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Unlock iPhone 3 / 3GS /4 / 4S / 5 / 5S / 5C / SE / 6 / 6S /6 Plus / 6S Plus / 7 / 7 Plus 8 / 8 Plus / X / iPad / iPod / Apple Watch
So you have a problem with your beloved Apple device - you need to unlock iPhone.
I hear you:
It is the most frustrating thing in the world when you need to unlock your iPhone but you can't.
All sorts of questions buzz around your head:
- Will I be able to use my iPhone again?
- Have I lost all my data?
- How do I fix it?
This is where my useful articles on the various iPhone lock issues (below) can help.
But before you dive in you need to know which type of iPhone lock issue you have.
There are 3 different types of lock on an iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad & iPod – which do you have?
- iCloud unlock
- Unlock iPhone
- Passcode / password unlock
Yep, they all sound very similar but are very, very different from each other.
They also require completely different solutions.
If you are confused by the difference between them let me explain:
1. iCloud unlock
If you have inherited, found, been given, or bought a used iPhone that was owned by someone else but can't set it up as yours then it is probably iCloud locked.
Telltale signs include:
- When you try to set it up it asks for the details of the previous owner
- It shows you the activation lock screen
- You can't complete the setup process or skip the activation lock screen
If this is your issue then you need to do an iCloud unlock or bypass.
2. Unlock iPhone
You can't use another SIM in your iPhone. When you do replace your SIM with another you cant make or receive calls. This issue is called an iPhone lock.
Telltale signs include:
- Buying your iPhone as part of a contract with a carrier instead of buying it directly from Apple
- Invalid SIM or No SIM Card installed error
If this is your issue then you need to do an iPhone unlock so you can use your device on any network.
3. Password/passcode unlock
When you try to access your iPhone or iPad it asks for a 4 or 6 digit code.
If you can't remember this code and you enter it incorrectly a number of times you get a message that says:
- iPhone disabled, or
- iPhone disabled connect to iTunes
The message will appear even if you have never used iTunes before.
If this is your issue then you need to unlock your iPhone passcode.