Putting a password on our smartphones is now a common trend. Since you have a plethora of private messages and media stored into it, you just don’t want anyone snooping into it. But a report from China stated that a kid who was playing with his mother’s iPhone repeatedly entered the wrong password that resulted in the iPhone being locked for 47 years.
The news report said that the mother gave the smartphone to her kid to watch some educational videos online. The smartphone may have automatically locked itself or the kid may have pressed the lock button, which means that accessing the device again would mean that you would need to enter the password.
Of course, any kid would simply keep pressing buttons but as a safety feature on the iPhone, it will automatically lock itself for a couple of minutes after entering the wrong password a couple of times. The more times you enter a wrong password, the more time you would need to wait to unlock it.
In this case, it’s 47 years.
It was mentioned that that only way you could gain access to the smartphone is to wait 47 years or reformat the entire device which also means that you will lose everything that’s in it.
“I couldn’t really wait for 47 years and tell my grandchild it was your father’s mistake,” the woman said in a statement.
As a reminder to all smartphone users, just make sure you backup your device regularly. You never know when the inevitable might happen.