Is your iPhone blocked? Then do not worry at all. In this article, we will help you to regain access to your
Access the Blocked iPhone – 3 Different Methods
We will discuss the three different best methods to regain access to a locked or blocked iPhone. Let us see one by one in the following article.
iPhone blocked: you can do this
If you repeatedly enter the wrong passcode on an iPhone, the iPhone will be temporarily locked and you will have to wait for a few minutes. If you enter a wrong PIN again, the iPhone will be blocked and a message will appear. What can you do in such a case? That depends on whether you have a backup at hand.
If you have an iTunes backup or iCloud backup, you can delete the device and then restore the backup. You do not lose any data. This method is only possible if you have made a backup before you have forgotten the access code.
If you do not have a backup, you have to reset the iPhone factory settings. There is a chance that you will lose some data.
Apple has consciously chosen not to endanger the privacy of users. After all, it would be undesirable if someone finds your device on the street and does not have the access code and backups, yet can get the information from your device.
Method 1: Recover blocked iPhone via iTunes
If you have regularly synchronized your iPhone with iTunes on the desktop, then recovering your iPhone via iTunes is the easiest method if your iPhone is blocked:
- Connect the blocked iPhone with a USB cable to the computer on which the backup is located.
- Select the device in iTunes. Wait for iTunes to synchronize the device and click Back up.
- After the backup is made to choose Recovery iPhone. Follow the steps on the screen.
- When the control panel appears during restoration, click Restore iTunes Backup.
- Choose the most recent backup.
- After restoring the backup, your iPhone is ready for use again.
Method 2: Recover blocked iPhone with the recovery mode
If you have not synced with iTunes and have not set up Search my iPhone, you will need to use the recovery mode to restore your
- Connect the blocked iPhone to any computer with iTunes installed.
- Then put the device in recovery mode. This differs per device (see below).
- A message appears on the computer indicating that there is a problem with the connected iPhone and that it needs to be updated or restored. Select the option Recovery.
- iTunes will now download the appropriate software for the device. If this takes longer than 15 minutes, the recovery mode will be disabled and you must repeat steps 2 and 3 again.
- Wait until the process is complete.
- Then you can reconfigure the iPhone and start using it. You can not restore a backup in this case, because you do not have this. Try to avoid future problems by making backups via iTunes or iCloud.
Method 3: Clear device via Find my iPhone
If you have not synchronized your device with iTunes, you can also erase your device via Find my iPhone. Then you can restore an iPhone backup to get all your apps and settings back. Proceed as follows:
- Go to iCloud.com and log in with your Apple ID.
- Go to the Search my iPhone section.
- Indicate that you want to erase your device remotely.
- You can then set up the iPhone or iPad as a new device. Make sure you set an access code (pin code) that you can remember.
Issue: iPhone blocked but not on your Apple ID
If the iPhone or iPad was owned by someone else and it is registered on a different Apple ID, you can not just erase the device and use it yourself. The original owner will have to remove the device from Find my iPhone before you can register with the new Apple ID. This has been done to make theft of iPhones and iPads more difficult. So if you have a stolen device, we can not help you and you will first have to find the original owner.
Forced restart: this is how it works
In the above-mentioned step-by-step plan, you must force your iPhone to restart in step 2. This differs per device:
- iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus: Press the volume up button briefly. Press the volume down button briefly. Then press and hold the side button until you see the recovery mode.
- iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold the side button and the volume down button simultaneously. Press and hold these buttons until you see the recovery mode.
- iPhone 6s and earlier, iPad and iPod touch: Press and hold the home button and the snooze button (or the side button) simultaneously. Press and hold these buttons until you see the recovery mode.
Is it still not possible to get the locked iPhone working again and did not help to get a repair shop or looking up the original owner? Then it might be time for a new iPhone.
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