Your iPhone screen says iPhone Unavailable and you can’t get in? Don’t worry, your iPhone isn’t malfunctioning; it’s just locked for security reasons. And fortunately, it’s easy to fix. This article will explain what the iPhone Unavailable message means and how to quickly fix or unlock an iPhone that is unavailable.
- What does iPhone Unavailable mean, and why does it occur?
- How long does iPhone Unavailable last?
- How to unlock iPhone when it says iPhone Unavailable?
- Way 1: Erase iPhone directly from the iPhone Unavailable screen
- Way 2: Unlock unavailable iPhone with iSumsoft iPhone Passcode Refixer
- Way 3: Fix iPhone Unavailable with iTunes
- Way 4: Unlock Unavailable iPhone with iCloud Find My iPhone
What does iPhone Unavailable mean, and why does it occur?
When your iPhone says iPhone Unavailable, it means it is locked and blocked from access for security reasons. This typically happens if there are several consecutive failed passcode attempts on the lock screen. This is a security measure designed by Apple to prevent an iPhone from hackers.
It’s worth noting that this can sometimes happen even without artificially entering the wrong passcode multiple times in a row. We’ve heard that some iPhones suddenly show iPhone Unavailable after a charge, restart, or update. In these cases, the most likely cause is that the iPhone tries to unlock itself with random passcodes without you realizing it. This can happen if the iPhone has a software glitch or screen problem.
How long does iPhone Unavailable last?
How long the iPhone Unavailable lasts depends on how many consecutive failed passcode attempts there have been. The more failed passcode attempts, the longer iPhone Unavailable lasts, which can range from a few minutes to several hours.
The iPhone Unavailable screen usually shows a timer telling you that how long it will last. For example, “iPhone Unavailable, try again in 1 minutes” means that the issue will last for 1 minute, after which you can try again to enter the passcode to unlock the iPhone. As the number of incorrect password attempts increases, the iPhone will remain unavailable longer, like 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 1 hour, or more. If the iPhone says iPhone Unavailable without a timer, it means your iPhone is permanently unavailable until you fix it.
Fortunately, no matter how long the iPhone Unavailable lasts, you can easily unlock it and regain access. Now let’s see how to do that.
How to unlock iPhone when it says iPhone Unavailable?
If the iPhone Unavailable screen shows a timer and you still know the passcode, all you need to do to unlock the iPhone is wait until the timer expires and enter the passcode correctly. But what if you have forgotten your iPhone passcode or the iPhone Unavailable screen doesn’t show a timer? So that’s where this article comes in. We’ll show you four ways to fix or unlock an unavailable iPhone in this situation.
Way 1: Erase iPhone directly from the iPhone Unavailable screen
If your iPhone says iPhone Unavailable with a timer, you will have the opportunity to erase and unlock it directly from its screen. This is the way to go if you’re hoping to fix your unavailable iPhone without using a computer. You will need your Apple ID password.
Step 1: Keep entering the passcode on your iPhone screen until you see “iPhone Unavailable (or Security Lockout), try again in 15 minutes”.
Step 2: Tap Erase iPhone, tap Erase iPhone again, and then enter your Apple ID password. The iPhone will automatically erase itself to get out of the unavailable mode.
Tip: The Erase iPhone button appears only if the iPhone has Find My iPhone enabled and is unavailable for 15 minutes.
Way 2: Unlock unavailable iPhone with iSumsoft iPhone Passcode Refixer
iSumsoft iPhone Passcode Refixer is a specialized iPhone unlocking tool designed to unlock locked, disabled, or unavailable iPhones. This is an ideal option if you get the iPhone Unavailable screen without a timer or Erase iPhone button. The tool allows you to quickly remove forgotten iPhone passcodes and get out of unavailable mode with just a few clicks.
You need to download and install iSumsoft iPhone Passcode Refixer on your PC, then follow the steps below to unlock your unavailable iPhone.
Step 1: Launch iSumsoft iPhone Passcode Refixer on your PC and choose the Unlock Lock Screen option.
Step 2: Click Start, then connect your iPhone to your PC via an Apple Lightning-to-USB cable. Click Next after confirming that your iPhone is connected, and the software will automatically detect your iPhone.
Step 3: Click Download to download the iOS firmware required to unlock the Unavailable iPhone. The download will begin automatically as soon as you click Download, and then all you have to do is wait for the download to complete.
Step 4: When the firmware download is complete, click the Unlock button and the software will immediately begin unlocking your unavailable iPhone.
Step 5: In a few minutes, you’ll see Unlocked Screen Successfully on the software page, which means that your iPhone has successfully got out of the unavailable mode and unlocked.
Way 3: Fix iPhone Unavailable with iTunes
Another common solution to fix an unavailable iPhone is to use iTunes to restore it. You also need a computer to perform the following steps.
Step 1: Connect your unavailable iPhone to your computer via an Apple Lightning-to-USB cable, then put it in recovery mode by pressing the following keys.
Press and quickly release the Volume Up button, press and quickly release the Volume Down button, and then hold down the Side button until the iPhone enters recovery mode.
Step 2: Open iTunes on your computer and then choose the Restore option from the pop-up dialog.
Step 3: Follow the on-screen instructions and iTunes will restore the unavailable iPhone to factory settings to unlock it.
Way 4: Unlock Unavailable iPhone with iCloud Find My iPhone
Finally, you can try to use the Find My iPhone app that comes with iCloud to unlock your unavailable iPhone. This requires that your iPhone has Find My iPhone enabled and that you can log in to your Apple ID.
Step 1: Log in to the iCloud Find My iPhone page with your Apple ID from any web browser on any accessible device.
Tip: If you are unable to log in to your Apple ID because of two-factor authentication, this method won’t work for you.
Step 2: After you’re logged in, select the iPhone that is unavailable, and then click Erase iPhone.
Step 3: Answer the questions on the page, and the Find My iPhone app will remotely erase your unavailable iPhone to unlock it.
iPhone Unavailable is a common and frustrating issue in iOS 15 and later, but fortunately there are a number of easy fixes available. Apple allows you to unlock an unavailable iPhone using iTunes, iCloud, and the Erase iPhone button on your iPhone’s screen. In case none of these methods work, iSumsoft iPhone Passcode Refixer will help. The tool allows you to safely and quickly unlock an unavailable iPhone without using iTunes and Apple ID.