I saw the message "iPhone is disabled, connect to iTunes" because I forgot my passcode…
I can’t restore my iPhone 12 with iTunes because my iPhone 12 got disabled and I forgot the passcode. When I restore it or restore it from backup to undisable it (suggestions from the community threads), iTunes won’t recognize my disabled iPhone 12, help.
Whether you got errored, issued, disabled, or frozen iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, or iPhone 12 Pro Max, we got extremely useful solutions here to restore your phones without iTunes. Don’t worry, you can restore your disabled or issued 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) without iTunes with flexible ways in this tutorial.
Why do you need(what do you mean) to restore your iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) without iTunes?
There are three main procedures concerning restoring iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) without iTunes. People use “restore” the same as “reset” sometimes or they use “restore” interchangeably with “recover data”. Others use “restore” when they want to get their issued 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) back to normal.
- When you got your iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) with a stuck screen, frozen screen, black screen, white screen, stuck on Apple logo screen or stuck on recovery mode, or errors when connecting to iTunes, etc, you can fix your iPhone with restoring it. Try to fix it without factory resetting it first and then if failed, back up it and restore the iPhone to factory settings.
- People have left comments on our site that when they got their issued iPhone 12, they have no idea to restore it without a computer. They want to restore the disabled iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) without iTunes or a computer.
- If you prefer not to use iTunes to restore your data for iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) after troubleshooting it, we pick a great data recovery tool to help you restore the data from backups.
In scenario 1, we pick a smart iOS System Recovery tool to restore your problematic iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) to normal in Part 1.
In scenario 2, you can try to erase your disabled iPhone 12 with iCloud. If failed, do try the method in Part 1.
In scenario 3, we pick the SD iPhone data Recovery software to restore your data on iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max). Try the method in Part 2.
The most effective way is to unlock a disabled iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) without iTunes with a software tool.
For those who ask how to unlock a disabled 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) without iTunes or computer, maybe you can unlock it with iCloud. Things become easy if you have two or more iOS devices signed in to the same iCloud account. You can erase one device on the other one (for receiving the authentication code). If you have no conditions to erase the disabled iPhone with iCloud. Do bypass the disabled iPhone 12 with this SD iPhone unlocker or iTunes with a computer.
Part 1: How to Restore a disabled or issued iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) without iTunes via SD iPhone SystemFix.
Firstly, free download and install this SD iPhone SystemFix software on your PC or Mac.
Step 1：Launch the App and connect your iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) to the computer.
Step 2: Choose one from Standard Mode or Advanced Mode(steps for Advanced Mode for example):
Briefly Introductions of two repair Modes:
Standard Mode: It lets you fix your issued iPhone without any data loss.
Advanced Mode: It lets you get into your locked iPhone or repair the issued iPhone by factory resetting the device(erasing all data). Or if you fail to fix your iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) with Standard Mode, try the Advanced Mode to reset it to factory settings.
Back up your iPhone if you want to keep your data before choosing Advanced Mode:
How to choose from Standard Mode or Advanced Mode?
When your iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) is disabled or if you forget the screen unlocking passcode, navigate to Advanced Mode, the SD iPhone SystemFix will restore your iPhone to factory settings by wiping all data on it.
When your iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) is stuck with recovery mode or stuck with iTunes errors, or your iPhone won’t turn on, or the other issues, you can navigate to Standard Mode and fix it. In this repairing mode, you won’t lose your data.
Step 3: Follow the onscreen directions to put your iPhone 12 into DFU mode or Recovery Mode.
Here we offer you two ways to enter the DFU or Recovery Mode:
1. Put into Recovery Mode with One Click.
If your iPhone is not disabled or you remember the lock screen passcode, unlock it and keep it connected to the computer.
Then if your iPhone is stuck with Recovery Mode, just Choose this function to Enter/Exit Recovery Mode with one click.
- Enter/Exit Recovery Mode by going back to the start screen and Click Enter/Exit Recovery Mode.
- Click it to put your iPhone 12 into recovery mode.
2. Manually press the buttons on the devices to put the iPhone 12 in DFU or Recovery Mode.
Tap iDevices with FaceID/iPhone 8. Follow the screenshots directions to put the iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) to DFU Recovery Mode.
Button Operations Explanation.
- Keep your iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) connected to the computer with the lightning to USB cable.
- Press Volume up and release.
- Press Volume down and release.
- Press and continue holding the Side button until you see the connect to computer dialogue on screen.
Step 4: Download the Firmware. Choose the firmware version if there is more than one.
The software will download and verify the firmware automatically matched your iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max). Keep your device connected and don’t operate on it until the process is finished.
Step 5: Restore your iPhone device to normal successfully.
When you see this screen, your iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) is restored successfully. You can set it up as a brand new iPhone or restore it from the backups later.
Part 2: Restore an iPhone 12 data without iTunes via an SD iPhone Data Recovery software tool.
If you have reset your iPhone to factory settings, restore your iPhone from your backups, thus you can get your data and settings back. SD iPhone Data Recovery is our pick to do the job flexibly.
With this software, you can restore your iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) without iTunes through the following methods.
- Restore data from iOS devices.
- Restore data from iTunes backup file.
- Restore from iCloud.
Before start, free download and install this SD iPhone Data Recovery on your computer. Take recover from iTunes Backup file for example.
Download and install the SD iPhone Data Recovery software on your PC or Mac computer.
Step 1: Start the app and head to the “Recover from iTunes Backup file” Module.
Step 2: Connect your iPhone to the computer and choose one backup from the list.
Connect your iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, or iPhone 12 Pro Max to your computer with the lightning to USB cable.
Step 3: Wait for the software to scan the backup data.
The software will automatically scan and group your data by categories. This great iPhone data recovery app lets you preview them and choose those you prefer to restore data clearly.
Step 4: Choose files to recover from the scanning results.
Step 5: Recover. Preview your recovered file on your iPhone or PC.
The software supports restoring the contacts directly to your iOS device. If you restore like contacts to your 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max), check them directly on your iPhone 12. If you recover several data types to your computer, open the folder to view them.
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