New ways to reset and delete locked iPhones
iOS 15.2 is full of features, big and small. In addition to functions such as Digital Legacy and App Privacy Report, there is also a long-awaited feature; you can completely erase and reset a locked iPhone without first connecting to a Mac or PC.
If you or someone you know forgets the password, this new feature will come in handy. If you have tried to enter the passcode several times, your iPhone will lock you for a while and you will see a security lock screen.
Previously, resetting or deleting the iPhone in this location was very complicated. If you lock your iPhone, you must put your iPhone in DFU recovery mode, and then restore it via iTunes on Windows, or Finder on Mac. Now, however, you can reset your iPhone, using a small "Erase iPhone" button in the lower right corner. This also applies to iPad and iPod Touch.
Wake up the iPhone and enter any password. Once Apple registers your failed request, a "Security Lock" screen will appear. If you do not see this screen immediately, repeat this process several times. Click the "Delete iPhone" button in the lower right corner; click again to confirm. Enter the Apple ID password and log out your Apple ID on the iPhone (the one connected to the device). Click the "Erase iPhone" button to completely erase all data and settings on the iPhone. Give it some time. When your iPhone restarts, it will be brand new. Now you can follow the instructions on the screen to set up your iPhone. We want you to have an iCloud backup, or an offline backup so that you can restore your data and you can be up and running at any time.
Also, this time, make sure you use a password that you can remember.
As we mentioned at the top,for this feature to work, you need to be connected to a wifi or cellular network. If you can't do this, you need to use the classic recovery mode on your PC or Mac to restore your iPhone.