How to Restore/Unlock Disabled iPhone without iTunes

Roxanne updated on Sep 29, 2020 to iPhone Data Recovery | How-to Articles


Here you can learn how to restore disabled iPhone without iTunes via iCloud, third-party iPhone data recovery software, or Siri. Try them to unlock your iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max/X/8 Plus/8/7Plus/7/6s Plus/6s and more without losing data.

Being locked out of an iPhone or iPad can be a frustrating experience. The locked out can be the result of the iPhone being disabled, forgetting the passcode, or any other possibilities. Usually, this headache problem can be easily solved by restoring your iPhone using recovery mode. But sometimes, you can't use recovery mode because of broken buttons, stuck buttons, unknown errors like error 9, or any other problems that make buttons unusable. Hence, you have to look for some iTunes alternative ways to get the work done. That's why we write this post, in which we will share with you three practical workarounds to solve this problem.

Reset or unlock disabled iPhone without iTunes via iCloud 

Apart from iTunes, using iCloud is another convenient option to remove/reset any disabled or password locked iPhone without iTunes. Similar to iTunes, using this method will also restore your iPhone to factory settings and delete everything, including the password from the iPhone. After restoring, you can regain access to the iPhone. To get started in using iCloud, you'll need to make sure that you have had the "Find My iPhone" feature enabled on the device, and there is a stable internet connection available on your iPhone. (If there is no internet connection on your disabled iPhone, you can use this method to unlock the disabled iPhone with no internet needed)

Step 1. From another device, go to

Step 2. If prompted, sign in with your Apple ID and password.

Step 3. Click All Devices at the top of your browser window. 

Step 4. Select the device you want to erase.

Step 5. Click Erase [device] to erase passcode and unlock the disabled iPhone without iTunes.

Step 6. After erasing, you can restore your iPhone from an iCloud backup.

Unlock iPhone via iCloud

If you have another iOS device at hand, you can also use iOS devices' built-in feature - Find My iPhone to restore or unlock the disabled iPhone without iTunes. Here's how to do it. By the way, the below method also applies to users who have no iTunes or computer.

Step 1. Launch the Find My app or Find My iPhone app on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2. Tap on the Devices and select the device you want to restore.

Step 3. Scroll down to tap "Erase This Device."

Step 4. Tap "Continue", then your device will be automatically erased.

Step 5. After that, you can set up your iPhone and restore it from an iCloud backup.

Reset iPhone via Find My iPhone app

Restore disabled iPhone data without iTunes backup with EaseUS iPhone recovery software

If you get your disabled due to some other reasons, for example, physical damage, you might need another solution to recover your data from the disabled phone. We recommend you to try EaseUS iPhone data recovery software. The program can help you download iCloud backup to PC and restore iPhone data from iCloud backup to PC or Mac.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS iPhone data recovery tool on your computer (Mac or PC), choose Recover from iCloud Backup, and then sign in with your Apple ID.

Choose Recover from iCloud Backup to restore disabled iPhone without iTunes

Step 2. Select the right iCloud backup you want to extract, click Scan to download it to your computer and search lost data.

Select the right iCloud backup from which you wan to restore disabled iPhone without iTunes

Step 3. After the scan, you can choose the right file types and click the specific item to preview the detailed information. And then choose the data and files you want to restore. Finally, click the Recover button to save them to your computer.

Preview and restore disabled iPhone data without iTunes

Reset disabled iPhone without iTunes via Siri (iOS 8.0-iOS12.1)

Apple is found to have left a loophole in its iOS 8.0 – iOS 12.1's Siri feature, which allows you to access your disabled iPhone without a passcode. This won't erase any data on your iPhone, but the process can be a little bit complicated. 

Step 1. Activate Siri by long-press the Home button > Ask her: "What time is it?" to open the iOS clock functionality > Tap on the clock icon.

Step 2. Add a New clock by tapping on the "+" icon. Then, an interface will be popped up to ask you to choose a city, and you can type anything you want > Double-tap on the gibberish you write and choose "Select All."

Reset iPhone via Siri

Step 3. After that, you will be displayed several options like cut, copy, define, and share. Tap on the "Share" from those options.

Step 4. It will open a sharing window with several options listed. Tap on the Message icon to open that application. Next, type anything in the "To:" field and type the return button on the keyboard.

Reset iPhone via Siri

Step 5. Then, your text will be highlighted in green color, select it and tap on the "+" icon.

Step 6. A new window with several options will appear, choose "Create New Contact"> On the new screen, tap on "Add Photo"> "Choose Photo."

Step 7. Your Photos app will be opened. From here, choose any album and wait a moment. Once your album opens, simply press your Home button. Thus, your disabled iPhone will be unlocked.

The Bottom Line

That's all possible methods to restore the disabled iPhone without iTunes. We hope you have found the best solution to restore/unlock a disabled iPhone without iTunes. If all methods mentioned above don't work, you can go to the Apple shop with proof of purchase to ask for help.

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