Mother Locked Out Of iPhone For 47+ Years


A 2-year-old boy got his hands on his mother's iPhone after she stepped out to run an errand and left the phone at home.

Wei Chunlong, who lives in China, says her son disabled the phone by accident after repeatedly entering the wrong passcode. Also, you have to make sure that you are having a proper backup and always have an eye on the devices you are giving to your kids you may end up losing the data if you keep all your eggs under a single basket. When the mother tried to unlock her iPhone she had a hard time in digesting the fact that her iPhone will respond next only after 47 years.

The mother, identified only by her surname, Lu, said she took her eye off her son for long enough for him to lock the phone for nearly five decades. The toddler did this by entering the wrong password too many times.

A technician at an Apple store in Shanghai reportedly told Lu to either wait for years to try to put her passcode again or wipe the contents of the handset clean and then reinstall files. The mother was hesitant as she had important information on the phone, like photos, correspondence, and contacts.

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"I couldn't really wait for 47 years and tell my grandchild it was your father's mistake", Lu told the reporters.

The woman has hesitated to reset her phone because she doesn't want to lose her pictures and other files.

The unfortunate incident could happen to any Apple device. Regardless, she's apparently found herself unable to go through with the factory reset and is now two months into her long wait for the phone to unlock.

The story has sparked a debate on whether or not Lu's child should be allowed to play with the phone alone, and the mother should have a back up of her phone data on a separate device so it could easily be retrieved.