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How To Enable a Disabled iPhone

Enable a Disabled iPhone
Written by Hassan Abbas

Do you want to enable a disabled iPhone? Have you ever select your iPhone to discover the text message “iPhone is turned off” and to “try again in 1 minute” or to try again 5, 15, 60 minutes? In the worst situation, the message says “iPhone is turned off. Connect to iTunes”, and you can’t use the device until then. So, what is going on here, why is the iPhone turned off? And how to fix it so that you can reuse the iPhone? The answers to these questions are simple, let’s review the reason for this message, and also the solutions to this so that you can re-enable or unlock the iPhone for full use.

iPhone Disabled – Why

Disabled iPhone

A locked iPhone needs a Touch ID or passcode to input or access the device as a security measure. When the iPhone passcode has been entered incorrectly or wrongly. Then the iPhone automatically turns off for 1 minute, providing the “iPhone is disabled” error message on the display screen. The fix in this situation is to wait for the minute to pass and then input the exact passcode to unlock the iPhone and get the disabled message. In the future, you can simply input the proper passcode in the first place and you’ll ignore this text and the lockout period.

You might find it interesting to know how many wrong passcode entries are needed to turn off the iPhone for a specific amount of time and to get the message. Well, the information is as follows:

  • 5 wrong passcode entries in a row – iPhone is disabled, try again in 1 minute
  • 7 wrong entries in a row – iPhone is disabled, try again in 5 minutes
  • 8 incorrect entries in a row – iPhone is disabled, try again in 15 minutes
  • 9 incorrect entries in a row – iPhone is disabled, try again in 60 minutes
  • 10 wrong passcode entries – iPhone is disabled, connect to iTunes

Waiting a minute isn’t too good, but waiting so many minutes to an hour is inappropriate, as is connecting to iTunes to turn on the iPhone again. Let’s understand this problem to ignore it in the future. Also, move further we’ll display you how to get around the disabled text.

Can’t try to unlock my iPhone but it is still disabled?

In some cases, you can’t try to unlock iPhone and you don’t input an incorrect passcode. But the iPhone says it is turned off. How did it happen? The two common causes for an iPhone to lock itself out are pockets and people.

unlock my iPhone but it is still disabled

Pocket disable:

Accidentally turning off an iPhone in a pocket is amazingly common. It happens to iPhone users who put their iPhones in a pocket, often hip jacket pockets, pouch pocket, etc. As the iPhone display slide to unlock feature can be swiped from anywhere on the display screen. Also, it’s quite common to enable that display screen, then input the passcode entry screen. Then input a passcode few times to mistakenly trigger the lockout. This happens to myself while whirling an iPhone in a pocket out of boredom, and recently I watched a friend mistakenly turn off their iPhone while finding the same iPhone-holding pocket for cash to pay at a food cart.

Person disable:

There are two types of people interaction that can turn off the iPhone. Someone intentionally guesses your passcode and then turning it off when they fail – usually a quite obvious scenario. And the other type, the unintentional passcode entry, usually done by a young child. The case is quite common with parents and caretakers with young children, who might play with, click on, and swipe around on an iPhone display screen that is locked. The parent thinks nothing of it when the iPhone is locked using a passcode or Touch ID, but the kid certainly finds an alternative way onto the passcode entry display screen, input the incorrect password continuously as they click on the screen. Then the device becomes locked out using the “iPhone is disabled” message.

iPhone Stuck on “iPhone is Disabled, Try Again in X Minutes” – Enable a Disabled iPhone

Do you want to unlock an iPhone stuck on the disabled screen? You can then wait for a while to pass, then input the proper passcode.

If you can’t wait or don’t know the passcode, then simply put the iPhone into recovery mode and recover it.

How To Enable a Disabled iPhone -> “iPhone is Disabled. Connect to iTunes”

Disabled iPhone

This is the worst case for an iPhone being turned off as it needs you to plug the iPhone to a PC to gain access to it again. Fortunately, you made a recovery to that PC, and remember the exact passcode for the iPhone, alternatively, you’ll have to remove the device and lose all important data on it. Yes really. So don’t forget to back up the data.

If you know the iPhone passcode and have recovered it up, you can just unlock the device using iTunes though it needs a restore:

Step 1:

Plug the iPhone to a PC it has synced to before with a USB cable and then launch iTunes

Step 2:

Select “Sync” in iTunes and input the required passcode when requested to unlock the device. It creates the backs up of iPhone to the PC

Step 3:

Select “Restore” to back up the iPhone from the recent backup

If you don’t know the passcode of the iPhone, then clear the iPhone and it will remove all data using recovery mode.

If you forget the iPhone passcode and you don’t have a backup, the data on the iPhone will be removed and lost forever. Neither you nor Apple can unlock an iPhone and access the data in this situation. However, the lesson is don’t forget a device passcode, and always keep daily backups!

How do I ignore the iPhone being turn off from wrong passcode entry in the future?

To secure this from happening in the future you have a few alternatives. The simplest way is not to enter the incorrect passcode repeatedly, which will secure the iPhone from locking up and turning off itself. As that’s not always a choice, another option is to turn on difficult passcodes, as they need a longer character string to be entered before the password is rejected.


Here’s all about “How To Enable a Disabled iPhone”. I hope this article helped you to fix the issue. If you think that it is helpful then do let us know your suggestions in the comment section below. Do you know any other method that you think we can’t mention in this article? Comment us below and stay tuned with us! If you still find any issue then ask us!

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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