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How Many Attempts to Unlock iPhone Before It’s Disabled?

Hey Bryan,

I forgot my iPhone passcode and want to know how many times can I try to unlock my iPhone before it’s disabled?

And how do I unlock my iPhone after too many password attempts?


If you’re in the same situation as Alex, then you’re lucky. This post will tell you how many tries to unlock an iPhone before it’s locked and guide you to unlock it without any hassles.

How Many Attempts to Unlock iPhone/iPad?

When activating your iPhone, the iOS system will allow you to set up a passcode to prevent someone else from using your device when it’s lost or stolen.

Every time you want to use your iPhone, you’ll have to enter the correct passcode before getting into it.

iphone 12 enter passcode

If you forgot the passcode, and entered too many wrong passcodes, your iPhone will be disabled. So, how many times can you try to unlock an iPhone?

The answer is: you have 5 wrong passcode attempts to unlock your iPhone before it’s disabled, and 9 wrong passcode attempts before it’s permanently disabled.

Here are the details:

Wrong AttemptsConsequence of Wrong Passcode Input
The first 5 attemptsIt’s okay if you enter the wrong passcode, and your iPhone allows you to continue trying another passcode
The 6th wrong passcode attemptYour iPhone is disabled, try again in 1 minute
The 7th wrong passcode attemptiPhone is disabled, try again in 5 minutes
The 8th wrong passcode attemptiPhone is disabled, try again in 15 minutes
The 9th wrong passcode attemptiPhone is disabled, try again in 60 minutes
The 10th wrong passcode attemptiPhone is disabled, connect to iTunes

What Happens After 10 Failed Attempts to Unlock an iPhone?

As you can see, after trying the wrong passcode 10 times, your iPhone will be disabled and you’ll have to restore your iPhone to unlock it.

iphone 11 disabled connect to itunes

What’s worse, if you have enabled the “Erase Data” feature when setting up the passcode, your iPhone will be erased after 10 failed passcode attempts.

iphone 10 failed passcode attempts erase data

So, you must be careful to try the passcode before reaching the Apple passcode lockout times.

How to Get Unlimited Passcode Attempts on iPhone/iPad?

Please note that it’s impossible to get more passcode attempts on a disabled iPhone after 10 wrong passcode attempts.

However, you can get unlimited passcode attempts to avoid being locked again after you have unlocked your disabled iPhone.

To get unlimited passcode attempts, jailbreak your iPhone with Checkra1n first, then open Cydia and install the NoMoreDisabled app. That’s it!

Keep in mind that jailbreaking will remove the security layers on your iPhone and cause it to behave erratically. Only jailbreak your device when you have to.

What to Do If Your iPhone is Disabled After 10 Failed Passcode Attempts?

Here I’m going to show you the 3 most popular ways to unlock your disabled iPhone.

1The Official Way – Restore Your Disabled iPhone with iTunes

This is the way recommended by Apple to get into your disabled iPhone. The steps are much straightforward:

Step 1. Turn off your iPhone and put your iPhone into recovery mode. For iPhone 8 or later devices:

  • Connect your iPhone to your computer via a USB cable while holding the Side button. Keep holding until the recovery mode screen showed up.

iphone xs recovery mode

For older devices, check out Apples guide.

Step 2. Open iTunes (or Find on a Mac computer), and locate your iPhone.

Step 3. A pop-up window will appear, click on the Restore button.

itunes recovery mode

Step 4. iTunes will download the firmware package for your iPhone. Once completes, it will automatically restore your iPhone.

Note that if the download process takes more than 15 minutes, your iPhone will exit recovery mode automatically. In this situation, just put your iPhone back into recovery mode again.

2The Remote Way: Unlock Your Disabled iPhone with iCloud

Don’t have a computer to unlock your iPhone? Don’t worry, you can recover your disabled iPhone on a mobile device via iCloud.com remotely.

Here is how:

Step 1. Visit iCloud.com on your mobile device.

Step 2. Login in with your Apple ID and password. If you forgot the password, just reset it from here.

Step 3. Click on Find iPhone option.

icloud find iphone

Step 4. On the next page, select your disabled iPhone from All Device list.

icloud all devices

Step 5. Then click on Erase iPhone. Then confirm this.

icloud erase iphone

After this, your iPhone will be erased remotely. One thing you should note is that this way only work when your iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi network.

3The Advanced way: Getting Into Your Disabled iPhone with Tenorshare 4uKey

The above two methods may not work for you. In this case, an advance way is necessary to unlock your disabled iPhone.

4uKey from Tenorshare is a famous iPhone passcode unlocker that is programmed with the latest and advanced technical. If the above free ways can’t work for you, then 4uKey will finally help you out.

tenorshare 4ukey new interface

The procedure to use 4uKey is similar to iTunes: put iPhone into DFU mode, download the firmware package, finally restore it. But it uses a different technical to do this and according to our research, 4uKey has a higher success rate (100% success for us).

Here is how you can use this software:

Step 1. Download, install & launch Tenorshare 4uKey on your computer. Then connect your iPhone to your computer.

Free Download

Step 2. Put your iPhone into DFU mode according to the instruction it shows.

new 4ukey enter dfu

Step 3. Start downloading the firmware package.

new 4ukey download firmware

Step 4. Finally, it will start to unlock your disabled iPhone.

new 4ukey removing screen passcode

Tenorshare 4uKey is not free, although it offers a free trial, you’ll have to purchase a registration code to enjoy all the functions and features. But the way it works won’t let you down.

How to Restore a Backup After Unlock

After using one of the above three ways to unlock your disabled iPhone, all your data will be erased. To unlock it without losing data, it’s time to restore a backup.

#1 Restore with an iTunes Backup

If you have previously backed up your iPhone with iTunes, here is how you can restore it:

Step 1. Open iTunes, connect your iPhone to your computer.

Step 2. Locate your iPhone, then click on Restore Backup…

finder restore backup

Step 3. Choose the backup you want to restore and click on Restore. Keep your iPhone connected before it completes.

#2 Restore with an iCloud Backup

You can also restore an iCloud backup during the setup process.

Step 1. Follow the onscreen instructions to set up your iPhone until you see the Apps & Data screen.

iphone12 apps data restore from icloud backup

Step 2. Tap Restore from iCloud Backup.

Step 3. Sign in to iCloud and select the most relevant backup. It will start to transfer data from iCloud backup to your iPhone.

iphone12 setup restore from icloud in progress

Depending on your network speed and the size of the backup, the progress might take a few minutes to an hour to complete.

Bonus: What If Your iPhone Stuck At Activation Lock Screen

After restoring your iPhone with one of the above methods, it’s necessary to set up your iPhone before using it.

icloud activation lock

At the Activation Lock screen, the Apple ID and password that is linked to this iPhone is required. If you can’t offer, then you’ll stuck at this screen.

What to do in this case?

Don’t worry, with the technology development, it’s possible to bypass it now! We collected 5 verified ways for you to bypass the Activation lock, for more details, check our research on how to ypass the “Activation Lock – This iPhone is linked to an Apple ID” screen.

The Bottom Line

As discussed above, you have 9 chances to unlock an iPhone before it’s completely locked. Just fresh your mind and try to remember the true passcode.

Don’t worry if your iPhone is disabled after too many failed passcode attempts, it’s not difficult to unlock a disabled iPhone with our solutions.

I how this post helps. If you have any suggestions or problems, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.


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Bryan is a tech-aficionado whose superpower lies in blabbering interminably about new technologies. He is passionate about helping people solve their iPhone problems with easy and practical solutions.

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