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  • 25/02/2023

How to reset and erase iPhone, iPad without computer

Apple has added the ability for users to erase or reset a locked iPhone or iPad, without needing to connect them to a PC or Mac. The new feature called Security Lockout, triggers after a number of unsuccessful passcode or pin attempts.

The feature was part of the iOS and iPadOS 15.2 update, which the company released earlier this week. Previously, if you were locked out of your iPhone or iPad, you would need to connect it to a PC or Mac. Now, you can safely erase or reset the device provided its connected to a network.

How to reset and erase iPhone, iPad without computer

9to5Mac spotted the feature first on a detailed Apple Support Page, that listed out how Security Lockout works.

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Once you have reached the threshold of failed login attempts, a new "Erase iPhone" or "Erase iPad" option will appear on the lock screen. Tap on the option, login with your Apple credentials and then you can reset the device.


In case your device is not connected to a network and does not have an active internet connection, the Apple ID authorisation step will fail and you will need to reset the device the old fashioned way, by connecting it to a PC or Mac.

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