How To Fix ‘iPhone is Disable. Connect to iTunes’ Error Message


If your iPhone says ‘iPhone is disabled. Try again in X minutes’ or ‘iPhone is disabled.connect to iTunes’  this article will fix that problem just have a look how it is fixing the problem. Disabled iPhone, usually caused by typing in the incorrect passcode too many times, are a common event. Here we explain how to fix disabled iPhone using iTunes. This is relatively simple but worrying notification that you may have seen on your iPhone.

iPhone is Disabled. Try Again in 1 Minute:

That is not too bad. But it might be worse.

iPhone is Disabled. Try Again in 60 Minutes:

Irritating and here is the worst error message of all.

iPhone is Disabled. Connect to iTunes:

These range from mildly disturbing to totally undermining but you absolutely should not ignore them. If you see the third message things are bad you will be able to unlock the iPhone by attaching it to iTunes but the data on the phone will be washed as part of the recovery process so we hope you back up. The warning that involves a waiting period is less worrying but can ramp up to the more serious problem if you are not careful.

Fix 'iPhone is Disable. Connect to iTunes' Error Message

What Does The Error Message Mean?

These error messages almost always mean you have got the passcode mistake too many times and the iPhone has locked down to guard itself against a possible hacking attempt.

The iPhone has strong built-in security measures and one of these is designed to prevent brute-force attempts to avoid the passcode.

If an iPhone felon could just keep guessing passcode and especially if they can hook it up to a piece of software that rattles through guesses far quicker than a human then eventually the did break in. If you use a four-digit code remember there are only 10,000 combinations which fortune tool guesses could be cracked by a human in 4 hours and 6 minutes and by a computer in 6 minutes and 34 seconds.

To prevent this approach iOS designed makes it harder for someone to input lots of incorrect passcodes. Get it wrong a few times and you can carry on as normal make six or seven false attempts and it will just slow you down a bit but the more times you get it wrong the tougher things get. Once you get to 10 that’s it no more guesswork for you.

Here is how the error messages tie into the number of wrong guesses.

  • If 6 incorrect guesses then iPhone is disabled. Try again in 1 minute.
  • If 7 incorrect guesses then iPhone is disabled. try again in 5 minutes.
  • If 8 incorrect guesses then iPhone is disabled. Try again 15 minutes.
  • If 9 incorrect guesses then iPhone is disabled. Try again in 60 minutes.
  • If 10 incorrect guesses then iPhone is disabled. Connect to iTunes.

In another word, the way to avoid seeing these messages in future is to both be more careful about input your passcode use Touch ID rather if your phone supports it or stop using a passcode at all. Please note that the time lags noted above are automatically activated on your iPhone, and cannot be turned off. Allow us to note in passing however that there is a stated and more extreme security measure that is optional one that will clean the device simply if someone gets the passcode wrong 10 times in a line. This is useful if your iPhone contains data you cannot allow to fall into the wrong hands. Go into settings then Touch ID and passcode and if you scroll down to the bottom you will see a toggle next to ‘Erase Data’.


For anywhere up to 9 incorrect guesses, all you need to do is wait. You can not do more while you are waiting but you can still make emergency calls tap the button at the bottom named Emergency.

Once the waiting period is up the screen of your iPhone will become back to the usual background and you will be able to try again. But it is important that you input your passcode exactly when you next get a chance. If you get it wrong again you will be increased to the next waiting period.

As soon as you get to the 60-minute wait you are in your lowest life. Get it wrong one more time and you will be locked out until you plug the iPhone into iTunes and the data on the device will realistically be unrecoverable.

If you are getting anywhere near the 10-guess limit step very the correct passcode written down anywhere or is there anyone else who knows it? It may be worth writing down every guess you make from now on but this is only to help run the memory somewhat cleverly iOS counts multiple entries of the same wrong passcode as one wrong guess so you do not need to worry about waiting for any guesses renewing yourself. If you do reach the 10th incorrect guess you will have to move on to the next section of this.

Restore Your iPhone by Connecting to iTunes:

You have arrived your limits of incorrect passcode guesses and we are sorry to tell you that you need to clear the iPhone. You will be able to restore the data from your latest backup. If that is any comfort you did backup right? You can restore via iTunes. We will look at iTunes first it is usually easier. Connect the iPhone to the Mac or PC it is regularly synced with and start up iTunes if it does not do so automatically. Wait to give iTune a chance to sync your device then click restore iPhone and follow the onscreen prompts. Once iTunes has finished erasing the iPhone data you will get to the setup screen as if you are setting up a new device. you will get the option at this point to select restore from iTunes backup and choose the right back up.

What Does The Error Message Mean

Use Recovery Mode:

Recovery Mode is a more extreme method for cleaning your device and may be worth a try if the above strategy did not work. Here is how to put your iPhone into Recovery Mode.

  1. Plug the USB cable into your computer but do not connect it to the iPhone.
  2. Then Launch iTunes.
  3. press and hold down the home button and sleep/ Wake button for 10 seconds until the iPhone powers off.
  4. Keep hold of the Home button but let go of the sleep/Wake button.
  5. Now plug in the USB Dock to attach the iPhone to the Mac.
  6. iTunes should give a message that says “An iPhone has been detected in recovery mode”.

This is the process how to fix the ‘iPhone is disabled. Connect to iTunes’. If you have any queries let us know in comment sections.


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