I saw the message "iPhone is disabled, connect to iTunes" because I forgot my passcode…
I am locked out of my iPhone. How do I unlock the disabled iPhone without iTunes?
It’s frustrated to have the iPhone 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 without iTunes, here we have decided to create the most comprehensive step by step guide on how to unlock a disabled iPhone 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 etc.
Note: To unlock a disabled iPad without iTunes, read this comprehensive tutorial: How to Unlock Disabled iPad without iTunes.
Here is an overview from start to finish of all the steps on how to unlock a disabled iPhone without iTunes. We’ll walk you through this guide.
Before we start unlocking a disabled iPhone without iTunes, let’s cover some of the most commonly asked questions that we get.
What do I need to unlock the disabled iPhone without iTunes?
As these three methods need different conditions, we will talk about them in detail later.
Could I unlock a disabled iPhone without iTunes without losing data?
Strictly speaking, it’s almost impossible to unlock the disabled iPhone without iTunes without losing data. You are required to factory reset your iPhone 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 backup. 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 without iTunes for Free?
Yes, there are free ways to unlock a disabled iPhone without iTunes. That is using iCloud. We’ll cover it in Part 2.
Part 1: Unlock a Disabled iPhone without iTunes through SD iPhone Unlocker.
SD iPhone Unlocker is an extremely useful tool to help you enable your disabled iPhone, even when you are not techy. It is capable of unlocking all the models of the locked iPhone in several minutes by factory resetting it. This software has been proven by us many times to recover the locked iPhone to normal status when it’s disabled without iTunes. Let’s show you the complete guide with a video to reset the disabled iPhone without iTunes.
Before Start, please note the following when using this third-party software to fix your disabled iPhone:
- Unlocking the disabled iPhone without iTunes via the app will erase all the data on it.
- If the Find My iPhone 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 fix the disabled iPhone without iTunes with this software?
- A computer either desktop or laptop, PC or Mac.
- USB cable.
- Enough power of your iPhone.
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.
Step 2: Connect your disabled iPhone to the computer via the USB cable.
Step 3: Follow the onscreen directions to put your locked iPhone into Recovery Mode. (Keep your device connected and wait until the recovery mode screen appears).
Check here about how to put your iPhone into Recovery Mode on our site: Recovery Mode.
Step 4: Start to Unlock the disabled iPhone without iTunes by hitting Start and Download the firmware.
The software algorithm will detect your iPhone models automatically and suggest to 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.
Step 5: When the firmware is downloaded completely, Click Start to Extract.
Step 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 with “000000”. Enter “000000” to proceed.
After the process, you can reset up your iPhone 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 again without the disabled screen now.
Remember, if you need help in unlocking your disabled iPhone without iTunes with SD iPhone Unlocker, you can contact us or leave a comment below the tutorial and we will help you.
Video Tutorial to Unlock a Disabled iPhone without iTunes.
Part 2. How to unlock a disabled iPhone without iTunes via iCloud.
Through unlocking your disabled iPhone without iTunes via iCloud, your iPhone 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 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.
- 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. Sign in iCloud account with your Apple credentials.
Step 2: Click All Devices. And select the iPhone you want to erase. If it is already your device name, click the top middle name to switch devices.
Step 3: Click Erase iPhone.
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.
If you choose to erase your iPhone in Find My iPhone 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 without iTunes with Finder (for macOS Catalina users)
Some people have complained that why there are so many tutorials covering unlock a disabled iPhone with iTunes while they have no iTunes yet. Starting with macOS Catalina, unlocking disabled iPhone with the Finder is similar to unlocking with iTunes. Don’t forget to unlock a disabled iPhone 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 to factory settings. You just use the Mac as a tool to restore your disabled iPhone.
What do I need to unlock the disabled iPhone without iTunes via Finder?
- A Mac computer running on macOS Catalina.
- The locked iPhone that has enabled Find My iPhone.
- The USB cable.
Step 1: Click your disabled iPhone with the USB cable to your Mac.
Step 2: Open Finder (on macOS Catalina 10.15).
Step 3: Put your locked iPhone into Recovery Mode (Keep your device connected and wait until the recovery mode screen appears).
Step 4：Click “Restore” on your Mac.
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 after the restoring process with Finder on Mac.
The Bottom Line
When your iPhone got disabled, you can unlock it without iTunes with the above methods. Go ahead to re-enable your locked iPhone by following our directions. It is worth mentioning that using SD iPhone Unlocker is easy and quick if you don’t have all the conditions to unlock the disabled iPhone with iCloud Find My iPhone. After the easy unlocking process, enjoy your device.
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