How to Reset Locked iPhone

Last updated on Jan 16th, 2018 by Ian McEwan

When you plan to sell or give your old locked iPhone away to others, have you ever considered to remove all your personal information since it could be recovered easily by someone up to no good? Or if you forget the passcode or type the wrong passcode too many times, it won’t be that simple to get your phone back to “normal”. Here we provide you with four feasible methods to perform factory reset on a locked or disabled iPhone, including the traditional Apple’s way and iMyfone Umate pro’s way. Then you can have a comparison and make your own choice.

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Method 1: Perform Factory Reset Locked/Disabled iPhone via iTunes

Notice: This method will only work when you have synced your iPhone with iTunes and turn off “Find My iPhone

Step 1: Connect your phone to your PC via a USB cable.

Step 2: Launch your iTunes on your computer that you synced with before. If you are required a passcode enter, jump to Method 3 and try to use Recovery Mode.

Step 3: Click“ Back up now ”to back up your iPhone first since all your media and other data will be erased after reset.

Step 4: Click “Restore iPhone” when you are ready.

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Step 5: A warning will turn up to check whether you are sure to restore your iPhone since all your dat will be erased and “the newest version of the iPhone software will be installed”. Please press“Restore”.

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Step 6: At last, your iPhone will restart and you can set it as a new phone or begin a recovery from a backup.

Method 2: Perform Factory Reset Locked/Disabled iPhone via iCloud

Notice: This method will work when you have “Find My iPhone” enabled and your iPhone is connected to a network.

Step 1: Log in with your Apple account on the website. official site

Step 2: Tap on “All Devices”.

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Step 3: Then you will see several devices are listed. Click the one which you wish to reset and then tap on “Erase iPhone”. All the data in your iPhone will be erased including your passcode.

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Method 3: Perform Factory Reset Locked/Disabled iPhone via Recovery Mode

Notice: If you have never backed up with iTunes or enabled “Find My iPhone”in iCloud, you can choose the recovery mode to perform a hard reset.

Step 1: Launch iTunes and connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable.

Step 2: This step should be based on which iPhone model you have.

  • If you have an iPhone X/8/8Plus, press and quickly release the Volume Up button, press and quickly release the Volume Down button, then press and hold the Side button for recovery mode showing up on the screen.
  • If you have an iPhone 7/7Plus, press Sleep/Wake button and the Volume Down button together and hold for a while until the recovery mode turns up.
  • If you have an iPhone 6s or older, press and hold the Home and Sleep/Wake button together and hold for a while.

Step 3: Tap “Restore”and then iTunes will download software for your iPhone.

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⚠ If it doesn't work, learn how to Factory Reset Locked/Disabled iPhone via DFU Mode.

Method 4: Perform Factory Reset Locked/Disabled iPhone via iMyfone Umate pro

Notice: If you find methods mentioned above do no suit you for its complicity and the complete loss of all data, you may want to try iMyfone Umate pro. Only with three simple steps can you factory reset your iPhone without any data loss. But before using that, you need to have “Find my iPhone” turned off.

Step 1: Launch iMyfone Umate pro and connect your phone to computer.

Umate Pro

Step 2: When you see the main window, tap on“Erase”after choosing “Erase All Data”mode. You will see other four different modes which you can choose based on your need.

Umate Pro Erase All Data

Step 3: After typing “delete” to confirm, tap on “Erase Now”to remove all data on your iPhone. Please be aware that all your data will be erased permanently and cannot be recovered, so you need to back up your data in advance.

See how simple it is? iMyfone Umate Pro is the safest iPhone data eraser in the world. Here are key features of it so that you are able to have a well-rounded understanding of Umate pro:

  1. A preview of your data will be displayed and you can delete your unwanted files forever.
  2. All of your private data will be erased permanently with 0% recovery.
  3. There are three security levels so you can select the one that works for you.
  4. Five different erasing modes are provided, so you can use it to free up your iPhone space and protect your privacy as well.
  5. Over 20 kinds of files including third-party apps could be wiped.
  6. It is compatible with the latest iOS 11.
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Bottom Line

When your iPhone is disabled or attacked by virus, or you just simply want to have a fresh new iPhone, you can refer to this passage which is a complete guide on how to factory reset your locked iPhone in four different ways.

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