Cleaning a password-locked iPhone isn’t one of the easiest procedures for an average user — it takes some technical knowledge, a computer at hand, and a lot of internet research to fix the problem. The work is such that many people prefer to seek assistance, or give up on recovering the device.
In that sense, Apple has made the task easier with the update to iOS 15.2 and allows you to restore an iPhone from the locked screen. Thus, there is no need for any advanced knowledge and it does not require the use of a computer. The option “Erase iPhone” will appear as a native option of the system, as long as the device is connected to an internet network.
This option does not guarantee, however, that anyone has access to personal data after cleaning the device. It will remain locked until logged in via iCloud with the Apple ID registered by the owner. Check out all the resource requirements below:
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- iPhone must be updated to iOS 15.2 or higher;
- The device must be connected to a mobile or Wi-FI network;
- You must have access to the Apple ID registered on the device to configure it.
How to erase the iPhone
To wipe your iPhone directly from the lock screen, you might try entering a random authentication code until the device asks you to try again later. Then repeat this step until “Erase iPhone” appears on the screen. So, follow the steps below:
- Tap the “Erase iPhone” option and confirm it again. Then sign in with your Apple ID to get it out of the device;
- Select “Erase iPhone” to permanently delete data and settings;
- Once you restart your iPhone, follow the onscreen instructions to set it up again, restore your data, and back up to iCloud.
Ready! From now on, you can use iPhone again with your Apple ID and a new lock password.