How to Fix iPhone Locked After Update [iOS 16]

iPhone/iPad locked up after update to the latest iOS 16? This post will share you 4 simple and reliable solutions to fix the iPhone updated and locked me out issue and help you removing passcode in a few minutes.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Aug. 30, 2022
AnyUnlock – iPhone Password Unlocker

Free download AnyUnlock to 1-click to unlock the locked iPhone after iOS 16 update. It can help you remove the iPhone screen passcode in a few clicks.

I purchased a new iPad and it worked fine all day yesterday until I updated it. Now it will not unlock after I enter my passcode. It will not allow me to use touch access without first using the pass code. I do not get a disabled warning, it just remains locked. Any suggestions?

—— an iPad user

Have you ever tried to update your iPhone or iPad to the latest iOS 16 version? Did iPhone update but locked you out? Or iPhone asks for 6 digit passcode after the update? Usually, when you are suffering this issue, the iPhone passcode is not working to unlock your device. And, iPhone may keep asking for a passcode after the update.

If you are encountering iPhone that is disabled after an update and looking for a reliable way to help you out soon, then you come to the right place. In this post, we will share with you 4 efficient methods that we have found to be of great use for the iPhone locked up after the update issue.

Further Reading: How to Fix iPad Not Updating to iOS >

Fix iPhone Locked After Update Error with AnyUnlock

All most all iOS users would seek help from Apple Support every time they have problems with their Apple devices. However, when the screen of your iPhone/iPad is locked, Apple Support has no way to help. If you want to unlock your screen, you can first try to seek help from a third-party tool to unfreeze your iPhone. Here in this post, we recommend you to try AnyUnlock from iMobie.

It is the most reliable and complete iOS unlocking solution available for unlocking screen lock, Apple ID, MDM lock, iCloud activation lock, SIM lock and etc. So, you can unlock your locked iPhone after updating the software with it. Check how can it help you as below:

AnyUnlock – iPhone Password Unlocker

  • Remove the iPhone/iPad screen passcode in a few clicks.
  • Also, you can unlock Apple ID and encrypted iTunes backup password.
  • Remove passcodes within 3 simple steps, no tech knowledge is required.
  • Works well in all iPhone models and computer operating systems.

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If you want to have a try, download AnyUnlock on your computer and follow the step-by-step guide below.

Before we start, there is something you need to pay attention to:

1) All content on your iPhone will be erased after the screen password removal process. 2) If “Find My iPhone” is turning on, you need to enter the iCloud account and password to set up your device after the screen password removal process. 3) Your iPhone/iPad will be updated to the latest iOS version supported by your device after you unlock the screen passcode.

Step 1. Launch AnyUnlock on your computer, and connect your iPhone/iPad to it.

Step 2. Wait until AnyUnlock has detected your device, click “Unlock Screen Passcode”.

Choose Unlock Screen Passcode

Choose Unlock Screen Passcode

Step 3. You need to download the iOS firmware, this is for unlocking the screen passcode.

Download iOS Firmware

Download iOS Firmware

Step 4. When the firmware downloading is finished, click the “Unlock Now” option. Then AnyUnlock will unlock the screen passcode automatically. 

Tap on Unlock Now to Remove Screen Passcode

Tap on Unlock Now to Remove Screen Passcode

Step 5. And when the recovery process is completed, you will see the “Screen passcode removed successfully” interface.

Screen Passcode Removed Successfully

Screen Passcode Removed Successfully

Fix iPhone Locked After Update with Recovery Mode

It is also possible to fix the iPhone/iPad locked up after the update error by restoring your device in recovery mode via iTunes. But it is worth mentioning that all your media and other data will be erased if you take this way. You’d better backup your device in advance to ensure data safety, or you can directly move to Method 1 to finish the task without data erasing.

Step 1. Reboot your device to recovery mode (do not connect your device to the computer).

  1. iPad with Face ID, iPhone 8 or later: Press and hold the Side/Top button and one of the volume buttons until the power off slider appears. Drag the slider to turn off your device. Connect your device to your computer while holding the Side/Top button. Keep holding the Side/Top button until you see the recovery-mode screen.
  2. iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and iPod touch 7th generation: Press and hold the Side/Top button until the power off slider appears. Drag the slider to turn off your device. Connect your device to your computer while holding the Volume down button. Keep holding the Volume down button until you see the recovery-mode screen.
  3. iPhone 6s or earlier, iPod touch 6th generation or earlier, or iPad with Home button: Press and hold the Side/Top button until the power off slider appears. Drag the slider to turn off your device. Connect your device to your computer while holding the Home button. Keep holding the Home button until you see the recovery-mode screen.

Step 2. Connect your iPhone/iPad to a computer running the latest version of iTunes > Launch iTunes on the computer.

Step 3. An iTunes note will prompt. Just choose to restore or update your device. Usually, choose the option that says Restore to restore your device.

Remove your iPhone passcode with iTunes

Remove your iPhone passcode with iTunes

Method 3. Fix iPhone/iPad Locked After Update with Force Restart

This way is capable of fixing most iPhone/iPad related problems. Now, let’s check the steps.

1. Press and hold both the Wake/Sleep and Home buttons for at least 10 seconds, until you see the Apple Logo (iPhone 7/8: Sleep/Wake and Volume Down buttons).

2. Release both of the two buttons and your device should be back to normal now.

Fix iPhone Locked After Update Error without Data Loss

If you want to fix the iPhone/iPad locked up after an update error with no previous data loss on your device, then PhoneRescue for iOS can help you make it. With the iOS Repair Tools mode of PhoneRescue, you can easily fix various iPhone/iPad problems, such as locked up after an update, frozen during the update, get stuck on the black screen, white screen, Apple logo, or even in restarting loop.

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More than anything, different from another two methods, it will not erase existing data on your device and just a few minutes are needed to complete the repairing job. Now, let’s go to the download page of PhoneRescue for iOS and Choose PhoneRescue – iOS Data Recovery to download it on your Mac/PC computer prior. Then, follow the simple steps below to fix the iPhone/iPad locked up after update the issue with ease.

Step 1. Run PhoneRescue – iOS Data Recovery on your computer > Connect your iPhone/iPad to the computer > Choose iOS Repair Tools mode and click the right arrow.

Click Repair iOS System

Click Repair iOS System

Step 2. Choose Advanced Mode > Follow the 3-step instruction in the window to turn your device to “Recovery” mode.

Enter Recovery Mode

Enter Recovery Mode

Step 3. After entering Recovery mode, check your device info and click the “Download” button to download the firmware for your iPhone/iPad.

Select the Matched Information and Download the Firmware

Select the Matched Information and Download the Firmware

Step 4. Once it is finished, PhoneRescue will repair your iOS device to normal automatically. When the recovery process is complete, you will see the complete page.

iOS Repairing Completed

iOS Repairing Completed

Besides repairing various iOS errors, PhoneRescue also comes with the ability to help users recover deleted or lost data on iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. So, if you accidentally deleted some of your valuable files like photos, contacts, messages, etc. just turn to PhoneRescue – iOS Data Recovery for help.

The Bottom Line

That’s all about how to fix iPhone locked after update error. And as you can see, Method 1- AnyUnlock is the best solution to fix your iPhone/iPad locked after update error, as it can help you easily and quickly solve the problem. So, just give it a try by yourself now. If you have any other ideas or opinion, please share with us in the comment area.

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* 100% Clean & Safe

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Senior writer of the iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android-related issues.

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