pple devices are known to be some of the safest computing devices on the planet. Whether it’s the MacBook or the iPhone, Apple ensures highest levels of data privacy and security on its devices – something which rivals Android manufacturers haven’t managed to achieve so far. That’s why Apple confidently claimed during the CES 2019 – What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone. However, the extreme security measures could at times backfire where the rightful owner of the device may be punished for unlocking an Apple device with the wrong passcode repeatedly. Some like this happened to Evan Osnos’ iPad, which got locked for 48 years!
Osnos took to Twitter to share his issue with the world when his iPad got locked for 48 years. Osnos says his 3-year-old was trying to unlock the iPad repeatedly with the wrong passcode. As with all iOS devices, the iPad locked the child from inputting the wrong passcode for a few moments. However, if the user keeps on inputting the wrong passcode repeatedly, iOS locks the device for longer durations. Osnos’ son tried repeatedly for so long that his iPad got locked for 25,536,442 minutes, which in simple English is 48 years.
Now, this is a common issue with many iPhone or iPad users. Your iPhone, iPad or iPod may be disabled for long if you fail to input the correct password repeatedly. In Osmos’ case, waiting for the 48 years to get back your iPad may not be practical in any way. And if this happens to someone’s iPhone, then it would be really inconvenient to wait for your iPhone to let you unlock after such a long while.
The post, as expected, gathered some hillarious solutions from the Twitterati. “Next time just give the kid the passcode.” wrote Jim Bonbright. GeorgeFWtason wrote, “Time travel seems to be your best bet.” Another Twitter member by the name of Salim Rasheed.exe wrote, ” i’d say their 52nd birthday present is sorted, but it’ll probably fix itself sometime in 2038.”
However, if you face such as an issue with your iPhone, iPad or iPod, there’s a way to get back your device without letting it go into oblivion.
How to get rid of ‘iPhone is disabled’ issue?
In most scenarios, the device may ask you to wait for a few minutes before which you can attempt to unlock the device again. If you manage to get its right in the following attempts, then your iOS device can easily be accessed.
If you face an issue similar to Osnos’, then there are two ways to get your iPhone or iPad working again:
Restoring it via iTunes: Connect your iPhone/iPad/iPod to your computer and open iTunes. Restore the last backup on your iOS device and wait for the installation to happen. Once the restoration is complete, you can use your iOS device normally. Do note that it is important to have the recent iTunes backup of your device on your computer.
Performing a hard reset via Recovery Mode: Get your iPhone or iPad into Recovery Mode and try to reset the device. If resetting isn’t possible, then go into DFU mode and reset it as a new device. Note that this will erase all your data on the device.
Note: It’s always wise to create a backup of your iOS device on your computer via iTunes. In situations like these, a backup would help you get back your device as well as gain back your data.