Something happens all of a sudden, your iPhone is disabled when you forget the password or upgrade to iOS 11. You can’t use it or even access any of the data on it. while this is a nightmare situation for anyone, you should know that it can be fixed. The only problem is that there is only one way to re-enable the device. The only way to get into a device that has been disabled is to erase it first.
This means that all of the data you had on the device that was not available on an iTunes or iCloud back up file will be deleted. In this article, we are going to share with you three different ways you can erase and recover data from a disabled iPhone.
3 Ways to Erase and Recover Data from Disabled iPhone
Way 1. Erase and Recover Data from Disabled iPhone using iTunes
If you had synced the device with iTunes, follow these simple steps to restore the device and hence enable it.
Step 1: Connect the iPhone to the computer you synced with and then wait for iTunes to sync with your device and create a backup.
Step 2: Once the sync is done, click “Restore iPhone” and once you get to the Setup screen while restoring the iPhone tap “Restore from iTunes backup.” Select the latest backup to restore the device.
Way 2. Erase and Recover Data from Disabled iPhone using iCloud
If you had set up Find my iPhone in iCloud, you can erase the device and then restore it. Here’s how to do it.
Step 1: from any other device go to https://www.icloud.com/find and then sign in with your Apple ID.
Step 2: Click on “All Devices” and then select the device you want to erase. CLICK “Erase iPhone” to erase the device.
Step 3: You can choose to restore the device or set it up as new.
Way 3. Erase your Device with Recovery Mode
If you hadn’t set up Find my iPhone on iCloud or synced your device with iTunes, you can erase the device in recovery mode. Here’s how to do it.
Step 1: Connect the iPhone to the computer and launch iTunes.
Step 2: Force the iPhone to restart. You can do that by holding the Sleep/Wake and the Home buttons down at the same time until you see the recovery screen. (For iPhone 7, you hold the Sleep/Wake and Volume Down Buttons)
Step 3: When you see the option to Restore or Update the iPhone popup in iTunes, choose “Restore” and iTunes will download the software for the device.
Step 4: Wait for the process to finish and then set up the device as new. If the process takes more than 15 minutes, the device will exit recovery mode and you need to start again.
Note: You should make a point to regularly backup your iPhone to PC or Mac using iMyFone D-Back iPhone Data Extractor so as to restore the data to your iPhone in case you ever face such as emergency. It is a great way to get back to normal as fast as possible after data loss.