Weird things do happen in life, and if one day you, unfortunately, find yourself in a situation in which your iPhone is disabled or locked due to entering the wrong passcode repeatedly, what would you do to get out of the dilemma?

Restoring iPhone with iTunes is not rocket science, but the problem can be compounded further if you don’t have an iTunes backup or have never backed up your device with iTunes. Restoring your iPhone without iTunes backup is possible but only if your patience is ready to go through the grill!

Having myself been in such situations a couple of times, I know what it takes to bring a locked iPhone into action or restore it from the death. Let’s look at all the aspects and solutions!

iPhone is Disabled Connect to iTunes: How to Recover Locked iPhone with iTunes Backup

If you had synced your device to iTunes, you are in luck. You can backup your iPhone and restore it as new without any issue. Before your proceed, please go through the prerequisites given below:


  • You should have synced your iPhone with iTunes at least once. Top of that, you shouldn’t have restarted it after sync. If you did, you’ll need to “Trust” the computer again, which you can’t do as you are locked out.
  • Find my iPhone should be disabled from the Settings app on your iPhone. If it is turned on, iTunes will ask you to disable before restoring; which again you cannot do as you are locked out.

Step #1. Connect your iPhone to the computer and open iTunes.

Step #2. Select the iPhone (from the sidepane or from top-right of the screen.)

Click on iPhone Icon in iTunes

Step #3. In the Summary tab, click on Back Up Now.

Backup iPhone to iTunes

Step #4. Once your device is successfully backed up, click on Restore iPhone.

Restore iPhone and iPad using iTunes

If iTunes proceeds with a problem-free restore, your device will be wiped clean and restored as a new device.

Just in case, iTunes throws up errors, try using Recovery Mode to restore your device.

How to Restore iPhone in Recovery Mode

If you have Find my iPhone enabled on your device, iTunes won’t let you restore it, even though you have synced it with a trusted PC. In that case, the only way out is to restore your iPhone from recovery mode.

However, you’ll lose all of your data as it wipes out your apps, app data, contacts, photos, music and almost everything that resides on your iOS device. But assuming you have got everything backed up in iTunes or iCloud, restoring the data shouldn’t be an issue.

Step #1. Press and hold ON/OFF and Home buttons for about ten seconds. (on your iPhone 7/7 Plus, you have to press and hold ON/OFF button and volume down button at once). Keep holding both the buttons until Connect to iTunes screen appears.

To put your iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, XR iPhone 8 or 8 Plus into recovery mode, press and quickly release the Volume Up button, press and quickly release the Volume Down button.

Then, you need to press and hold the Side button until the recovery mode screen appears. Next, connect your device to the computer and go ahead with the restore process.

Step #2. Once your device has been successfully restored, set it up as usual. During the setup process, you will get the option to Restore from iTunes backup. Choose Restore from iTunes Backup and then select the most recent backup.

The Story Doesn’t End Here…

Sometimes the recovery mode doesn’t work out very well because there’s an iTunes issue preventing the recovery.

In that case, you can use dr.fone – Repair to fix your disabled iPhone without any hassle. It is much simpler and more efficient than iTunes.

When you’re using a third-party tool to fix any iPhone issues, you should be completely sure about its reliability. To that end, you can rest assured that dr.fone enjoys the trust of millions of users around the world and it has also received acclaim from reputed media outlets such as PC World, Forbes, CNET, etc.

Below, we’ll show you how to fix disabled iPhone using dr.fone – Repair.

How to Unlock Disabled iPhone Without iTunes Using dr.fone – Repair

Step #1. Download and launch dr.fone.

Step #2. Select the “Repair” option from the main menu.

Select Repair Option in Dr.fone Software

Step #3. Connect the iPhone to the computer with a cable and click on “Start.”

Click on Start in Dr.Fone Software

Step #4. Go through the iPhone details and click “Next.”

Connect iPhone and Click on Next in dr.fone Software

Step #5. Enter the iPhone into DFU mode. In the case of iPhone 7, 8, or X, turn off the iPhone first and then hold the Volume Down and Power buttons together for 10 seconds. Then release the Power button but continue holding the Volume Down button. You’ll enter DFU mode. If you’re using an older iPhone, press the Home Button, not the Volume Down.

Reboot iPhone 7-7 Plus while Using dr.fone Software

Reboot iPhone X, 8-8 Plus while Using dr.fone Software

Step #6. Dr.fone will detect the correct firmware. Click on “download.”

Download dr.fone on your Computer

Download Process dr.fone on your Computer

Step #7. Next, click on “Fix Now” to restore the iPhone.

Click on Fix Now in dr.fone Software

Step #8. Restart and start using normally!

Repair iOS using Dr.fone Software

This process should help you fix your iPhone. However, if you have suffered any data loss, you can restore that using another tool called dr.fone – Recover.

With this tool, you can selectively choose which files you want to restore from your iCloud or iTunes backups, or even directly from your iPhone. You can preview all your lost data in a gallery, select the ones you want to restore, and then restore them either to your iPhone or the computer.

That’s all, folks!

Recover Selective iPhone Apps and Data using dr.fone Software