Can You Unlock a Disabled iPhone Without Losing Data

When an iPhone gets disabled, it's highly likely that you will need to reset the device to unlock it, which, however, will erase all data and setting on the iPhone. Luckily, exceptions do exist. There are three rare situations in which you can unlock a disabled iPhone without losing data:

  • If your iPhone is not completely disabled, then you still have a chance to unlock it properly with a correct passcode.
  • You have made a backup of your iPhone and it contains most data and settings you need.
  • The disabled iPhone is running iOS 10. Then you can try to unlock a disabled iPhone without data loss using Siri, which has been detailed in the guide on how to get into a locked iPhone.

If you are lucky enough and find yourself in one of the situations above, then you can unlock a disabled iPhone without losing data. Otherwise, it will be inevitable for you to lose everything if you still want to unlock the disabled iPhone.

Option 1. How to Unlock a Disabled iPhone with an iPhone Unlocker

One of the commonest solutions to enable a disabled iPhone is to use iPhone unlock software like EaseUS MobiUnlock. It is helpful to remove various lock screen passcode on an iPhone or iPad. When you can't remember your iPhone passcode or the iDevice becomes disabled, such an iPhone unlocker will remove the passcode for you. Afterward, you can set up the device again and set a new passcode.

To unlock a disabled iPhone:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to your PC with a USB cable and launch EaseUS MobiUnlock. From the home page of EaseUS MobiUnlock select "Unlock Screen Passcode."

connect your device to computer

Step 2. Once your device is detected, click "Start" to proceed. 

start the unlock process

Step 3. Click "Next" to download the firmware for your device. If you have firmware available on your computer, click "Select" at the bottom of the window to select the package manually.

Download or select firmware

Step 4. After you download or select the firmware, click "Unlock Now" and then you will see a waring window. Enter the information required in the box and click "Unlock" again to unlock your disabled iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

Unlock the device

Step 5. Wait patiently for the tool to erase and unlock your device. When it has done, set up your iPhone, iPad, iPod and create a new password.

Wait for the process to complete

After you unlock the iPhone without a passcode, you need to set up the device again. During the setup, you can choose to restore the iPhone from an iCloud or iTunes backup if you have a backup available. By doing so, you can unlock a disabled iPhone without losing data.

Option 2. How to Enable a Disabled iPhone with iTunes

If you don't want to use a third-party tool, then you can use iTunes to fix a disabled iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. You will need to put your iPhone into recovery mode manually while using iTunes. Thus, follow the steps strictly so that you won't make any mistakes. Since Apple has provided the detailed steps for you, you can go to the official guide to learn how to unlock a disabled iPhone with iTunes.

Option 3. How to Fix a Disabled iPhone via iCloud

There are situations in which you may not have a computer available. That's when you need to unlock a disabled iPhone wirelessly. Actually, if you have enabled the Find iPhone feature on the disabled device, you can unlock it using iCloud wirelessly.

Step 1. On another device, visit and sign in with the Apple ID used on the disabled iPhone.

Step 2. Choose "Find iPhone" and select "All Devices."

Step 3. Click the disabled iPhone in the list and choose "Erase iPhone."

Step 4. Click "Erase" to confirm.

How to unlock a disabled iPhone with iCloud

The Bottom Line

Honestly speaking, there is a slim chance for you to unlock a disabled iPhone without losing data. Generally, losing everything is the outcome. That should remind you of the importance of device backup.

By backing up your whole device or precious data regularly, you can avoid complete data loss when accidental data loss occurs or you encounter a situation like in this case. Don't hesitate to back up your device right now to protect your data.

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Updated by Myra

Myra joined EaseUS in 2017. As a big fan of Apple products, she mainly focuses on iOS data transfer and iOS troubleshooting tips. Meanwhile, she is expanding her knowledge and skills in other fields like data recovery and disk management. Myra is open-minded and likes both extensive and intensive reading. Other than reading and writing, she is also fond of mobile games and K-pop stars.

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