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How to Backup Data on Locked iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS

Forgot my iPhone 4 screen lock password!

I forgot the password for my iPhone 4. Now the lock button is broken, and iTunes doesn't recognize it. This iPhone 4 has been used for a long time, and I think it's time to change it to a new iPhone 5. 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 4? 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 (for Windows users) or Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (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 iPhone 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 8, and the Mac one supports Mavericks.

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:

  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 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 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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If so, you should download the program and follow the steps above to backup your data with the 'Recover from iOS Device' mode, but you must use the computer which you usually used to sync files to your iPhone 5s. Anyway, good luck.
Hello, I have na Iphone 5S that i can't insert the passcode because the touch is damaged. How can i make a backup of all my data without having a backup on itunes or on the cloud? thanx
Hey, I think you need to read this article how to unlock iphone
Please help. Is anyone available right now? Iphone 5. Forgot password. Backup in Icloud seems old as many contacts not there. Want to backup directly from Iphone to your program I just purchased. Follow instructions above, but I go from locked to DFU mode to normal mode, none of which will allow your program to backup my files? What am I doing wrong? It states I can backup a locked Iphone with your program. Glenn
here, restart means the power button for your iPhone.
which restart button do you mean i cant see anything on this program
If your device is iPhone 4S, iPad 2, New iPad, iPod Touch 5, iPhone 5,iPad mini, iPad with Retina display and also you are the first time to connect your device to your computer, the recovery mode of Recover from iOS Device will be invalid. The passcode is required to detect the device.
Ok Selena thx :) Have a nice day
Rahul, if the password on your iPhone is not remembered by iTunes, Dr.Fone can't help you.
My iphone 3g is broken and i never connect it my iphone with pc ...... as i try to recover my data with this Software... i became this that my device is passcode protected.... but my screen is broken how can i put my password... what should i do? should i first get my iphone in dfu mode and then connect with usb`?