Apple rolled out the iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2 updates earlier this week. The update brought a host of new features to iPhones and iPads including Voice Music on Apple Music, Legacy Contact for Apple IDs and enhanced city map and road details in Apple Maps. Apple also introduced a feature called Security Lockout Mode that enables users to erase and reset locked iPhones and iPads without needing a PC or a Mac. Also Read - Apple Spring event 2022 expectations: iPhone SE+, new Mac and iPad Air coming soon
Resetting an iPhone is incredibly simple. All you need to do is head over to the General settings in the Settings app and tap the Transfer or Reset iPhone option. However, resetting an iPhone when you have been locked out of the device is not as simple. Up until now, users required users to connect their iPhones with their Mac or Windows 8 or later-powered PCs. But the newly released Security Lockout Mode changes that. It comes into action when you have been locked out of your device after attempting to enter the correct password. All users need is an active cellular connection or a Wi-Fi network. Also Read - Apple announces Shot on iPhone challenge for iPhone 13 Pro users
Simply put, as long as you have an active Wi-Fi network or a network connection, you can reset your iPhone from the lockscreen, provided you have downloaded and installed iOS 15.2 on your iPhone. Also Read - New leak shows MediaTek Dimensity 9000 is more powerful than Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Exynos 2200
How to reset your iPhone without using a PC or a Mac
If you are stuck in a situation where you are locked out of your iPhone after unsuccessfully trying to enter the password, here’s what you need to do:
Step 1: From your device’s Lock Screen, try entering your passcode until you see the Erase [Device] option in the bottom corner of the screen.
Step 2: Tap the Erase [Device] button and then tap Erase [Device] again to confirm.
Step 3: Enter your Apple ID password to sign out of your Apple ID on your device.
Step 4: Next, tap Erase [Device] to permanently delete all of your data and settings.
Step 5: When your device restarts, follow the onscreen instructions to set up your device again. Restore your data and settings from a backup, and set a new passcode.