It is possible that we will forget our iPhone’s password, or that someone will block the device entirely if we attempt to enter the PIN too many times. What should we do if our iPhone is locked? The obvious solution is to try to remember the password and, if we have a temporarily locked phone, to wait until the lock is removed. You must have come here because it didn’t work. You can’t remember your iPhone’s passcode, or the lock is set for such a long time that it’s not worth it to wait.
There is only one way out of this situation. You must erase the phone’s data and then restore the iPhone using iTunes. You are the winner at this point if you previously backed up your data or it was automatically uploaded to the cloud. You will be able to easily restore all private data after restoring the system. You won’t be able to recover anything if you haven’t made a backup. You can also use Siri to view your call history, messages, contact list, or e-mail box if you have Siri turned on and set access to the locked screen. However, it will not provide you with much.
How to Unlock an iPhone that Has Been Locked?
You must use iTunes to restore the system version on your phone. The instructions for doing so are nearly identical to those for rolling back an update. Only here do you not need to download the appropriate version; iTunes will download the most recent version that was released for your device.
- Download iTunes on your computer (or update to the latest version if you already have one).
- Check that your phone is not linked to your computer. Start iTunes.
- Switch your iPhone to Safe Mode. For this purpose, consider the following:
- Turn off the device if you have an iPhone 8 or later. Then, while holding down the side button, connect them to your computer. Only let go of the button when the Safe Mode screen appears.
- Turn off the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Then, while holding down the volume down button, connect them to the computer. Only let go of the button when the Safe Mode screen appears.
- iPhone 6s and previous models: Turn the device off. Then, while holding down the Home button, connect them to your computer. Only let go of the button when the Safe Mode screen appears.
- On the computer, a window will appear with the option to restore and update the system. You are only concerned with the Play option.
- iTunes will download the necessary update and then upload it to our phone. If the process takes more than 15 minutes, the phone will be forced to exit Safe Mode. Steps 2, 3, and 4 must be repeated in this case.
- When the restore operation is finished, the iPhone will reboot. That’s it, your iPhone is now unlocked.
Hopefully, you won’t need to use this guide again. You can now restore a data backup or start over with your phone.