When your iPhone is disabled, with the exception of making emergency calls, your disabled iPhone is little more than a brick in your hand. You are disconnected from your social and professional life. There are multiple ways to reset your iPhone when disabled, but all of them will wipe your personal data and device settings. 

That's not what you want, so you are looking for how to restore iPhone when disabled without data loss. Thankfully, both Apple and EaseUS provide you with plenty of methods on how to fix a disabled iPhone, and these methods can be applied to all iPhone models. 

Keep reading on!

How to Restore iPhone When Disabled with MobiUnlock

If somehow iTunes doesn't work for you, the easiest way to restore iPhone when disabled without iTunes is to use an iPhone screen password unlocker to bypass the locked iPhone screen and restore iPhone. Keep in mind that this method requires you have already created an iPhone backup on iCloud. 

EaseUS MobiUnlock is a professional screen lock remover that can bypass every type of screen passcode on an iPhone with one click. It can even remove Apple ID and iTunes backup encryption without a passcode in case you forget either of them.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

Step 1. Install EaseUS MobiUnlock > Connect the iPhone, iPad, or iPod to the computer with the Apple lightning cable > Choose "Unlock Screen Passcode."

connect your device to computer

Step 2. Once your device is recognized by EaseUS MobiUnlock, click "Start" to continue. 

connect your device to computer

Step 3. Check your device model > Click "Next" to download the latest iOS firmware package. If you've downloaded it, just select the existing package by clicking on the "Select" button at the bottom of the screen.

Download or select firmware

Step 4. When it finishes, click "Unlock Now." Then, you will see a new warning window > Enter the information required in the new pop-up window > Click "Unlock" to confirm the process.

Unlock the device

Step 5. Wait for the tool to restore your disabled iPhone or iPad without iTunes. Then, you can set up and use your disabled iPhone or iPad again.

Wait for the process to complete

How to Restore iPhone When Disabled with iTunes

When your iPhone is disabled, you can connect the device to a computer and restore it with iTunes backups. If you have macOS 10.15 Catalina or later installed on your computer, backing up and restoring your iPhone takes place in the Finder program rather than iTunes.

Follow these steps:

Step 1. Plug your iPhone into your computer (PC or Mac). 

Step 2. Turn off your iPhone and boot your iPhone into recovery mode. 

  • on iPhone 8 or later: Press and quickly release the volume up button and then do the same to the volume down button. Press and hold the side button until you see the recovery mode screen.
  • on iPhone 7 or earlier: Press and hold the top/side/Home and volume down buttons at the same time until you see the recovery mode screen.

Step 3. Open iTunes. If you don't have the iTunes app on your computer yet, download and install it first. iTunes only works on Windows 10 if you are using a PC. 

Step 4. Click Cancel if a pop-up tells you that There is a problem with the iPhone that requires it to be updated or restored. Do not click Restore because this will restore your iPhone to factory settings.

Step 5. Click the iPhone icon to open it. 

Step 6. Click Restore Backup under Manual Back Up and Restore. 

Step 7. Select a backup, click Restore, and wait until your iPhone is restored to the last backup. 

If you have never synced your iPhone to iTunes or iTunes lets you down, try to restore your iPhone using iCloud. 

itunes backup

How to Restore iPhone When Disabled Without Computer 

Another way to restore iPhone when disabled is to use iCloud backups. You can access iPhone iCloud backups without a computer because you can log into your iCloud account from a browser on a mobile device like a smartphone or a tablet. 

Here's what you need to do:

Step 1. Open a browser on another phone or tablet and go to icloud.com.

Step 2. Log into your account with your Apple ID and password and click Find iPhone.

Step 3. Click All Devices at the top to show all devices connected to this Apple ID.

Step 4. Tap on the iPhone that has been disabled.

Step 5. Click Erase iPhone and this will reset your disabled iPhone to factory defaults.

Step 6. On your inaccessible iPhone, follow the onscreen setup steps until you reach the Apps & Data screen.

Step 7. Tap Restore from iCloud Backup and finish restoring iPhone without the screen passcode.

restore from icloud backup

How to Restore iPhone When Disabled Without iTunes 

When you are locked out of your iPhone because it is disabled, you can also remotely reset your iPhone through Find My app and restore it from iCloud or iTunes backups afterward. 

Follow these steps:

Step 1. Open Find My app on another, Android phone, iPhone or iPad and log in with your Apple ID and password. If somebody has logged in with his or her account, log out first. 

Step 2. Tap the Devices option on the bottom and it will show all your devices that use the same Apple ID.

Step 3. Select the disabled iPhone and select Erase This Device > Continue to confirm. 

Step 4. Your disabled iPhone will be reset to factory settings and follow the onscreen setup steps until you see the Apps & Data screen.

Step 5. Tap Restore from iCloud Backup and finish restoring iPhone when disabled. 

erase iphone

Why Is an iPhone Disabled

An iPhone is disabled because you or someone else enter the wrong passcode on your iPhone lock screen too many times. For example, your toddler is playing with your iPhone screen and accidentally enters many wrong passcodes. 
The error message "iPhone is disabled" usually appears after 6 consecutive wrong passcode attempts. The more times you fail to enter the correct passcode, the longer time you will be locked out of your iPhone. 

This a security precaution provided by Apple in case your phone is lost or stolen. The operating system of your iPhone locks down the device so that no one can access your private information.

FAQs on Restoring iPhone When Disabled

Here are some frequent issues that iPhone users may encounter on restoring iPhone when it is disabled. 

1. How do you reset a disabled iPhone without a computer or iTunes?

You can reset a disabled iPhone without a computer or iTunes by visiting the iCloud website or opening the Find My app on another iPhone or iPad. Then find your iPhone and erase it. Your disabled iPhone will be factory reset. 

2. How do I get my iPhone out of disabled mode?

If your iPhone is only disabled for a few minutes, you can just wait it out and then enter the correct passcode. If your iPhone is disabled for hours or even years because of too many unsuccessful passcode inputs or you completely forget the correct passcode, it is ideal to use an iPhone passcode unlocker like EaseUS MobiUnlock for iPhone to bypass the disabled mode without the passcode. 

3. Can you restore an iPhone while it is disabled?

If you have made iPhone backups before being locked out, you can restore an iPhone even when it is disabled. You can restore the iPhone to a previous backup stored on a PC or on the iCloud drive after you reset it without a password.

The Conclusion

When your iPhone displays an alert telling you that it is disabled, don't worry. The methods in this article will help you learn how to restore iPhone when disabled with all data preserved. The process involves unlocking the disabled iPhone with iTunes or getting iPhone out of disabled mode with EaseUS MobiUnlock/Find My/iCloud, and then restoring it from an iTunes backup or iCloud backup. 

EaseUS MobiUnlock for iPhone is an all-in-one screen lock unlocker for iPhones. It can enable you to get into your iPhone in a few minutes. 

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Updated by Daisy

Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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Written by Sofia Albert

Sofia has been involved with tech ever since she joined the EaseUS editor team in March 2011 and now she is a senior website editor. She is good at solving various iPhone and Android issues, such as iPhone or Android data transfer & recovery. Rich experience in software companies helps her create a lot of popular articles.

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