iPhone is Disabled Error Fix Without iTunes Restore [Guide]

iPhone is Disabled Fix

Adding a passcode is the usual route taken to increase the security of your device. However, you can forget the passcode easily or a kid messed up the passcode or someone made a lucky guess, then the device is going to get locked.

This is where you get the ‘iPhone is disabled’ message. However, there is no need to worry as we have your back.

iPhone is Disabled Error

If you make the passcode wrong 6 times of more, you’re going to see the message your:

  • iPhone 4 / 4S / 5 or is disabled
  • iPod touch 4G or 5G is disabled
  • iPad / iPad 2/3 or iPad is disabled

Entering wrong passcode for the first few times gives you an option to try again after a few minutes, but after you keep making attempts but fail in the end, you get the message ‘iPhone is disabled, connect to iTunes’.

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There are two options available to you on this instance and the situations possible.

  1. Your device was synced with iTunes in a PC and there’s backup available with you.
  2. Your device hasn't been synced with iTunes before, or the computer on which you performed the sync isn't near.

Fix #1: In case You have Synced your Device with iTunes

In this method, you can restore the device using the passcode.

Step 1: Connect the device to computer (the one you've previously synced the device to). iTunes is going to open it automatically, and the case it doesn't, go ahead and open it yourself.

Note: If iTunes asks you to enter a passcode, connect the device to another computer that you've previously used for iTunes sync.

Step 2: In the bottom right section of iTunes, right click on the device and choose Back Up.

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Step 3: Select Restore after the backup is complete. You can now use the latest back up to restore the device.

Fix #1: In case You have NEVER Synced your Device with iTunes

After the device is connected to iTunes, you’re going to see some errors such as ‘iTunes can't connect to the device because it has a passcode applied. Enter the passcode before it can connect to iTunes’.

Step 1: Hold the Sleep/Wake up button to switch off the device until the slider comes up. Slide to switch off the device. You can also do this alternatively by holding Sleep/Wake button and the power button for a few seconds to switch off the phone.

Step 2: Connect the USB cable to iPhone but don’t connect it to computer. Launch iTunes.

Step 3: Press and hold the Home Button and connect the other end of the USB cable to the computer now (make sure iTunes is open at this time).

Step 4: Keep holding the Home button and wait for the device to switch on. After few minutes, the ‘Connect to iTunes’ will appear on the device. This is where you let go of the Home button.

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Step 5: iTunes should say that the device has been detected in Recovery Mode. Select OK and Restore for the device to be restored.

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More Methods to Fix iPhone is Disabled Error

If you’re aware of Find My iPhone, try restoring the device through Remote Wipe feature. If you currently keep an iCloud backup, try restoring the device through the latest backup available. This may reset the passcode.

Related Fixes & Guides

These are the ways you fix the iPhone disabled error. In order to avoid the issue altogether, you can regularly sync the device to iTunes. Feel free to ask questions on the iDevice is disabled error in the comments section below.

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I found an iPhone in Northern France and I live Near Vancouver Canada.
i have tried my hardest to get the iPhone back to the person who lost it but i can't find them. So I tried the second method to restore the iPhone but everytime it says it must be synced to the iTunes it was last synced to to get it unlocked. What should I do?


your header is misleading and this information is useless


you have to click the home button strait away when just turned off. xxxx


My iPhone 3GS was Disabled by a kid.i must have to save/recover my data.
But the problem is I have never Synced it to my pc.
And the Power button of my phone was also damaged/inactive.
in that case how can I Recover/Save my data. Please contact with me - mrcbd12@gmail.com.


Same here man i found an iPhone at the mall and tried to find him but i saw him pulling out the parking lot so i just kept it and they turned off the phone so how do restore it?

Sean Powell

I did exactly as you said but during the restoring process the phone
disconnected and reconnected to the computer, it did so twice. why is it
doing that?

Sarah sallay

thank uuuu u are brilliant!


still dont work help me i have a iphone 4s and no computer help my plz


hi, i have my iphone 3gs it was disabled due to entering wrong passcode.i tried to do fix#1 but the yellow botton did not pop up. i can see in the iphone screen the itunes and the cable. but there are no yellow triangle appered in the screen. please help!thank you.


I locked my iphone4 when I downloaded the new ios7 yesterday... (I typed the wrong password more then 6 times apple said) Apple told me the only way to unlock it is to back it up but I will delete everything...
Has anyone cracked the lock lockout yet??

Kelly Todd

PLEASE HELP!!! I have a disabled ipad. I can't fix it through ITunes. I have tried all the ways on the internet there is. ITunes keeps telling that I have to update to ITunes 11 on the Ipad....I would if I could get on the stupid thing. Any ideas or other software that would help???


How do you do this with ios 7?

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Described as '82 percent' of course this sounds like a big deal, but in reality it means 3.9 percent of 20,000 iPhone 4 owners reported a cracked screen rather than 2.1 percent of 20,000 iPhone 3GS owners.Before rolling with these figures, do consider the fact that the iPhone 4 has glass on the back as well as the front of the product, while the iPhone 3GS carried it only on the front of the device.

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The iPhone 4 only has a 1GHZ single core processor whereas the newer model phones such as the Samsung Galaxy 2 have 2 cores. This however shouldn't put you off as the iPhone will handle all the tasks you want it to. I have only ever found the phone to go slow when you are running multiple apps simultaneously.

iPhone 4s

plz read, it might help u..but u must know ur password.. i have iphone 4s n it was disabled and i unlocked it without having to restore.. all i did was tht i made an attempt to back up, as show in fix #1 following till step 2,, n it asked for pass in my iphone.. Prob Solved!


Fix #1: In case You have NEVER Synced your Device with iTunes
This would delete all the data and restore it to Factory defualt What if i want to save the data. Facing problem with my ipad iOS7.0.4 ????