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Toddler Locks iPhone For Almost 48 Years

Toddler Locks iPhone For Almost 48 Years

To make matters even worse, the kid's mum hadn't even backed up her phone

Claire Reid

Claire Reid

A woman learned a harsh lesson about letting a toddler use her mobile phone unsupervised after her two-year old son managed to lock it for almost 48 years. Yup 48 years - almost five decades.


So he'll be able to finish watching that YouTube clip when he's 50.

The mum, from Shanghai, reportedly gave her iPhone to her little boy so he could watch 'educational videos'. However, when she later checked on her son (and more importantly, the phone) she found that he had entered the password wrong so many times it had been locked for 25 million minutes.

Apple's security locks phones in increasing amounts of time for each incorrect password entered; meaning in this case the little fella must have been doing some serious keyboard bashing to get it to almost 48 years.

The South China Morning Post reports the mum as saying: "I can't wait for more than 40 years.

"In 40 years I probably won't be able to talk. Although I'll probably joke to my grandchildren 'this is your dad's fault.'"

Fair point. I mean, planning to make that joke is definitely playing the long game, but I admire that she's making the best out of a bad situation.


She took the phone to an expert, who told the newspaper that he had seen some phones locked for 80 years (there's always got to be somebody who goes one better than you, hasn't there? Or 32 better, in this case).

The technician said: "There is no way to solve it unless she resets the system. All the files cannot be transferred either."

Usually this wouldn't be the end of the world as you can reset your phone - assuming you've recent backed up on the iCloud. But unluckily for this poor woman, that doesn't appear to be the case here. As she told the paper she couldn't reboot as it would mean she lost all her photographs.


Her options are either to wait nearly 50 years (assuming the phone doesn't break between now and then) or completely wipe it. Bad luck.

Basically, what we've learnt here today is 1) don't let kids use your phone 2) make sure you back up your phone.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Viral, Interesting, Weird, China, iPhone