Updated on Saturday, July 04, 2020
"iPod Touch is disabled, try again in 22, 656, 990 minutes."
"iPod Touch is disabled, connect to iTunes."
This was what you saw after leaving an iPod Touch to a little kid for a couple of minutes. The iPod has been disabled after too many wrong passcode entries. It is terrible, but don't worry, you can still unlock the disabled 1st/2nd/3rd/4th/5th/6th generation iPod Touch with these methods.
If you have synced your iPod Touch to iTunes, the most direct way to unlock the disabled iPod is restoring the iPod via iTunes. By this way, all data on your iPod Touch, including its passcode, will be erased. But you can make a backup beforehand so that you won't lose data after the restore.
Connect your iPod Touch to the computer that you synced with.
Launch iTunes and let iTunes sync your iPod and make a backup.
Once the backup is done, click Restore in Summary Panel.
When the restoring reaches the Set Up screen, choose Restore from iTunes backup and select the backup that you just made.
However, if this is the first time that you sync your iPod Touch with iTunes, the iTunes will ask for a passcode. If you forgot the passcode, here is what you should do.
Run iTunes on your computer and connect your iPod Touch to the computer.
While the iPod is connected, press and hold the Sleep/Wake + Home buttons at the same time until you see the recovery mode screen on your iPod as below.
iTunes will pop up a notification for you to update or restore your device.
Choose Restore and iTunes will reinstall the software on your iPod Touch. All data will be gone after the iPod is enabled.
If iTunes can't restore your disabled iPod Touch 1/2/3/4/5/6, you can use the following two alternatives to unlock the disabled iPod in an easier and more effective way.
The first one is FonePaw iOS Unlocker (opens new window).
It is mainly used to wipe passcode of your iDevices like iPod Touch, iPad, and iPhone. More than that, you can also use it to remove the Apple ID (opens new window) and Screen Time passcode (opens new window) if you have forgotten them. It is so easy to use that within several steps, you can get into the disabled iPod Touch.
Download it from here.
Step 1. Enable the program and you will see the three options on the homepage.
Step 2. Connect your iPod Touch to the computer via USB cable and it will detect your device automatically.
From the Device Category drop-down menu, you can switch it to iPod Touch/ iPad/ iPhone. Also, you can correct the device type and model manually.
When you are sure everything is right, click Start and the program will start downloading the firmware package for your device.
Step 3. When the firmware package is downloaded, a prompt will inform you to enter "0000" to confirm the unlocking. Click Unlock to confirm and it will begin the unlocking.
Step 4. When you see the progress bar goes to 20%, you will need to put the iPod Touch into Recovery mode to continue.
Note: you will receive a prompt to tell you how to put the device into Recovery mode with detailed instructions.
Step 5. After that, the unlocking process will continue. Wait till it finishes. When it is done, you can get into the disabled iPod Touch without a passcode.
When you are using FonePaw iOS Unlocker (opens new window) to wipe the screen passcode, there are four things you must keep in mind:
Removing the screen passcode will erase all data and settings on your iPod Touch. Thus, make sure you have backed up the important data before.
It would be better to disable Find My iPod Touch in advance. If not, you will need to enter the iCloud passcode to reset the device after unlocking.
Your device will be updated to the latest iOS version.
You need to register before unlocking.
The second alternative is FonePaw iOS System Recovery.
FonePaw iOS System Recovery (opens new window) can fix locked/disabled/dead/frozen/bricked iPod Touch in a more simple way.
The program won't ask you for passcode while iTunes does sometimes.
It can fix disabled iPod Touch in recovery mode or DFU mode, under which all iOS devices can be restored from any state.
It provides a step-to-step guide through the whole repair process.
Follow these steps to unlock your iPod Touch without iTunes.
Step 1. Download and install iOS System Recovery on Wins/Mac. Run the program.
Step 2. Plug the disabled iPod Touch into the computer and click Start.
Step 3. The software should detect that your iPod is disabled. Select Advanced Mode and click Confirm to continue.
Step 4. Put your iPod Touch in Recovery mode or DFU mode following the guide on the program.
Step 5. The program will then display the information of your iPod Touch. It is important for you to make sure the info is correct.
Step 6. Click Repair if you have verified the info. The program will begin to unlock your iPod Touch. After it is unlocked, the iPod Touch will reboot and can be used again.
Note: All data will be erased after the repair. If you have a backup, you can restore the iTunes/iCloud backup when setting up the iPod Touch later.
If you don't have access to a computer right now, there is a way allowing you to fix the disabled iPod without a computer: erasing the iPod Touch with iCloud.
Tip: to use iCloud to remove the passcode on iPod Touch, you need to enable Find My iPod Touch on your iPod before the device is disabled.
To restore iPod Touch with iCloud:
On a device (iPhone/iPad or others) with internet access, open a browser and navigate to icloud.com/find (opens new window).
Sign in with your Apple ID.
Click All Devices and select your iPod Touch 1st/2nd/3rd/4th/5th/6th generation.
Choose Erase iPod Touch. It will erase your iPod Touch, including its passcode.
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