How to Reset Disabled/Locked iPhone iPad without iTunes

Searching for a way to factory reset locked iPhone or reset disabled iPhone or iPad, but don’t have access to the iTunes app? In this tutorial, we will show you how to reset disabled or locked iPhone iPad without iTunes, apply to all iPhone and iPad models.

By iMobie | Posted on: Dec. 17, 2018, Last Updated: Dec. 17, 2018

The most frustrating situation you can ever have with your iPhone or iPad is when your device gets disabled or locked for no particular reason and you have all your data sitting on it. Even though the device is right there in your hands, you are helpless as you can’t access a bit of your data without first enabling your device. However, there’s one thing you can do without enabling your device that is to reset your device.

Factory Reset Locked iPhone/iPad without iTunes

Factory Reset Locked iPhone/iPad without iTunes

Most guides on the Internet tell you to use the iTunes app to reset your device. However, you do have other more choices to reset your disabled iPhone iPad without iTunes. In this guide, you’re going to learn just about how to reset disabled or locked iPhone iPad without iTunes. The following procedure should work on most iPhone and iPad models, including iPhone XS/XR/X/8/7/6/5/4, iPad Air/Pro/mini.

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As the #1 iTunes and iCloud alternative, PhoneRescue can help you easily reset your disabled iPhone or iPad, and fix any type of breakdown, like stuck on white Apple logo, continuous reboot loop, or black screen, etc. Beyond fixing iOS errors, recover your accidentally lost data as well.

How to Reset Disabled/Locked iPhone iPad without iTunes

Here, we will share you 4 safest methods to factory reset a locked iPhone or iPad without iTunes. You can go through this guide firstly, and then choose one of four methods to finish the task according to your situation.

Method 1. How to Reset Disabled iPhone/iPad without iTunes – iCloud

Restoring from iCloud backup will erase all data and settings (including the screen password) on your device. So, if you forget your password or after a limited times of wrong passcode, try iCloud to reset your device. But it is worth reminding that all previous data on your device will be wiped and replaced with iCloud backup files. If you have stored some important files that have not been backed up to iCloud, you’d better try other methods.

Step 1 Visit iCloud.com on your computer > log in with the same Apple ID used on the disabled iPhone device.

Step 2 Go to Settings > Choose Restore and choose the backup contains all your data on device > Click on Restore. After the process completes, you will get a brand new device, but all your data will be covered by the iCloud backup files.

How to Reset Disabled iPhone/iPad without iTunes – iCloud

How to Reset Disabled iPhone/iPad without iTunes – iCloud

Method 2. How to Factory Reset Locked iPhone/iPad without iTunes – Find My iPhone

Find My iPhone feature in iCloud can be used to locate, lock or reset your iDevice remotely. Just follow the below steps to reset your disabled iPhone iPad with it.

Step 1 Go to icloud.com on a computer or another device > Log in to your iCloud account (Apple ID).

Step 2 Click on “Find iPhone” > Click on the “All Devices” option > Select the device that has been disabled > Click “Erase iPhone”. Afterward, your device will reset back to factory settings and all data will be removed.

Factory Reset Locked iPhone/iPad without iTunes – Find My iPhone

Factory Reset Locked iPhone/iPad without iTunes – Find My iPhone

Method 3. Factory Reset Locked iPhone/iPad without iTunes – PhoneRescue for iOS

To reset a disabled iPhone or iPad without iTunes, the only available way is to take advantage of some professional reset tools, which is able to safely reset your device. And PhoneRescue for iOS is an application built to deal with cases just like yours. The app allows you to fix many of the issues in your device’s operating system and it also helps recover data while your device is being repaired.

More importantly, PhoneRescue for iOS provides you an option where you can choose whether you would like to erase your data or not while resetting. Also, the interface of the said app is so simple and easy to use that you don’t need an expert’s advice to repair or reset your iOS device.

Step 1. Download PhoneRescue and connect your device.

Free Download PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer > Connect your device to your computer via a USB cable > Click on iOS Repair Tools mode > Click on Right Arrow.

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Factory Reset Locked iPhone/iPad without iTunes – Step 1

Factory Reset Locked iPhone/iPad without iTunes – Step 1

Step 2. Choose repair mode.

It provides two reset modes – Standard Mode and Advanced Mode, select one mode you prefer. With Standard Mode, your iOS system will be updated to the latest version and all device data will be completely erased. With Advanced Mode, the data on your device on won’t be erased.

Factory Reset Locked iPhone/iPad without iTunes – Step 2

Factory Reset Locked iPhone/iPad without iTunes – Step 2

Step 3. Enter in “Recovery” mode.

Follow the 3-step instruction as the screenshot shows to enter “Recovery” mode.

Factory Reset Locked iPhone/iPad without iTunes – Step 3

Factory Reset Locked iPhone/iPad without iTunes – Step 3

Step 4. Download firmware.

After entering “Recovery” mode, check your device info > Click “Download” button to download the firmware for your iPhone.

Factory Reset Locked iPhone/iPad without iTunes – Step 4

Factory Reset Locked iPhone/iPad without iTunes – Step 4

Step 5. Repair your device to normal.

After downloading process completes, PhoneRescue will repair your iPhone to normal and reset automatically. Do not disconnect your iPhone until it reboots.

Factory Reset Locked iPhone/iPad without iTunes – Step 5

Factory Reset Locked iPhone/iPad without iTunes – Step 5

Method 4. Reset Disabled iPhone/iPad without iTunes – Siri (iOS 8 – 11)

Step 1 Press and hold the Home button to launch Siri > Ask Siri “What time is it?” and it will tell you the time > Tap on the clock that appears.

Step 2 Then, you will see the World Clock screen, tap on “+” button on the top-right to add a new clock.

How to Reset Disabled iPhone/iPad without iTunes via Siri – Step 2

How to Reset Disabled iPhone/iPad without iTunes via Siri – Step 2

Step 3 Type a city name on the following screen > Type anything in the text field > Tap and hold on the text and choose “Select All” > Choose “Share”, and you will be asked how you would like to share the selected text > Just choose “Message”.

How to Reset Disabled iPhone/iPad without iTunes via Siri – Step 3

How to Reset Disabled iPhone/iPad without iTunes via Siri – Step 3

Step 4 Enter any random info on the following screen and then tap on the “+” (plus) icon followed by Create New Contact > Tap on add photo to add a photo for the contact and it will open the Photos app. Wait for a while, and then press the Home button. Your disabled iPhone or iPad should be unlocked now.

How to Reset Disabled iPhone/iPad without iTunes via Siri – Step 4

How to Reset Disabled iPhone/iPad without iTunes via Siri – Step 4

The Bottom Line

You won’t be able to use the built-in option to reset your iPhone or iPad if your device has been disabled. The above guide should provide you with a method to reset your disabled or locked device without using iTunes or the inaccessible built-in reset feature. If you find this guide useful, just share it to help more users who are stuck on the same situation.

iMobie

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