2 Effective Ways to Back Up Disabled/Locked iPhone

"A few days ago, I set a password on my iPhone XS, but I forgot the password. I tried to guess what the password was and entered the wrong password for multiple times. Then the iPhone is locked and disabled. I stored a lot of important photos and contacts. Is there any way for me to back up locked iPhone?"

That settings passwords on your iPhone/iPad can help you prevent others from accessing your data, such as messages, pictures, files, and more. However, if you forget the password, it may result in data loss. Backing up your iPhone/iPad will always keep your data safe. Read on to learn more about how to back up locked iPhone.

1. How to Back Up Disabled/Locked iPhone with iTunes

If you have synced your iPhone with iTunes, iTunes will keep the password. In this case, you can sync your locked iPhone/iPad with iTunes to back up all your iPad/iPhone data without using a password.

Step 1. Start iTunes and connect your iPhone and iPad to a computer you trusted before.

Step 2. Click "Summary" on the left side of the window and then click "Backup Now" to start the backup process. Once the backup process is complete, you will have an iTunes backup that you can restore from your locked iPhone/iPad backup data.

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But as you can see, this method also has some limitations that may prevent the backup process for locked/disabled iPhone/iPad. For example, if the iPad/iPhone is not recognized by iTunes, it will be impracticable to back up locked iPhone with iTunes. In this case, you must use another method to back up your iPad/iPhone data.

2. How to Back Up Disabled iPhone If It Cannot Be Recognized By iTunes

If you have already turned on iCloud backup before, congratulations! When the iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi, iCloud will automatically back up the data on the locked iPhone or iPad. After successfully creating an iCloud backup, you can try to export data from this iCloud backup using FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery to back up the disabled iPhone.

   

Step 1. Launch FoneGeek iPhone Recovery on your computer (Mac or PC), select “Recover from iCloud Backup" and log in with your Apple ID.

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Step 2. Select the correct iCloud backup you want to extract data from, click Download to download it to your computer and search for iCloud data.

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Step 3. Once the scan is complete, you can select the correct file type and click on a specific file to preview the details. Then select the data and files you want to restore. Finally, click the "Recover" button to save them to your computer.

3. How to Unlock Your Disabled iPhone without Password

You can also use these solutions to unlock your disabled or locked iPhone first, then back up the iPhone data afterwards. Below are mainly 3 options for you to remove iPhone passcode.

3.1 Using iTunes

You can remove iPhone passcode by restoring iPhone system with iTunes.

1. Connect your disabled iPhone to your PC.

2. Start iTunes, if you are asked for a password, then you can try to use another computer that the device has synced with.

3. When iTunes detects your iPhone, click on "Restore iPhone" option and you can simply restore the previous settings to iPhone and remove the password.

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3.2 Unlock iPhone Using iCloud

This way is suitable for people who have the "Find My iPhone" feature enabled on their iPhone.

Step 1. Go to the web page of “icloud.com/find" on a device.

Step 2. Log in to iCloud account after entering the page.

Step 3. After the login is successful, then click “All Devices” to select the device and tap on “Erase (iPhone)” to erase the device data as well as the password.

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3.3 Remove iPhone Passcode without Data Loss

Maybe you also need a professional password remover tool to bypass the locked screen, in this case, FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker is able to remove your iPhone/iPad passcode when your iPhone cannot be detected by iTunes or ‘Find My iPhone’ is not turned on.

Step 1. Download and run iPhone Passcode Unlocker, select the removing option of ‘Unlock iOS Screen’.

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Step 2. Connect the disabled iPhone to computer and click ‘Start’.

Step 3. If the disabled iPhone cannot be successfully connected, then put it into recovery mode.

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Step 4. Then download the matched firmware package and click on ‘Unlock Now’.

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Step 5. Stop using your iPhone during the unlocking process. And the passcode will be removed in only a few minutes.

Final Words

You must have known how to back up disabled/locked iPhone after going through the whole article. Apart from that, you can also know how to unlock disabled iPhone when you forgot the password.

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By Fay J. Melton

Posted on Apr 04, 2018, 18:02:36

Fay Melton has explored the area of technology and software for more than 5 years and he is enthusiastic about helping users solve various technology issues.