How to Erase Disabled iPhone with 3 Simple Ways

Don’t know how to erase disabled iPhone? Read on this guide to get 3 efficient ways to erase disabled iPhone in a simple and quick process.

By iMobie | Posted on: Jun. 27, 2018, Last Updated: Sep. 10, 2018

Have you ever experienced an unwanted lockdown of your iPhone? The disabling situation occurs when a passcode is entered wrong on the phone multiple times. And ultimately your iPhone will be locked permanently. For those who prefer to fix issues like how to erase iPhone when locked on their own. Then, you will surely find this post useful.

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How to Erase Disabled iPhone

The 2 most common and effective methods to erase disabled iPhone are described below.

Method 1. How to Erase Disabled iPhone via iTunes

Step 1 Turn off your iPhone first > Then open your PC and open iTunes in it. Make sure that iTunes is working on the Computer.

Step 2 Press and hold the power button of your phone. It will enable the recovery mode of the device and iTunes icon will show up on the phone.

Step 3 All the necessary software will be downloaded automatically by your device. After finishing the download, select the Restore iPhone option.

How to Erase Disabled iPhone via iTunes

How to Erase Disabled iPhone via iTunes

Method 2. How to Erase iPhone When Locked via Siri

This method is worked only in iOS 8.0 to iOS 11. In the staring, it was assumed to be a bug in the OS, but it can really fix the device by surpassing the passcode.

Step 1 Press the home button for a few seconds to activate Siri > Ask Siri to display the current time by saying “What time is it” and a clock icon will appear displaying local time.

Step 2 Tap on it to access world clock and add a new clock and type any characters in the city search bar > Select the characters and then tap Share.

How to Erase Disabled iPhone via Siri

How to Erase Disabled iPhone via Siri

Step 3 Select “Messages” from the options and then edit messages > Tap any characters in the “To” field and press Enter.

Step 4 Tap on the + icon and then select “Create New Contact” > Add a new contact and choose “Add photo” when creating the new contact to go to the library > Press the Home button and you will be redirected to your Home screen.

Method 3. How to Erase Disabled iPhone via Find My iPhone

If you have enabled Find My iPhone feature on your iPhone, then this way can be used to erase disabled iPhone.

Step 1 log into your iCloud account via a web browser > Click on “Find My iPhone” and then “All Devices”.

Step 2 Select your iPhone/iPad whose passcode you want to bypass > Click on “Erase iPhone” option to erase all data on it including passcode.

How to Erase Disabled iPhone via Find My iPhone

How to Erase Disabled iPhone via Find My iPhone

The Bottom Line

Choose a method on how to erase iPhone when locked, recover your iPhone. Although many software is available online to perform the task for you. But you must also know how to do it yourself. The safest way to erase the phone is to use iTunes.


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