iPhone is Disabled Connect to iTunes, How to Unlock

This post aims at telling you how to unlock iPhone when you get the message of “iPhone Is Disabled Connect to iTunes”. If this is the problem you are stuck on, try those solutions below and you will surely unlock your iPhone.

By iMobie | Posted: Mar. 22, 2018, Last Updated: Mar. 22, 2018
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There are hundreds of iPhone errors reported every day and one of the most tedious problems is “iPhone is disabled, connect to iTunes”. Here is one email we got from one iPhone user:

Please help! My iPhone worked fine. All of a sudden, I can’t unlock my iPhone and a message pops out on the screen, saying “iPhone is disabled, connect to iTunes”. How can I solve this problem? Many thanks.

iPhone is Disabled, Connect to iTunes

iPhone is Disabled, Connect to iTunes

This problem is caused by multiple failed entries. Normally, if you enter 5 incorrect password in a row, the iPhone will be disabled for 1 minute, 7 incorrect entries, 5 minutes; 8 incorrect entries, 15 minutes; 9 incorrect entries, 60 minutes; and for 10 incorrect password entries, iPhone is disabled and would ask you to connect to iTunes.

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How to Fix Issues of iPhone is Disabled, Connect to iTunes

When you get the message of “iPhone is Disabled, Connect to iTunes”, there is nothing you can do but to connect to iTunes and restore all data in this device, including the password. Before following the steps below, make sure that you have backed up your iPhone via iTunes/iCloud.

Step 1Connect the device to a computer, the one you have once synced with your iPhone, launch iTunes on computer.

Step 2Click the iPhone icon, tap Summary in the left pane. Click Back Up Now to create a new iTunes backup.

Step 3Click Restore from iTunes Backup. Select your device in iTunes and then choose the most recent backup of your iPhone.

If you have never synced your iPhone with iTunes, you might probably run into this situation: “iTunes can’t connect to the device because it has a passcode applied. Enter the passcode before it can connect to iTunes”. You can bypass the disabled screen with iTunes in these steps.

Step 1Turn off iPhone.

Step 2Connect the USB cable to iPhone but DON’T connect it to the computer. Launch iTunes.

Step 3Press and hold the Power button an Home button while plugging in your iDevice back into the computer, by doing so, your iPhone will be put into recovery mode.

Step 4Release the Power button and keep holding the Home button until you see the “Connect to iTunes” as is shown below.

Step 5When you see the option to Restore or Update, choose Restore.

Bonus Tip: How to Add Ringtones to iPhone

Unlike on Android phone, you can’t directly set songs on iPhone as ringtones. The ringtones on iPhone are great, however, they are just not enough. If you are bored of default iPhone ringtones, here in this post, we will show you one tool that can help you DIY your own iPhone ringtones out of any songs.

To create your own ringtones, what you will need is AnyTrans for iOS. AnyTrans for iOS is developed by iMobie team dedicating to making iOS data transferring easy and simple for all iPhone iPad iPod users. While transferring music from computer to iPhone, you can have the option to transfer music as 20s or 45s ringtone. It is said to be the best ringtone maker because:

1. You can use AnyTrans for iOS to make ringtones out of songs on computer, no matter purchased or non-purchased music.

2. You can set start time or ringtone length.

3. You can convert songs as iPhone ringtones with great ease. AnyTrans for iOS just transfers songs from computer to iPhone as ringtones. You don’t have to go through many complicated sync process.

4. You don’t have to worry any potential risks of data loss or information leakage since AnyTrans for iOS is developed by an Apple certificated developer and it is now also Norton and McAfee secured.

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Why not download AnyTrans for iOS now and follow this guide on How to Add Ringtones for iPhone to make your own ringtones?

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The Bottom Line

Above are methods to fix the issues of iPhone is disabled, connect to iTunes. If you still have some questions about this post, please don’t hesitate to leave comments below. By the way, as you can see, AnyTrans for iOS is indeed a nice and efficient tool to custom ringtones for iPhone. Don’t forget to download it and have a try.


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