[iOS 17] iPhone Unavailable No Erase Option? - 4 Quick Fixes

Clare Weaver
Last updated: Dec 25, 2023

This post is about how to fix the "iPhone Unavailable no erase option" issue. Skills to show the Erase iPhone option will be mentioned too. Keep reading!

In general, the iPhone Unavailable screen is expected to have an Erase iPhone option at the bottom right.

However, some users report encountering the "iPhone Unavailable no erase option" issue.

Relax! This post will show you why this issue appears, how to fix it, and alternative ways to use the Erase iPhone option. Keep reading for details.

iPhone unavailable no erase option

Why No Erase Option on the iPhone Unavailable Screen?

The iPhone Unavailable screen will first appear after you enter the wrong passcode 4 times. And it will also show: Try again in X minute(s)/X hour(s).

After 7 times wrong attempts, the iPhone Unavailable screen with an Erase iPhone option will appear if you have signed in with your Apple ID and your iPhone is running iOS 15.2 and later.

After 10 times wrong attempts, you will find the iPhone Unavailable screen with no timer. Your iPhone will be locked forever without taking action.

The reasons why the iPhone unavailable no erase option are mainly:

  • Your iPhone is not running iOS 15.2 earlier or iOS 17 and later.
  • You haven't signed in with an Apple ID on this iPhone.
  • Wi-Fi or Cellular unavailable.
  • iOS bugs.
Tips
  1. As the Erase iPhone option will ask you to enter the Apple ID and passcode, you must sign in with your Apple ID on your iPhone to make this option appear.
  2. The Erase iPhone option is replaced with the Forgot Passcode? option in iOS 17.

How to Fix iPhone Unavailable No Erase Option

After figuring out the possible reasons for the "iPhone unavailable no erase option" issue, let's learn 4 effective methods to fix it.

Fix iPhone Unavailable No Erase Option [iOS 17]

For iPhones that run iOS 17, there is an easier way to unlock your iPhone if you change the passcode and then forget the passcode within 72 hours.

Here is how:

  1. Tap Forgot Passcode? at the bottom right.
  2. Tap Enter Previous Passcode.
    Enter previous passcode to unlock iPhone
  3. Enter the old passcode and set a new one.

If you forgot the old passcode, or it's beyond 72 hours, try to reset your iPhone.

Here is how:

  1. Tap Forgot Passcode? at the bottom right.
  2. Tap iPhone ResetStart iPhone Reset.
  3. Enter your Apple ID password to sign out of your Apple ID.
  4. Tap Erase iPhone.
Note
It's worth noting that iPhone Reset will erase all your data. Make sure you have backed up the important files before.

Unlock Unavailable iPhone with BuhoUnlocker

As for the "iPhone Unavailable no erase option" issue that is caused by not having signed in with Apple ID or if your Find My is off, here is a quick way to unlock it via an easy-to-use iPhone unlocker - BuhoUnlocker.

DownloadRuns on Windows & Mac
Security Verified & 100% Safe

Here is how:

  1. Free download, install, and launch BuhoUnlocker.
  2. Connect your iPhone to your computer via a USB cable.
  3. Click Unlock Screen PasscodeStart.
    Unlock screen passcode BuhoUnlocker
  4. Put your iPhone into Recovery Mode.
    Put iPhone into Recovery Mode
  5. Download the latest firmware>Click Start Unlock.
  6. Set up your iPhone as new.

Fix iPhone Unavailable Screen No Erase Option with iTunes/Finder

iTunes/Finder has a feature named Restore iPhone. When you encounter "iPhone unavailable no erase option" issues, you can use it to restore your iPhone and regain access to your iPhone.

Here is how:

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer via a USB cable.
  2. Open Finder/iTuness.
  3. Put your iPhone into Recovery Mode.
  4. Click Restore.
    Restore iPhone in Recovery Mode
  5. Wait for the restore process to be completed. Once completed, set up your iPhone as new.

Fix iPhone Unavailable via Find My

With the help of other Apple devices, you can easily fix iPhone unavailable with iCloud/Find My. Follow the steps below:

  1. Go to icloud.com on your other Apple devices.
  2. Login with the same Apple ID as the locked iPhone.
  3. Click/Tap All Devices>Click your locked iPhone icon.
  4. Click Erase This Device.
    Erase iPhone via iCloud

Or you can do it with the Find My app:

  1. Open the Find My app.
  2. Login with your Apple ID.
  3. Tap/Click Devices>Click your locked iPhone icon.
  4. Click Erase This Device.
Tip
Or follow this in Find My app: Open the Find My app>Help a Friend>Click/tap Sign in>click/tap Use a different Apple ID.

Conclusion

After finishing this post, are you clear about how to make the erase option appear and how to unlock the iPhone while the screen "iPhone Unavailable" without the Erase iPhone option?

Go and fix your iPhone unavailable issue now!

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.