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How to Recover Data from iPhone with Locked Screen

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January 2, 2017

Forgot My iPhone Passcode and Left Them Locked. Need Help!
"I set the password on my iPhone 5S. Unfortunately, I forgot the password and entered the wrong password to my iPhone 5S for several times. Now the iPhone is disabled! Is it possible to get data out of the locked iPhone 5s device? Thank you in advance!"

Please help! I forgot my iPhone 6 Plus passcode and entered the wrong password multiple times. Now iPhone is locked. How can I access data from my locked iPhone 6 Plus? What can I do?"

Have you ever come across the same problem? Wrong passcode may lock an iPhone device after 6 times in a row and then the iOS device may become disabled. The ways to unblock a password locked iPhone 7(Plus), iPhone 6s(Plus), iPhone 6(Plus), iPhone 5s/5c/5, iPhone 4s/4, iPad Pro/Air/Mini, besides from entering the code, is to restore it to its factory settings. But if you proceed further with Restore Factory Settings then it will erase every data and settings on locked iPhone/iPad devices.

When you fail to access iPhone data and forget passocde, don’t be panic. In this article, we will show you 4 ways to recover locked iPhone data selectively.

    Part 1. Recover Data on a Locked iPhone via iTunes/iCloud

    Part 2. Selectively Recover Data from Locked iPhone via iTunes Backup

    Part 3. Selectively Extract locked iPhone data from iCloud backup

    Part 4. Backup and Restore Locked iPhone Data on the Computer


Part 1. Recover Data on a Locked iPhone via iTunes/iCloud

You can also just as easily erase and then recover the data on your locked iPhone via either iTunes or iCloud if you had backed up your data on iTunes/iCloud.

Take iTunes as an example, if you have sync your iPhone with iTunes before and haven't restart your device after you connected to iTunes in the last time, then iTunes will remember the password. So you can backup locked iPhone with iTunes and then restore the backed up data to your iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6S/6S Plus, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 5S/5C/5, iPhone 4S/4, iPad and more iOS devices.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone device to the computer / Mac, and then launch iTunes.
Step 2: Tap on the "summary" on the left side of the window, and then click "Back Up Now" to start the backup process.

backup data on locked iPhone

Step 3: Once completed, you can find your iPhone backup location and check your backup files.
Step 4: Click “Restore iPhone” after backing up iPhone data.

Follow the instructions until you enter the settings screen, and then click "Restore from iTunes Backup". Select the device in iTunes, and then select the latest backup to restore the device.

However, there are many iOS users who haven't sync their device with iTunes or they have restarted the locked iPhone after the last connection with iTunes, then it is impossible for iTunes to backup data on locked iPhone. Then what should we do? Let's check the next part.

Part 2. Selectively Recover Data from Locked iPhone via iTunes Backup

It’s highly recommended for you to don’t rush to erase your iPhone before getting important personal data out. You can extract data from locked iPhone/iPad for backup, what you need is an iOS data recovery tool. Here we recommend you this iPhone Data Recovery. This powerful application allows you to get access to locked iPhone 7/6s (Plus)/6 (Plus)/5S/5C/5/4S or iPad Pro, iPad mini 4/3, iPad air 2, etc. The program can access your iTunes backup to extract data, including contacts, messages, photos, call history, videos, notes, WhatsApp, etc. due to passcode forgotten or lock screen broken.

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Step 1. Run the Software on the Computer
Run the iPhone Data Recovery tool on your PC and connect your passcode locked iPhone or iPad to the computer via USB cable. This software provides 3 recovery modes for you to recover data from a locked iPhone, namely, recover data from locked iPhone directly; restore from iTunes backup; extract data from iCloud backup. Lock the "Restore from iTunes Backup" option here, then click "Start" to begin.

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Ste 2. Select Data to Scan
Next, click the “Scan” button to let the program scan and extract data from the iTunes backup of the locked iPhone automatically.

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Step 3. Selectively Recover Data from Locked iPhone
Preview and selectively recover photos, contacts, videos or text messages fron your locked iPhone/iPad by clicking the "Recover" button.

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Part 3. Selectively Extract locked iPhone data from iCloud backup

In the same way, iPhone data recovery allows you to selectively recover locked iPhone data from iCloud account.

Step 1. Select "Recover from iCloud Backup" Mode
Launch iPhone Data Recovery program and select “Recover from iCloud Backup” and click “Start.” Sign in to your iCloud account with password.

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Step 2. Select Backup to Download
Next, you will see all the iCloud backup files on that account in the next window. Select the one you want to recover and click “Next”. 

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Step 3. Selectively Extract Locked iPhone Data from iCloud Backup
In the results page, you need to select the locked iPhone data you want to from iCloud and then click “Recover” to access the missing data.

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Part 4. Backup and Restore Locked iPhone Data on the Computer

Through the introduction above, we already know how to retrieve the locked iPhone data through iTunes synchronization or iCloud backup. But what if I haven't done both of these before? In this section, we will show you a powerful tool - iOS Data Backup&Recovery, which can directly backup locked iPhone data to PC and Mac computer, and then restore back to the device or another iPhone iPad from the backups.

The tool supports to extract or backup iPhone videos, call history, notes, messages, contacts, photos, iMessages, Facebook messages and many other data.

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Step 1. Connect the Locked iPhone to the Computer or Mac
To backup locked iPhone, launch the program after downloading and installing, and connect the device to PC or Mac. When your device is detected by the program, you will see a main interface as follows,then click "Data Backup & Restore".

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Step 2. Select Data to Backup from iPhone with Lock Screen
Select the file types you want to back up from the locked iPhone, the tool will detect the file types on your locked iPhone automatically and you can select what file types to backup. Then click on “Backup” button.

Backup Data from iPhone SE to Computer

Now the tool is backing up the data of your locked iPhone, please don't disconnect your iiOS device.

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Step 3. Export or Restore Data on Locked iPhone
Once the backup is finished, you can check all contents of the backup fil by category. Check any of them for exporting or restoring just need click on the button "Restore to device" or "Export to PC" button, you can retrieve all the data.

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It not only offers a solution to restore data from an locked iPhone without iTunes, but also can fix various iOS stuck problems such as stuck at white apple screen, black screen, screen unresponsive, reboot loop after iOS 10/10.1/10.2 update without causing data loss. Don’t miss: Fixed: iPhone Stuck on Black Screen.

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