3 Ways to Get Your iPhone Out of Disabled Mode [2023]

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Sarahi Johns
Last updated: Mar 14, 2023
Summary: Is your iPhone disabled? Wondering how to quickly get it out of disabled mode? Read on. We have collected 3 effective methods for you. Hope one of these solves your problem.

It's not hard to imagine how annoying it is when your iPhone says iPhone is disabled. You cannot do anything with your iPhone until you enter the correct passcode. So the key to getting your iPhone out of disabled mode is the correct passcode. What if you forget your screen passcode?

Fortunately, there are fixes. In this guide, we will show you how to get your iPhone out of disabled mode without passcode.

Without further ado, let's get started.

3 Ways to Get Your iPhone Out of Disabled Mode

Why Is Your iPhone Disabled?

Your iPhone has been disabled due to too many failed passcode entries. Apple disables your iPhone after the 6th wrong passcode attempt to protect it from unauthorized access.

The disabled mode automatically exits after one minute. However, if you continue to enter incorrect passcode, you will need to wait for more time. The more failed passcode attempts, the longer the wait. When you reach 10 attempts, your iPhone will display the screen "iPhone is Disabled Connect to iTunes".

How to Get Your iPhone Out of Disabled Mode

When your iPhone is in disabled mode, what you need to do is wait and enter the correct passcode after the displayed waiting time. What if you don't know your iPhone passcode?

Don't worry. Here are 3 ways to get your iPhone out of disabled mode. No passcode is required.

Get Your iPhone Out of Disabled Mode Without Computer

If your iPhone has a network connection and Find My is turned on, iCloud can help you easily get your iPhone out of disabled mode.

Here's how:

  1. Visit icloud.com/find on your iPad.
  2. Sign in to your account with your Apple ID and password.
  3. Select All Devices, then click the disabled iPhone.
  4. Click Erase iPhone, confirm, and enter your Apple ID password.
    Unlock iPhone with iCloud
  5. When your device restarts, set up your iPhone as new.
Alternatively, use the Find My app on an iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

Get Your iPhone Out of Disabled Mode Without iTunes

If iCloud doesn't work for you, use BuhoUnlocker to unlock your iPhone on your computer. No iTunes is needed.

BuhoUnlocker is an easy-to-use iPhone unlocking tool. It's designed to help you out of locking issues on iOS, including screen lock, screen time lock, Apple ID lock, and MDM lock.

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How to Unlock Disabled iPhone with BuhoUnlocker:

  1. Download, install, and launch BuhoUnlocker on your computer.
  2. Click Unlock Screen Passcode > Start.
    Unlock Disabled iPhone with BuhoUnlocker
  3. Connect your iPhone to your computer, then put it into recovery mode.
    Put iPhone in Recovery Mode
  4. Download the iOS firmware for your iPhone and click Start Unlock.
    Download iOS Firmware for iPhone
  5. After the locking process is complete, set up your iPhone and restore files from your iCloud backup (if you have one).

Get Your iPhone Out of Disabled Mode With Finder/iTunes

Another way to get your iPhone out of the disabled mode is to use Finder or iTunes.

If you previously synced your iPhone with Finder or iTunes, connect your iPhone to the previously synced computer, then use Finder or iTunes to back up and restore your iPhone.

Restore iPhone with Finder

However, if your device never synced with Finder or iTunes, follow the steps below to unlock your iPhone into recovery mode.

  1. Turn off your iPhone.

  2. Connect your iPhone to your computer via a USB or USB-C cable.

  3. Open Finder (macOS Catalina or later) or iTunes (Windows, macOS Mojave or earlier).

  4. Put your iPhone into recovery mode:

    • iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, and later (including iPhone SE (2nd and 3rd generation)) use the Side button.
    • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus use the Volume Down button.
    • iPhone SE (1st generation) and iPhone 6s and earlier use the Home button.
  5. Once your device is in recovery mode, click Restore and confirm.

    Unlock iPhone in Recovery Mode
  6. Wait for the restore process to complete, then set up your iPhone.


We hope you have successfully got your iPhone out of the annoying disabled mode. Note that restoring your iPhone will erase all content and settings on your iPhone. But if you have ever created a backup with iCloud or your computer, you can restore your files later.

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Sarahi Johns

Content-making editor, with sharp eyes on macOS and iOS updates, sharing the latest related issues.