How to Fix Your iOS Device that’s Been Disabled

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Is your iPad is disabled or iPhone is disabled and you cannot remember the password? Did you just entered wrong passcode on your iPad and now it’s locked? Or it has been tested by your curious child who entered the wrong password too many times? Or you have forgotten the password ?


Well, this is your read. There’s nothing to worry about here. In this article we are going to cover step by step guide that will help you unlock your disabled iPad or Fix Your iOS Device that’s Been Disabled.

In most of the smart devices today, if you enter a wrong password again and again, the operating system locks or disable the device. Once your iPad is disabled, you won’t be able to type in your password even if it strikes from nowhere. The device takes a little time to get ready for use again.

But if it is permanently disabled or nothing happens after a while, follow the instruction in this guide to backup and fix your locked iPad.

Backup your iOS Device

Your first move should be to backup your device data. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Connect your iPad/iPhone/iPod to computer using a USB cable.
  2. Open iTunes.
  3. Choose your ‘Device type’.
  4. Go to its “Properties” and select “Back Up Now”.


You should now see a pop up asking for the password of your iOS Device. If you remember the password, please enter it and cancel the backup wizard. This will unlock your device and it is now ready to use. If this didn’t work for you, follow the below method:

Restore the device using previous backup

If the above trick didn’t work for you, then you may need to reset the password by restoring the previous backup. This works only for users with a previous backup of their device on iTunes. Follow the instruction below :

1. Connect your iPad/iPhone/iPod to computer using a USB cable.

2. Open iTunes on your system and let it synch with the connected device.

Note:  If iTunes asks you to enter the passcode, try another computer that you have synced with. Otherwise, go to “If you have never synced your device with iTunes, or you do not have access to a computer” section below.

3. If itune does not sync your device automatically, or it is still disabled, you can sync the device with iTunes by clicking “Back up Now” button.

4. When the backup process is complete. Restore your device.

5. Select “Restore from iTunes Backup”.

6. Select the type of your device (iPhone/iPad/iPod) and choose the most recent backup of your device from the system.

Once the restore process is complete, the password would have been removes and you should now be able to access your device.

If this method too didn’t work for you, probably you have the last option to restore device using recovery mode.

Restore using recovery mode

You may need to restore your device in recovery mode If you have never connected your iOS device to your computer. Unless you have an iCloud backup, you will lose device data through this method.

Follow the simple instruction below to restore your device using recovery mode.

1. Remove the USB cable from your iOS device but let it be connected to the computer from the other side.

2. Switch off your iOS device: Press and hold sleep button for a while and wait for device to shut down.

3. Now press and hold the home buttion, and connect the USB cable to the device. This will turn on your device in recovery mode.

4. Keep the “Home” button pressed until you see the connect to iTunes message on your device.

5. You will be asked if you wish to enter “Recovery mode”. Select ‘Ok’ and restore the device.


6. Follow the instructions on the recovery wizard.

7. Click on ‘Restore from Backup” and choose the backup from available backup list on iCloud.

I hope above tutorial will surely help you to  fix your iOS device that’s been disabled after entering the wrong passcode.


Vishal Gaikar

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Meet Vishal Gaikar, the tech wizard hailing from Pune, India, who's on a mission to decode the digital universe one blog post at a time. When he's not tinkering with gadgets or diving deep into the digital realm, you can find him concocting the perfect cup of chai or plotting his next adventure. Follow his tech escapades on Twitter and buckle up for a wild ride through the world of innovation and geekery!

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