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.
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 Attempts||Consequence of Wrong Passcode Input|
|The first 5 attempts||It’s okay if you enter the wrong passcode, and your iPhone allows you to continue trying another passcode|
|The 6th wrong passcode attempt||Your iPhone is disabled, try again in 1 minute|
|The 7th wrong passcode attempt||iPhone is disabled, try again in 5 minutes|
|The 8th wrong passcode attempt||iPhone is disabled, try again in 15 minutes|
|The 9th wrong passcode attempt||iPhone is disabled, try again in 60 minutes|
|The 10th wrong passcode attempt||iPhone 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.
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.
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.
For older devices, check out Apple‘s 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.
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.
Step 4. On the next page, select your disabled iPhone from All Device list.
Step 5. Then click on Erase iPhone. Then confirm this.
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.
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.
Step 2. Put your iPhone into DFU mode according to the instruction it shows.
Step 3. Start downloading the firmware package.
Step 4. Finally, it will start to unlock your disabled iPhone.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.