTunes or iCloud.

I hope this helps if you have any challenges you can use the comment section.

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