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iPhone/iPad is Disabled Connect to iTunes How to Unlock without Passcode Computer or iTunes

My iPhone is disabled, showing iPhone is disabled, connect to iTunes and previously, the message was “iPhone is disabled, Try again in 60 minutes. Big trouble for me. I can’t access my phone now. how to fix when your iPhone is disabled? I need help getting into a disabled iphone.

My son and daughter entered too many wrong passwords, and now my iPad is disabled and it only shows a message “iPad is disabled,connect to iTunes”. I connected the disabled iPad to the computer, but my iPad won’t connect to iTunes and it doesn’t show up in iTunes for me to restore it. What does it mean when it says iPhone/iPad is disabled? Help. 

iPhone/iPad is Disabled Connect to iTunes How to Unlock without Computer or iTunes
iPhone or iPad is disabled how to fix without computer or iTunes

Firstly, what does it mean when “iPhone/iPad is disabled, connect to iTunes”?

It means that your iPhone/iPad is locked, and the truth is that you can’t access it without a factory reset. Apple has designed the feature to prevent the brute force from cracking the screen unlocking passcode on iPad or iPhone. If you enter many wrong passwords, the escalating safety measures will be aroused. If you enter 5,7,8,9, times in a row, the messages will be

iPhone/iPad is disabled, try again in 1 minute.

iPhone/iPad is disabled, try again in 5 minutes.

iPhone/iPad is disabled, try again in 15 minutes.

iPhone/iPad is disabled, try again in 60 minutes.

If you enter the wrong passwords 10 times in a row, the message will be iPhone/iPad is disabled, connect to iTunes. How many times before the iPhone/iPad is Disabled? There are 10. When iPhone/iPad is disabled connect to iTunes message shows, your iPhone/iPad won’t give you any chances to enter the passwords even if you have the correct one after 10 wrong entries in a row. What to do if your iPhone/iPad is disabled? You can only enable your iPhone/iPad by restoring it to factory settings. In this circumstance, you have the risk of losing data.

iPhone/iPad is disabled how to fix? Let’s find the solutions to unlock the disabled iPhone or iPad without a password for different circumstances. Quick Tutorial.

  • iPhone/iPad is Disabled, try again in 1,5,15,60 minutes fix. Read Part 1.
  • Software methods to unlock disabled iPhone or iPad(without iTunes) on Windows PC or Mac: Part 2 or Part 3.
    • iPhone/iPad is disabled connect to iTunes bypass or reset without iTunes with a computer via SD iPhone Unlocker: Read Part 2.
    • How to fix the disabled iPhone/iPad with SD iOS system Recovery. Read Part 3
  • iPhone/iPad is disabled connect to iTunes reset through recovery mode with iTunes. Read Part 4.
  • iPhone/iPad is disabled fix without all data loss via restoring from iTunes or iCloud backups. Read Part 5.
  • Unlock disabled iPhone/iPad without a computer via iCloud: Read Part 6.
  • Unlock a disabled iPhone/iPad without iTunes or iCloud or Computer via Find My app. Read Part 7.

Part 1: iPhone/iPad is disabled, Try Again in 1,5,15,60 Minutes. What to do?

Slow down and try to remember the correct password.

Thankfully, when you see the message of the iPhone/iPad is disabled, try again messages pattern, you still have chances to enter your correct password if you know it. If you remember your password here, just slow down and enter it carefully and correctly, your iPhone/iPad will be in a normal state then. Recall your password and find it as possible as you can if you write down it on your note or paper. If the wrong entries reach 10, there is a high risk of data loss to factory reset and wiping all the data on your iPhone/iPad.

If you are sure that you have forgotten your passcode, refer to Part 2 to Part 6 solutions.

When the message shows iPhone/iPad is Disabled, connect to iTunes how to fix it? Read Part 2, or 3,4,5,6.

Part 2. iPhone/iPad is Disabled Connect to iTunes Bypass or Reset with Computer (without iTunes).

iPhone/iPad is disabled and recovery mode not working with connecting to iTunes?

Luckily, you are able to bypass the iPad is disabled, connect to iTunes state with the third-party software. We have tested and proved the SD iPhone Unlocker is effective to fix a disabled iPad. SD iPhone Unlocker is a piece of software to remove Apple ID, Screen Passcode and Screen Time Passcode. It can troubleshoot the problem by factory resetting your iPhone/iPad without a passcode, erasing all data. To be confident to process, check your iCloud backup, iTunes backup, or other backups on your computer or cloud services first.

Wondering how to unlock a disabled iPhone or iPad without restoring it?

Clearly speaking, there is no way to save data from a disabled iPhone/iPad device except to indirectly save the data from restoring backups. If there are not any backups, you will lose your photos, contacts, emails, voice memos, instant chat messages, and Safari history and bookmarks, App media, settings, etc. all on your iPhone. iPhone/iPad is disabled what to do? Factory reset it to enable your device and then restore it from any of your most recent backups.

Before start, free download SD iPhone Unlocker on your computer PC or Mac. Install the app and launch it. This is a Free to Try app, but you need to pay for it to unlock your disabled iPhone or iPad.

Let’s walk through the steps to unlock a disabled iPhone or iPad with the app.

Step 1: Open the app and Choose Unlock Screen Passcode.

Unlock-StartStep 2: Plug your iPhone into the PC or Mac computer with the lightning to USB cable. Click Start.

Step 3: To let the app detect your disabled iPhone or iPad, put your iPhone or iPad into recovery mode. Follow the onscreen directions. Choose from the menu of your different models to check how to put your device into recovery mode.

put your device into DFU recovery modeStep 4: Start to Download the firmware.

download firmwareWhen the app screen shows your iPhone information, check the automatically detected result matched with your device. Then click Download. erase warning

The program will then download the firmware package for you. Wait for it and the app shows the progress bar about the downloading process. The faster your internet speed, the less time it will take. Usually, the download process will take one or two minutes.

Step 5: When the package extraction completed, click Start to unlock. Then confirm by entering 000000.

Extraction-completeWhen you click the unlock button, the software will wipe all the data on your device including your locked screen passcode. Enter 000000 to confirm to proceed.

Part 3.  Factory Reset disabled iPhone or iPad with SD iOS System Recovery Software.

When your iPhone or iPad is disabled, you still have more options. we pick this SD iOS system Recovery software to recover a disabled iPhone or iPad. Through our tests, the software works smoothly. The app can fix the disabled iPhone or iPad by resetting it to the factory settings, along with wiping all data. You can then restore from backups or reset-up your device to use. Besides, this great app is able to fix various problems of your iDevices, such as those problems: the iPhone can’t turn on, the iPhone screen stuck in black screen/white screen/updating screen, bricked iPhone, can’t charge, stuck in DFU or Recovery Mode, and stuck in iTunes errors etc. SD iOS system recovery is a perfect daily comprehensive troubleshooting tool for iPhone or iPad.

To get started, free download and install this reputable app on your PC or Mac.

Step 1: Launch the app and head to More tools > iOS System Recovery.

ios system recoveryStep 2: Click Start on the next screen and Plug your iPhone or iPad into the computer with a USB cable. Choose Advanced Mode and Confirm.

Because your iPhone or iPad is disabled, the software also requires you to put it into Recovery Mode to recognize the device as the screen guides you.

put into recovery mode guide-system recovery

Step 3: Download firmware and start to fix it. Note that your iPhone or iPad will be erased and reset to factory settings.

When you put your iPhone or iPad into Recovery Mode, the app will show your device information, confirm it and choose the iOS version. Start Download. Wait for a few minutes.

ios system recovery- downloading firmware

Step 4: Fix it successfully and set up your iPhone or iPad.

You’re done. The disabled iPhone/iPad is undisabled now and will restart automatically.  Set it up as New or recover it from one of the recent backups.

disabled iPhone repaired successfully

Part 4. iPhone/iPad is Disabled Fix through Recovery mode with iTunes – Free Way.

iTunes is a good helper to resolve several iOS device problems, but it not promise to troubleshoot all problems. Nevertheless, if you have a computer, try it first as this is a free way for you to restore your disabled iPhone/iPad. If the Putting to recovery mode and restoring with iTunes way not work for you, turn to that above app in part 2.

Steps to unlock your disabled iPhone or iPad with forgotten Passcode.

Step 1. Put your iPhone or iPad into DFU Recovery Mode.

For your iPad models with Face ID, such as iPad Pro 12.9-inch, 11-inch generations.

Press and hold the Top button and either volume button until the power off slider appears. Turn off your iPad. Then connect your iPad to your computer while holding the Top button. Keep holding the Top button until you see the Recovery Mode screen.

For iPad models with Home Button such as iPad, iPad mini, iPad air with the home button.

Press and hold the Top button until the power off slider appears. Drag the slider to turn off your iPad. Then connect your iPad to your computer while holding the Home button. Keep holding the Home button until you see the Recovery Mode screen.

For iPhone with Face ID:

Such as iPhone 8/8 Plus, X, XR, XS, Xs Max or iPhone 11/11 Pro (Max), 12, 12 Pro (Max):

Press and hold the Side button and one of the volume buttons until the power off slider appears. Drag the slider to turn off your iPhone.

For iPhone 7 or 7 Plus.

Press and hold the Side button until the power off slider appears. Drag the slider to turn off your iPhone. Then connect your iPhone to your computer while holding the Volume down button. Keep holding the Volume down button until you see the Recovery Mode screen.

For iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and earlier

Press and hold the Side (or Top) button until the power off slider appears. Drag the slider to turn off your iPhone. Then connect your iPhone to your computer while holding the Home button. Keep holding the Home button until you see the Recovery Mode screen.

Step 2. Launch iTunes or Finder. Connect your device to your computer and keep your device in recovery mode.

Step 3. Click Restore when the Pop-up screen shows the message.

When you see the pop-up screen with Restore or Update options, choose Restore. And the iTunes or Finder will download the software for your device. if it takes more than 15 minutes, your iPhone or iPad will exit recovery mode, do as the above to put it into DFU recovery mode again.

Wait for the process, when finished, set up your iPhone or iPad again to use your devices.

Part 5: iPhone or iPad is disabled fix without all data loss via restoring from iTunes or iCloud backups.

Restoring your device from iCloud Backups is easy when you set up your device after bypass the password. When on the App & Data Screen, choose Restore from iCloud Backup. And finish the set-up process.

Restoring from iTunes backup is also very convenient. After locating your iPhone or iPad, choose Restore backup on iTunes or Finder, and later choose the most recent backup.

In this way, you won’t lose all data after reset the disabled iPad. The data before the backup date is all saved, and you will probably lose some data between the last backup date and the disabled day. It is a pity that there is no perfect way. Cheer up if you still have some backup. Unfortunately, for those who never back up their iPhone or iPad, you can’t fix your disabled iPhone or iPad without data loss. The disable iPhone or iPad process may force you to build a good backup habit now, refer to the tutorial here:

How to Back Up Your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch with iTunes or iCloud in 2020?

It’s never too late to build a backup habit now.

Restore your disabled iPad iPhone with no computer? Go to Part 6.

Part 6. Recover your disabled iPhone/iPad without a computer using iCloud.

Before start, check if you have these conditions on your devices.

Find My iPhone or iPad is enabled on the disabled device.

Your device is connected to Wi-Fi or a cellular network before it’s disabled.

You own another Apple device to receive an authentication code if you have two-factor authentication on.

Steps of how to Unlock a disabled iPhone or iPad without a computer via iCloud.

  1. Open iCloud.com in a browser on your computer.
  2. Enter your Apple ID and password, and authenticate on your other Apple devices by Trust It. Or enter the authentication pin on your computer.
  3. When logged in, choose Find My iPhone or Find My iPad.
  4. Click All Device at the top of the screen and choose your disabled iPhone/iPad.
  5. Click Erase iPhone or Erase iPad.
  6. When prompted, confirm Erase.
  7. Enter your Apple ID password to proceed. Then your iPhone or iPad will start wiping all data to the factory settings.
  8. When the iPhone opens with power, go through the setup process. You should either set it up as new or restore your device with the most recent backup via iTunes or iCloud.

erase iPhone ipad via find my iPhoneIf you didn’t have a computer and with no these conditions either, borrow a computer to reset it with either the Part 2 or 3 methods.

Part 7: Unlock a disabled iPhone/iPad without iTunes or iCloud or Computer.

Option 1. Unlock a disabled iPhone/iPad without iTunes or iCloud or computer via Find My app (iOS 13, iOS 14 or later)

  1. Open Find My app on iOS 13 or 14 on your active iPad or iPhone.
  2. Click Devices tap at the bottom and middle of the screen
  3. Choose your device via tapping it. Scroll down to the bottom and Tap Erase This Device.
  4. Do as the directions show. Tap Continue and Next. You can skip the steps to enter your phone number or text messages. These steps are designed to be used when your iPhone is lost and the message will show your iPhone or iPad when someone recovers it.
  5. Tap Erase This Device.

erase disabled iPhone iPad from Find My app

Option 2: Undisable your disabled iPhone/iPad without iTunes or iCloud or Computer via your friend’s mobile devices or computer.

Ask a friend to help unlock your disabled iPhone or iPad via their computer with methods in Part 2, Part 3 or Part 4.

Ask a friend to help recover your disabled iPhone or iPad with their mobile devices.

  1. Open iCloud.com on the browser of your friends’ iPhone iPad or other smartphones.
  2. Choose Find My and Do as Part 5 method from step 2 to step 8.

The whole process will take a while and the time it takes depends on the Wi-Fi speed or cellular network speed of your friend’s mobile devices. If you haven’t turned on any two-factor authentication. The erasing process will be shorter. If you can’t authenticate entering your Apple ID account on your friend’s iPhone or iPad, this method won’t work for you. If you have another active iPhone or iPad or Mac to receive the pin, it’s okay.

You can also open Find My on their iPhone or iPad and scroll down to tap Help a Friend to Open the iCloud website. All roads lead to Rome.

Video Tutorial:

Wrap It Up

As stated if you have learned a hard lesson today when your iPhone or iPad is disabled without backup, you should back up on a regular basis not in the time of crisis. There are many ways to ret a disabled iPhone or iPad when forgot the passcode or locked it without knowing what happened. Choose the most convenient way for you.

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Amanda Lee

I am the chief editor of softwaredive.com. I have been engaged in software and computer gadgets fields for over 10 years, offering proven guides, tips, and software solutions in data recovery, and multimedia field.

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