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How to Backup Data on Locked iPhone 6s (Plus)/6 (Plus)/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS

Forgot my iPhone 6 Plus screen lock password!

I forgot the password for my iPhone 6 Plus. Now the lock button is broken, and iTunes doesn't recognize it. This iPhone 6 Plus has been used for a long time, and I think it's time to change it to a new iPhone 6 plus. However, I have lots of data on it and most of them are quite important. Is there any way that I can back up data from a locked iPhone 6? Please let me know if you have good advices. Thanks in advance!!

It's sad to hear that. The good news is that you have a chance to back up your locked iPhone data, exactly speaking, to recover data from it. First, you need to find a tool that allows you to recover data from the locked iPhone. No idea about it? Here is my recommendation: Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (iPhone Data Recovery) (for Windows users) or Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (iPhone Data Recovery) (Mac), which can assist you in accessing your iPhone, preview and recover contacts, messages, photos, videos, notes, call history and more contents on it without iTunes. Both of the programs currently work perfectly with iOS 9 and support iPhone 6s (Plus), iPhone 6 (Plus), 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4 S, iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.

Download the free trial version of iPhone data recovery below to have a try.

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Note: The windows version supports the latest Windows 10, and the Mac one supports Yosemite. Both of them work great with all iOS 9 devices.

How to back up locked iPhone data in steps

Next, let's check how to back up data on a locked iPhone without iTunes in detail. This guide is based on the Windows version of Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS. If you are a Mac user, please download the Mac version. The operation is similar.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the computer

Launch the program after installing it, and connect your iPhone to the computer. When your device is detected by the program, you'll see the window shown as follows.

forgot iphone screen lock password

Step 2. Scan your iPhone for data on it

Don't worry that you forgot your iPhone screen lock password. As long as you can enter the system, you can get back your data on it. For iPhone 4/3GS users, you can switch to the Advance Mode to get a deeper scan. Then follow the description that the program shows you like below to begin scanning your locked iPhone (iOS 9 supported):

  1. Hold your iPhone and click the "Start" button.
  2. Press the Power and Home buttons at the same time for exactly 10 seconds.
  3. After 10 seconds, release the Power button, but keep holding the Home button for another 15 seconds.

When you're told that you've successfully entered the scanning mode, the software will automatically begin scanning your iPhone as the window shown below.

For iPhone 6s (Plus)/iPhone 6 (Plus)/5S/5C/5/4S users, you can directly click the "Start Scan" button on the main window to scan it as follows.

backup locked iphone data

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

 When the scan completes, all data that the software found on your iPhone (iOS 9 supported) will be displayed in clear categories. You can preview them one by one and click "Recover" to save them all on your computer with one click.

recover locked iphone data

The data you find there contains those existing on your iPhone and those deleted from your iPhone recently. They have their own color. You can turn on the button on the top to "Only display the deleted items" when you want to separate them. You can also watch the video tutorial below.

Note: If you're still asked to enter the password by Dr.Fone for iOS, don't be angry. You need to know that Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS can't change anything on your iPhone, including disable the password. So, it won't help to erase the password. If you've synced your device with iTunes recently and iTunes would remember the password. In this way, Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS can get into your device by using it. Of, you don't need to run iTunes on your computer when you use Dr.Fone for iOS.

If this guide is not useful to you, you can try to use the recovery mode of Recover from iCloud Backup provided by Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS to check the content of your iCloud backup. Once you enabled the backup function on your iPhone, there may be a backup generated automatically for you.

Download the trial version below to have a try with your locked iPhone now!

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Hi, does your iphone work normally and can be recognized by itunes? If yes, please make sure you have downloaded the latest version of Dr.Fone for iOS on your Mac.
"Analysis unsuccessful. Please reconnect iOS device to this Mac and try again." i tried reconnecting but got the same message.
Hi, if the phone has connected to the same computer before, and you have authorized the computer in itunes, when you connect the locked iphone, you will not need to trust the computer again and Dr.Fone for iOS will be able to scan your device.
okay this is stupidly pointless, cause you CANT scan a LOCKED device. says you need to click trust or unlock the phone before it will let you do anything at all. this article is a waste of internet space.
After it scans my device nothing happens... doesn't ask for a pass code. the computer I'm using is trusted. it just scans and thats it. I need my money back. $70 for wht?
Hi Selena, None of those before. Thanks for your reply. I don't think I will be able to retrieve the photos on this iPhone. Cheers
Did you trust your computer on iphone 6+ before? If yes, normally you will still be able to connect your iphone with computer after the screen is locked. Then DrFone for iOS can recognize your iphone and recover the data. If not, did you ever enable icloud on your phone? iCloud will automatically backup your phone data when you charge your phone or connect it to wifi. Our program can also recover files from iCloud backup.
My iPhone 6+ got locked at due to incorrect password. I have not sync it before. Can this software retrieve my data?
Probably this is good for people who actually forgot their password but it is giving golden opportunity for people stealing phones.
Sorry to know the difficulties you are having with our program. As to this case, would you please click the Feedback icon on the top right corner of the program and submit the log file to us? Then our technical support team will analysis your case and get back to you soon. Thanks.