[2024 Guide] How to Reset Disabled iPhone without iTunes

We can restore a disabled iPhone to factory settings to make it accessible. Read this guide to know how to reset disabled iPhone without iTunes.


By Lena / Updated on May 31, 2024

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Your iPhone is disabled because of 10 failed passcode attempts. In this case, you have no choice but to perform a factory reset to give it back to life. Generally speaking, when iPhone is disabled, we should connect iPhone to computer and restore it with iTunes. However, due to one of the following reasons, you may want to restore disabled iPhone without iTunes.

● No iTunes installed. You may have no computer at hand or you may not have iTunes on your computer to perform a reset.
● Fail to put iPhone into recovery mode. You may have tried many times but you just cannot put your iPhone into recovery mode successfully.
iTunes cannot recognize iPhone. It seems that the iPhone is not properly connected to the computer, making it difficult for iTunes to recognize your iPhone.                                         

Fortunately, iTunes is not the only way to restore a disabled iPhone. In this guide, I’ll detail three ways on how to reset disabled iPhone without iTunes. You can read first and then choose the one that works best for your situation.

Apply to all iPhone models, including iPhone 14/13/12/11/X/8/7. Also, you can follow this guide to reset disabled iPad without iTunes.

Way 1. How to Reset Disabled iPhone without iTunes but via iCloud.com

If you have enabled Find My iPhone feature, you can rely on iCloud to reset your iPhone. This feature can help users track and find iOS devices. In addition, it can also help users reset device remotely. It’s a very convenient way to restore disabled iPhone without iTunes to factory settings or erase iPhone without password.

Reset Disabled iPhone via iCloud

Step 1. Open a browser on computer/another device and go to iCloud.com.

Step 2. Log in to your account with Apple ID and passcode.

Step 3. Click All Devices option at the top to show all your devices.

Step 4. Find the iPhone that has been disabled and click it.

Step 5. Click Erase iPhone option. If your iPhone is online, the erase action will start immediately. Otherwise, the action will start when the disabled iPhone is connected to the network.

Erase iPhone

How to Reset Disabled iPhone without iTunes but via Another iDevice

If you have another iDevice, you can take advantage of Find My app to restore disabled iPhone without iTunes. The Find My app offers the same function like iCloud to help you track and reset iPhone remotely.

Reset Disabled iPhone via Find My App

Step 1. Open Find My app > If you are not already logged in, please do so.

Step 2. Tap Devices option on the bottom and it will show all your devices that use the same Apple ID.

Step 3. Set the disabled iPhone > Tap Erase This Device.

Erase This Device

Step 4. Tap Continue to confirm and it will start resetting the disabled iPhone to factory settings.

How to Reset Disabled iPhone without iTunes but via FoneTool

If you have a computer at hand and this computer has to be trusted by your iPhone before, then you can let FoneTool help you reset disabled iPhone.

FoneTool is one professional iOS data manager for Windows PC users. It offers various functions to help users better manage iPhone, including data backup & restore, data transfer, HEIC converter, Photo Deduplication, Erase iPhone, etc. You can first backup important data and then let the iPhone Eraser tool help you reset iPhone to factory settings quickly.

? Video Tutorial of How to Reset Disabled iPhone without iTunes:

Reset Disabled iPhone without iTunes or iCloud

Step 1. Click the download button to get FoneTool.

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Step 2. Launch FoneTool > Connect your iPhone with the USB cable.

Step 3. Click Toolbox and choose iPhone Eraser.

Click Erase iPhone

Step 4. Adjust the settings according to your situation.

Erase Options

Step 5. Click Erase Data > A warning message will appear and click Yes to confirm.

Begin Erase

How to Quickly Backup iPhone to computer

If you want to backup iPhone before factory reset, the Selective Backup or Full backup can do you a favor. The former will help you backup selected files while the latter will backup all content and settings.

Full Backup

In addition, you can also choose the iPhone to PC of Phone Transfer to transfer important photos, videos, music, contacts, messages, etc. from iPhone to computer. It’s possible to transfer purchased and non-purchased items.

Transfer to Computer

Final Words

That’s all about how to reset disabled iPhone without iTunes. When the iPhone is disabled, we have no choice but to restore it to factory settings. If you cannot access iTunes or cannot put iPhone into recovery mode, you can choose one of the methods in this guide to factory reset iPhone.

Lena · Editor
Lena is an editor of FoneTool, she covers backup & restore, and phone data management and so on. She enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She takes most of time with her family when she is not working.