4 Ways to Fix "Apple ID Locked for Security Reasons" in 2023

Clare Weaver
Last updated: Mar 13, 2023

We'll walk you through why your Apple ID is locked or disabled for security reasons and how to fix it.

Your Apple ID is essential to your Apple device. It determines whether you can use iCloud, the App Store, Apple Pay, and more. If your iPhone suddenly says that your Apple ID is Locked or Disabled, you won't be able to sign in to any Apple services until you unlock your Apple ID.

So why is your Apple ID locked or disabled and how to regain full access to your iPhone? Don’t worry. We are here to help you out. Read on!

Apple ID Locked for Security Reasons? 4 Ways to Unlock

Why Was My Apple ID Locked for Security Reasons?

For security reasons, Apple automatically locks your Apple ID when it detects that you or someone else have entered your password or other account information incorrectly too many times. You may see one of the following messages:

  • “This Apple ID has been disabled for security reasons.”
  • "You can't sign in because your account was disabled for security reasons."
  • "This Apple ID has been locked for security reasons."

The main reasons why your Apple ID is locked or disabled are:

  • Too many wrong password attempts.
  • Failed to answer security questions correctly.
  • Your account has not been used for a long time.
  • Abnormal activities with your Apple ID.

How to Fix A Locked or Disabled Apple ID

Whatever the reason for your Apple ID being locked, luckily, it can be fixed. Here are 4 ways you can try.

Method 1. Fix A Locked or Disabled Apple ID by Resetting Apple ID Password

The fastest and easiest way to regain full access to your iPhone is to change your Apple ID password. You can do it on your iPhone or other trusted Apple device. Note, however, that you need to know your Apple ID password.

Here are the steps:

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap your name > Password & Security > Change Password.
Manage Apple ID Password on iPhone
  1. Follow the onscreen instructions to reset your password.
Change Apple ID Password to Unlock it

To reset your Apple ID password on a trusted Mac, click the Apple menu > Preferences > Apple ID > Password & Security, and follow the onscreen instructions.

After multiple unsuccessful attempts to unlock your account, your Apple ID will remain locked, and you can try again the next day.

Method 2. Fix A Locked or Disabled Apple ID via Apple iforgot

Forgot your Apple ID password? Don’t panic. There is a way to unlock your Apple ID - using Apple iforgot.

Here’s how:

  1. Go to iforgot.apple.com/password/verify/appleid.
  2. Enter your Apple ID, type the characters in the image, and click Continue.
  3. Enter the phone number you use for your Apple ID, then Continue.
  4. If you have two-factor authentication turned on, follow the onscreen instructions to reset your password.
Unlock Apple ID with Apple iforgot
If you can't reset your Apple ID password, use Account Recovery. This process can take several days or longer before you can use your account again.

Method 3. Fix A Locked or Disabled Apple ID via A Third-party Apple ID Unlocker

Another way to unlock your Apple ID is to use a third-party Apple ID unlocker such as BuhoUnlocker. It is worth noting that using this method may result in data loss, depending on your iOS version and whether the “Find My iPhone” feature is turned on. One more thing, once your Apple ID is successfully unlocked, you will no longer be able to use the Erase All Content and Settings feature on your iPhone, otherwise your iPhone will go to the Activation Lock screen and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Method 4. Fix a Locked or Disabled Apple ID via Apple Support

If none of the above methods can successfully unlock your Apple ID, it is recommended that you contact Apple official support directly for help.

  1. Go to Apple Support.
  2. Select Apple ID > Disabled Apple ID.
Contact Apple Support to Unlock Apple ID
  1. Choose a topic, then click Continue.
  2. Choose a preferred contact method and Apple will keep you in touch.
Choose Your Methond to Contact

Tips to Avoid Apple ID Being Locked or Disabled

It is troublesome to be unable to use your Apple ID. To avoid Apple ID being locked or disabled again, take the following measures:

  1. Set a strong password.
  2. Write down your password and keep it in a safe place.
  3. Don’t tell your Apple ID account to others.
  4. Enable two-factor authentication to make Apple ID more secure.
  5. Before buying a used iPhone, make sure its Apple ID is signed out.
  6. Do not click on links that may be at risk of phishing.

Final Words

Hopefully, you have successfully unlocked your disabled Apple ID by one of the methods above. To avoid encountering this problem again, we recommend that you take a few steps to protect your Apple ID.

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Clare Weaver

Clare Weaver has been captivated by the world of Apple products since the launch of iconic iPhone in 2007. With a wealth of experience, Clare is your go-to source for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and all things Apple.