Apple Now Allows Users to Reset and Erase Locked iPhones and iPads Without Using a Computer or Mac
Security Lockout mode is a new feature from Apple that allows customers to reset and wipe data from their locked iPhone or iPad without having to connect it to a PC or Mac.
The functionality is included in iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2, both of which were published this week. It also only activates after numerous failed tries to enter the right passcode on your iPhone or iPad.
To allow the resetting procedure, your device must be linked to a cellular or Wi-Fi network.
Users could only reset and delete data on their locked iPhones and iPads after connecting them to a PC or Mac before recently.
Apple has made this task easier for consumers by allowing them to delete and reset their protected devices natively.
The new feature was first noticed by wilsontrendit, and according to Apple’s support website, it’s designed to enable customers to quickly reset their iPhone or iPad if they forget their password.
When you delete data from your iPhone, it is no longer available through the UI, but it isn’t removed from the device’s storage.
Erase iPhone to wipe all of your stuff and settings from storage. For example, before you sell or give away your iPhone, wipe it.
Back up your iPhone before wiping it if you want to keep your content and settings.
You may delete your iPhone from the Settings menu. If you can’t go into Settings, you can delete your iPhone with a computer.
- Go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone. If you’re erasing your iPhone because you’re replacing it with a new iPhone that you have on hand, you can use extra free storage in iCloud to move your apps and data to the new device. Tap Get Started, follow the onscreen instructions, then return to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone.
- Tap Erase All Content and Settings.
When iPhone restarts with all content and settings erased, you have the option to set up the iPhone as new or restore it from a backup. See Turn on and set up iPhone.
Note: If you’re asked to enter your passcode and you’ve forgotten it, see Reset the passcode. If you’re asked to enter your Apple ID password and you’ve forgotten it, see the Recover your Apple ID website.
You can use a Mac or Windows PC to erase all data and settings from your iPhone, restore iPhone to factory settings, and install the latest version of iOS. For example, if you can’t open Settings
Before iPhone is erased, you have the option to back it up. If you make a backup, you can use the backup to restore your data and settings on your iPhone or on a new device. See Restore iPhone from a computer backup.
- Connect iPhone and your computer with a cable.
- Do one of the following:
- In the Finder sidebar on your Mac: Select your iPhone, click General at the top of the window, then click Restore iPhone.To use the Finder to restore iPhone to factory settings, macOS 10.15 or later is required. With earlier versions of macOS, use iTunes to restore iPhone.
- In the iTunes app on a Windows PC: Click the iPhone button near the top left of the iTunes window, click Summary, then click Restore iPhone.
- Follow the onscreen instructions.
See the Apple Support article If you can’t update or restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Strangers will not be able to unlock a locked iPhone or iPad since users must provide their Apple ID credentials to complete the resetting procedure.
The Security Lockout mode will appear on the lock screen if you frequently input wrong passcodes on your smartphone.
It will feature a Remove iPhone or Erase iPad button to completely erase your data and reset your device, depending on which device you have.
After that, you’ll be prompted to enter your Apple ID password in order to sign out of your Apple ID on the device.
It’s vital to remember that if you utilize the Security Lockout option, your data will be fully destroyed from your iPhone or iPad.
As a result, it’s a good idea to double-check that you’ve recently backed up your data and settings before starting.
The feature is also only available to iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2 users.
You’ll still see the disabled warning with a shortcut to your emergency contact if you’re using an older version.
App Privacy Report and support for Apple Music Voice Plan are also included in the iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2 updates.
Apple also published watchOS 8.3, tvOS 15.2, and macOS Monterey 12.1, in addition to the two new software releases.