iPhone Security Lockout? 4 Ways to Unlock It without Passcode

Robert Hunt
Last updated: Nov 8, 2023
Summary: Curious about why your iPhone shows the "Security Lockout" message and what to do next? Look no further. In this article, we'll provide you with a detailed explanation.

When your iPhone is locked, you need to enter the correct passcode to unlock it. However, there's a catch: If you enter the wrong passcode multiple times, your iPhone enters "Security Lockout" mode with a timer that keeps you waiting. And here's the kicker: the more incorrect passcodes you try, the longer you have to wait.

If you remember your passcode, just hang tight until the timer runs out. But if you've forgotten it, you're probably wondering how to bypass the "Security Lockout" screen. In such a case, check out this guide for some troubleshooting tips.

iPhone Security Lockout? 4 Ways to Unlock It without Passcode

What Does "Security Lockout" Mean on iPhone?

Security Lockout occurs when you enter an incorrect passcode multiple times in a row on your iPhone lock screen. It's a security feature that safeguards your iPhone by temporarily disabling access to protect your personal data and privacy.

You can only reach the Security Lockout screen if your iPhone is connected to the Internet and Find My is enabled.

It's easy to turn off this security lock if you know the correct passcode. But what if you've completely forgotten it?

Don't worry. The methods provided below can help you unlock the Security Lockout screen without the passcode.

How to Unlock Security Lockout on iPhone via "Erase iPhone"

The Security Lockout screen includes an Erase iPhone option, which allows you to erase your iPhone without using a computer. To use this option to unlock your iPhone, make sure the following conditions are met.

  • Your iPhone is running iOS 15.2 or later.
  • Your iPhone is connected to a cellular or Wi-Fi network.
  • You know your Apple ID and password.
Unlock iPhone in Security Lockout Mode

Here’s how to unlock your iPhone:

  1. Tap Erase iPhone at the bottom of the Security Lockout screen.
  2. Tap Erase iPhone again to confirm your action.
  3. When prompted, enter your Apple ID password to sign out of your Apple ID.
  4. Tap Erase iPhone to permanently delete all content and settings from your iPhone.
  5. Once the process is complete, set up your iPhone and restore your data via iCloud, iTunes, or other backup methods.

How to Unlock Security Lockout on iPhone via iCloud

If you don't see the Erase iPhone button, or the Erase iPhone button is unavailable, you can unlock your iPhone using iCloud. Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Go to https://www.icloud.com/find.
  2. Sign in to your iCloud account with your Apple ID.
  3. Tap All Devices and select the iPhone that is in security lockout.
  4. Tap Erase This Device, enter your Apple ID password, and follow the onscreen instructions to delete all iPhone content.
  5. When your iPhone restarts, set it up.
  6. Select the iPhone you want to reset and tap Erase iPhone.
  7. Follow the onscreen instructions to enter your Apple ID password and all data on your iPhone will be deleted.

How to Fix Security Lockout on iPhone via BuhoUnlocker

Another way to unlock a disabled iPhone is to use BuhoUnlocker, an iOS unlocking tool that unlocks your screen passcode in just a few clicks.

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Here's how to unlock your iPhone with BuhoUnlocker:

  1. Download and install BuhoUnlocker on your computer (PC or Mac).
  2. Launch it and click Unlock Screen Passcode > Start.
    Select Unlock Screen Passcode
  3. Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable and put it into recovery mode.
    Put iPhone in Recovery Mode
  4. Download the firmware for your iPhone, click Start Unlock, and wait for the unlocking process to complete.
    Download iOS Firmware for iPhone
  5. When you see the hello screen on your iPhone, set up your iPhone.
All your data will be lost. But if you have a backup, you can restore your files from the backup later.

How to Bypass Security Lockout on iPhone via Finder/iTunes

If you want to manually unlock your iPhone with a computer, use Finder or iTunes.

  • For Macs running macOS Catalina and later, use Finder.
  • For Macs running macOS Mojave, use iTunes.
  • For Windows PCs, use iTunes.

The steps are roughly the same for Finder and iTunes. Here’s how:

  1. Turn off your iPhone.

  2. Connect your iPhone to your computer via a cable, then press the corresponding button to put your iPhone into recovery mode.

    • iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X and successors, iPhone SE (2nd and 3rd generation): Use the Side button.
    • Phone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: Use the Volume Down button.
    • Phone SE (1st generation), iPhone 6s, and earlier models: Use the Home button.
  3. Continue to hold the button until the Recovery Mode screen appears on your iPhone.

    iPhone Recovery Mode Screen
  4. Open Finder or iTunes on your computer and locate your iPhone.

  5. You will see Restore and Update options. Select the Restore option. Then, the computer will automatically begin downloading the software for the iPhone and start the recovery process. (The download process takes about 15 minutes.)

    Restore iPhone in Recovery Mode
  6. Once the recovery process is complete, unplug the cable from the computer and reset your iPhone.


By following the methods outlined in this guide, you should have successfully unlocked your iPhone and returned to using it without any hassle.

It's worth mentioning that all these methods will delete content and settings from your iPhone. If you had previously backed up your iPhone, after setting it up again, you can easily restore files from your backup.

Robert Hunt

I'm Robert Hunt, a tech-savvy fan with the love of all things Apple. As a hobbyist of gardening and meditation, I'm also a seasoned writer covering a wide array of Apple products, like iPhone, iPad, iOS and more.