iPhone Security Lockout? 4 Useful Ways to Unlock it

Q : “When I woke up I found the message “Security Lockout” on my iPhone 14 screen.  I have no idea what caused it or how I accidentally triggered a Security Lockout. Does anyone explain why it appear and how to get iphone out of security lockout? Thanks in advance.”


The security lockout feature on iPhone protects your device from unauthorised access. After you have entered the wrong passcode several times (usually 5 times), the device’s lock screen will display the message “iPhone Unavailable” or “Security Lockout”. In this article we will explain all about it and share the effective methods on how to fix security lockout on iPhone.

Part 1: What Does Security Lockout Mean on iPhone

What is security lockout on iphone? When a “Security Lockout” or “iPhone Unavailable” notification appears on the iPhone screen, you will not be able to access the device. It is important to note that the iPhone will not be locked the first or second time you enter the wrong passcode, so you still have the opportunity to guess and try. When the iPhone is completely locked, this means that you cannot continue even if you have remembered the correct passcode.

Part 2: How Long Does Security Lockout  Last on iPhone

You will still have 10 attempts to guess the passcode before the iPhone is fully locked. the duration of the security lockout on the iPhone is as follows.

Incorrect password entered 5 times, iPhone will disabled for 1 minute.

Incorrect password entered 7 times, iPhone will unavailable for 5 minutes.

Incorrect password entered 8 times, iPhone Security Lockout for 15 minutes.

Incorrect password entered 9 times will prevent iPhone from being used for 1 hour.

Incorrect password entered 10 times, iPhone will permanently Locked and the only way to unlock the device now is to reset it.

Part 3: How to Unlock/Bypass Security Lockout on iPhone

Way 1: How to Disable Security Lockout on iPhone locked Screen

The Secure Lockout feature has an option that allows you to reset iPhone without computer. If your device is running iOS 15.2 or later, you can reset it by tapping “Erase iPhone”. Here are the detailed instructions.

Step 1: Keep trying the passcode on the iPhone lock screen until the iPhone says “Secure Lockout”.

Step 2: Tap the “Erase iPhone” option that appears under the “Security Lockout” screen. If the message “Secure Lockout” appears on the screen but the option of “Erase iPhone” does not appear, then you will need to move on to the next method.

Step 3: Check the prompt of erase all content and settings and click on “Erase iPhone” again to confirm and continue.

Step 4: Enter your Apple ID and password to sign out the device ,then wait for it to be restored to factory settings.


Way 2: How to Unlock Locked iPhone with iPhone Passcode Genius

If the system on your iPhone is before iOS 15.2 or you don’t want to get sidetracked by the complicated unlocking process,then you can unlock locked iPhone with iPhone Passcode Genius. It is a reliable program that can unlock locked iPhone/iPad within a few clicks. Let”s take a closer look at how it works.

Tip: Please download and install iSunshare iPhone Passcode Genius on your computer before you start, then check if your iTunes is the latest version, if not, please upgrade it.

Step 1: Launch the software and select “Unlock Lock Screen” on the main screen of the software.


Step 2: Tap on the “Start” button to continue. Then follow the instructions to connect your iPhone to your computer using the USB cable and click “Next” to load the device information.


Step 3: On this page the software will show you the latest firmware version available. You will need to select the save path for this firmware package and then click “Download” to start downloading it. This will take some time.


Step 4: Wait for the firmware package to be verified and click “Unlock” and the software will immediately start removing the security lock from your iPhone. Do not disconnect or use your device during this process. Otherwise, the security lock removal may fail.


Now, click “OK” to end the iPhone unlocking process. You can now access your iPhone and set a new passcode for it.


Way 3: Reset Security Lockout iPhone via iTunes/Finder

You can restore iPhone via iTunes, but if you are a Mac user and your system is running macOS 10.15 and later, Finder is the right choice for you. The steps for both are similar.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your computer and put the iPhone into recovery mode if asked to enter a screen passcode to trust this device.

Step 2: Upgrade iTunes to the latest version and launch it.

Step 3: iTunes will automatically detect the locked iPhone and it will pop up an alert window to remind you that there is a problem with your device and you need to restore or update it, click on the “Restore” option to bypass the security lockout on your iPhone. Wait for your iPhone to be reset and you will be able to access your device again.


Way 4: Bypass iPhone Security Lockout via iCloud

iCloud is Apple’s cloud service for users to securely store photos, videos, texts, music, apps and more. When your iPhone is completely locked, you can use iCloud to erase the iPhone, but this method only works with devices that have Find My iPhone enabled.

Tip: If you don’t have a computer, you can bypass the iPhone Security Lockout by signing into the Find My iPhone app on another iOS device.

Step 1: Go to the iCloud and sign in with your locked iPhone’s Apple ID and password.

Step 2: Select the locked iPhone under “All Devices”, click on the “Erase iPhone” option and confirm your selection.


Step 3: After your iPhone has been reset, you can follow the on-screen instructions to set it. If you have a backup of your iPhone stored in iCloud, you can restore your device’s data.

Part 4: FAQ about Security Lockout iPhone 

Q1: How to fix security lockout on iphone without data lose

The only way to get your iPhone out of a security lock without losing data is to enter the correct passcode to unlock it in a limited number of attempts.Otherwise, there will be no program that can fix the iPhone security lockout while retaining the device’s data.

Q2: How to avoid security lockout on my iPhone

This is a security feature built into the iPhone that cannot be turned off manually, so avoiding entering the wrong passcode multiple times is the best way forward. In addition, it’s also a good idea to set up a touch ID or face ID to unlock your iPhone.

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