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iPhone Unavailable or iPhone is Disabled Try Again in 1 Hour How to Bypass It

Are you seeing the “iPhone Unavailable/Security Lockout/iPhone is disabled try again in 1 hour, 3 hours, 7 hours, 8 hours”, “iPhone is disabled/iPhone Unavailable try again in 59/60 minutes” error, or other disabled screens with try again messages on your iPhone, such as try again in 2 hours, 57 minutes?

iPhone Unavailable/Security Lockout/iPhone is disabled, try again in X minutes error is one of the most common iPhone errors. Since you entered wrong passcode attempts, the iPhone will alert you for security with the iPhone Unavailable or disabled messages. Many beginners or non-tech savvy people find it quite frustrating.

In this article, we will show you how to easily bypass the “iPhone Unavailable/iPhone is disabled/Security Lockout, try again in 1 hour, 8 hours” error, including any other “iPhone Unavailable, try again” messages alert issues.

iPhone is Disabled try again in 1 hour or iPhone is disabled try again in 8 hours
iPhone is Disabled/Unavailable try again in 1 hour or try again in 3 hours, 8 hours

Why Does your iPhone Say “iPhone Unavailable, Security Lockout, iPhone is Disabled, Try Again in 1 hour, 8 hours, 3 hours?

Because you forgot your passcode, you entered too many wrong passcode and got to the Apple’s iPhone Unavailable/Disabled security mode.

On iOS 16 or later, your iPhone says iPhone Unavailable try again in 1 hour after the seventh failed passcode attempts. Later, It says iPhone unavailable try again in longer waiting time period after the eigth and nineth failed passcode attempts, respectively being 3 hours, 8 hours.

On iOS 15.2 or later, your iPhone says “iPhone Unavailable/Security Lockout, try again in 1 hour” after the seventh failed passcode attempt.

On iOS prior to iOS 15.2, iPhone says iPhone is Disabled, try again in 1 hour when you enter the seventh failed passcode attempt.

Apple has updated the iPhone Unavailable/Security Lockout try again messages on iOS 16 or later.

What Does iPhone Disabled, iPhone Unavailable try again in 1 hour mean.

iPhone Unavailable, try again in 1 hour, on iOS 16 or later, means that you’ve entered 7 failed passcode attempts. Meanwhile, you have the last three chances to enter your passcode. After 10 wrong tries, your iPhone is totally locked out.

iPhone is disabled for 1 hour on iOS prior to iOS 15.2, and iPhone Unavailable try again in 1 hour on iOS 15.2 or later, before iOS 16, both means that you’ve entered 9 failed passcode attempts, and at the same time, you have only the last one chance to enter your passcode. iPhone is unavailable for you unless you enter the correct passcode. A restart won’t help.

What Happens After iPhone Unavailable/Security Lockout or iPhone is Disabled for 1 Hour.

Whatever the iOS software version is, the same point is you have altogether 10 times for failed passcode attempts.

When you come to the situation iPhone Unavailable for 1 hour, 3 hours, 7 hours or 8 hours, etc. or iPhone is disabled for 1 hour, check from the below list to locate which stage your iPhone is. And see from the below information to get what should happen next.

On iOS 16 or later, iPhone Unavailable try again messages group.

The escalating error messages:

  • 4 failed passcode attempts, iPhone Unavailable, try again in 1 minute.
  • 5 failed passcode attempts, iPhone Unavailable, try again in 5 minutes.
  • 6 failed passcode attempts, iPhone Unavailable, try again in 15 minutes.
  • 7 failed passcode attempts, iPhone Unavailable, try again in 1 hour.
  • 8 failed passcode attempts, Security Lockout/iPhone Unavailable, try again in 3 hours.
  • 9 failed passcode attempts, Security Lockout/iPhone Unavailable, try again in 8 hours.
  • 10 failed passcode attempts, Security Lockout/iPhone Unavailable.

On iOS 15.2 or iPadOS 15.2 or later, before iOS 16. 

The escalating alerts message:

  • 5 incorrect passcode entries in a row. iPhone Unavailable, try again in 1 minute, or Security Lockout, try again in 1 minute.
  • 7 incorrect passcode entries in a row. iPhone Unavailable, try again in 5 minutes, or Security Lockout, try again in 5 minutes.
  • 8 incorrect passcode entries in a row. iPhone Unavailable, try again in 15 minutes, or Security Lockout, try again in 15 minutes.
  • 9 incorrect passcode entries in a row. iPhone Unavailable, try again in 1 hour, or Security Lockout, try again in 1 hour.
  • 10 incorrect passcode entries in a row. iPhone Unavailable or Security Lockout. 

On iOS versions Prior to iOS 15.2 or iPadOS 15.2 

The escalating alerts: 

  • 5 incorrect passcode entries in a row – iPhone is disabled, try again in 1 minute.
  • 7 incorrect passcode entries in a row – iPhone is disabled, try again in 5 minutes.
  • 8 incorrect passcode entries in a row – iPhone is disabled, try again in 15 minutes.
  • 9 incorrect passcode entries in a row – iPhone is disabled, try again in 1 hour.
  • 10 incorrect passcode entries – iPhone is disabled, connect to iTunes.

On iOS prior to iOS 15.2, when the 1-hour countdown ends, you’ll get the last opportunity to enter the correct passcode, and bypass the iPhone saying “iPhone is disabled, try again” messages. Most importantly, if you can still remember your passcode, do enter it carefully.  Then you can access all your content on the handset. Otherwise, your iPhone will get lockout with “iPhone is disabled connect to iTunes” showing up.

Or on iOS 15 or later, you will get locked out with “iPhone Unavailable” or “Security Lockout”. Meanwhile, you have no chance to enter any passcode for any of the three no-timer sayings. Your iPhone is unavailable permanently. To undisable it, you should reset your iPhone.

On iOS 16 or later, you have the last three chances to enter your passcode. You’ll need to wait for another 1 hour, 3 hours, 8 hours before you get to the final lockout.

iPhone Unavailable try again in 8 hours on iOS 16 or later. What happens after that? When you are in the stage, you face also the last chance to enter the correct passcode, if failed, you got the unlimate locked out iPhone. Reset it to use it again.

When you wait for the countdown timer to end, the number of “try again in X minutes” will decrease. Such as you can see the iPhone is disabled/iPhone Unavailable or Security Lockout, try again in 59 minutes, 58 minutes, 57/56/55/54 minutes, try again in 14/13/12 minutes, 4 minutes, 3 minutes, etc. Try again in X hours, X minutes.

On the iOS 16 or later, the time is longer than before, so you can see the try again in 2 hours, 3 hours, 8 hours, or the timer between 1 to 8 hours. The situations are new.

When you see the iPhone is disabled, try again in X minutes errors, you still have some chances to enter the correct passcode on your iPhone. When you see the iPhone is disabled connect to iTunes error, you are completely locked out of your iPhone and have no chance to enter the passcode again. Apple has designed the escalating security measure to protect the data of users.

The Apple alert message “iPhone is disabled connect to iTunes” reminds you to connect to iTunes to reset it. The alert message iPhone Unavailable or Security lockout also needs a reset to bypass.

That is to say, if you enter another wrong passcode in total for 10 times, when the hour is up, your iPhone will be eventually locked.

iPhone is Disabled Alerts get to iPhone Unavailable/Security Lockout Alerts due to iOS Update.

If you only fix your iPhone disabled mode with updating iOS software with a forgotten password, when it gets to iOS 15.2 or later, you should see your iPhone says iPhone Unavailable instead.

Apple is always pushing new iOS software updates to you, the new features are fancinating. However, the security measures are much tighter than before. As you can see, people need to wait for a longer period time to try the pin code once more. The Apple security measures update with iOS update.

When you forgot your Passcode with the iPhone is disabled screen, if you only update the iOS software to iOS 15.2 or later on iTunes or Finder, iPhone should go from iPhone is disabled mode to the iPhone Unavailable mode.

iPhone Unavailable/Security Lockout/iPhone is disabled Try Again in 1 hour, 3 or 8 hours, How to Bypass It.

Option 1: Enter the correct passcode to bypass when the countdown ends.

When iPhone Unavailable/Security Lockout, try again in 1 hour or 1 minute, 5 minutes, 15 minutes, or 60 minutes, 3 hours, 8 hours, if you know your passcode, enter it carefully to ensure you enter it correctly. Then your iPhone will be unlocked after the correct entry.

Option 2. Bypass it using a few solutions when you’ve forgotten the passcode.

When you got your iPhone saying disabled try again in 1 hour, or 1 minute, 5/15/60, or X minutes and you can’t remember your passcode, you should apply tools to reset it.

Here reset means a factory reset. You can’t bypass the “iPhone is disabled try again in 1 hour” message without a factory reset. If you’ve backed up your data on iTunes or iCloud, you can restore the backups later.

Before start, you should know there is no way without factory resetting the iPhone, when it shows iPhone Unavailable try again in X hours, or X minutes, such as 8 hours, 7 hours, 3 hours, or 1 hour, 59 minutes, or 7 hours, 57 minutes etc., with a forgotten passcode. The following solutions do lose your data to enable it.

Solution 1. iPhone Unavailable/iPhone is disabled try again in 1 hour, try again in X minutes, Bypass with connecting to iTunes/Finder.

To fix the iPhone Unavailable try again in 1 hour or 8 hours,  make sure to update your Finder or iTunes to the latest version. Otherwise, the failure rate is high. Especially for the iPhone Unavailable on iOS 16 or later.

If you fix it with Finder, do update your macOS to the latest version, and Finder will be simutaniously updated.

If you fix it with iTunes, do uninstall the old version,  and later install the latest version. Or update iTunes to the latest version if you can.

Launch iTunes or Finder(with macOS Catalina or later) on your computer.

Unplug your iPhone from the computer if it’s connected.

Put your iPhone into recovery mode.
For iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X and later, including iPhone SE 2, SE3.

Press and hold both the side button and the Volume down button until the power off slider appears. Drag the slider to turn off your iPhone. Wait for a while to let it turn off completely.

Press and hold the side button for your iPhone while immediately connecting your iPhone to the computer. Keep holding the side button until you see the recovery mode screen on your iPhone. Then let go.

iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus.

Press and hold the side button until the power off slider appears. Drag the slider to turn off your iPhone. Wait for a while to let it turn off completely.

Press and hold the volume down for your iPhone while immediately connecting your iPhone to the computer. Keep holding the side button until you see the recovery mode screen on your iPhone. Then let go.

iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6, iPhone SE (1st generation), iPhone 5s, and earlier:

Press and hold the side (or Top) button until the power off slider appears. Drag the slider to turn off your iPhone.

Press and hold the home button for your iPhone while immediately connecting your iPhone to the computer. Keep holding the home button until you see the recovery mode screen on your iPhone. Then let go.

Restore your iPhone to factory settings by clicking Restore on the prompted screen on iTunes/Finder. Confirm Restore.

Solution 2. Erase iPhone Unavailable try again screen with the Erase iPhone option on device.

When you tried 7 or more failed passcode attempts but less than 10 times, you may see the Erase iPhone option on the bottom right of your screen.

Tap Erase iPhone. Tap Erase iPhone again on the next screen. Enter your Apple ID password.

And your iPhone will get erased to factory settings.

This solution comes from Apple offical, but some people don’t have that option with their iOS software.

If you don’t have the Erase iPhone option, skip the method.

Solution 3. iPhone Unavailable/iPhone is disabled try again, Bypass it with SD iPhone Unlocker.

SD iPhone Passcode Unlocker is an all-in-one iPhone passcode unlocker tool. It can unlock your iPhone Passcode, screen time passcode, Apple ID, and bypass MDM. If you forgot your iPhone passcode and your iPhone says “iPhone Unavailable try again in 1 hour”, “iPhone is disabled” for 1 hour,  or any other iPhone Unavailable try again messages, you can bypass it quickly with the software.

It’s a smart and quick tool to reset your disabled iPhone to factory settings (wipe all data) in a few moments.

Firstly, free download and install it on your computer, either PC or Mac. Choose the download package compatible with your computer OS versions.

Video Tutorial:

Step 1. Run the app on your computer. And click the “Unlock Screen Passcode” module.

Unlock Screen Passcode - StartStep 2. Connect your iPhone to the computer.

Step 3. On the second page, click Start and follow the onscreen directions to put your iPhone in Recovery Mode or DFU Mode.

recovery mode dfu mode directionsMost people can unlock the disabled iPhone with Recovery mode. some devices need to be put into DFU Mode to reset. The program both lists the instructions for Recovery Mode and DFU Mode with pictures.

Step 4. Confirm your device information. Download firmware and verify it.

download firmware package iPhoneAfter you put your iPhone in recovery mode, the app will detect your device information and show you the corresponding firmware packages to reset it.

Click download to proceed. If the downloading process takes more than 15 minutes, your iPhone will exit the recovery mode, do repeat step 3 again to again put it in recovery mode.

Step 5. Unlock your iPhone.

When the software completes downloading and verifying the firmware packages, Click Unlock option on the screen.

Later when it prompts you to enter 000000 to confirm, input 000000 to start the unlocking.

Wait for a few minutes, later, the screen will show you an unlocked successfully screen.

All is done!

People Frequently Asked Questions.

  • Q1: iPhone Unavailable/iPhone is disabled try again in 1 hour, But I know the passcode?
  • A1: You can’t enter the passcode during the one-hour countdown. After an hour, you have the last chance to enter your correct passcode before the final lockout with the “iPhone Unavailable” or “iPhone is disabled connect to iTunes” saying. If you know your passcode, enter it carefully.
  • Q2: iPhone Unavailable/iPhone is disabled try again in 1 hour, how to back it up?
  • A2: If you can’t remember your passcode to unlock it, you can’t back it up then.
  • Q3: iPhone Unavailable/iPhone is disabled try again in 1 hour, can I unlock it without data loss.
  • A3: No. A factory can unlock it, and you will lose the data that you’ve not backed up.
  • Q4:iPhone Unavailable/iPhone is disabled try again in 1 hour, 1 minute, 5/15/60 minutes, can I unlock it by a hard reset with buttons or soft reset?
  • A4:If you only hard reboot your iPhone with the home or side buttons, it’s a force restart. You will still get the iPhone saying the same messages, such as iPhone Unavailable/iPhone is disabled try again in 1 hour, 1 minute, 5/15/60 minutes. A soft reset also won’t change it unless you enter the correct passcode.
If you want to know more about questions and answers on iPhone Unavailable or Security Lockout iPhone, please refer to: Security Lockout on iPhone or iPad – 11 Things You Need to Know.

We hope this article helped you fix and bypass the iPhone Unavailable/iPhone is disabled Try Again in 1 hour error. You may also want to see our complete guide on iPhone Went from Disabled to iPhone UnavailableiPhone Disabled Bypass, How to Reset iPhone without Password or Computer, iPhone Security Lockout, iPhone Unavailable try Again in 15 minutes, or How to Remove Forgotten Screen Time Passcode.

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