How to Disable a iPhone

Kyle Wood

iPhone, Tutorials

How to Disable an iPhone

Disabling an iPhone can be useful in situations where you need to temporarily or permanently restrict access to your device. Whether you want to prevent unauthorized access or troubleshoot a problem, this tutorial will guide you through the steps of disabling your iPhone.

Method 1: Using the Passcode Lock

If you want to quickly disable your iPhone without completely powering it off, the passcode lock feature is a convenient option. Follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Step 2: Scroll down and tap on “Face ID & Passcode” or “Touch ID & Passcode” depending on your device.
  3. Step 3: Enter your passcode when prompted.
  4. Step 4: Toggle off the “iPhone Unlock” option. This will disable the ability to unlock your device using Face ID, Touch ID, or your passcode.

Method 2: Enabling Airplane Mode

Airplane Mode is a great way to disable most wireless communication features on your iPhone. Here’s how you can enable it:

  1. Step 1: Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to access Control Center (for iPhones with Home button) or swipe down from the top-right corner (for iPhones without Home button).
  2. Step 2: Tap on the airplane icon to enable Airplane Mode. The icon will turn orange when it’s activated.


Enabling Airplane Mode will disable cellular network, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. However, you can manually re-enable specific features if needed.

Method 3: Using Restrictions (iOS 11 and earlier)

If you’re using an older version of iOS (11 and earlier), you can use the Restrictions feature to disable certain functions on your iPhone.

  • Step 2: Scroll down and tap on “General”.
  • Step 3: Tap on “Restrictions” and enter your passcode when prompted.
  • Step 4: Toggle off the features you want to disable, such as Safari, Camera, or App Store.
  • Note:

    The Restrictions feature has been replaced by Screen Time in newer versions of iOS. If you’re using iOS 12 or later, refer to the next method.

    Method 4: Using Screen Time (iOS 12 and later)

    If you’re using iOS 12 or a newer version, Screen Time provides advanced restrictions options. Here’s how to use it:

    1. Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
    2. Step 2: Tap on “Screen Time”.
    3. Step 3: Tap on “Content & Privacy Restrictions” and enable it if not already enabled.
    4. Step 4: Set a passcode for Screen Time restrictions.
    5. Step 5: Customize the restrictions according to your preferences. You can disable specific apps, limit app usage, and more.


    Screen Time provides a wide range of options to manage and restrict various aspects of your iPhone usage. Explore the settings to tailor the restrictions to your needs.

    By following these methods, you can easily disable your iPhone as per your requirements. Whether it’s for security purposes or to limit distractions, knowing how to disable your device is a valuable skill.

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