IPhone’s security is one of its most prominent and commended features. If you somehow end up at the point where you have prompted the device to display the message of “iPhone is disabled. Connect to iTunes”. Luckily, there are a few ways to get you through this trouble, which we will shortly elaborate in a short guide on how to unlock a disabled iPhone without iTunes.
Please, don’t try any of the recommended methods on an iPhone that does not belong to you. In any other case, acquire full permission from the owner before proceeding.
The trouble for most users is the complicated process of iTunes and the unavailability of a computer to access iTunes. In this guide, we will help you get back to using your device without using iTunes or a computer. However, most of the methods that are sure to work will have all of your data erased, and if you cannot afford that, then you can only get lucky through the first method.
3 Ways to Unlock a Disabled iPhone without iTunes or Computer
Let’s take a start with the simplest and easiest method to bypass the security of your disabled iPhone without using iTunes or even a computer.
In this method, you will be able to gain access to your home screen through a loophole or a glitch of sorts in the virtual assistant, Siri. However, this glitch is only present in some specific versions of the IOS, so we can not guarantee if this method will work for your device, and if it does, it might expire at any point, taking you all the way back to square one.
Some of the users with iOS 8.0 – iOS 12.1 have been successful in the implementation of this method, so if your iOS version is anywhere between these two versions, then you are good to go, but we would recommend trying nonetheless, even if it isn’t.
Find a way to open the “message” app
In the first step, ask Siri what time it is, and then click on the clock to open the “Time” app. There you can tap the “+” icon, after which a search bar will appear, where you can type anything you want. Select whatever you typed in the search bar and tap Share. Among the share options, choose “Message.”
From “Message,” go to “Photos.”
After you have gone through the first step, you’ll be at the “message” app, press and hold the “To” field and tap the “Paste” option. Tap the return button afterward, and then choose “Create New Contact” on the prompted menu. After that, choose to add a photo and tap on the “Choose Photo” option.
You are Good to Go.
After you have successfully passed through the first two steps, press the Home button, and poof, you’ve made it.
If you did not luck out after trying the first method, let’s move on to the second one. You should be aware that in any method from here on, you will not be able to keep your data.
In this method, you will be able to remotely reset your device through iCloud, erasing all data present on it, and also getting access to your phone because of no pass code. However, you do need to recollect your thoughts and remember your credentials for iCloud, and we won’t judge you for so many failed attempts before when you couldn’t jog up your memory and got yourself into this trouble.
On iCloud, there is a “Find my iPhone” feature, which can help you remotely erase/reset everything on your device. By this feature, you will be allowed to remove the disabled status from your iPhone through any device from where you can access a web browser, like Safari or Chrome. This device doesn’t necessarily have to be a computer because anything like an IPad, another iPhone, or an iPod touch can do the job.
Let’s get on the method, where you’ll be able to unlock and reset your disabled iPhone remotely, with or without a computer:
- Access Apple’s “Find My iPhone” website through the web browser on your device, and click/tap “Locate your device on iCloud.com,” which will direct you to the sign-in page, where you will have to sign-in using your Apple ID credentials.
- As soon as you have signed in, you should be able to spot all your devices on the map. Now, you have to select the one device that you want to unlock and click/tap the “erase” icon.
- At this stage, you will be required to confirm the password of your Apple ID once more, along with the answer to your security questions. Here is also your last chance to consider your options before proceeding to reset/erase the device. Fill in all the required information, and your disabled device will be erased and unlocked remotely without iTunes or even a computer.
The least recommended method, but yet guaranteed to work, on this guide is the third and the last one. In this method, you should be able to unlock your disabled iPhone without iTunes by using a third-party software/application. These third-party applications are supposed to work as iTunes and help you unlock your disabled iPhone, but they will also cost you your data, but without the complex interface and connection process of iTunes, the Apple ID verification, or the iTunes’ idiotic software design and weird bugs that can be extremely annoying.
It is necessary to have a computer for this method. Most of these applications will automatically find and download a matching firmware as the device, which you are unlocking, and work its way through it and unlock your iPhone through continuous processing. This method can be quite risky, so you should probably only turn to this if the first two don’t work.
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