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iPhone Unavailable Because of Forgetting Passcode. You Can Fix it![iOS 17 Supported]

Are you worrying about what you should do with a forgotten passcode and the iPhone is Unavailable on the screen?

It’s a common issue that many people change their passcodes frequently for security and later they forgot their passcode. Apple has security measures for entering the wrong passcode many times to avoid brute force attacks. If you forgot your passcode, there are the following solutions to unlock your phone.

If you have the backups, your data is safe in the iCloud service, or your computer, iTunes backups or other backup services. If you have no backups, you must erase and reset the iPhone to unlock it.

After fixing the iPhone with the following ways, you should get rid of the iPhone Unavailable try again messages and get your iPhone out of the disabled mode.

Part 1. Use the Erase option on iOS 15.2 or later.

If your iPhone is on iOS 15.2 or later, you should know that the Apple iPhone supplies the method to let you erase the iPhone directly with your Apple ID.

However, it’s not a universal solution for all iPhone users. Before you reset the device with the way, you should make sure you have the following prerequisites:

  1. iPhone is running on iOS 15.2 or later.
  2. iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi or Cellular Data.
  3. Find My iPhone is turned on before the security lockout.
  4. You need your Apple ID that is in use before the lockout.

Please check the steps and our video tutorial:

  • Make sure your device is on iOS 15.2 or later.
  • Tap Erase iPhone after 7 or more failed passcode attempts.
  • Tap Erase iPhone. Tap Erase iPhone
  • Enter your Apple ID and password.

Video Tutorial on How to erase unavailable iPhone with the Erase iPhone option.

Part 2. Use the Third-party software to unlock your iPhone.

Why do we recommend third-party software for some users? Many people can’t use the Erase option or even they can’t use the iTunes to restore the disabled iPhone. While third-party software is more flexible and smarter and have a higher success rate of unlocking the iPhone’s forgotten passcode screen.

SD iPhone Unlocker is our pick to accomplish the task effectively.

Download and install the app on your computer, Windows, or Mac.

Step 1. Launch the app and Hit the Wipe Passcode section.

Step 2. Connect your disabled iPhone to your computer. Click the Start option.

Step 3. Confirm your Phone information which is automatically detected. And Hit Start to download the firmware packages.

Step 4. Confirm to Unlock your iPhone. Hit Unlock.

When the download is complete, the program should pop up a screen asking you to enter 0000. Enter ‘0000’ and hit unlock.

When you forget your iPhone passcode, dealing with the problem is like a drizzle when you have an app like SD iPhone Unlocker. It’s also capable of unlocking the Apple ID, getting rid of the forgotten screen time passcode, removing the MDM, and removing the iTunes backup password.

Video Tutorial:

Part 3. Use iTunes or Finder to unlock the iPhone’s unavailable screen.

We’ve done many tests to unlock the forgotten passcode on iPhone with iTunes, and the problems always come differently. SoftwareDive team should tell you the most important factor for a successful unlock in iTunes or Finder. Latest version, latest version, and latest version. Make sure to update your iTunes or Finder.

Step 1. Launch iTunes or Finder on your computer.

Step 2. Put your disabled iPhone in recovery mode while connecting it.

Step 3. When the Restore or Restore and update option appears, hit it, and wait for the iPhone software downloading process.

Step 4. Restore the iPhone when the download is finished.

If you have no computers, and you have your Find My iPhone on before the iPhone security lockout, you can use the method in Part 4.

Part 4. Erase it on iCloud via Find My.

Option 1. Use the iCloud official website.

Open the Apple iCloud Find My webpage:

Enter your Apple ID credentials to enter the homepage.

Click All Device and Locate your device on the map.

Tap Erase iPhone. Confirm by entering your Apple ID if asking.

Tap Erase iPhone and wait for the process to finish.

Option 2. Use the iCloud Find My app on the iPhone. (iOS 13 or later)

Tap Find My.

Tap devices to locate your device. Tap your iPhone which is disabled.

Scroll all the way down. Tap Erase This Device.

Wait until your iPhone erasing is finished.

Part 5.  Apple lets you enter your old passcode to temporarily sign in when you forget your new passcode on iOS 17.

Apple says

If you recently changed passcodes, use your old passcode to temporarily sign in

When you change your passcode in iOS 17 and later, Passcode Reset gives you 72 hours when your old iPhone passcode can be used to sign in to your phone. When you sign in to your iPhone this way, you must immediately change your passcode again.

It’s good news for all iPhone users. Don’t forget to use the latest way on iOS 17 if you forget the passcode when you change it in less than 72 hours.

Step 1. Try to enter your passcode five times until the iPhone Unavailable screen appears and your device asks you to try again later.

Step 2. Tap Forgot Passcode if you have the option on the screen. It’s in the bottom right corner of the screen.

Step 3. On the next screen, Tap Enter Previous Passcode.

Step 4. Enter your old passcode and follow the directions to set a new passcode.

It’s a friendly feature for all iPhone users for iOS 17 about password reset. Hooray.

It’s not a big deal to unlock your iPhone passcode if you learned all the above ways. Many people are hesitating to unlock the forgotten passcode because of the precious personal data. Because Apple won’t let you save the data with a disabled iPhone for security reasons, all the ways won’t save the data on the device when the iPhone is unavailable. At least, you can get the data before the backup day if you have the previous backups. Knowing these facts, you should probably unlock your iPhone immediately to enable it, instead of searching for how to unlock the disabled iPhone without losing data.

Amanda Lee

I am the chief editor of 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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