In iOS 15.2, Apple finally added the ability to erase and restore a locked iPhone or iPad, without connecting it to a PC or Mac.

iOS 15.2 , released this week , introduces the ability for users to reset their locked iPhone or iPad without needing to connect to a Mac or Windows PC.

As noted in a support document (via 9to5Mac ), iOS and iPadOS 15.2 add a new “Erase [Device]” option for when a device is locked due to multiple failed passcode entry attempts.

The new option is a welcome addition and a departure from the previous method, which required customers to put their iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌ into DFU mode and restore it via Finder on Mac or iTunes on Windows.

After a couple of failed passcode attempts, the “Erase iPhone” option will appear at the bottom of the screen. Just tap it, confirm you want to reset your device, then enter your Apple ID password to deregister your account. The device will reset itself, completely erasing all data.

If the device cannot connect to Wi-Fi or cellular, the Apple ID authorization step will fail and the device cannot be formatted. In that case, we will have to resort to the traditional DFU-> PC method.

iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2 include a number of new features, including a new App Privacy Report, the Apple Music Voice Plan, and more.

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