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Have you encountered the error message on your iPhone that says “iPhone Unavailable try again in 1 hour” or similar disabled screens with “try again” in 59 minutes messages? This is a common issue that arises when you enter the wrong passcode multiple times, prompting the iPhone to send security alerts. This can be frustrating, particularly for those who are new to using iPhones or who are not tech-savvy.
In this article, we will provide simple solutions for fixing the “iPhone unavailable for 1 hour” error alert.
Why Does your iPhone Say “iPhone Unavailable, try again in 1 hour.”?
Because you forgot your passcode, you entered too many wrong passcodes and got to Apple’s iPhone Unavailable/Disabled security mode. If you enter another wrong passcode in total 10 times when the hour is up, your iPhone will be eventually locked. The iPhone is unavailable for 1 hour is one of the lockout statuses the device is not completely locked out.
On iOS 16 or later, your iPhone says “iPhone Unavailable try again in 1 hour” after the seventh failed passcode attempt. Later, It says the “iPhone unavailable try again” in a longer waiting time period after the eighth and ninth failed passcode attempts, respectively being 3 hours and 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, the iPhone says iPhone is Disabled, try again in 1 hour when you enter the seventh failed passcode attempt.
How to Fix ‘iPhone Unavailable, try again in 1 hour.’ security alert.
Enter the correct passcode to bypass when the countdown ends.
If you know your passcode, enter it carefully to ensure you enter it correctly. Then your iPhone will be unlocked after the correct entry.
Solutions when you’ve forgotten the passcode.
Before starting, you should know there is no way without factory resetting the iPhone when it shows iPhone Unavailable try again message with a forgotten passcode.
Solution 1. Fix it with connecting to iTunes/Finder.
Make sure to update your Finder or iTunes to the latest version.
If you fix it with Finder, do update your macOS to the latest version, and Finder will be simultaneously 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. Use the Erase iPhone option on the 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.
Video Tutorial of the Erase iPhone Option.
This solution comes from Apple officials, 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. Bypass it with an 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, and Apple ID, and bypass MDM. If you forgot your iPhone passcode and your iPhone says “iPhone Unavailable try again in 1 hour” message, 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.
Step 1. Run the app on your computer. And click the “Wipe Passcode” module.
Step 2. Connect your iPhone to the computer.
Step 3. On the second page, click Start.
Step 4. Confirm your device information. Click Start to Download the Firmware.
Step 5. Unlock your iPhone.
When the download is complete, enter “0000” and Click Unlock.
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 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” message.
- Q2: How to back it up?
- A2: If you can’t remember your passcode to unlock it, you can’t back it up then.
- Q3: 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: 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. 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.