We’ll tell you why your Apple ID has been locked or disabled for security reasons and how to fix it.
Your Apple ID is important to your Apple device. This determines whether you can use iCloud, the App Store, Apple Pay, and more. If your iPhone suddenly says that your Apple ID is locked or disabled, you won’t be able to access Apple services until you unlock your Apple ID.
So why is your Apple ID locked or disabled and how can you restore full access to your iPhone? Don’t worry. We are here to help you. Read!
Why is my Apple ID locked for security reasons?
For security purposes, Apple automatically locks your Apple ID when it detects that you or someone else has entered your password or other account information incorrectly too many times. You may see one of the following messages:
- “This Apple ID has been disabled for security reasons.”
- “You cannot log in because your account has been disabled for security reasons.”
- “This Apple ID has been locked for security reasons.”
The main reasons for your Apple ID being locked or disabled are:
- Too many incorrect password attempts
- Failed to answer security questions correctly
- Your account has been inactive for a long time.
- Abnormal behavior with Apple ID
How to fix a locked or disabled Apple ID
Whatever the reason your Apple ID is locked, luckily, it can be fixed. Here are 4 methods you can try.
Method 1. Fix locked or disabled Apple ID by resetting Apple ID password
The fastest and easiest way to get full access to your iPhone is to change your Apple ID password. You can do this on your iPhone or other trusted Apple device. However, please note that you need to know your Apple ID password.
Here are the steps:
- Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap Your Name > Password & Security > Change Password.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to reset your password.
To reset your Apple ID password on a trusted Mac, click Apple menu > Preferences > Apple ID > Password & Security and follow the onscreen instructions.
After multiple unsuccessful attempts to unlock your account, your Apple ID will remain locked and you can try again the next day.
Method 2. Fix locked or disabled Apple ID using Apple iforgot
Forgot your Apple ID password? Do not panic. There is one way to unlock Apple ID – use Apple iforgot.
- Go to iforgot.apple.com/password/verify/appleid.
- Enter your Apple ID, type the characters in the image, and click Continue.
- Enter the phone number you use for your Apple ID, then click Continue.
- If you have two-factor authentication turned on, follow the on-screen instructions to reset your password.
Method 3. Fix a locked or disabled Apple ID using a third-party Apple ID key
Another way to unlock your Apple ID is to use a third-party Apple ID unlock. Note that using this method may result in data loss depending on your iOS version and whether Find My iPhone is turned on. One more thing, once your Apple ID is successfully unlocked, you will no longer be able to use the Erase All Content and Settings feature on your iPhone, otherwise your iPhone will go to the activation lock screen and you won’t be able to do anything about it.
There are many Apple ID keys available online, just choose the one you like and follow the on-screen instructions to unlock your Apple ID.
Method 4. Fix a locked or disabled Apple ID through Apple Support
If none of the above methods successfully unlock your Apple ID, it is recommended that you contact Apple’s official support directly for assistance.
- Go to Apple Support.
- Select Apple ID > Disable Apple ID.
- Select a theme, then click Continue.
- Select your preferred contact method and Apple will contact you.
Tips to prevent your Apple ID from being locked or disabled
Not being able to use your Apple ID is difficult. To prevent your Apple ID from being locked or disabled again, take the following steps:
- Set a strong password.
- Write down your password and keep it in a safe place.
- Do not share your Apple ID with others.
- Enable two-factor authentication to make your Apple ID more secure.
- Before buying a used iPhone, make sure it has lost its Apple ID.
- Do not click on phishing links.
We hope you have successfully unlocked your disabled Apple ID using one of the above methods. To avoid this problem again, we recommend taking a few steps to protect your Apple ID.
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