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In this article, we’ll show you the iPhone Unavailable for permanent state and how to unlock it.
Is “iPhone Unavailable” Permanent?
When encountering the “iPhone Unavailable” message for the first time, many users question whether this state is permanent. The truth is, without intervention, your iPhone can remain stuck on the “iPhone Unavailable” screen indefinitely, even for years, if not addressed properly.
Identifying Permanent “iPhone Unavailable” Status:
When we refer to the iPhone being “unavailable permanently,” we mean that you have no opportunity to enter any passcode on the iPhone lockout screen.
When you enter the wrong passcode 10 times in a row, the iPhone should be unavailable permanently.
If your iPhone displays “iPhone unavailable” without a timer, it is likely locked permanently.
Tapping the “Erase” option, and seeing the message “You can try your passcode again in null” on the “Erase All Content and Settings” page, confirms that your iPhone is permanently unavailable.
If left unresolved, your iPhone will remain in a security lockout state, rendering it inaccessible, much like a bricked iPhone.
Consequences of Ignoring the Issue:
Neglecting to address the “iPhone Unavailable” status can result in a security lockout, making your iPhone essentially useless, much like a bricked device. On the contrary, if the message allows for passcode attempts, such as “iPhone Unavailable – Try Again,” there might still be a chance to unlock it by entering a passcode for a solution.
Solution 1: Unlocking iPhone Unavailable Permanently.
To regain access to your iPhone, you will need to perform a reset. Be aware that this process will result in data loss. Fortunately, if you have backups, you can restore your iPhone from them.
Our picked method for unlocking a permanently unavailable iPhone is to use SD iPhone Unlocker.
Download and install the appropriate version of the software on your computer.
Launch the software.
Follow these steps to unlock your iPhone:
Go to the “Wipe Passcode” section.
Connect your iPhone to your computer.
Confirm your iPhone information and download the firmware packages.
If the iPhone Information page doesn’t appear, click “Device Connected but not recognized” for instructions on putting your iPhone in recovery mode.
On iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, and later: Press and hold the side button and the Volume down button until the power off slider appears. Turn off your iPhone. Connect your device to your computer while holding the Side button. Keep holding the Side button until you see the recovery mode screen.
On iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold the Side (or Top) button until the power off slider appears. Turn off your iPhone. Connect your iPhone to your computer while holding the Volume down button. Keep holding the Side button until you see the recovery mode screen.
On iPhone 6s or earlier: Turn off your iPhone. Press and hold the Side (or Top) button until the power off slider appears. Drag the slider to turn off your device. Connect your iPhone to your computer while holding the Home button. Keep holding the Home button until you see the recovery mode screen.
If your iPhone exits the recovery mode, put it in recovery mode again when the download is complete.
Once the download is complete, enter “0000” and click “Unlock” after the firmware is downloaded.
Complete the setup process for your iPhone.
For a visual guide, we’ve provided a video tutorial.
Solution 2: Restoring iPhone Unavailable Permanently in Finder/iTunes.
If you have both Finder and iTunes available, Finder is the preferred choice due to its higher success rate and fewer errors compared to iTunes.
The steps to restore the iPhone in Finder or iTunes are similar.
Update Finder or iTunes and ensure macOS is up to date for Finder.
Disconnect your iPhone from the computer.
Turn off your iPhone and put it into recovery mode. Check it: How to Put Unavailable iPhone in Recovery Mode.
Once in recovery mode, your permanently unavailable iPhone should be recognized in Finder or iTunes.
Opt for the “Restore” option when prompted. Choose Restore and Update on Finder.
Confirm the restore option and wait for Finder or iTunes to unlock the permanently security-locked iPhone.
Solution 3: Erasing iPhone in Unavailable Permanent Mode on Device.
Apple has offered a useful method to erase the iPhone when you forget the passcode, which doesn’t require a computer since iOS 15.2.
If you see the “Erase iPhone” option on the “iPhone unavailable” lockout screen, you can use this method. Otherwise, it won’t be available to you.
Tap the “Erase iPhone” button on the screen.
Select “Erase iPhone” on the following screen with the “Erase All Content and Settings” notification.
Enter your Apple ID and password.
Wait for your iPhone to complete the erasing process.