Resetting a locked iPhone or iPad has always been a hassle, but the new iOS 15.2 update makes things easier.
As seen by 9to5MacApple now allows users to erase or reset a locked iPhone or iPad without having to connect it to a Mac or PC first.
So if their iPhone 13 or iPad mini 6 is locked due to too many password attempts, users can now erase and reset the device from the lock screen. All it requires is an active network connection. Obviously, this method is not limited to the devices mentioned above and it will also work in our picks for the best iPhones and the best iPads.
After a few unsuccessful password attempts, the option “Erase iPhone” appears in the lower right corner of the screen. The device reboots completely, erasing all the data along with it. This means that users will have to start from scratch.
If there is no active network connection, users will have to go the traditional route of connecting it to a Mac or PC with iTunes.
In versions prior to iOS 15, the recovery method has been more cumbersome. Users would connect their iPhone or iPad to a PC or Mac with iTunes, which puts the device in DFU recovery mode. DFU stands for Device Firmware Update. The process also required users to press the up, down, and then the power button in that specific order. Users would have to hold down that power button for about 30 seconds. This launches it into DFU mode. Then a “restore” message appears on the computer screen.
After the restore process is complete, users will still need to sign in with their Apple ID and password. This means that if someone is trying to restore a lost or stolen iPhone, they will be out of luck.
The iOS 15.2 update also brings many other updates, including Apple’s new Apple Music Voice plan, a better notification summary, a new Digital Legacy feature, new macro camera controls for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, and more. . So be sure to download the update and check out our guide to all the new iOS 15.2 features.