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How to Backup Data on Locked iPhone

By Emily Watson, Monday, September 25, 2017

"Can I get back the data stored in my old iPhone 6s? I have forgotten the passcode and it is not used now."

- Larry Divic

Common as it is to set up passcode on iPhone to keep our personal information safe. However, sometimes you might forget the correct one for your iPhone because of mixing up with other passcodes. If you have locked yourself out of your device, how can you get your data back? Do you know how to back up locked iPhone data?

If you have synced your iPhone to iTunes or iCloud previously, you can use FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery to help you access, preview and recover data on iPhone backups. It is a tool that enables you to recover all data including contacts, messages, photos, videos, notes, call logs, and more from the locked iPhone. In this article, we will show you how to back up a locked iPhone on your computer easily and efficiently.


Solution 1: How to Back up Locked iPhone via iTunes Backup

Step 1: Back up Data With iTunes

Start iTunes on your PC and connect the locked iPhone to PC. After connecting, choose "Back Up Now" to create a backup on the computer. If you have iTunes backup on the computer before, you can skip this step and move on.

Back up iPhone to iTunes

Step 2: Select "Recovery from iTunes Backup Files" mode

Download, install and run FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery on your PC. Launch the program, and then choose "Recover from iTunes Backup Files". After that, select a backup file from the list. Click on "Start Scan" to scan the files.

Preview and Back up Data on iPhone

Step 3: Preview and recover data from locked iPhone

Then program will automatically scan all chosen files in the backup file. When the scan completes, all data found are listed on the left column. You can click on them one by one to preview the files inside. Then go to "Recover" to save them all on your PC.

Preview and Recover Locked iPhone Data from iTunes

Solution 2: How to back up locked iPhone with iTunes backup

Step 1: Choose "Recover from iCloud Backup Files"

Run iPhone Data Recovery and log in iCloud account with your Apple ID and password. Once logged in, you will see three options to choose. Click on "Recover from iCloud Backup files" and choose one backup files to download.

Choose Recover from iCloud Backup Files

Step 2: Download iCloud Backup from the program

You can choose the files you like to download. Select the ones you need and click on "Download". After that all files will be downloaded from the program. The process to download might need a while so please wait until it finishes.

Download iCloud Backup Files

Step 3: Preview and back up data on your locked iPhone

After downloading, all files will be displayed on the program according to specific categories. If you want to preview photos, just click on "Camera Roll" to see all photos inside. Finally, you can click on "Recover" button to save all files needed on your computer.

Preview and Back up iPhone Data from iCloud

Tips: How to Unlock iPhone When Forgetting Passcode

After you have made a copy of important data, you can then try to unlock the iPhone without passcode. There are three methods you can try:

  • Restore iPhone from iTunes backup;

  • Restore iPhone in recovery mode;

  • Erase iPhone via "Find My iPhone" feature.

Get the specific tutorials in Forgot iPhone Passcode - How to Unlock iPhone Passcode

After you have removed lock on your iPhone 7/7 Plus/8/8 Plus, you can do a backup for your iOS with FonePaw iOS Data Backup & Restore.

Note: Unlocking iPhone with above methods will wipe out all data on your iPhone. Therefore, backing up locked iPhone is a must before the unlocking. And FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery will be a good helper for you.


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