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How to Unlock Disabled iPhone or iPad Without iTunes (2021 Proven)

I am locked out of my iPhone. How do I unlock the disabled iPhone without iTunes?

It’s frustrated to have the iPhone or iPad disabled when you can’t access anything on it. Although iTunes is the default app developed by Apple to address the various problems of Apple iOS devices, it may be not convenient for you to use iTunes at this point. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Having helped thousands of people to successfully reset the disabled iPhone or iPad without iTunes, here we have decided to create the most comprehensive step by step guide on how to unlock a disabled iPhone or iPad without iTunes.

How to unlock disabled iPhone iPad without iTunes
How to unlock disabled iPhone iPad without iTunes

These methods work well on iPhone 12(mini), 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max, iPhone 11,11 pro,11 Pro Max, iPhone X, XR, XS, Xs(Max), iPhone 8/8 Plus,iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6s/6s Plus,iPhone 6/6 Plus, or iPhone 4,5, iPhone SE, and all the iPad models of iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad, iPad 2/3rd/4th/5th/6th/7th/8th generations.

Here is an overview from start to finish of all the steps on how to unlock a disabled iPhone or iPad without iTunes. We’ll walk you through this guide.

Part 1. How to Unlock Disabled iPhone or iPad without iTunes via SD iPhone Unlocker.

Part 2. How to Unlock disabled iPhone or iPad without iTunes via iCloud.

Part 3. Don’t forget to Unlock a disabled iPhone or iPad without iTunes with Finder (for Mac macOS Catalina users).

Before we start unlocking a disabled iPhone or iPad without iTunes, let’s cover some of the most commonly asked questions that we get.

What do I need to unlock the disabled iPhone or iPad without iTunes?

As these three methods need different conditions, we will talk about them in detail later.

Could I unlock a disabled iPhone or iPad without iTunes without losing data?

Strictly speaking, it’s almost impossible to unlock the disabled iPhone or iPad without iTunes without losing data. You are required to factory reset your iPhone or iPad when it’s locked without iTunes. You should get a relatively small data loss to restore your backups after a factory reset if you have one back up. The data between the day of your last backup and the day your device got disabled may be lost.

Are there any ways to unlock a disabled iPhone or iPad without iTunes for Free?

Yes, there are free ways to unlock a disabled iPhone or iPad without iTunes. That is using iCloud. We’ll cover it in Part 2.

Part 1: Unlock a Disabled iPhone or iPad without iTunes through SD iPhone Unlocker.

SD iPhone Unlocker is an extremely useful tool to help you enable your disabled iPhone or iPad, even when you are not techy. It is capable of unlocking all the models of the locked iPhone or iPad in several minutes by factory resetting it. This software has been proven by us many times to recover the locked iPhone or iPad to normal status when it’s disabled without iTunes. Let’s show you the complete guide with a video to reset the disabled iPhone or iPad without iTunes.

Before Start, please note the following when using this third-party software to fix your disabled iPhone/iPad:

  1. Use the SD iPhone Unlocker to unlock the disabled iPhone or iPad without iTunes will erase all the data on it.
  2. If the Find My iPhone/iPad is enabled, you’ll need your Apple ID and password to set up your device later after unlocking it without iTunes.

What do I need to unlock the disabled iTunes or iTunes without iTunes with this software?

  • A computer either desktop or laptop, PC or Mac.
  • USB cable.
  • Enough power of your iPhone or iPad.

Free download the SD iPhone Unlocker of your appropriate PC or Mac versions. And then install it.

Step 1: Navigate to Unlock Screen Passcode module on the Start Screen of the app.

Unlock disabled iPhone iPad without iTunes via SD iPhone Unlocker - StartStep 2: Connect your disabled iPhone or iPad to the computer via the USB cable.

Step 3: Follow the onscreen directions to put your locked iPhone or iPad into Recovery Mode.(Keep your device connected and wait until the recovery mode screen appears).

Check here about how to put your iPhone or iPad into Recovery Mode on our site: Recovery Mode.

Put your disabled iPhone or iPad into Recovery Mode

Step 4: Start to Unlock the disabled iPhone or iPad without iTunes by hitting Start and Download the firmware.

The software algorithm will detect your iPhone or iPad models automatically and suggest you the corresponding packages to download. Hit the Download button to start.

If the download takes more than 15 minutes and your device exits the recovery mode screen, let the download finish, then just repeat step 3 to put it into recovery mode.

erase warning

Unlock locked disabled iPhone or iPad without iTunes - download firmware.Step 5: When the firmware is downloaded completely, Click Start to Extract.

Unlock the locked iPhone or iPad without iTunes - Extraction finishedStep 6: Confirm to Unlock and wait for it to be done.

When the firmware is extracted, it will prompt you a screen to confirm unlocking your iPhone or iPad with “000000”. Enter “000000” to proceed.

Unlock Disabled iPhone or iPad without iTunes successfullyAfter the process, you can reset up your iPhone or iPad after unlocking it and wiping data on it. You can choose either to set it as a new device or restore it from one of the latest backups.

Hooray, you can use your iPhone or iPad again without the disabled screen now.

Remember, if you need help in unlocking your disabled iPhone or iPad without iTunes with SD iPhone Unlocker, you can contact us or leave a comment below the tutorial and we will help you.

The Video Tutorial to unlock a disabled iPhone or iPad without iTunes.

Part 2. How to unlock a disabled iPhone or iPad without iTunes via iCloud.

Through unlocking your disabled iPhone or iPad without iTunes via iCloud, your iPhone or iPad will be wiped all data on it and reset to factory settings. You can access your device later.

You can remotely erase your disabled iPhone or iPad without iTunes via iCloud if you don’t physically have it in your hand.

What do I need to unlock the disabled iTunes or iTunes without iTunes via iCloud?

  • You should have your Apple ID and password.
  • Your device is connected to Wi-Fi or cellular data.
  • You have enabled Find My on your iPhone or iPad.
  • A device (either a mobile phone, a computer, or a tablet) to open iCloud.com on your browser.

Step 1: Open the iCloud website via the address: icloud.com/find.

Step 2: Click All Devices. And select the iPhone or iPad you want to erase. If it is already your device name, click the top middle name to switch devices.

Step 3: Click Erase iPhone or iPad.

Step 4: Enter your Apple ID and password. If you’re not using a trusted browser, answer your security questions or enter the verification code that is sent to your other devices. If you’re using your own computer and want to skip the verification step in the future, click Trust. If you choose Don’t Trust, the process will be interrupted.

Unlock disable iPhone or iPad without iTunes via iCloud.
Unlock disable iPhone or iPad without iTunes via iCloud.

If you choose to erase your iPhone or iPad in Find My iPhone/iPad on iCloud, the Activation Lock remains on to protect it. You need to enter your Apple ID and password during the setup process.

If only have one device that signed in the same Apple ID, maybe it is hard for you to receive the verification code. The iCloud method proves useful when people have multiple iOS devices or Mac computers with an Apple ID. You can use the active device to erase the disabled one without iTunes.
If it’s not convenient for you to apply the iCloud way, please refer to the Part 1 method.

Part 3. Don’t forget to unlock a disabled iPhone or iPad without iTunes with Finder (for macOS Catalina users)

Some people have complained that why there are so many tutorials covering unlock a disabled iPhone or iPad with iTunes while they have no iTunes yet. Starting with macOS Catalina, unlocking disabled iPhone or iPad with the Finder is similar to unlocking with iTunes. Don’t forget to unlock a disabled iPhone or iPad without iTunes with Finder if you are a macOS Catalina user.

It’s worth mentioning that you can use your computer, a friend’s computer to do this, or use an authorized Apple service center to restore your locked iPhone or iPad to factory settings. You just use the Mac as a tool to restore your disabled iPhone or iPad.

What do I need to unlock the disabled iTunes or iTunes without iTunes via Finder?

  • A Mac computer running on macOS Catalina.
  • The locked iPhone or iPad that have disabled Find My iPhone/iPad.
  • The USB cable.

Step 1: Click your disabled iPhone or iPad with the USB cable to your Mac.

Step 2: Open Finder (on macOS Catalina 10.15).

Step 3: Put your locked iPhone or iPad into Recovery Mode (Keep your device connected and wait until the recovery mode screen appears).

Step 4:Click “Restore” on your Mac.

Restore disabled iPhone iPad without iTunes with Finder Later, the Finder will restore your iPhone and update it to the latest iOS version. Wait for a few minutes until it’s finished. Set up your iPhone as new as your liking or restore backups from Finder or iCloud.

Congratulations. You should access your iPhone or iPad after the restoring process with Finder on Mac.

The Bottom Line

When your iPhone or iPad got disabled, you can unlock it without iTunes with the above methods. Go ahead to re-enable your locked iPhone or iPad by following our directions. It is worth mentioning that using SD iPhone Unlocker is easy and fast if you don’t have all the conditions to unlock the disabled iPhone/iPad with iCloud Find My iPhone. After the easy unlocking process, enjoy your device.

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Amanda Lee

I am the chief editor of softwaredive.com. 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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