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[2024] How to Unlock iPhone with Emergency Call Screen

If you have ever forgotten your iPhone passcode, you may understand how frustrating this situation can be. You won't be able to access and use the device. Luckily, there are several solutions to help you unlock the iPhone and regain access to the device without knowing the passcode.

One of the most surprising ways to unlock a locked iPhone is making use of the emergency call screen. In this article, we will take a look at this way to unlock iPhone with emergency call screen and share with you a better alternative.

Part 1. iOS 6.1 Bug Allows You to Unlock iPhone with Emergency Call

Can the emergency call screen really help to unlock iPhone? Well, it depends on the iOS version running on the device. If your locked iPhone is running an old iOS version, namely iOS 6.1, then it is possible to unlock disabled iPhone with emergency call screen.

It is a bug in Apple's iOS 6.1 that allows users to bypass the screen passcode lock on the iPhone. With a few simple taps and button presses on the locked iPhone, you can gain access to the device's Phone app, get your contact list, check your voicemail and even see your photos.

However, emergency call feature won't help you gaining complete access to your iPhone. If you try to access the Home screen or any other part of the device like the Message or Email app, you'll be sent back to the lock screen again.

#1. Dial the Wrong Passcode

To take full advantage of this bug and use it to unlock the iPhone, follow these simple steps:

  • Slide to bring up the passcode lock screen and type in the wrong passcode.
  • Tap "Cancel" on the screen and then "slide to unlock" the device again.
  • At this time, tap "Emergency Call".
  • Hold down the Power button on the device until the "Slide to power off" option shows up, then tap "Cancel".
  • The task bar at the top of the device will appear light blue. Dial an emergency number like 991 or 112, then tap the green call button and immediately tap the red button to cancel the call.
  • Tap the Power button to turn off the screen. Press the Home or the Power button to activate the screen again and then slide to unlock the device.
  • Hold the Power button for about 3 seconds and the tap "Emergency Call" before the screen says "Slide to power off".

unlock iphone with emergency call

You may have to try several times before getting the process to work.

#2. Dial Random Numbers

  • Unlock your iPhone and click on the ‘Emergency’ option on the screen.
  • Enter random numbers and click ‘Call’ option, then get it canceled.
  • Repeatedly dial the random numbers and press the Home button, then the device will be unlocked.

type random numbers

Part 2. How to Unlock Disabled iPhone Screen

The 2 methods introduced above are feasible for iOS 6.1 only. To unlock disabled iPhone/iPad without passcode, just read on to try the methods below.

#1. iPhone Passcode Unlocker Tool Works for All iOS Versions

The solution above can be difficult to implement and will only work for iPhone running iOS 6.1. Apple has already fixed this bug in iOS 6.1.2 update and it is no longer practicable for any iPhone. So, an alternative solution is required for iPhone that is running iOS version higher than 6.1 and here we recommend FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker. This tool will work efficiently to unlock an iPhone or iPad running any iOS versions. It is also very easy to use, and provides a free trial that allows you to check if your iPhone is supported or not.

Key Features of FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker

  • Instantly bypass the iPhone/iPad screen passwords for all iOS versions.
  • Remove all types of security locks including 4-digit/6-digit passcode, Touch ID and Face ID.
  • Support to remove Apple ID and iCloud account on iPhone/iPad without password.
  • Allows users to easily fix various problematic devices without iCloud or iTunes.
  • Fully compatible with all iOS versions and iOS devices, including iOS 17/16 and iPhone 15/14/13.
  • Highly recommended by D-addicts, GetDroidTips, Twitgoo, iLounge, Knowtechie and many other media sites.


   How to Unlock iPhone using FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker

Step 1: Download and install FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker on your computer. Run the program and then click on "Unlock Screen Passcode".

unlock screen passcode

Step 2: Connect your locked iPhone to the computer via a USB cable and wait for the program to detect the device. Once detected, click on "Start Unlock" to begin the unlocking process.

connect ios device

If the iPhone can't be detected, please follow the on-screen instructions to put it into Recovery mode or DFU mode.

enter dfu mode

Step 3: Now the software will load the device information and ask you to download the corresponding firmware. Select the save location and click on "Download" to continue.

download firmware

Step 4: When the firmware has been downloaded to your computer successfully, click on "Unlock Now" to begin removing the screen lock on the iPhone.

start unlock

When your iPhone passcode is removed, the iOS version will be updated to the latest iOS 17.

#2. Use Siri Voice Command to Unlock Your iPhone

This workaround requires your iPhone to run the system version of iOS 10 and connect with an active internet.

  • Hold down the Home button to activate Siri and ask "Hey Siri, what time is it now?".
  • The local time will be displayed. Click on the clock icon and the World Clock.
  • Click on the "+" icon in the upper-right corner and enter any words in the search box. Press these words and click on "Select All".
  • Click on "Share" and the Message option. The Message page will appear, enter any words into the "To" field and click on "return" button.
  • Press the Home button after a few minutes and you will find that your iPhone is unlocked.

unlock iphone via siri

#3. Unlock Disabled iPhone with iTunes

Have you ever synced iPhone with iTunes on your computer? If you have, you can restore your iPhone with iTunes on that computer. This will remove the passcode and all the content from your iPhone. Here are the steps in detail:

recovery mode

  • Open the newest version of iTunes on computer and connect the device to computer.
  • A window saying "There is a problem with the iPhone that requires it to be updated or restored." will pop up.

itunes recovery mode

  • Click on "Restore" button to erase the device. This will set up your iPhone as a new device.
  • You can then follow the steps on the setup screen to restore iPhone from previous iTunes backup.

#4. Remotely Unlock iPhone with 'Find My' Feature

The last way to unlock disabled iPhone is through Find My iPhone. When this feature is enabled, you can erase the iPhone passcode remotely as long as you have your iCloud credentials.

  • Enter the address of icloud.com on computer and log in with your Apple ID.
  • Click on "Find My" option and select "All Devices" to check all the iOS devices connected to Apple ID.
  • Choose your disabled iPhone and select "Erase iPhone" to erase your iPhone passcode.

erase iphone


After reading this article, you may understand how to unlock iPhone with emergency call screen. However, the emergency call screen method only works for iPhone running iOS 6.1. If your iPhone runs the new iOS version, using FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker is recommended for you as it can unlock your iPhone in a few clicks.

Fay J. Melton

Fay J. Melton has explored the area of technology and software for more than 5 years and he is enthusiastic about helping users solve various technology issues.

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