Toddler locks mum's iPhone - for 47 years

A Chinese toddler locked his mum's phone for half a century.
A Chinese toddler locked his mum's phone for half a century. Photo: Shutterstock

If you've ever been locked out of your phone by a toddler who entered the wrong password one too many times, you'll know how frustrating it can be to wait the requisite two, or four or six minutes until you're allowed back in. Spare a thought, then, for this poor mama who lost access to her device for 25 million minutes - or a cool 47 years.

The woman, identified only as Ms Lu in Chinese media reports, gave her little one her phone to watch "educational videos" back in January. When she got it back, however, she discovered that after her child had made repeated attempts to unlock it, the phone was disabled for approximately half a century.

Speaking to, Apple store technician Wei Chunlong, said there was no easy fix for the problem, either. "In this woman's case, the only way out [without waiting] is to erase all the phone data and do a factory reset," Mr Wei said. (If nothing else it's certainly a good reminder to ensure you back up all your data). And while it's probably cold comfort for poor Ms Lu, it's not the worst case he's ever seen. One unlucky customer, he explained, got an "access denied" for 80 years.

Rather than half a century, Ms Lu waited two months to see if the situation rectified itself, (it didn't), before heading to the Genius bar.

But despite being unable to send a text message, check Facebook, make a phone call or use her phone as anything more than an expensive paperweight, Ms Lu seems to have kept her sense of humour. "I couldn't really wait for 47 years and tell my grandchild it was your father's mistake," she was quoted as saying.

We're thinking twice about handing our phones over to our toddlers today.