Wondering how to get rid of the “iPhone is disabled – try again in 15 minutes” error? You can download an unlocking tool or use the Find iPhone feature on iCloud.
Although I’ve never faced the “iPhone is disabled” problem, a friend of mine has, and gave his handset to me to fix. I’ve discussed all the solutions that helped below.
Fix 1: Use Unlocking Tools
There is special software that can help. The majority of them are not free, however, a personal favorite happens to be LockAway.
Here’s how you use it:
- Download and launch the tool (can be used on both Windows and Mac)
- Choose Unlock Screen Passcode from the list
- Download the Keyfile package
- Click Start Unlock to confirm
The length of the process will depend on your internet. Try moving closer to your router if it’s taking a while.
Fix 2: Find My iPhone
If you have Find My iPhone enabled, you can use it to wipe your system clear and unlock your device. Just remember that your data will be erased. Hopefully, you have a recent backup.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Open the iCloud website
- Log into your Apple account
- Click Find iPhone > All Device
- Select your mobile and then click Erase
- Click Remove Account to confirm
Fix 3: Enter Recovery Mode
As mentioned, you need Find My iPhone enabled for the above trick to work. If you don’t, try entering recovery mode instead.
iOS would be wiped clear to let you log in. This means that you will lose all your data.
Errors can pop up if you disconnect mid-way. Proceed with caution.
Here’s what you do:
- Open iTunes
- Plug your smartphone into your PC/Mac’s USB port
- Click the following key combinations:
- iPhones that have Face ID: Press the Volume Up and Volume Down button. Proceed to hold the Power button until the recovery display pops up
- iPhone 8 and SE (2nd generation): Hold the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons. Proceed to hold the Side button until the recovery display pops up
- iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Hold the Volume Down and Power buttons at the same time, and let go when the recovery screen appears
- iPhone 6S, SE (2nd gen), and earlier models: Simultaneously press the Home and Power buttons. Then, release when you see the recovery display.
- Look for your device on iTunes
- Click Restore
The recovery process should be done in around half an hour. Don’t disconnect midway.
Fix 4: DFU Restoration
A DFU restoration is like a recovery restoration. However, it’s a bit riskier. Only give it a try if you’re still having no luck. Why? Because you could potentially brick your handset.
Here’s what you do:
- Launch iTunes
- Connect your phone to your PC/Mac’s USB port
Click the following key combos:
- iPhones with Face ID: Hold the Power button for a while and start holding the Volume Down button. Release the Power button after 10 seconds but keep holding the Volume Down button for 5 more seconds.
- iPhone 8 and SE (second generation): Hold the Side button for some time, and then start holding the Volume Down button. Let go of the Side button after around 10 seconds. Keep your finger on the Volume button for about 5 more seconds.
- iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Press and hold the Power button for a few seconds. Then, place your finger on the Home button too. For 10 seconds, keep pressing the two.
- iPhone 6S, SE (first generation) and earlier models: Press and hold the Power button and Home buttons. Let go of the Power button but don’t let go of the Home button for 5 more seconds.
- Find your device on iTunes
- Click Restore
Just like doing a recovery restoration, the entire process should take around half an hour. Don’t disconnect midway unless you want errors to appear.
Why Does “iPhone is disabled – try again in 15 minutes” Appear?
Entering your iPhone passcode more than 8 times causes the error message to pop up. It’s a security measure that keeps intruders away.
Incorrectly entering your password two more times after the 15 minutes has passed will lock it for an hour.
If you’re impatient and can’t wait 15 minutes, you can bypass the lock error by downloading an unlocking tool. There are many of these on the market. However, keep in mind that many of them are not free. However, I have discussed how you can use a good one that is above.
Also, you can try entering recovery or DFU mode. Just remember that a recovery and DFU restoration can be risky. You shouldn’t disconnect mid-way; errors can pop up.
Hopefully, you found this guide helpful and managed to solve the issue.