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iPhone Unavailable How to Bypass Lock Screen?

Are you looking for how to bypass the iPhone Unavailable screen or the Security Lockout screen?

The “iPhone Unavailable” screen appears when you entered too many failed screen passcode attempts. “iPhone Unavailable” screen is the updated software design of the “iPhone is Disabled” screen, which occurs in iOS 15.2 or iPadOS 15.2 or later. Whether your iPhone is showing iPhone unavailable or disabled, you can’t use your iPhone immediately until you input the correct passcode, after the try again X time is up. And the security lockout principle is the same, with a new saying.

In this article, we’ll show you how to bypass iPhone unavailable lock screen step by step.

iPhone Unavailable How to fix It.

Why Does Your iPhone Say “iPhone Unavailable” or “Security Lockout”?

Generally, when you forgot the iPhone screen lock passcode, you were likely to enter wrong passcode attempts. After many failed passcodes tries, the iPhone’s security measure will be aroused to protect to data. When you input more wrong pins, the security measure will be escalating. Then, you may see the Messages, such as “iPhone Unavailable try again in 5 minutes”, “iPhone Unavailable, try again in 15 minutes”, “iPhone unavailable, try again in 1 hour”. Finally, it shows you “iPhone Unavailable”.

For Security Lockout messages, you’ll see these messages after failed passcode attempts, such as “Security Lockout try again in 1 minute”,”Security Lockout try again in 5 minutes”, “Security Lockout try again in 15 minutes”, “Security Lockout try again in 1 hour”. Finally, it shows you “Security Lockout”.

iPhone Unavailable after Restore or a Factory Reset or other unknown reasons? Stay tuned to fix it.

There are also some people complaining that iPhone showing iPhone unavailable after an update, restore, or factory reset. It is estimated that there are some unknown reasons for those “iPhone unavailable”.

Can You Speed Up the iPhone Unavailable/Disabled Time?

iPhone Unavailable also happens when people know their passcode but enter the wrong one unintentionally. In some emergency scenarios, they can’t wait 15 minutes or 1 hour to access the iPhones. They may ask that “can I speed up the iPhone unavailable time or disabled time?” Sorry. you can’t. It’s a security lockout measure designed for every iPhone user.

Without any further ado, let’s check the solutions for the iPhone unavailable message issue to let you access your iPhone immediately.

If you don’t want to lose your data, make sure you’ve backed up your iPhone before the “iPhone Unavailable” screen appears.

If you remember your passcode, wait patiently, when the try again time is up, enter your correct pin code. Immediately, you can access your iPhone.

If you can’t remember your screen lock passcode, try the following solutions to fix the “iPhone Unavailable”.

Solution 1. Bypass the “iPhone Unavailable” message via Finder or iTunes.

When you connect your unavailable iPhone or disabled iPhone to your computer, launch Finder or iTunes. You’ll see nothing happens at this moment for an unavailable/disabled iPhone. Because your iPhone is locked, Finder or iTunes can’t detect it.

  • First of all, put your unavailable iPhone into recovery mode after connecting it to your computer with a USB cable. Then the Finder or iTunes will show you a pop-up screen with the Restore option.

If you don’t know how to go to recovery mode, click the link recovery mode to refer to the instructions, after connecting your iPhone to the computer.

  • Secondly, click Restore iPhone.
  • Thirdly, set up your iPhone after the restoring process.
restore iPhone via iTunes

Also, you can retrieve your data via restoring from iTunes back up or iCloud back up.

Solution 2.  Unlock the “iPhone Unavailable” black screen using third-party software.

We dive into reliable software solutions after many tests for our audience. SD iPhone Unlocker is our pick to bypass the “iPhone Unavailable” screen that has a high success rate in the iPhone unlocking software market. It’s also affordable which offers a one-month subscription, one-year subscription, and a lifetime plan.

Firstly, free download and install the software to your computer. Install and launch the program.

Open the app and Head to “Unlock Screen Passcode”.

Unlock Screen Passcode - Start

Follow the onscreen directions to put your iPhone in recovery mode or DFU mode.

recovery mode dfu mode directions

Confirm your iPhone information and download the firmware.

download firmware package iPhone

Click Unlock to bypass the black iPhone Unavailable screen. When the screen shows you Unlock is Complete, wait for a few moments. Then your iPhone restarts. And you can set up your iPhone later.

Solution 3. Fix the Unavailable or Disabled iPhone via iCloud Find My.


  • You should know your Apple ID and the password.
  • Find My is enabled on your iPhone.
  • Your iPhone is connected to the internet either via cellular data or Wi-Fi.
  1. Open on any of your browsers on a smartphone or computer.
  2. Enter your Apple ID credentials.
  3. Tap or click Find My iPhone. Then locate your device after clicking All Device.
  4. Tap or Click Erase iPhone. Enter your Apple ID password to confirm it.
erase iPhone via find my iPhone
Erase iPhone Unavailable via Find My iPhone on iCloud website.


Solution 4. For those who have “Erase iPhone” on the “iPhone Unavailable” or “Security Lockout” screen.

Some iPhones on iOS 15.2 or later have the button option showing “Security Lockout, try again in 15 minutes or 1 hour” with “Erase iPhone” at the bottom-right of the screen.

It’s convenient for people to bypass the iPhone Unavailable or Security Lockout screen without any hassle.

  • You just need to tap Erase iPhone and tap Erase iPhone again to confirm.
  • Enter your Apple ID password to sign out of your Apple ID on your device.
  • Tap Erase iPhone.
  • When the iPhone restarts, set up your iPhone again.
Security Lockout with Erase iPhone option. You can directly tap Erase iPhone to Bypass it when you forgot the passcode.

Why Can’t I Find the Erase iPhone Option?

There are mainly two different versions of iOS 15.2, and Apple may not widely release this feature now through our tests.

As you can see from the top screenshot that there is not an Erase iPhone option on this iPhone 12, however, there is an “Erase iPhone” on another iPhone 13 or 11.

Actually, there are lots of people who didn’t have an “Erase iPhone” option where the iPhone says “iPhone Unavailable”. Thus, you’d better use the software method in Solution 1,2,3.

We hope you have learned how to bypass iPhone unavailable screen. If you do care about your data, keeping a regular backup is important to you. Unfortunately, many people including me have learned a hard lesson that people can’t save all data from the unavailable iPhone or disabled iPhone for Apple’s security design. In that case, hope you have any backups to restore from after bypassing it.

The third-party software solution is a quick and easy way if you are in a bind when applying the other options. Restart or a force restart won’t help to get rid of the iPhone Unavailable screen. Maybe you also want to read our tutorials on iPhone is Disabled Connect to iTunesHow to Reset iPhone without Password or ComputeriPhone is Disabled for 1 Hour.

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