iOS 15.2 allows you to restore locked iPhones without PC

iOS 15.2 introduces the ability to restore and erase a locked iPhone or iPad without the need to connect it to a Mac or Windows PC.

As indicated by the Apple itself (Street 9to5Mac), iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2 add a new option “Delete device”Useful when a device is locked due to multiple failed attempts to enter password. By pressing “Erase Device”, users are prompted to confirm their identity with their Apple ID password, resulting in the device being wiped and reset.

The new option makes it easier to do this in the event of a crash, as it previously required you to activate DFU mode on your iPhone or iPad and connect the device via Finder on Mac or iTunes on Windows to proceed with the restore.

The only caveat is that, with the new method in iOS 15.2, the device must already have an active Wi-Fi or cellular connection before being locked. Otherwise, users cannot connect to a network and will be forced to connect it to a PC or Mac in DFU.